Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience.




San Jose
United States


Organization Description

Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides free legal services to indigent parents and children involved with Santa Clara County’s juvenile dependency system. Our clients face the removal of their children due to concerns of abuse and neglect. A myriad of issues are presented, including substance abuse, domestic violence, poverty and mental health. 

Mission Statement

Dependency Advocacy Center provides zealous legal representation to indigent clients in the juvenile dependency system to promote timely reunification and preservation of families in a safe, healthy environment. DAC believes that every parent and child entering the dependency system has a right to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

Job Description

This is a full-time social worker position for DAC’s innovative Corridor Program. Corridor is a collaborative endeavor with Santa Clara County’s Adult Probation designed to help parents on formal probation break the cycle of criminal justice and child welfare system involvement. Corridor clients may have open dependency court cases or may be at risk of entry into the child welfare system. As part of a multidisciplinary team, the Corridor social worker works closely with an attorney and gender specific mentor parents to provide holistic support that meets each client’s unique circumstances. 

Roles and responsibilities include: completing individualized needs assessments, providing referrals to resources in the community, ongoing case management, assistance in system navigation, and designing safety plans to prevent the need for a child to be removed from parental custody. The Corridor social worker interfaces with service providers, advocates for clients with Probation and Department of Family and Children Services social workers, attends court hearings, and participates in Child and Family Team Meetings, as needed.

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate degree
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues
  • Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player
  • Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills
  • Bilingual skills preferred
  • Knowledge of community resources in Santa Clara County
  • Experience in child welfare, risk assessment and safety planning strongly encouraged


DAC offers a full benefits package including health, medical, vision, 403(b), vacation, sick time, and holiday time off.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume via email to