RMIAN’s Social Service Project (SSP) assists particularly vulnerable detained immigrant adults by providing wrap-around support, including help dealing with the stress of detention and planning for needed services upon clients’ release from detention. Through generous funding from The Denver Foundation’s Colorado Health Access Fund, RMIAN has an opening for a full-time social worker to expand the SSP’s ability to address the behavioral health needs of adults encountered in immigration detention. In addition, the Bilingual Staff Social Worker will serve a small number of detained adult clients who have been deemed by the immigration court to be mentally incompetent to represent themselves and are appointed counsel under the National Qualified Representative Program. Finally, the social worker may also help support some child and adolescent clients of RMIAN’s Children’s Program.
Maintain caseload of detained adult, some non-detained adult, and possibly some child clients
Through interdisciplinary model, collaborate closely with attorneys throughout clients’ cases
Work in trauma-informed and strengths-based ways with clients to complete biopsychosocial assessments and implement ways to deal with the stress of detention and current symptoms of behavioral health issues
As appropriate, support clients’ legal cases by helping to draft personal declarations, arranging forensic health evaluations, communicating with family/other support, gathering health records, attending court hearings, etc.
Advocate for improved healthcare and detention conditions for clients
Create plans for post-release services, including referrals to behavioral health services and appropriate housing
Expand relationships with relevant service providers, advocates, and community volunteers
Synthesize and report program data in compliance with rigorous grant evaluation requirements
Perform other relevant tasks as needs arise
Must have Master of Social Work degree from accredited program
High-level proficiency/fluency in Spanish and English, both oral and written, required
Passion for RMIAN’s mission and demonstrated commitment to social justice
Flexibility and ability to calmly thrive in a fast-paced, often unpredictable environment
Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and written and oral communication skills
Experience recognizing and responding to behavioral health conditions—including depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, neurocognitive disorders, and substance use disorders—and responding to people in crisis
Interest in interdisciplinary collaboration in a primarily legal services setting
Basic knowledge of immigration law or commitment to learning
Demonstrated cultural competency in working with people of diverse backgrounds and ages
Commitment to working with people with criminal histories and to working in a detention center
Demonstrated self-awareness and developed ways to care for self when exposed to stress and trauma
Familiarity with public benefits programs and local social services
Experience and interest in program evaluation
Ability to pass required criminal and immigration history background checks
Reliable personal transportation
Salary: Dependent on experience, plus a generous benefits package.
To apply: Please send a detailed cover letter, resume, and list of professional references by October 25 to Megan Hope, MSW, Social Services Project Director at email@example.com
RMIAN is an equal opportunity employer and recognizes the importance of diversity in the workplace. We encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and marginalized groups. RMIAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status or veteran status. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment free from discrimination.