Social Worker – Children & Families

Posted: Feb. 3, 2020

Job Title:  Social Worker – Children & Families
Status:  Full-time salaried
Salary:  DOE

About LTSC

Little Tokyo Service Center has a 38-year history of providing multilingual, culturally appropriate social services to people of Little Tokyo and in the broader Asian American community. Its Social Services Department seeks to immediately fill the following position.

Position Summary:

The Social Worker will provide mental health services and related social services primarily to children and families in the Japanese American community. As a professional social worker, he/she/they will maintain superior social work standards, practices and ethical conduct, and must be able to work with diverse populations of clients, staff and others in an empathetic and caring manner. He/she/they must possess a wide range of clinical and leadership skills and attributes, and a willingness to learn. The Social Worker must be flexible and take initiative when appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide mental health services, particularly to Japanese/Japanese American children and families.

  •  conduct intake sessions to assess clients’ support systems, and current and future needs
  • develop care plans and/or treatment plans, and deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services accordingly
  • connect clients to relevant resources and assist them with accessing benefits and programs
  • facilitate individual and group session to help clients develop coping skills
  • monitor service delivery to ensure that services are appropriate, timely, and satisfactory
  • document services and maintain individual client files, keeping information current, organized and accessible, but secure and confidential
  • compile reports and performance goals as required by service contracts and/or by supervisor, and prepare for program and financial audits
  • be informed about developments and trends in related areas of practice, and be familiar with resources and agencies relevant to the client population
  • attend meetings, trainings, seminars and conferences as assigned

Educate parents and the broader community to promote child and family wellbeing.

  • provide information and referrals to those seeking resources for children and families
  • conduct parenting workshops and seminars to Japanese/Japanese American children and families
  • outreach to community members through presentations, events, media, etc.

Contribute to the day-to-day operations of the Social Services Department.

  • screen and respond to walk-in, phone, mail and email inquiries, and provide appropriate referrals
  • provide technical assistance to agencies and individuals seeking information regarding low-income and culturally diverse populations
  • perform administrative duties, including inputting service data, submitting check requests and other paperwork in a timely manner and filing, and help maintain office equipment, supplies, etc.
  • interpret and translate information and documents as assigned by supervisor;
  • research resources, information and data for relevant presentations, reports and grant proposals;
  • contribute to staff learning and staff meetings
  • advocate for community needs and concerns, particularly for low-income, limited English proficient, and ethnic minority populations

Contribute, as deemed necessary and appropriate, to other activities related to the agency as a whole.

Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Masters degree in Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy required;
  • License in clinical social work preferred;
  • Bilingual in English and Japanese preferred;
  • Minimum of two years of social service experience;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of community services in the area, with particular knowledge of services for children and ethnic minority families;
  • Knowledge of, preferably certification in, Evidence-Based Practices in mental health;
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and in teams, good people skills, dispute-resolution skills, and ability to manage multiple projects effectively;
  • Good problem-solving, writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams;
  • Working knowledge of computer programs;
  • California driver license and access to an insured automobile.

Please submit inquiries, cover letters, and resumes to