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Job Summary

The qualified candidate will participate in the weekly Telling It program sessions and act in support and assist the Site Facilitator to provide specialist feedback about the youth.  Trainee will counsel individual youth if necessary, including initiating the intervention of Child Protective Services if appropriate, and contribute their assessment of the group and individual participants during the de-briefing meeting that follow each session. The participation of the Social Worker Trainee provides the team with a trained perspective in order to fine tune the weekly sessions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Who We Are

Telling It is a trauma-informed and healing centered after school program for school-age youth that draws from the best practices of social work filtered through the expressive arts. The program is youth driven offering uncensored and judgement free spaces that are informed by the social emotional needs of the young people served.


  • Provide specialist support to the Telling It team.
  • Lead the de-briefing sessions.
  • Administer intake, mid-point and exit evaluation surveys. Prepare a written report on the outcomes.
  • Check in with the team’s Site Leader on a regular basis.
  • As the designated mandated reporter, intervene and follow up with youth when appropriate.

Required Qualifications*

  • Successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Access to reliable transportation. 
  • Reliability is critical to this position. Arrive fully prepared to participate in the session.
  • In the event Social Worker Trainee is not able to participate in a session, arrangements will be made 24 hours in advance with the Program Director and Site Facilitator.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Check in with Site Facilitator, Senior Telling It Social Worker and Program Director on regular basis.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed pedagogies and the current research into the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on the healthy development of children.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills with the ability to provide written and oral reports.
  • Ability to work empathically with youth from different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identities and differently abled.
  • Demonstrate maturity and ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to problem-solve issues.
  • Ability to exercise professionalism and discretion with material of highly sensitive or confidential nature.
  • Working knowledge of Telling It is preferred.
  • Demonstrate passion for the Telling It mission and for an environment that promotes best practices, social justice, and creativity.

Work Schedule

Average of 3 to 6 hours per week, late afternoon and/or evening

Work Locations

Ypsilanti, MI

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.