The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Social Worker to be based in Houston, Texas. The Social Worker will supervise volunteers appointed as independent Child Advocate for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children and will also serve as direct Child Advocate for particularly complex cases. In addition, the Social Worker will provide internal case consultation and case support on matters involving child welfare, child development, and trauma for colleagues in the Houston office.
The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate for vulnerable, unaccompanied children. Our role is to identify and advocate for the best interests of children in federal custody, applying federal and state law and long-recognized principles of the best interests of the child.
The Young Center has programs in eight cities across the United States including Houston, San Antonio, Harlingen, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Our team is a passionate and interdisciplinary group of professionals—attorneys, social workers, volunteer coordinators and administrative staff—committed to ensuring that immigrant children are recognized as children, first and foremost, and receive the full protection they deserve under the law, even though they’re caught in an immigration system that often views them as adults-in-miniature.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Social Worker’s primary responsibilities will be:
- Supervise volunteers appointed as Child Advocate for unaccompanied and separated children in federal custody in Houston
- Serve as Child Advocate for particularly complex cases
- Visit children as needed, speak with parents, family members and stakeholders, draft case summaries
- Collaborate with attorneys on legal analyses and legal advocacy to identify and advocate for the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children
- Provide internal case consultations and case support on matters involving child welfare, child development and trauma for the Young Center’s Houston office
- Assist in recruiting and trainings for prospective volunteer Child Advocates in Houston
- Assist with monthly reporting, attend stakeholder meetings, participate in working groups, and take on other program responsibilities as needed
- Guide the local office in implementing self-care strategies
- Other duties as assigned
- Master’s degree in social work
- Two years of prior experience, preferable working with immigrant and refugee children or families
- Bilingual in Spanish and English
- Strong writing and communication skills; excellent organizational and planning skills
- Experience with basic Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)
- A driver’s license for travel to shelter facilities in Texas
- Texas licensure or the ability to become licensed strongly encouraged
- Ability to take initiative and work independently, and also to work collaboratively
- Enthusiasm for working with volunteers and children
- Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families
- Experience in self-care strategies
The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise us in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Job offer is conditioned on clearance of fingerprint criminal background check, child abuse and neglect check (CANS) and tuberculosis test.
Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides an excellent benefits package.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please apply at TheYoungCenter.org/Careers, including a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample. To learn more about the Young Center’s work, please visit www.TheYoungCenter.org.