The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Social Worker to be based in Los Angeles. The Social Worker will be appointed as independent Child Advocate for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children and will also supervise volunteers appointed as Child Advocates in the Los Angeles area. In addition, the Social Worker will provide internal case consultations on child welfare, child development, and trauma for colleagues in the Los Angeles 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 San Antonio, Harlingen, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Houston, 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:
Serve as Child Advocate and supervise volunteers appointed as Child Advocate for unaccompanied and separated children in federal custody in Los Angeles
Visit children regularly, speak with parents, family members and stakeholders, draft case summaries
Collaborate with attorneys (who will draft legal analyses and engage in legal advocacy) to identify and advocate for the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children with federal agencies making decisions about the child and the child’s family
Provide internal case consultations on child welfare, child development and trauma for the Young Center’s Los Angeles office
Participate in trainings for prospective volunteer Child Advocates in Los Angeles (held over the weekend twice each year)
Assist with monthly reporting and other program responsibilities
Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in social work
Two years of prior experience, preferably working with immigrant and refugee children and/or families
Bilingual in Spanish/English
Strong writing and communication skills; excellent organizational and planning skills
Experience with basic Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)
Ability to take initiative and work independently, and also to work collaboratively
Enthusiasm for working with volunteers
Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families, as well as experience in self-care strategies
A driver’s license for travel to shelter facilities in the Los Angeles area
California licensure or the ability to become licensed strongly encouraged
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.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email a cover letter, resume and three references to jobs@TheYoungCenter.organd include the title “Los Angeles Social Worker” in the subject line. To learn more about the Young Center’s work, please visit www.TheYoungCenter.org.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides an excellent benefits package.
About The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights 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 (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.