ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jessica Ranucci: VietAID’s Interim Executive Director

va head (E)May 31, 2016

The Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development, Inc. (VietAID) is pleased to announce that Jessica Ranucci will be returning to our organization in a new role as Interim Executive Director while VietAID’s Board of Directors conducts the search for a permanent Executive Director candidate.

In 2010, Jessica received a STRIDE fellowship start a new after-school and summer program for youth ages 6-14, the VietAID Scholarly Program for Youth (VSPY). During Jessica’s years on staff at VietAID, she grew VSPY from a small pilot program to a full-fledged licensed childcare program serving over one hundred youth per day. In 2016, VSPY will serve 104 children and provide jobs to more than a dozen high-school students in its 7th annual summer program.

Jessica is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In addition to her work at VietAID, she has also worked at the Phillips Brooks House Association, the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Jessica may be reached at jessica@vietaid.org or 617-822-3717 x13.

Youth Program Social Worker

Job Description: Youth Program Social Worker

VietAID: The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) was founded in 1994 by community leaders and residents who believed that a community development corporation would provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester. VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services.

VietAID Scholarly Program for Youth (VSPY): VSPY is an After School program during the academic calendar and a day Summer Camp during July through August providing academic support and enrichment activities to predominantly Vietnamese American youth, local youth from Dorchester, and VietAID’s housing developments.

Position Overview: Social Worker will coordinate the socio-emotional learning program for fifth through eighth graders in VietAID Youth Program, provide general social work services to youth and support the overall program with the socio-emotional wellness activities for our youth. This is a part-time, one-year position with a focus on summer day camp during July and August and continuing into After School from September through May.

Start Date: June 15-18, 2016

Responsibilities:

Facilitation and Curriculum:
• Create and implement a social-emotional learning curriculum for fifth through eighth grade youth.

Socio-emotional Support/Counseling:
• Facilitate individualized social emotional support and counseling for a group of youth
• Work with group leaders and program staff to better support youth socio-emotionally by providing training and technical assistance
• Conduct one on ones with students as needed, for support
• Create, implement, and track behavior improvement plans

Case Management:
• Provide referrals for participants and families as necessary
• Work collaboratively with staff to identify children and families who are in need of mental health or outside case management services

Program Support:
• Conduct classroom observations to assess the needs of individual students and overall programs
• Assess staff training needs around socio-emotional learning and behavior management and provide appropriate training to meet those needs

Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and have Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certification.
• Ability to facilitate individual and group work.
• Have experience with social emotional learning curriculum development and implementation.
• Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
• Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills and keen attention to detail.
• Ability to multi-task and to respond flexibly to a fluid and evolving program environment.
• Commitment to social justice and cultural responsiveness; knowledge/experience working with bilingual, immigrant youth and youth of color for at least two years
• Bilingual in Vietnamese is preferred/helpful

Please send resume, cover letter, and list of two references to:
Mr. Thanh Nguyen
Youth Program Director
Viet-AID, 42 Charles Street, Suite E, Dorchester, MA 02122
617-822-3727, ext. 21; thanh@vietaid.org