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The Licensed Social Worker will report directly to the Deputy Superintendent or designee of the Community Services Section and will work with other members of the Cambridge Police Department to assist with coordinating support services to youth and families at risk, homeless and vulnerable populations, and victims of crime for assistance in the areas of mental health, trauma and domestic violence-related resources. A licensed social worker is an integral part of the professional services provided to members of the community by the Cambridge Police Department and is involved in both outreach efforts and the provision of social work services. The licensed social worker will work primarily within the Youth and Family Services Unit and Community Relations Unit in implementing and administering the policies and practices of the City of Cambridge and the Police Department. Specific duties include but are not limited to:
Perform a full range of assistance to residents interacting with the department such as making referrals or coordinating resources for personal care.
Based on clinical experience, practice as an interdependent member of the community services team and provide important components of care to the community through assessment of needs for services, advocacy, consultation, direct social work services, mediation, referrals to resources and collaboration with partners.
Provide direct and indirect services to vulnerable populations including homeless adults, elder populations, immigrants, youth and families, and victims in dealing with a variety of issues such as those related to mental health, domestic violence, crime and/or trauma.
Conduct assessments to determine and develop needs and resources in both family and community support and assist with case referrals. Assist with case management and periodic reviews and uses computer programs and databases for required reports and statistical analysis.
Provide crisis intervention services to individuals or groups as required during a traumatic incident or upon request by the Deputy Superintendent or designee.
Initiate and maintain communication with persons inside and outside of the organization in promoting the care of others, policy or organizing efforts.
Take the initiative to seek out opportunities to present programs or resources that meet the needs of said groups such as at-risk youth, community groups and other partners that work with the department.
Develop and maintain positive, constructive and cooperative working relationships with community resources, city and state departments, and community leaders, including collaborating with the Department of Human Service Programs in educating those in need about available resources in the City and beyond.
Assist with providing and facilitating trainings within the Department during In-Service trainings and as needed.
Ability to convey information and explain actions to victims with varying expectations, needs, cultures and languages to determine the best means to inform clients concerning what actions are needed or to asses action plans. Collaborate with service providers, teachers, doctors, and representatives for the benefit of victims.
Maintain database of community resources including treatment and supportive programming.
Act as a human services resource and use clinical judgment and knowledge to provide information.
Participate in home visits of victims, youth, and/or families with department personnel. Participate in outreach efforts along with designated personnel as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Outreach Team, Homeless Court, and Recovery Session.
Provide leadership and coordination to develop mechanisms for the public to access and navigate violence prevention and intervention resources.
Manage special projects and other duties as assigned.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit both your resume and letter of interest by 5pm on 4/18/17 via email to: email@example.com or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. We are an AA/EEO Employer.
A Masters degree in Social Work required. Current and valid licensure in Social Work by the Massachusetts Board of Registration is required; Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker is preferred to supervise internships. Four years full time experience or equivalent part-time professional experience as a licensed social worker working with high risk populations such as victims of domestic violence, at risk youth and victims of trauma. Group work experience required with this population. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as being highly self-directed. Excellent communication skills both oral and written and working knowledge of computer software including but not limited to Microsoft Office. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and sensitively across cultural, racial, age and other differences. Commitment to issues of diversity, cultural competency and antiracism and knowledge of research in the field of social sciences including domestic and gender-based violence prevention and intervention. Ability to develop and sustain partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders. Experience in or familiarity with public policy, public health, the City of Cambridge and community relations. Excellent supervisory, negotiation, organizational, planning and management skills required.
Additional Salary Information: plus excellent benefits
With over 105,000 people located within a 6.5 square mile area, Cambridge is a unique community with a strong mix of cultural, demographic and social diversity, intellectual vitality and technological innovation. Located just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge is home to world-renowned educational institutions, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as wel...l as to numerous high-tech and bio-tech companies. Cambridge has developed into an international community, with 28% of residents being foreign born, representing over 70 countries and speaking more than 40 different languages.