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Bilingual Service Coordinator 

Position Bilingual Service Coordinator  
Location Weinberg  
Department Stability Services  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Job Type Regular  
Level of Education Associate Degree  
Shift Days  

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Position Summary: The Bilingual Service Coordinator is primarily responsible for providing continuous coordination of culturally specific services for Latino immigrant victims seeking services with the HRM.  This position is responsible for welcoming and orienting new residents to the program; providing crisis intervention and safety planning; developing a culturally relevant intervention strategy; and connecting clients to basic needs and social support systems.  The primary role of the Service Coordination department is to remove barriers so that persons experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence have a clear path to their goals.  Offsite visits are part of the job.  Participants in the Service Coordination department are all victims of intimate partner and sexual violence, and have experienced complex traumatic events that shape how they interact with the people around them.  The Service Coordinator must have a firm understanding of trauma, the effects of trauma, engaging traumatized people, and must be comfortable working in a Voluntary Services program model. To meet the needs of the client population, this position must be fluent in English and Spanish.

Standard Schedule: Standard hours for this position are Monday- Friday, starting between 8:00am-10:00am and finishing between 4:00pm-6:00pm with one off-schedule shift per week to attend to critical work activities (home inspections, meeting with participants with schedule conflicts, etc.) expected.  This position is based on site 80% in HRM’s Emergency Shelter Building location, and 20% on site at the Highlandtown office site.  Local travel around the Baltimore Metropolitan area encompasses up to 20% of the position. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide comprehensive and culturally relevant coordination of services for a caseload of approximately 15-20 Latino immigrant participants. Participants are referred from the HRM 24 hour hotline, other HRM departments, and self-referral through walk -in. 
  • Work with participants to make introductory contact within 24 hours of receiving case assignments, provide a thorough assessment of needs, create a comprehensive and culturally appropriate service plan with timeline for completion, and coordinate with internal and external providers of services.
  • Assess safety needs, make recommendations for action to improve or maintain safety.
  • Gather and synthesize information on participant from agency sources and from significant recent and current community support systems.
  • Work with participants to clearly identifying support people in the participant’s life and how they might contribute to the participant achieving goals.
  • Guide and support participants to increase self-sufficiency skills, safety, education on domestic violence, and problem solving in group and one-on-one settings.  Educate participants on American processes and systems including teaching self-advocacy skills and advocating on behalf of participants when necessary to achieve participant goals.
  • Maintain paper and electronic case files in keeping with program standards. 
  • Assist program management in compiling necessary statistical data and narrative for grant reports and applications.
  • Assess participant’s mental health and substance abuse needs, make recommendations for further treatment and coordinate a plan for addressing those needs that respects the cultural beliefs of participants.
  • Coordinate participant’s use of agency and community services to provide comprehensive and unduplicated services that maximize participant success, including organizing team meetings as necessary.
  • Arrange for or provide interpretation and translation services as necessary.
  • Educate the team on cultural considerations in working with immigrant and non-English speaking participants.
  • Visit participants in home environments that have been determined to be safe.
  • Participate in Service Coordination Team meetings and make recommendations concerning individual participant’s eligibility for financial assistance and expected termination date from the program.
  • Participate in Team meetings to discuss outreach and services in the Latino community.  Assist with coverage of the community walk in site.
  • Assist participants in planning for exit from program, including connecting participants with other agency services and outside local resources.
  • Provide admissions screening for participants seeking to enter HRM Residential programs and make recommendations for admissions decisions, including placement assistance for Risk One victims who may require emergency shelter.
  • Provide one on one counseling for participants in crisis and to help participants resolve conflict.
  • Distribute material goods in accordance with program procedure such as clothing, bus tokens, and personal hygiene supplies.
  • Provide relief and back-up coverage in emergency and urgent situations if required.

Experience/ Requirements:

  • Two years of paid or volunteer experience providing counseling, case management, or victim centered advocacy.  Associate degree in Human Services field may substitute for one year experience.
  • Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Excellent oral and written interpersonal skills with a strong ability to relate to a diverse range of individuals including victims, children, donors, business leaders, human service providers, and donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and timelines.
  • Clean driving record, current state driver’s license, and reliable personal transportation.
  • Must pass Criminal Background Check.

Highly Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in direct service provision with the Latinx immigrant community.
  • Knowledge and understanding of intimate partner and/or sexual violence. 
  • Knowledge of local human services programs/ agencies and housing resources.
COVID Policy Human Resources will maintain records of vaccination status, and this will not have any bearing on your employment.  
Benefits House of Ruth Maryland offers: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, Sick Leave, 403(b), and more.  
EOE Statement House of Ruth Maryland is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other protected characteristics as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.  

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