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Social Work Practitioner

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Position Title Social Work Practitioner - Journey
Working Title Social Work Practitioner
Position Number 20020820
Vacancy ID P006928
Budgeted Hiring Range $45,000 - $55,000
Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent 69
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

Flexible work schedule to accommodate refugee’s availability. Some evening and weekend work required.

Department Name and Number SW-School of Social Work-380100
Date First Posted 04/13/2017
Closing Date 04/28/2017
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Other

Position Summary Information

Department Description

The UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative is a research project based in the UNC School of Social Work. The Initiative’s mission is to provide mental health services to refugees living in the NC Triangle area, while building the community’s capacity to address refugee mental health concerns. The initiative also collects research data on refugees’ mental health needs and outcomes, and serves as a field unit for MSW students to compete field placements during the academic year.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description

The Social Work Practitioner will provide direct support to refugee clients, and will maintain continuity of care during periods when MSW students are not completing field placements. The Social Work Practitioner will provide the full range of professional social work functions to complex refugee cases, under general supervision.

This position will perform assessments and use considerable judgment in the performance of their functions and may engage in therapy and counseling with clients, and may serve as primary case manager/counselor working with the treatment team. This position will have knowledge of the refugee populations to be served and the needs of those populations, as well as understanding of theories of human behavior, change processes, learning theory, and treatment of physical/mental health concerns to provide therapeutic services. This position will have knowledge of appropriate counseling techniques for addressing refugees’ mental health concerns, especially those related to trauma. This position will be familiar with local, state and federal policies affecting refugees, as well as governmental and private organizations and community resources serving refugee populations. This position will be familiar with program rules and regulations affecting refugees, and will adhere to the NASW code of ethics.

This position will be assess refugee clients’ needs; intervene appropriately and terminate services appropriately; use therapeutic counseling techniques to teach appropriate behaviors; develop behavioral programs; demonstrate desired behaviors and supervise the practice of those behaviors; provide counseling on an individual and group basis to achieve individual service plan goals; and resolve issues. This position will listen, understand and convey information in oral and written form to refugees served, their families and others, working with interpreters when necessary.

This position will also work collaboratively as a member of a team to provide services for clients and families, and to relate positively to community groups and other professionals. This position will develop and maintain effective relationships with clients and others to encourage and support communication and teamwork; build and maintain ongoing, collaborative, working relationships to achieve psychosocial goals; and address ethical relationships.

This position will develop programs of treatment with specific goals and objectives, and will be able to implement, monitor and modify programs while developing and implementing treatment plans and training families, other staff, and other professionals in specifics of the plans. This position will develop and present the client’s interests in all matters, assessing a wide variety of current and projected needs of clients, following up on services being provided to the clients to assure needs are being met, providing and implementing some of the services needed, and using counseling and behavioral modification approaches.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services discipline with coursework related to the area of assignment. Some positions may require certification to practice as a certified or licensed Clinical Social Worker as required by the North Carolina Social Work Certification Board.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

• Must be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed to practice in North Carolina as required by the North Carolina Social Work Certification Board.
• Must be able to communicate fluently in written and spoken English, and be able to work with interpreters telephonically and in person to engage with refugee speakers of languages other than English.
• Must be willing and able to conduct visits in refugees’ home, often with flexibility in scheduled hours to accommodate refugees’ availability.
• Some evening and weekend work required.
• Valid NC Driver’s License required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Preferred training and experience in trauma-focused treatment modalities; training and experience in practice with both adults and children; experience working in refugee resettlement, or other settings that engage with refugees, or experience in working with refugee communities, especially being familiar with the processes of refugee resettlement in the United States, and having experience in refugee mental health service delivery.
• Familiarity with voluntary agencies (VOLAGs) involved in resettlement, as well as other organizations serving refugees and resources available to refugees.
• Preferred ability to speak, read and write fluently in at least one language spoken by refugees in the NC Triangle Area, including Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Spanish, Swahili, and/or Tigrinya.
• Understanding of the refugee experience, including the experiences of survivors of torture, trauma, war-related violence, and sexual violence.
• Familiar with university institutional review board procedures as they relate to research involving human subjects, and have completed UNC’s required CITI training in research ethics.

Required Licenses/Certifications

Must be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed to practice in North Carolina as required by the North Carolina Social Work Certification Board.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work occasionally, Valid NC Driver’s License, Weekend work occasionally
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
Quick Link http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/117561

Contact Information

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to employment@unc.edu

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education/certification for the Social Work Practitioner position.
    • Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree in a Human Services discipline with coursework related to the area of assignment and certification to practice as a certified or licensed Clinical Social Worker as required by the North Carolina Social Work Certific
    • Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree in a Human Services discipline with coursework related to the area of assignment and not certified to practice as a certified or licensed Clinical Social Worker as required by the North Carolina Social Work Certific
    • None of the above
  2. * Please describe any training and experience in trauma-focused modalities.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe any experience in the area of managed care and billing.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe previous or current experience working with refugee populations and working with local, state and federal agencies.

    (Open Ended Question)