KIND seeks a Social Services Coordinator to provide trauma-informed services to unaccompanied children placed at Emergency Intake Sites (EIS) maintained by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the following five sites: San Diego, CA; El Paso TX; and Midland, TX. The Social Services Coordinator will serve an essential role as part of the KIND’s legal team and ensure children received coordinated legal supports through a holistic and culturally responsive framework. Please specify in your application which location you are applying to.
This position will be for a temporary contract of 2-2.5 months (with the possibility of extension).
Develop and maintain a knowledge base of the scope of work at the facility,
Offer socioemotional support to children during legal screenings and or Know Your Rights Presentations.
Elevate concerns to Supervisor and collaborate with ORR staff during crisis triage.
Identify children in need of expedited post-18 plan and collaborate with ORR staff to complete this process.
Support legal screenings and Know Your Rights Presentations as needed.
Offer guidance, and socioemotional support to children during KIND’s legal office hours.
Design and facilitate regular debrief “wind-down” sessions to troubleshoot complex cases and support the team in processing difficult experiences of the day.
Complete data outputs as outlined in the scope of work.
Supervise Social Services volunteers while in the facility and share best practices.
Consult and work regularly with KIND staff to integrate holistic, trauma-informed, and client-centered services that consider both legal strategy and social service needs.
Assist with trainings and presentations as outlined in the scope of work.
Create referral list and have working knowledge of case management to support provision of referrals to children either through UCORD system, or by providing screened children referral list.
At KIND we value every employee and the vital role they play in carrying out our mission to protect unaccompanied children on the move. Each employee hired as part of the ORR Project will be eligible for:
Up to $2,000 in relocation expenses
Up to 5 paid days in hotel
Paid roundtrip flight
Two medical insurance plans with 100% employer-paid options for medical, dental and vision (Eligible on day of hire)
And lots more!
Qualifications and Requirements:
Master’s degree in social work or related field or 6 years of work experience, combined with bachelor’s degree in social work or related field, in lieu of advanced degree.
Depending on location- at least 2 years of experience working with Tender Age children, foster care, at risk youth.
3-5 years of experience in social services or non-profit organizations; community organizing, or grassroots and partnership development experience preferred.
Advanced skills in Microsoft Suite including Outlook, Excel (including formula function), and Teams; competence with technology-related items including audio-video set-up and execution.
Demonstrated commitment to improving and/or understanding issues impacting immigrants in the U.S.; preferred experience working with trauma survivors.
Experience working with immigrant and refugee children and youth, LGBTQA communities.
Ability to work independently, anticipate needs, and take initiative in a high volume, fast-paced environment.
Experience supervising interns and volunteers; highly skilled at conducting outreach and managing external partnerships.
Experience in data entry and/or data management; experience in case and document database navigation such as ShareFile and Legal Server, including running and interpreting reports.
Ability to handle tech related responsibilities including management of digital calendars and video conferencing.
Strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills, responsive practices, and a racial equity lens.
Ability to effectively conduct trainings to diverse audiences in person and virtually.
Experience working with multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary teams.
Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail; ability to work collaboratively; excellent writing an oral communication skill.
Ability to thrive in a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities.
Advanced fluency in English and Spanish, spoken and written, required.
Ability to travel as assigned.
Ability to work within an office environment, have regular interaction via telephone, teleconference, IM and email with KIND’s team and have in-person meetings with clients.
About KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.
KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care, and other comprehensive services.
To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen the protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based... violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.
KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.