Lantern Community Services' (Lantern) mission is to champion the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who are impacted by or threatened with homelessness. Lantern provides innovative services to help New Yorkers who are homeless, formerly homeless or have recently aged out of foster care recreate their lives. Our programs with proven results in health, employment, education, and life skills are delivered inside our residences and tailored to each person's needs. We provide our clients - many of whom live with mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV or other chronic illnesses - with the tools they need to integrate successfully into the greater community with dignity and independence.
We are seeking a dynamic and engaging Social Worker who has solid clinical knowledge and experience working with formerly homeless individuals with chronic medical conditions including HIV and AIDS in the community. The Social Worker will be expected to assist this population in stabilizing their lives, maintaining their housing stability and attaining their physical, emotional, vocational, educational and social goals. Additionally, the Social Worker will be passionate about helping people; be a proactive and creative problem solver; work well both as a part of an interdisciplinary team and independently.
Reports to: Case Management Supervisor
Location: Audubon Hall, Manhattan
This is a full-time position with a regular daytime schedule with 1 evening/late shift. Lantern staff may be asked to change the work schedule and hours depending on the operational needs of the site and the agency.
- Provide integrated counseling and case management services that effectively engage residents and promotes health and wellness, personal growth, and housing stability.
- Collaborate with residents in the development of client-centered, recovery-oriented service plans that identify short and long-term goals.
- Utilize a harm reduction approach to support a diverse caseload of formerly homeless individuals around issues of mental health and substance use.
- Make referrals and serve as a liaison with various care coordination agencies, health and mental health providers, substance use programs and employment providers to secure services.
- Actively engage residents through regular apartment visits, community outings and escorts to appointments as needed.
- Develop safety plans for residents and work with the team to deescalate clients and collaboratively manage the crisis as they arise.
- Develop and implement groups and programs that are appropriate for the residents' needs and fosters an inclusive, respectful community.
- Develop and maintain confidential records for each resident according to the mandated schedule documenting all relevant interventions and assessments as well as correspondence with collateral services.
- Collaborate with the Leasing and Compliance team to ensure housing stability.
- Participate in staff and clinical meetings and individual supervision to ensure best practices in the performance of role responsibilities. Participate in group clinical supervision toward advanced licensing.
- Participate in a robust training program that includes training in evidenced-based models to ensure the highest level of service is provided to clients.
- Perform other job-related functions, as assigned.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Required Education and Experience:
- Bachelor's degree required; LMSW preferred.
- One year of experience working with adults and/or families impacted by poverty, chronic homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse or medical issues.
- Ability to work independently as well as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
- Highly organized and able to manage a diverse caseload of clients with diverse needs.
- Able to work well under pressure including in crisis situations and able to be flexible with work schedule when necessary.
- Experience with ETO, or other electronic record keeping systems.
- Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance use or chronically homeless population
- Experience working with evidence-based models, specifically Motivational Interviewing, preferred.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
This job operates in a supportive housing site and works with a population who experiences mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV, and other chronic illnesses.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, climb stairs and/ or kneel. They must also use hands to type, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 5 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Some positions at Lantern Community Services have work responsibilities at more than one work site as well as field work in the community. These employees are required to travel between sites during the work day with physical demands that could include walking up to .25 miles, climbing stairs and carrying work materials that could weigh up to 8 lbs.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.
Lantern Community Services (Lantern) values the diversity of all our clients, staff, Board of Directors, and partners. By bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together, we create more vibrant, healthy and just communities. Lantern welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and experiences regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, pregnancy, religion, immigration status, veteran status, class, creed, mental or physical disability, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law.
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