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Peer Coordinator

Position: The Peer Coordinator is a part-time volunteer position with the potential to turn into a
paid part-time or full-time position.

The Peer Coordinator’s primary responsibility is the management of 3-5 CASA volunteers in their work
with children in the DC foster care system or juvenile justice system. Management includes supervision
of volunteers, direct work with volunteers in cases to recommend needed services and work with each
child’s case team.

Reports To: 

CASA Supervisor or Program Manager

Impact of Position:

CASA Volunteers require and deserve competent coaching and support in
order to provide effective and appropriate advocacy for children. CASA DC strives to offer support,
which will maximize the CASA’s strengths and, therefore, better advocate for and support youth who have
experienced trauma.

Commitment:

Peer Coordinators will need to make a 12-month commitment with the approximate
monthly workload of 15-30 hours a month.

Role Responsibilities:

Case Management

  • Supervises 3-5 CASA volunteers. Monitors cases where a CASA is not needed at the start of the
    case

  • Provides direct supervision and coaching to volunteers through bi-weekly check-ins, monthly
    CASA updates, and quarterly assessments

  • Consults on and edits CASA volunteer court reports for hearings; ensures CASA reports are filed
    prior to each hearing and distributed to all parties

  • Attends court hearings and team meetings for assigned cases

  • Updates Salesforce with case notes, hearing notes, and case documents for caseload.

  • Point of contact for the youth’s team when there are CASA concerns

  • Meets with supervisor monthly for coaching and to discuss case updates, volunteers, SalesForce,
    and organizational initiatives, programming, and processes

  • Make regular contact with all volunteers, especially prior to hearings, for updates on their
    activities and the preparation of the court reports

  • Ensure volunteers feel valued, appreciated and supported in their work as CASAs.

  • Attend internal staff trainings as deemed necessary

Requirements:

  • Experience – Must have served as a CASA Volunteer in good standing for preferably at least one
    calendar year

  • Professionalism - Follows through on commitments; Approaches others in a tactful manner;
    Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status
    or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions

  • Teamwork - Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts
    success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and
    objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed

  • Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and
    gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings. Writes clearly and
    informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Able to
    read and interpret written information

  • Delegation - Delegates and monitors work assignments for CASA Volunteers; Matches the
    responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations; Provides
    recognition for results.

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes
    information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions

  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and
    objectives; Assists CASA Volunteers with organizing their tasks

  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Listens to others without
    interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to constructive feedback and others’
    ideas

  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional situations; Responds promptly to CASA
    Volunteer needs; Solicits CASA Volunteer feedback to improve service; Facilitates
    communication

  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Looks for and takes

  • advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed

  • Computer Skills - To perform this job successfully, an individual should be comfortable working
    with Google Calendar, Google Meets, Google Docs, WebEx, etc.

 

Please email your resume and cover letter to employment@casadc.org with ”Peer Coordinator” in the subject line.

   

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Licensed Clinical Therapist

Job Type: Full-time or part-time

Education: Master's (Required)

 

CASA for Children of DC is a leading voice in advocacy for court-involved youth in the District of Columbia. CASA DC connects specially-trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to support vulnerable and at-risk youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system. CASAs develop a mentor-like relationship with their youth and advocate for their youth’s best interests in Court, promoting greater outcomes and the opportunity to thrive. The agency is organized as a charitable corporation under the not-for-profit laws of the District of Columbia. It is qualified as a tax-exempt charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3 and is classified as a public charity. We are looking for team members who are committed to the mission of the organization and whose values align with ours: Excellence, Compassion, Accountability, Inclusion, and Solution-Focused.

General Summary:

The Therapist is employed by CASA for Children of DC. The Therapist’s primary responsibility is to provide clinical and therapeutic efforts in order to provide strong advocacy for children and youth that CASA DC serves, with a trauma-focused lens. The Therapist works directly with all case-carrying staff, in addition to their assigned clients, in an effort to carry out the CASA for Children of DC mission and ensure that all children and youth are supported in a trauma-informed way. The Therapist will provide individual and family counseling, as well as structured groups as the agency deems appropriate. The Therapist is also responsible for assisting the Management Team with the coordination of program data collection, grant reporting, communications, and training activities of the organization.  Full Time or Part Time opportunity available.  Hours will include both in person and virtual options.  At least two evenings per week are required to meet clinical needs of the organization.  4 day work week, No On-Call responsibilities, no weekends (unless desired) and no holidays. 

Job Responsibilities:

Therapeutic Responsibilities

  • Conducting bio-psycho-social assessments and social histories

  • Establishes positive and trusting rapport with clients

  • Diagnose, develop, and implement treatment plans 

  • Provide ongoing therapeutic services

  • Complete Notes in a timely and efficient fashion in EHR system

  • Facilitating group interventions based on Girls’ Circle curriculum as needed

  • Assess youth for safety, including creating safety plans and following proper safety protocol

  • Conduct regular trauma-informed trainings for staff, as discussed with clinical team

  • Collaborate and support case management services which include referrals to community resources and outreach with other parties involved in the case.

  • Contributing to a multidisciplinary treatment team

  • Demonstrate culturally competent service delivery in accordance with the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice

Programmatic and Organizational Tasks

  • Assist the Management Team in coordinating program data collection and evaluation for grant reporting and other programmatic report writing.

  • Assist Program Managers in the collection of demographic and outcome data on CASA youth, volunteers, and cases.

  • Lead by example in implementing organizational policies, procedures, and incorporating organizational values: Integrity, Compassionate Accountability, Authenticity, Respect, Optimism, and Collaboration

 

Knowledge & Skills

  • A Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field 

  • Licensure in DC and/or MD required, Clinical License is preferred

  • A minimum of three years of experience in clinical work, juvenile justice, and/or child welfare 

  • Knowledge of the juvenile justice and child welfare system preferred

  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with trauma/abuse survivors, children, and/or families.

  • Ability to communicate with compassion and empathy

  • Ability to navigate technology efficiently for programming, communication, meetings, emailing, and documentation purposes.

In accordance with CASA team philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.

 

Please email your resume and cover letter to employment@casadc.org with ”Licensed Clinical Therapist” in the subject line.

   

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AmeriCorps Education Specialist

Job Summary:

The AmeriCorps Education Specialist is engaging in a year of service through AmeriCorps with an employment placement at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of DC, a 501(c)(3) organization. CASA DC’s primary role is the management of CASA volunteers in their work with children in the DC foster care system and providing dedicated support to all CASA-served youth. As an organization, the Management includes supervision of volunteers, direct work with volunteers in cases to recommend needed services, and work with each child's case team.

The AmeriCorps Education Specialist's primary responsibility is to support the educational needs of the youth we serve. 

Interested candidates should complete the application at this link.

Number of available positions: 4

Duration: 12 months

Benefits:

 

Job Requirements:

  • Excellent written communication skills for writing and editing court reports, correspondence with volunteers, case team members, and CASA DC staff

  • A demonstrated interested in working with youth and/or the education field

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

  • Ability to keep accurate, confidential, and up-to-date case files for all volunteers and children

 

Job Responsibilities: 

Educational Programming

  • Tutoring - Education Specialists will have both virtual and in-office support for you and provide both individual and group tutoring sessions for youth. The Education Specialists will set up a schedule for designated office hours where youth or CASA volunteers can approach tutors for help, one-on-one tutoring slots, and group tutoring times. The role of this position is to provide academic support in homework, test preparation, projects, and writing for essays or papers.

  • Create and implement a SAT prep course, host after-school extracurricular activities, with potential for a STEM exploration program, art classes, and more.

  • Periodically host after-school extracurricular activities, with potential for a STEM exploration program, art classes, and more.

  • Summer Learning - Education Specialists will plan and lead a Summer Learning Program focused on STEAM. 

  • Design an asynchronous curriculum for volunteers to align to Summer Learning Program and after-school extracurriculars, so youth can participate with CASA volunteers on their own time and during any season.

  • Mentoring - Education Specialists would be available as resources for CASA volunteers to troubleshoot how to support youth in education and host trainings for volunteers related to  academic support and the education system and provide targeted one-to-one support in Education efforts for youth.

 

Case Management

  • Carry a caseload of youth with heightened educational needs

  • Complete CASA DC’s staff and volunteer training

  • Manage all cases confidentially

  • Ensure all case referrals are matched with a CASA volunteer in a timely manner; supervise all case referrals (attend hearings, file status reports, etc.) until a CASA volunteer is assigned

  • Make regular contact with all volunteers, especially prior to hearings, for updates on their activities and the preparation of the court reports

  • Consult on and edit CASA volunteer reports for hearings; ensure CASA reports are filed prior to each hearing and distributed to all parties

  • Attend all hearings (or ensure a stand-in) for assigned cases

  • Maintain accurate and confidential paper and electronic case files; provide weekly and monthly program numbers to program staff and supervisors

  • Ensure volunteers feel valued, appreciated, and supported in their work as CASAs.


 

In accordance with the CASA team philosophy, the AmeriCorps Educational Specialist may be required to carry out or assist with other tasks as assigned, in addition to the duties listed on this job description.

 

Interested candidates should complete the application at this link.

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