Social Worker (Children & Youth)
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of under-represented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. The Law Foundation advocates for change and advances social justice through its comprehensive legal services and advocacy programs. Our programs include Housing, Health, Children and Youth, and Pro Bono services.
With over 90 talented and passionate employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal and social work services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is a dynamic and interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are committed to our Race and Equity initiative by centering race in our practice, regularly discussing race and how it impacts our work and our community.
The Law Foundation’s Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) is seeking to hire a social worker to assist in identifying and addressing the needs and interests of our clients. LACY advances the legal rights of minors in Santa Clara County, empowering them to lead healthy and productive lives. We listen to, advise, and advocate for our clients to ensure their voices are heard and their rights are protected.
The social worker will work in tandem with different LACY attorneys to identify and address the needs and interests of the clients. The position will require the social worker to assess the suitability for placement and visitation of parents, relatives, and foster care providers. The social worker will be expected to meet with clients in various settings, including home and school environments. The social worker should coordinate with other service providers working on behalf of the minor, including therapists and educators. In certain cases, the social worker may be asked to provide expert opinions or testimony. This is a regular, full-time position reporting directly to the Clinical Social Work Supervisor.
This position will require participation in LACY’s regular team meetings, staff meeting and program development activities including assisting the LACY Directing Attorney and Supervising Attorney. The social worker may be asked to attend community outreach presentations to youth and service providers. Applicant should have an interest in laws pertaining to child advocacy and juvenile dependency.
- Conduct home visits, write assessments, and make recommendations for attorney review.
- Assist attorneys in case assessment, strategy, and management.
- Provide crisis intervention and management.
- Participate in community outreach sessions.
- Advocate for clients in multi-disciplinary team meetings.
- Assist attorneys in mediation, if appropriate.
- Make appropriate referrals to outside agencies.
- Assist in maintenance of community resource library.
- Maintain statistics on youth served.
- Participate in general office upkeep duties, including computer data entry of intake information, filing, copying, drafting and filing court documents, and serving notice.
- Provide technical assistance to attorneys and service providers.
- Master of Social Work (MSW) degree required.
- Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Vietnamese preferred.
- Bicultural background preferred.
- Licensure or progress towards licensure preferred.
- Background in child abuse and neglect.
- Valid driver’s license, with good driving record, or other transportation to conduct client visits, outreach presentations, and home assessments.
- Ability to work sensitively with children and families in crisis.
- In-depth knowledge of and experience with Santa Clara County social service agencies & providers.
- Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
- Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills.
- Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities desired.
- Frequent use of computer keyboard.
- Use of office equipment, such as copier, printer, and fax.
- Ability to assess home environments with smoke or other potentially sensitive qualities
Salary scale starts at $54,888 for candidates with an MSW, and starts at $57,248 for candidates with an LCSW; compensation based upon qualifications and comparable experience. Additional $100/month bilingual differential is available. All compensation determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEIU Local 521 and LFSV. 35-hour work week. Excellent benefits provided including generous paid time off, fully paid employee health insurance premiums and 401(k). More information regarding the Law Foundation and our exceptional benefits is available on our website: www.lawfoundation.org.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. Please submit the following via email to email@example.com (1) a resume, (2) at least three professional references, and (3) a cover letter that explains your interest and also addresses the question below.
To best serve our clients and our community, the Law Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity and diversity among our staff?