Building Futures is seeking an energetic, self-motivated social worker to join the agency’s team. This position is ideal for an individual who enjoys strengths-based counseling, excels in a team environment, and is interested in personal and professional growth within a dynamic agency. The position will have the following responsibilities:

Primary Responsibility: The Building Futures Social Worker/Program Associate is responsible for assessment, case management and care coordination for program applicants, participants and alumni. This position will be an integral member of the program team and will be the primary provider of direct service supports across all programs, including off-site locations. These primary responsibilities will occur under the direction of the Deputy Director and in partnership with the Training Director and other members of the program team.

Secondary Responsibility: The Social Worker/Program Associate will provide operational program support, including logistical planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting. This position will also partner with the Communications Manager and Training/Alumni Relations Associate to implement outreach and recruitment activities and support alumni events, gatherings and meetings.

FUNCTIONS

  1. Assessment, Case Management, and Care Coordination

a. Evaluate and assess each program applicant, including identifying, supporting and minimizing employment barriers. Coordinate services and care to support each individual’s needs, including making referrals and follow-up to supplementary social services at all points in time – pre-training, during program participation and post-graduation.

b. Create individual service plans for each participant, monitoring on-going progress toward self-sufficiency. Maintain accurate and comprehensive files, ensuring compliance with confidentiality and audit standards.

c. Connect and support program participants in obtaining all entitlement benefits, including SNAP, TANF, WIC, subsidized housing, etc.

d. Lead weekly case reviews of program participants, with a focus on ensuring those with the most barriers obtain needed services and supports, referring to internal staff and external agencies, as appropriate.

e. Provide job-search assistance and supportive services for program participants who are awaiting apprenticeship placement and, also for candidates that were assessed, but did not enter formal programming.

f. Provide supportive services to program alumni to maximize apprenticeship success.

  1. Program Operations and Organizational Responsibilities

a. Develop and maintain partnerships with service agencies that will address the needs of our students and graduates, including – but not limited to – housing assistance, GED, employment, and substance use disorder.

b. Under the direction of the Training Director, coordinate, schedule and support community-based trainings within the construction training calendars, including, financial literacy, rental and home ownership, anti-harassment, and other relevant topics.

c. Maintain, monitor and analyze participant demographic and outcome data for continuous program improvement and to support grant writing, reporting and presentation needs.

d. Support program recruitment and outreach, as well as alumni activities and events.

e. Under the direction of the Training Director, communicate with partners to support trainee placements.

f. Support reporting requirements and grant applications.

g. Maintain participant records electronically and in hard copy.

 

  1. Organizational Responsibilities

a. Participate in agency-wide initiatives, providing expertise and support, as needed.

b. Represent Building Futures at public events, task forces and other external committees and activities.

  1. Other Duties as Assigned

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years of direct service experience with at-risk populations required, with a preference for experience working with young adults with criminal, substance and/or mental health backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated skills in assessment, treatment planning & follow-through and documentation required.
  • Knowledge of – and interest in – developing and utilizing community partnerships.
  • Strong critical thinking, organizational, and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple competing tasks and activities.
  • Self-motivated, creative and committed to personal and organizational excellence.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment, as well as work independently.
  • Master’s degree in social work, preferred.
  • Bilingual (Spanish), a plus.
  • Competency with computer programs, including databases, excel, word and outlook.

 

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Debra Medeiros Overly, Deputy Director, at dmedeirosoverly@bfri.org. Resumes received without a cover letter will not be considered.

Building Futures is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.