Lead Social Worker

Newark, NJ
South Ward Children's Alliance (SWCA) Positions

The mission of the South Ward Children’s Alliance (SWCA) is to dramatically improve the trajectory of children’s lives, making it possible for them to success to and through college and career.
To learn more about SWCA, please visithttp://www.bricknewark.org
Here is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting entrepreneurial organization. BRICK operates two divisions - a school management division and a two-generation strategy. The two-generation strategy is the South Ward Children's Alliance, the backbone organization that is building a cradle to career pipeline in the South Ward of Newark. BRICK is looking for an individual who will help build our organization from the ground up. If you are interested in being part of success at a greater scale and looking to invest in a theory of change that actually works – then this is your organization. 
The Lead Social Worker for the South Ward Children’s Alliance works in The Family Hub case management division to execute our mission by taking the lead in supporting vulnerable children and families in need of assistance and grief/loss support. They are responsible for helping parents find community services and resources for themselves and their children. This position reports directly to the Family Hub Director.


    • Create and maintain relationships with school social workers in the South Ward as a primary resource for referrals.
    • Create and maintain relationships with SWCA grief and loss community partners.
    • Support the Family Hub Team by providing expertise in grief and loss to support clients.
    • Help families build resilience as they face changes and challenges in their lives through strengths based case management, SWCA programming, and partnerships.
    • Conduct weekly touchpoints with caseload as well as monthly home visits.
    • Accompany families to appointments when applicable.
    • Assess family’s needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals and develop their case management plan.
    • Research and refer families to community resources, such as food stamps and child care, and support them throughout the process.
    • Help families work with government agencies to apply for and receive benefits such as Medicare.
    • Respond to crisis situations such as death, community violence, fires, child abuse, food insecurity, and housing issues as needed.
    • Advocate for and help families get resources that would improve their well-being and support children that are in school.
    • Follow up with families to ensure that their case management goals are met and create aftercare plans as needed.
    • Participate in weekly data driven supervision meetings with the Family Hub Director.


    • Support in developing and maintaining relationships with multiple SWCA partners.
    • Lead and develop grief and loss support initiatives for the South Ward Children’s Alliance (ex. grief workshops and other workshops deemed appropriate)
    • Assist in the preparation of communication materials, forms, and grant reports as needed.
    • Maintain Family Hub files, track Family Hub data, and generate reports as needed.
    • Be present for site visits as deemed necessary by the Family Hub Director
    • Be accessible via company phone and email.
    • Attend all relevant trainings and professional developments sessions as needed.
    • All other duties as assigned.


    • MSW required.
    • Relevant training and work experience working with children and families in crisis.
    • Reliable transportation.
    • Relevant experience and training related to trauma and crisis response and intervention.
    • Relevant experience working with children and families from strengths based approaches to case management required.  
    • An eagerness to set ambitious, challenging, and tangible goals, and a relentless drive to achieve them.
    • An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and a capacity to remain calm and focused when faced with unexpected challenges and to be solution oriented.
    • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, time management, and communication skills.
    • Ability to work late nights and weekends as needed.
    • Bilingual helpful but not necessary.


    • Salary Range:  Based Upon Experience / Performance Contract              
    • Employment Period: Twelve Months
    • Fringe Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, 401 K
BRICK is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. BRICK promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.