Social Worker - Youth Development



South Bronx United (SBU) is a sports-based youth development organization that uses soccer as a tool for social change. SBU promotes educational achievement, health and wellness, and character development through activities on and off the soccer field and unite a diverse group of individuals and an incredibly diverse community. Its mission is to prepare youth to succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. SBU programming provides youth with competitive soccer training and games, educational support, college preparation, character development, and individual case management.

South Bronx United seeks a Youth Development Social Worker to help meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of approximately 120 program youth, ages 10-18. In addition to direct service and guidance counseling, the individual will conduct outreach to the community institutions, schools, and families who also support these youth.

The Youth Development Social Worker will work collaboratively within the overall mission of the organization to impact youth outcomes and organization development.


The Youth Development Social Worker’s responsibilities will include:

1. Supporting youth in achieving academic and college preparatory outcomes:

Main Activities:

  • Instituting program-wide practices for individual goal setting.
  • Counseling high school juniors and seniors individually and in groups on college preparations, including building awareness, meeting deadlines, developing applications, researching scholarships, and making college choices.
  • Conducting periodic interviews with youth to assess student progress and emerging needs.
  • Conduct follow-up interviews with alumni.
  • Coordinating collection of youth data, including grades, attendance records, and SAT scores.

2. Providing social and emotional support to help youth develop into civic minded leaders.

Main Activities:

  • Planning and conducting workshops to promote character development and conflict resolution.
  • Providing individual and group counseling for select youth in need.
  • Coordinating behavioral interventions.
  • Managing individual cases for program youth.
  • Collecting and monitoring quantitative and qualitative data on attendance, behavior, and performance trends.

3. Coordinating SBU youth efforts with participants’ schools and with outside agencies.

Main Activities:

  • Managing relationships and facilitating communication with youth’s schools, teachers, and counselors in order to collect student data and communicate regarding youth attendance or other concerns.
  • Coordinating referrals for youth and families to outside agencies (including education, mental health, legal services, physical health).
  • Building partnerships with community organizations that serve as youth resources.

4. Facilitating family/parent communication and involvement.

Main Activities:

  • Communicating with parents and families on issues and activities concerning their children.
  • Organizing family-oriented and community-based programs and events as needed (immigration seminar, health/wellness day, clothing/equipment drives).
  • Coordinating family education and parent meetings.

5. Collaborating with SBU staff and volunteers.

Main Activities:

  • Providing case updates to staff.
  • Facilitating or arranging trainings for staff and volunteers on child abuse awareness, anti-violence and anti-gang, and adult-youth communication.
  • Developing related programs and services.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Youth Development Social Workers should meet the following requirements:

  • MSW with at least two years of experience in youth development and/or counseling.
  • Experience working closely with youth and families.
  • Effective in multi-cultural and cross-cultural settings and understanding of individuals of all backgrounds.
  • Strong team and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and with a young, developing nonprofit organization.
  • Flexible and adaptable to work in a variety of settings
  • Strong administrative and computer skills.
  • Familiarity with the South Bronx community or other neighboring communities is preferred.
  • Spanish speaking is preferred. French speaking is a plus.


Full-time, requires some evening and weekend hours. Work hours will coincide with after school program, which ends at 6pm during the school year.


Commensurate with experience

Start Date

January, 2013

How to Apply

Email cover letter and resume to Indicate “Social Worker” in the subject line.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

To learn more about the organization visit

Bronx, New York
South Bronx United, Inc.
Human Resources