Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Position open with Polaris Project in DC

Polaris Project
DC Case Manager

Education: Master (MA, MSW, etc.)
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, 20013-8892, United States
Type: Full time
Salary: 40-45K
Last day to apply: July 21, 2009
Last updated: May 23, 2009
Sector: Nonprofit
Job posted on: May 22, 2009

Degree Preferred (but not required):
Licensure Preferred (but not required): LGSW or LICSW
Clients: Survivors of Human Trafficking
Languages Required: English, Spanish
Language Preferred: Korean
Location: Washington, DC Office
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisor: Client Services Supervisor
Geographic Service Area: DC Metropolitan Area

Position Description: Polaris Project is seeking a Case Manager to provide comprehensive case management to survivors of trafficking in persons as part of Polaris Project’s DC Trafficking Intervention Program (DC TIP). The Case Manager will:
  1. Provide direct case management services to clients and coordinate psychosocial, legal, medical, translation and shelter services and referrals [75%]
  2. Conduct outreach activities, including direct victim outreach and community outreach activities in institutional settings [10%]
  3. Participate in and contribute to Polaris Project’s crisis response team, entitled STAT, to be on-call for potential emergency referrals from law enforcement and other community organizations. Note: Participation in the STAT program may require flexible work hours and some occasional availability during evenings and weekends. [15%]
Emotional maturity, stability, and resilience are required, along with excellent social skills that facilitate authentic, empathic, and friendly communication. Experience, comfort, and sensitivity working in multi-cultural environments are required.

Client Population: Most clients will be survivors of sex trafficking or labor trafficking. Labor exploitation victims may also be served. Clients will include foreign national survivors, particularly Asian and Latino, as well as U.S. national survivors of trafficking in street prostitution, brothels, strip clubs, and escort services.

Client Service Philosophy: Polaris Project’s client services provide a safe and appropriate environment for trafficking victims and coordination of comprehensive care that is sensitive to their unique needs. The philosophy guiding Polaris Project’s direct service provision is strengths-based, client-centered, and culturally and linguistically sensitive throughout the phases of assessment and care.

Polaris Project uses the empowerment model of service delivery, encouraging the client to actively make choices about the development and implementation of her treatment and to leverage her strengths while developing a positive sense of self. The empowerment model profoundly changes the expectation of the client and her role – from passive participant to manager of her own life and collaborator within her social support network.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strongly proficient Spanish.
  • 2 or more years experience providing direct client services (including internship and practicum), with demonstrated competency in client service provision and case management, preferably to survivors of trafficking in persons, trauma, domestic violence, and/or sexual assault.
  • Demonstrated passion for social justice, human rights issues, and women’s issues - Experience working in multicultural environments.
  • Resiliently positive and energetic attitude.
  • Emotional maturity, stability and resilience.
  • Confidence in managing interns and volunteers
  • Comfort and sensitivity when working with survivors of commercial sexual exploitation
  • MSW
  • Proficient Korean language ability
  • Driver's license
How to Apply:

Application Instructions: PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR MAIL YOUR APPLICATION. All application materials should be sent to Applications@polarisproject.org. Materials should include a custom cover letter, resume, and three references, plus any additional personal statements you may wish to include. The deadline for application is rolling, until a candidate is chosen, so early application is advised.
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