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Subsidiary: Carson Valley Children's Aid
Program: Pivot for Positive Change - A Youth Engagement Initiative
This is a grant-funded program currently funded for 29 months of operation through June 2025.
Position Function: The Behavioral Health Coordinator facilitates and guides supportive services to referred youth and their families who have been impacted by Gun Violence while experiencing barriers to regular school attendance.
The Behavioral Health Coordinator, with the support of the Youth Ally, carries a caseload of 15 youth as referred by providers and stakeholders through Attendance and Truancy initiatives. The Behavioral Health Coordinator provides behavioral health and management services through direct contact with referred youth and their families in-home, and within the community. The Behavioral Health Coordinator assesses the impact of gun violence with the family and individual while identifying strengths and needs using a motivational interviewing approach. The Behavioral Health Coordinator partners with the youth, family, and the Youth Ally in the development and implementation of treatment goals to address the impact of gun violence and decrease future behaviors by creating and strengthening coping mechanisms.
This position requires close collaboration and coordination with the Philadelphia Department of Human Service, Family Court of Philadelphia, Joseph J. Peters Institute, the School District of Philadelphia, and numerous community agencies and services.
- Must meet ONE of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of experience as a motivational interviewing coach
- Master’s degree including 9+ credits specific to clinical practice in psychology, social work, education, or counseling and 1+ years of full-time experience providing mental health direct services to children, youth, or young adults
- Master’s degree including 9+ credits specific to clinical practice in psychology, social work, education, or counseling and completed a clinical or mental health direct service practicum
- Licensed in Pennsylvania as a social worker (LSW) or behavior specialist (LBS) and completed a Master’s degree that required a clinical or mental health direct service practicum
- Licensed in Pennsylvania as a psychologist, art/play therapist, professional counselor (LPC), marriage and family therapist (LMFT), or clinical social worker (LCSW)
- Educational degree/diploma must be from an accredited college or university
- Must have a valid driver’s license from the state in which you reside, proof of car insurance, and access to a vehicle for daily travel to home visits, schools, and court hearings
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Trained in Motivational Interviewing techniques or willingness to learn
- Demonstrated knowledge of behavioral modification systems and child development
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Computer literacy
- Able to negotiate various systems, providing advocacy for families in receiving needed services: schools, courts, service providers, stakeholders, etc.
- Able to maintain or establish relationships with other agencies and programs to facilitate joint projects, collaborations, and partnerships
- Knowledge of adolescent development
- Knowledge of various community and social factors as they relate to poverty, job insecurity, food insecurities, homelessness, addiction, community violence, resource availability, etc.
Essential Job Functions:
Major highlights of the position requirements are noted below. Additional responsibilities may be assigned as required.
- Maintain composure and professionalism when faced with stressful and/or challenging circumstances.
- Complete at least three monthly in-person contacts with each assigned youth and family.
- Meet monthly with parent(s)/guardian(s) to discuss goal success, offer feedback, and receive input related to referred youth’s success in school and continue avoidance of involvement with any form of gun violence or maladaptive behaviors.
- Meet biweekly with the Youth Ally for case planning and execution.
- Complete initial JJPI trauma-informed assessment of youth and all immediate family members.
- Develop a Care Plan that includes clinical, case management, and service goals for the youth/family.
- Based on the assessment of youth and family strengths and needs, identify and facilitate resources, programs, and activities to support assigned youth.
- Communicate and collaborate with community agencies, facilities, and service providers to coordinate services and utilization for youth and their families.
- With the Youth Ally, facilitate periodic community outreach activities/forums, special events/activities to address gun violence and its impact on families and communities, and/or community safety (at least two annually).
- Attend community outreach activities/forums that address gun violence and/or its causes, occasionally.
- Participate in program evaluations and assessments.
- Assist with and inform quality improvement practices and procedures.
- Participate in network and agency meetings and trainings as required.
- Conduct at least two follow-up contacts with referred youth and/or parent(s)/guardian(s) following discharge from the program.
- Comply with regular documentation of all services/plans consistent with service delivery.
- Be familiar with program policies and procedures.
- Participate in biweekly individual and group supervision sessions.
- Responsible for timely submission of timecards and expense reports
- Responsible for timely submission of time-off requests
- Responsible for timely, periodic submission of all required clearances and physicals
- Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned when deemed necessary for the overall welfare of the children and families served.
- All new hires are required to complete mandatory orientation.
- Must pass CPR and First Aid training
- Must pass Safe and Positive Approaches training
- Comply with agency and programmatic annual training requirements (annual and periodic)
- Complete Motivational Interviewing training if needed
Work Environment and Primary Work Locations:
- Assigned agency office location
- Flexible 40-hour week; Saturdays included
- Regular evenings and one weekend day (8 hours) required for direct client service delivery
- Must be flexible to work on periodic evening and weekend projects and activities
- Frequent visits to agency offices, youth’s homes, and/or locations of youth and families
Language: Bilingual a plus
- Moderate energy needed
- Moderate physical exertion required
- Ability to carry program supplies from various sites as needed
- Ability to maintain composure in crisis situations with youth and adults
- Ability to successfully complete Safe Crisis Management training
- Varying settings (including but not limited to): office, desk, sitting at a computer for periods of time, stationary for periods of time, navigating through facilities with multiple levels