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Youth Development Social Worker
Job Description

The Social Worker is an LMSW responsible for supporting the roughly 40 freshmen and sophomore participants of Rocking the Boat's after school and summer youth development programs. The Social Worker works to leverage the powerful hands-on educational experiences offered in Rocking the Boat's programs and help make them relevant to the rest of students' lives. This involves a focus on (1) helping students to succeed in school (meeting with teachers and guidance counselors, identifying tutoring opportunities); (2) offering short-term counseling in order to identify issues in social and emotional development and strategizing on how to address them (meeting individually with all students and parents throughout each semester); and (3) coordinating groups that explore important adolescent topics that young people do not necessarily learn at school or at home. The Social Worker reports to the Executive Director and receives clinical supervision from an LCSW off site. All client contact and clinical supervision count towards obtaining LCSW licensure.
    Duties Include:
  • Meeting individually at least twice each semester with every participant in Rocking the Boat's Youth Development Boatbuilding and On-Water programs
  • Conducting intakes that include bio-psycho-social evaluations on all incoming students
  • Developing and leading regular social work groups focusing on adolescent issues
  • Referring students to an outside network of mental health, tutoring, and youth development services
  • Overseeing evaluation and assessment of freshman and sophomore participants
  • Coordinating student recruitment for each of three semesters annually with program directors
  • Managing student crises pertaining to mental health issues
  • Working collaboratively with two other Social Workers and Program Directors
  • Occasionally accompanying students and program staff on weekend day and overnight trips
  • Working closely with school liaisons (administrators, guidance counselors, teachers) and parents
  • Registration as a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW)
  • SIFI certified or eligible
  • Three years of post-graduate social work experience working with high school aged youth
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Spanish speaking strongly preferred
  • A valid driver's license
    Rocking the Boat offers:
  • Full-time position, salary commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits package
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth empowerment
Please email cover letters and resumes to Liz Lindgren at