Refugee Social Worker Assistant (fluent in Spanish), Part time, Lansing MI

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/20/2020 5:02 PM)
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At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to “Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple”. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!


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.


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Job Summary


Assists in providing a variety of culturally relevant, bi-lingual, non-professional auxiliary services for children and families in support of case related goals.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain current knowledge of and provide non-professional auxiliary services and assistance to clients, under the direction of social worker and casework supervisor in accordance with applicable contractual, regulatory requirements and accreditation standards.
  2. Provide transportation for foster children to and from medical appointments, during placement or replacement, and with social worker to clinics, other agencies, etc.
  3. Supervise children during appointments either at home, in offices, or at other appropriate sites.
  4. Maintain a resource file and become acquainted with the procedures and operations of various medical and/or educational facilities in the community, which provide services for children.
  5. Observe and document activity related to the child and foster parents; report observations to social worker with case responsibility.
  6. Develops and maintains complete progress notes for assigned cases utilizing computerized software.
  7. Obtain reports (e.g. court reports, school reports, birth records, etc.) and resource information from other agencies on behalf of social worker as assigned by supervisor.
  8. Assist the social worker with case assessments pertinent to development of casework plan.
  9. Assist the licensing social worker with home evaluations, renewals and training activities.
  10. Handle post-foster care inquiries in accordance with agency policy and practices.


Job Qualifications


Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • Associate's degree in human services or related field. Bachelor's degree in social work, human services or related field preferred.



  • One year experience in child welfare or refugee resettlement program preferred.
  • Must be able to speak Spanish fluently.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Willingness and ability to demonstrate compassion, non-judgmental attitude, and empathy towards persons served.
  • Ability to maintain a helping role; intervenes when appropriate.
  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished orally or in writing.
  • Ability to effectively resolve problems involving routine but, involved situations.
  • Ability to work constructively with staff, clients, and representatives from agencies.
  • Ability to read, speak and write English; communicates effectively, both orally and in writing.  Bilingual in language of persons served preferred; able to translate in both written and verbal forms.
  • Legible handwriting; ability to write simple and complex sentences with proper use of grammar and word order.
  • Reads, understands and interprets case record information necessary for contract, licensing, FIA and court compliance.
  • Ability to add, subtract and multiply.
  • Ability to utilize basic computerized software applications.


Additional Work Requirements

  • Valid unrestricted driver's license with good driving record with reliable transportation suitable to transport person served. Proof of current automobile registration and insurance.
  • Extended hours may be required.


Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Near and far acuity.
  • Ability to lift and carry small children up to 100 pounds.
  • High level of concentration over extended periods.


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