Social Worker, Trauma Recovery Center – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The mission of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation, and the world. Our mission is achieved by providing students with experiential, practice, and competency-based learning, and culturally responsive training that is informed by evidence and best practices.

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Tele-behavioral Health Clinic is seeking to hire a Social Worker to join its dynamic clinical team for its Trauma Recovery Center (TRC).

The TRC will provide outreach and services to victims of a wide range of crimes ages youth through older adults. Services offered include evidence based and evidence informed mental health services and support services.

The TRC Social Worker will report to the Clinical Manager and will hold a critical role in providing high quality clinical services to clients. Candidate should have experience in collaborating with a multidisciplinary team and external systems. Demonstrate the ability to utilize an integrated care approach in assessment, treatment, planning, and intervention. Candidate is required to have a current California driver’s license.

Ideal candidate must be a fast learner, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent critical thinking skills, be detail oriented and have the ability to work in a very fast paced, high demand, and constantly changing environment. They should have experience in providing excellent customer service to various stakeholders and different levels of management in a clinical setting. In addition, that candidate must have a strong work ethic and advanced technological and analytical skills. Ideally, candidates should have experience in providing clinical services via virtual modalities and some training in evidence-based practices. Strongly preferred fluent (verbal and written communication) in Spanish.

This is a fixed-term grant-funded, 100% in-person position.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts individual, couple and family assessment and diagnostic sessions. Provides referral, short term counseling and crisis intervention services as appropriate. Submits reports to government agencies as mandated by law.
  • Consults with department administrators regarding problems presented by staff and/or faculty related to psychosocial factors such as chemical dependence, job related stress and interpersonal relations with co-workers, subordinates and supervisors. Leads clients to development of strategies for conflict resolution.
  • Reviews and evaluates client progress and establishes follow-up contact. Determines evaluation methodology and establishes appropriate clinical techniques. Maintains confidential client records. Reports and analyzes results.
  • Assists in development of community based referral network. Organizes, coordinates and conducts reviews of community resources and social service agencies and other psychosocial referral sources for employees. Plans and implements outreach activities and promotional campaigns.
  • Manages the delivery of services to targeted program participants or beneficiaries.
  • Communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate. Develops and maintains automated or manual systems and procedures to facilitate program operations.
  • Assists in development of prevention, intervention, referral and outreach services. Represents director in his/her absence or at the director’s request.
  • Supervises graduate student interns and liaises with appropriate academic unit(s). Coordinates hourly professional staff. Provides administrative direction and clinical consultation. Conducts staff development activities.
  • Develops and conducts workshops, seminars and related activities appropriate for USC faculty and staff. Conducts training sessions with university administrators regarding chemical dependence, stress and referral procedures. Assists in design of new training activities. Coordinates and supplements training activities provided by departments and school
  • Participates in development and dissemination of promotional materials to include brochures and advertisements for university publications. Promotes services provided.
  • Develops a strength-based treatment plan that includes mental health goals and case management goals.  Assesses treatment progress and adapts interventions as needed
  • Incorporates outcome measurements, to improve access, client engagement and effectiveness.
  • Provides assertive outreach and case management to include referral and linkages to internal and community support services.


Minimum Education:

  • Master’s degree

Minimum Experience:

  • 2 years
  • Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience

Minimum Field of Expertise:

  • Social work. Must be licensed or license eligible.

Preferred Experience:

  • 5 years

Compensation: The annual base range for this position is $81,555.60. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Required Application Materials and Additional Information

We look forward to reviewing your application!

Minimum Education: Master’s degree Social Work
Minimum Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or LCSW eligible.

Minimum Experience: 2 years
Addtional Experience Requirements Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum work experience
Minimum Skills: Experience in social work.

Preferred Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Preferred Experience: 5 years
Preferred Skills: Experience in clinical social work in university or industrial environment.

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