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NEW POSITIONS AVAILABLE
OPEN JOB POSITION: Filipino Cultural Broker (part-time)
The Filipino Cultural Broker partners with the social worker, or another representative from the DFCS, in responding to alleged child abuse/neglect situations. In these highly- charged environments, the Cultural Broker’s role is to minimize conflicts, ensure cultural understanding of the situation from both sides, cultivate trust and empathy, and foster partnership between the family and the county in order to arrive at the best solution to support the children.
The Cultural Broker will report to the Program Manager.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Accompany the county social worker or another representative of the DFCS to the location of the family when requested (meet at the site requested by the DFCS)
• Serve as an intermediary to help bridge the cultural gap by communicating differences and similarities between cultures. Ensure that the social worker, or another representative of DFCS, and family have a mutual understanding of events and expectations.
• Assist the social worker or another representative of the DFCS to understand the cultural context of the presenting concern
• Assist the family to understand the cultural context of the allegation
• Be available to answer questions for the social worker or another representative of the DFCS and/or family
• Facilitate meaningful conversation between the social worker, or another representative of the DFCS, and the family
• Assist the social worker, or another representative of the DFCS, and family in understanding the resources available to them
• Broker the family’s culture through joint meetings between the social worker, or another representative of the DFCS, and the family
• Assist the family in understanding the child welfare process and expectations
• Be available to social worker, or another representative of the DFCS, and family for 60 days after the presenting consultation for meetings and phone calls.
• Attend required trainings/meetings
• Perform related work as required
• The job description may not be a complete listing of all miscellaneous, incidental or other duties that may be assigned during normal operations.
• Applicants must have a Bachelor degree in Social Work or related field and a minimum of two (2) years of work experience in providing direct case management services to clients, except:
• Those without a Bachelor degree in Social Work or related field must have a minimum of six (6) years of case management experience and/or experience providing direct services.
• Those who have personally been through the child welfare system, a combination of four (4) years of education and work experience providing direct services to clients will be eligible to apply.
• Applicants must be bilingual (fluent in English and Tagalog) and have excellent communication skills (oral, reading, writing)
• Applicants must have strong knowledge of the Filipino culture, Santa Clara community resources and the ability to successfully engage with families.
• Applicants must be culturally sensitive, i.e. demonstrate the knowledge of and be sensitive to the cultural, religious, regional, ethnic, social, linguistic, gender and sexual orientation needs of the Filipino children and families.
• Applicants must have knowledge of values, beliefs, and child welfare practices of cultural groups, must be respectful and have an understanding of traditional and indigenous wellness and cultural practices
• Experience navigating the child welfare service delivery and supportive systems within communities is a big plus
• Experience and sensitivity in working with at-risk subgroups within the Filipino community is a big plus. At-risk subgroups include, but are not limited to, new immigrant families, youthful parents, parents struggling with mental health, developmental delays, substance abuse issues, parents battling with domestic violence, and those parents with children aged 18 or younger with behavioral, medical, developmental or mental health concerns
• Maintain a high proficiency level to serve Filipino families in Santa Clara County
• Must have car, current California driver’s license, and car insurance.
• If selected, applicant must obtain the Department of Justice background clearance and Live Scan prior to commencing work.
To apply and/or get more details, please contact Quyen Vuong or Tien Nguyen at Bridge@ican2.org