Immigrant Youth Social Worker, The Door


The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof.


The Door’s Legal Services Center represents young people in matters such as immigration, public benefits, housing, and family law. We seek an Immigrant Youth Social Worker to work closely with unaccompanied children (UCs) who are in Office of Refugee Resettlement (“ORR”) custody or have been recently released from detention to the greater New York area.

The Social Worker will provide bilingual (Spanish/English) case management and advocacy services to immigrant youth detained in ORR shelters in New York, as well as at The Door. The Social Worker will work closely with The Door’s attorneys, as well as ORR case workers and clients’ families to support our clients through the immigration process. In addition, this person will connect clients to services for housing, education, pregnancy and parenting, employment, and mental health.


  • Provide case management to immigrant youth in ORR custody or recently released from custody to the greater New York area
  • Collaborate with ORR program staff to create release plans for detained children
  • Evaluate the total scope of the client’s needs with subsequent referral and follow-up to other services as needed
  • Connect youth in need of additional services to internal and external providers
  • Develop connections to free or low-cost Spanish and other-language mental health providers throughout the city
  • Provide case management services to help youth establish and work towards key life goals, i.e.; academic, work, and mental health goals
  • Collaborate with The Door’s Legal Department staff and outside agencies around issues related to immigrant youth
  • Write advocacy letters and affidavits in support of clients’ legal cases
  • Provide trainings and technical support for The Door’s attorneys and other Door staff
  • Develop and facilitate events and workshops for immigrant youth in response to client needs
  • Document and report service delivery to ensure compliance with funding requirements
  • Other duties as assigned


  • MSW required
  • Minimum of one year case management experience in community based or legal settings
  • Knowledgeable of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people
  • Demonstrated ability in bringing about positive case management and/or care coordination outcomes with clients
  • Experience working with low-income immigrant youth
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Professional proficiency in Spanish required
  • Traveling in the greater New York area is required

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume here.