Senior Community Program Specialist (LMSW)

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The University of Maryland School of Social Work has multiple openings for Senior Community Program Specialists to work as a part of the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS). The Senior Community Program Specialist (Community School Coordinator) is responsible for producing mutually beneficial relationships resulting in meaningful and sustainable educational, employment, and economic opportunities that serve as a catalyst for University sponsored community programming.  This position plans, organizes, and coordinates resources, networks and partnerships for groups, individuals, school communities and families to improve the well-being of Maryland’s residents.  Specifically, the Senior Community Program Specialist (Community School Coordinator) is responsible for leading the local Community School model, connecting Baltimore City Public School students to a customized set of services through collaboration with families, teachers, school staff, and community agencies. The position will be located full-time at one Baltimore City Elementary/ Middle/ or High School and is expected to align all programs, services, and opportunities collaboratively with Baltimore City Public School administration and the Positive Schools Center. Celebrating over 20 years of innovative social work practice in the Baltimore area, the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) was launched within the UM SSW in 1992. SWCOS' mission is to advance social justice through mutually transformative community-university partnerships.  The vision of SWCOS is that all communities will be equitable and promote well-being, self-determination, individual and collective power. SWCOS provides graduate level social work students with hands-on experience with critical social issues in an encouraging and creative atmosphere that prepares them to be leaders. This Exempt, Regular position offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools. UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.  Essential Functions
  • Supervises and provides field instruction to graduate social work students in conducting social work assessments that examine risk and strengths of children and their families who attend Elementary Middle Schools.  Support graduate students in developing service plans by identifying evidence based or informed programs and services available for a variety of client issues dealing with challenges, strengths, change and crisis.
  • Implement a menu of needs-driven, high-quality programs in adherence with the community school model, including, but not limited to, expanded learning and enrichment opportunities, health services, parent/family engagement, adult education, direct material assistance, and intervention targeted to chronically absent students.
  • Advise principal on how to integrate partners and community members into school governance structures (school leadership, attendance teams, etc), monitors progress to ensure the highest quality programming for all participants.
  • Apply theories, knowledge, procedures, methods, and ethics derived from a formal educational program in Social Work.  
  • Provide training, guidance, and support to teachers, school administrators, and staff as well as other community partners regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, child care, and/or medical care as well as the implementation of restorative practices.
  • Convene and staff the site-based Community School Leadership Team, a coordinating body that is co-led by the principal and this position and may comprise administrators, teachers, support services staff, partners, parents, and others to identify needs, set priorities, and coordinate the strategies.
  • Develop and facilitate workshops, meetings or community events; coordinate logistics, scheduling, and participant communications including social media. Work closely with partners to develop and provide appropriate trainings, workshops, and recognition events for participants.  Coordinate logistics, scheduling, communications, and participation.
  • Manage program work plans in accordance with specifications and funding limitations in order to shape the program. Oversee daily operations; organize program activities; and set priorities.
  • Maintain and facilitate program data in compliance and with programmatic reports required by sponsors. Make recommendations to management in use of funds to ensure compliance and prepare for regular program audits by sponsors. Collect, complete, and submit program information in required formats for various reporting including internal quarterly program updates and sponsors reports.
  • Assist in evaluating program effectiveness to develop improved methods; devise evaluation methodology and implements; analyze results and recommend and/or take appropriate action.  
  • Participate in network meetings and trainings as related to the Community School strategy city-wide as well as initiatives led by Positive Schools Center.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education:  Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Experience:  One (1) years in social service program coordination, development, oversight or administration, preferably in an urban school setting.
Licensure/Certification:  Licensed Masters in Social Work (LMSW) in the State of Maryland.  Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities:
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Demonstrates a commitment to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.  Incorporates anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices and principles to accomplish their work.
  • Knowledge of best practices in the field as well as relevant federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and programs/policies related to public schools and out of school time programming.
  • Ability to gather relevant data to synthesize and summarize information in making judgments regarding children and their families
  • Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for resolving problems and facilitating decision-making processes.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.  Ability to manage situations with tact, diplomacy, understanding, and fairness.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills; Ability to work as part of a team, as well as with individuals and/or families from diverse ethnic, racial, and social-economic backgrounds.
  • Understands the specific experiences of historically marginalized racial groups in the U.S., particularly Black, Indigenous, and Latinx groups.
The Hiring Range for this position is the high $50,000s to mid $60,000s, commensurate with education and experience.
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at [email protected] If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact [email protected] Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Social Work - Community Outreach Service
Job Posting: Jan 12, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing


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