SENIOR NATIONALITY WORKER
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for assisting non‑English speaking people and their relations with various governmental agencies. Under direction of the Americanization League an employee in this position is responsible for supervising that agency which assists in the interpretation of governmental procedures and policies to individuals who are not affluent in understanding the English language. The work involves the application of social service techniques, exercise of judgement, evaluating, and making recommendations. This position differs from Nationality Worker in that this position has responsibility for formulating the Bureau's budget and program modifications. Considerable leeway is given the employee for the exercise of independent judgement in carrying out the assigned task. This position is responsible for supervising the Nationality Worker. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Interviews persons seeking assistance to discuss their problems.
Assists persons, insofar as possible, in the solution of personal, family finance, and other problems.
Contacts various agencies, such as the Social Services Department, Health Department and clinics, Police Department, Probation Department, Courts and Hospitals, to provide necessary aid.
Cooperates with various agencies in dealing with non‑English speaking people.
Fills out and types naturalization applications, income tax returns and various other government forms.
Acts as interpreter for non‑English speaking people.
Assists in youth group work.
Prepares case records and periodic reports.
Assembles and prepares the annual budget for the Americanization League including its office and staff members.
Acts as a liaison with the County Legislature, the Syracuse School District and the Americanization League Board of Directors.
Represents the League at any public hearing or meeting speaks to audiences of various service agencies and organizations working with the League.
May act as translator in any of a number of foreign languages.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of English and the ability to communicate in the English language.
Good knowledge of casework methods.
Working knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to public welfare and assistance.
Ability to read, write, speak and interpret the foreign language required.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with others.
Ability to speak and write in a clear and concise manner.
Ability to allay fears within the immigrant over their new setting.
Physical conditions commensurate with the demands of the position.
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelors
B) Two (2) years of work experience, or its part‑time equivalent, which must have directly involved assisting
immigrants/aliens in dealing with the economic conditions, governmental agencies and social structures encountered
within the United States, or;
C) Two (2) years of permanent non‑competitive class work experience as a Nationality Worker.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT
Fluent in one (1) or more languages other than English.
05/88 Date of Original Composition