Social Worker – Bilingual (Japanese/English)

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018

Job Title: Social Worker
Employment Status: Full-time salaried
Compensation: DOE

Position Summary:

The Social Worker will provide case management and mental health services to children, families and older adults. 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 population 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. He/she/they must be bilingual and able to speak, read and write in English and Japanese. The Social Worker must be flexible and take initiative when appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide care management and counseling services to Japanese/Japanese American children, families and older adults;
  • Conduct intake sessions, assessing needs of clients and developing care plans and/or treatment plans and deliver culturally linguistically appropriate services accordingly;
  • connect clients to relevant resources and assist them with accessing benefits and programs;
  • Facilitate individual and family session to help clients develop coping skills;
  • Record progress note and submit all intake/assessments, treatment plans, and progress notes required by the funder in a timely manner;
  • Provide educational seminars to Japanese/Japanese American children and families;
  • Participate in external meetings relevant to the Mental Health Program including necessary and appropriate external meetings of collaboratives and coalitions;
  • Attend conferences and trainings;
  • Maintain a directory of resources relevant to the needs of clients;
  • Conduct outreach to the Japanese/Japanese American community;
  • Other duties as an employee of the Social Services Department and of the agency

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 the ongoing learning of staff by sharing information and identifying training topics;
  • assist with coordinating and/or facilitating staff meetings;
  • attend meetings and participate in conferences, etc. to be trained and to train others;
  • stay abreast of issues in the field of aging and give input on matters related to the agency mission;
  • advocate for the needs and concerns of elderly, low-income 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 Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work or related field;
  • Bilingual in English AND Japanese;
  • Minimum of two years of social service experience;
  • 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;
  • Supervision experience preferred;
  • Experience with or knowledge of Japanese American and Asian American communities preferred;
  • Experience in nonprofit and community service organization is preferred;
  • Good problem-solving, writing and oral communication skills;
  • Working knowledge of computer programs;
  • California driver license and access to an insured automobile.

Please submit inquiries, cover letters, and resumes to


Little Tokyo Service Center is a social service and community development organization that has been creating positive change for the people and places in Southern California for more than 37 years. We preserve and strengthen the unique ethnic communities of our region and help people thrive. Starting with our own home in Little Tokyo, we build and strengthen communities throughout Southern California where people, culture and our collective future matter.‎