• Refugee Capacity Builder, Lansing MI

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(12/5/2018 3:46 PM)
    Requisition Number
    Social Workers
    Employee Type
    Hours Per Pay Period
    Work Hours
    Varied/8 Hour Shift
    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
    Position Location
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    Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


    Job Summary


    Builds resources and capacity to increase the ability to accept placements and expand services provided for Refugee Programs.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Devise, implement and evaluate strategies and recruitment plan to assure adequate foster homes, providers and interpreters.
    2. Initiate contact with public entities and interested parties to recruit prospective foster parents, per strategy.
    3. Establish and maintain a current contact file with recruitment sources, prospective foster homes data files, and mailing lists.
    4. Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with religious/community groups and key individuals to increase awareness of need for foster parents and organization's services.
    5. Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of recruitment strategies; compile statistical data related to service delivery outcomes and measurements. Provide reports and data as requested.
    6. Develop and circulate promotional materials in coordination with Communications and supervisor.
    7. Collaborate with Communications and supervisor to craft press releases promoting foster care awareness and recruitment.
    8. Create and present presentations that promote foster care awareness and recruitment to public groups, under supervisor guidance. 
    9. Participate in conferences, program planning, and outcomes.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Bachelor's Degree in Community Organization, Social work or related field.



    • Two years community outreach experience preferred.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to prioritize work projects and tasks; excellent organizational skills.
    • Strong presentation and facilitation skills. Ability to effectively and professionally convey information one-on-one and in front of small and large groups.
    • Ability to operate with minimal direct supervision.
    • Ability to demonstrate cultural and ethnic sensitivity.
    • Ability to work within complex social systems and coordinate resources.
    • Ability to work in team relationships with other professionals from varied community groups, agencies, and disciplines.
    • Ability to read, write and speak fluent English. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Knowledge of state and local human service systems and resources, and mobilizing individuals and groups.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Unrestricted Michigan driver's license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting clients; proof of current automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Ability to move freely about.
    • High level of concentration over extended periods of time.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Hand and finger dexterity.


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