Juvenile Rights Practice Forensic Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/31/2018

Start Date

08/10/2018

Application Deadline

08/09/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

The Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society has Forensic Social Worker positions available in several of the Practice's trial offices. The Forensic Social Worker is part of an interdisciplinary team with lawyers, paralegals, and support staff providing representation to children who are before the Family Court on child protective, PINS, delinquency, and termination of parental rights petitions.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

* Assess client and his/her family 

* Determine client's wishes

* Interview client, family members and other planning resources

* Educate client and others regarding the court process, options, timeframes, etc.

* Provide crisis intervention and short term counseling

* Consult with lawyers in determining client's position

* Mediate family disagreements and negotiate plans

* Conduct agency and home visits

* Research practice issues, service modalities and resources

* Maintain ongoing contact with other agencies involved on cases

* Review and evaluate service plans and agency records

* Refer to appropriate agencies for ongoing services 

* Provide court testimony

* Participate in agency planning conferences

* Evaluate appropriateness of other agencies' interventions

* Develop alternate dispositional plans and court recommendations

* Prepare affidavits and other documents


SECONDARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

* Other duties as assigned


Location

Citywide


Requirements

* MSW degree required; NYS social work license must be obtained within 2 years

* Experience working with children and families

* Ability to work in a team setting

* Forensic experience a plus

* Excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills

* Proficiency in languages other than English desired, but not required


OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.


HOW TO APPLY

You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, Members of the LGBTQ+ communities, Veterans, and People with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.


For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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