Prevention Specialist

Location: Detroit, MI

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Student (College)


Under the supervision of the Director of Community Programs-Detroit, the Prevention Specialist is responsible for providing case management services to at-risk youth, as well as to their families, to develop and improve upon the quality, safety and security of the youth’s home environment.  The goal of this position is to reduce the risk of families experiencing the abuse and neglect of their children.


  • Perform risk and safety assessments as well as develop safety plans with the youth and their family.
  • Assess risk of child abuse and neglect and provide appropriate interventions with families.
  • Develop and facilitate parent education classes, workshops, play groups and family goal planning.
  • Coach families in verbal de-escalation and crisis intervention techniques and be available by phone to offer assistance when needed. 
  • Maintain knowledge of community resources to be able to provide relevant and appropriate information and referrals to families.
  • Retain referred families by developing supportive and positive relationships.
  • Serve as a liaison with external stakeholders such as DHHS case workers, CASA, GAL, and adoption workers, etc., and attend applicable meetings with external parties to advocate for the client, discuss case updates, etc. 
  • Actively participate in collection and analysis of program data to develop ongoing quality assurance measures and procedures.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Community Programs-Detroit.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related discipline. 
  • A minimum of one year professional experience at a social services agency serving children and families preferred.
  • Must meet the State’s Moral Character standard.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Competence with computer and software applications (Windows, MS Office, Internet applications, etc.) necessary to perform the duties of the position.
  • Principles and practices of social work, counseling, psychology or other related fields.
  • Family and child dynamics.
  • General understanding of child abuse prevention models. 

Skills and Abilities Needed:

  • Appropriately and professionally communicate verbally and in writing with agency staff, DHHS, foster care/adoption caseworkers, and other external agencies. 
  • Ability to develop and implement weekly treatment goals and strategies to improve the functioning of the children.
  • Attend training and maintain necessary certifications and licenses.
  • Maintain a Michigan driver’s license and driving record that allows the operation of an agency or personal vehicle for agency business or to transport clients as needed.
  • Demonstrate leadership and integrity.
  • Manage time and multiple priorities; meet deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public. 
  • Handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Be collaborative and flexible, with a strong service mentality.
  • Possess a high degree of personal accountability, responsibility and independent decision-making abilities with the skills to plan, organize, develop, implement and interpret programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the social sector with a passion for MCHS’s mission and vision.
  • Work flexible hours, when needed, which may include some evenings and weekends.

A current resume and cover letter must be included as part of your online application.

Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V

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