Assistant Director of Health and Wellness

Lantern Community Services | New York, New York


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.

Job Summary


We are seeking an Assistant Director of Health and Wellness with expertise in public health, evidence-based models and program development to assist Lantern in the creation and support of a comprehensive health and wellness program consisting of evidence-based models designed to improve health outcomes and enhance the wellbeing of all of Lantern's clients. The Assistant Director will have demonstrated experience selecting and implementing evidence-based practices in a supportive housing, shelter or other residential settings. Health and Wellness is one of several specialty departments at Lantern, the Assistant Director will be required to collaborate with other program areas to leverage resources and implement holistic programming. 

Classification: Exempt

Reports To

Reports to: Director of Health and Wellness


Location: Manhattan with frequent travel to Brooklyn and the Bronx

Position Type:

This is a full-time position with a regular schedule of Monday- Friday 9 AM 5 PM. Lantern staff may be asked to change the work schedule and hours depending on the operational needs of the site and the agency.

Essential Functions:

  • Serves as in-house expert on Evidence Based Models (Targeted IMR and CLEAR), as well as assisting in their implementation.
  • Conducts team and individual meetings with trained staff on a weekly basis to provide clinical supervision and support.
  • Serves as liaison with developer staff to support fidelity of model implementation.
  • Coordinates and participates in all trainings for evidenced based models.
  • Assists with the development of all required reporting for grant funders.
  • Assists in the research and selection of new evidence-based models and/or practices.
  • Coordinates and assists in the delivery of Psychoeducational and Health Education activities.
  • Partners with the Director of Health and Wellness and the Training Committee to identify skill gaps and recommends training topics.
  • Partners with the Director of Health and Wellness and the Data & Evaluation team to conduct needs assessments, monitor program outcomes and engage in quality improvement efforts.
  • Stays current on evidence-based models, best practices and field trends.
  • Cultivates and sustains relationships with quality program partners. Identifies resources in the community to assist with health and wellness education.
  • Works closely with Lantern staff to develop a culture of accountability for evidence-based model adherence, achieving outcomes for residents, and complying with Lantern's and funders' regulations and requirements.
  • Ensures all records (electronic and paper) are accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Required Education and Experience: 

  • Master's degree in Social Work, Public Health, Health Psychology or a related field. LMSW preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in the field of social service, community and/or behavioral health.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a clinical coaching capacity.
  • Experience successfully developing and implementing health and wellness programs, or social services programs, including the use of evidence-based models with fidelity.
  • Must have initiative, the ability to work well under pressure, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and experienced in electronic case management and/or medical records systems.
  • Ability to analyze and use data to inform practice.
  • Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage relationships; navigate bureaucratic systems and motivate and support staff.
  • Ability to articulate and accomplish goals.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Metro NYC.

Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance use or chronically homeless.
  • Experience with IMR, SOAR, MI, CLEAR or SBIRT.

Supervisory Responsibility:

The Assistant Director does not directly supervise any employees.

Work Environment: 

This job operates in a supportive housing site and works with a population who experiences mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV, and other chronic illnesses.

Physical Demands: 

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.

Other Duties:

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.

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website. 

Lantern Community Services


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