Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Excellent Benefit Package Offered


If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

This position is eligible for a $3,000 signing bonus.

As an Unaccompanied Children (UC) Foster Care Lead Case Manager for Therapeutic Foster Care, you will be responsible for coordinating case management and safe and timely release services and supervising the work of other case managers. You will also be expected to provide casework and supportive services to a small caseload of approximately four children in foster care, which includes facilitating any family members identified or referred for potential sponsorship and assisting with sponsorship applications as needed.

In addition to your programmatic responsibilities, you will also be required to maintain communication with stakeholders in an effective and timely manner to ensure case continuity. This position is expected to function effectively with moderate supervision while following the guidelines given on procedures, along with the agency, state, and federal regulatory requirements.

For 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has offered welcome and hope to more than half a million refugees. Since 1939, LIRS has transformed lives, with the support and hard work of people like you, to welcome the most vulnerable to the United States - from sea to shining sea.

LIRS is a national organization with a budget of over $88 million per year, and over 100 staff nationwide. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of staff and affiliates. As we continue to grow, we search for the best candidates and offer excellent benefits to include flexible work hours, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, professional development funds, parental leave, a 403(b) with organizational match, and more!

DUTIES

  • Ensure that all assigned youth on your caseload and under your supervision receive mandatory services while in care to include but not limited to mental health, medical, recreational, educational, and other supportive services in accordance with the time and documentation expectations of the program.
  • Develop and complete assessments, service and treatment plans, progress notes, incident reports, and any other necessary documentation in a timely manner.
  • Impart adequate and supportive supervision to Case Managers, ensuring that all child welfare and best practice standards are being observed.
  • Provide comprehensive training to new Case Managers.
  • Maintain accurate and current information on foster children in care, while ensuring contract and the program's internal documentation practices and reporting requirements are met.
  • Actively participate in weekly staff meetings with the clinical team and stakeholders.
  • Attend, facilitate, and assist with providing ongoing education and support services to foster parents.
  • Attend weekly meetings with supervisor to consult on cases, review case plan and direction, and evaluate client participation and progress.
  • Schedule meetings with assigned foster parents and foster children on at least a monthly basis and address any concerns in service delivery.
  • Translate both written and verbal communication for program clientele and staff if they are bi-lingual.
  • Maintain effective communication with community agencies or individuals involved in service provision.
  • Attend internal and external training and apply newly gained knowledge in providing quality case management services.
  • Attend and prepare for required court hearings (if applicable).
  • Transport clients on an as-needed basis.
  • Explore and establish collaborative relationships with community resources and refer Case Managers and families for support, as needed.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to federal, state, program, and agency regulations.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and work independently within the field.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree in social work; licensure in the state of Maryland (LBSW) and at least 3 years progressive employment experience that demonstrates supervisory and case management experience
  • Master's degree in social work; licensure in the state of Maryland (LMSW or LCSW or LCSW-C)
  • Supervisory experience in direct service delivery with the ability to effectively delegate tasks and responsibilities strongly preferred;
  • Prior experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations strongly preferred.
  • Bi-lingual English and Spanish strongly preferred; additional compensation for bilingual

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Mature and stable judgment as well as sensitivity to various cultures and the unique history of refugees.
  • Must maintain a broad knowledge of basic principles, concepts, and methodology
  • of social work as acquired through a bachelor's level degree or professional experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work under stress or in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise a high level of confidentiality.
  • Computer and typing skills sufficient to perform essential job functions.
  • Regularly required to talk and/or hear individuals who do not speak English as their primary language.

Special Position Requirements

  • Valid driver's license required
  • Must be able to pass a TB test, an FBI background check, as well as a CA/N check for every state in which they have resided in the last five years.
  • If hired, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID 19. Exceptions will be made when required by law.

Additional Work Requirements

  • Participate in a system of 24-hour availability to clients, foster and adoptive parents, as required.
  • Pass a criminal history screen, including state and local child protection agency registries.
  • Unrestricted valid driver's license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance.
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