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Job Opportunity: MCCNY Homeless Youth Services

Posted: August 20, 2010

Metropolitan Community Church of New York's Homeless Youth Services program is currently looking for a full-time Social Worker to work with homeless LGBTQ youth. To read the job description, click the 'Read more' button below.

Send resume and cover letter to Lucky S. Michaels, Program Director, at lucky@mccny.org

For more information, visit www.homelessyouthservices.org

JOB DESCRIPTION

SOCIAL WORKER (HOMELESS YOUTH SERVICES)

Definition:
Under direction, performs social work and performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
The employee is the entry level to professional social service work. Incumbent works under the supervision of the Homeless Youth Service’s Director. Incumbent carries a complex social services caseload in such areas as public benefits, employment services, housing programs, LGBT organizations, substance abuse programs, Social Security Office and counseling.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the followings. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Interviews clients, family members and other interested parties to assess needs for social services; gathers and evaluates information regarding client history, employment history, housing situation, physical functioning, financial status, capacity for independent living and availability of domestic services; evaluates clients concerns and observes behaviors; develops service plans and establishes case files.
2. Counsels clients on available resources, barriers to employments, independent living skills and other areas involving defined problems or concerns; explains procedures, rights and responsibilities about our services under the Homeless Youth Services Program.
3. Assists clients in identifying and obtaining basic services needed for independent living; identifies and makes referrals to a variety of public and community agencies providing medical, educational, housing, and other services; schedules client’s appointments; acts as client advocate in obtaining services.
4. Manages assigned caseloads; 15-25 clients per week for individual therapy in our different facilities; prepares narrative, reports, documents (Bio-Psycho-Social Reports) and correspondence regarding client status; documents case files.
5. Develops service treatment plan, evaluates behavioral adjustments and monitors client progress toward delineated objectives; counsels clients using a variety of counseling modalities.
6. Organizes regular field trips with clients to take them to a variety of city agencies; name change office, birth certificate office, Urban Justice Center, public benefits office, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security Office, Anti Violence Project, etc.
7. Serves as mediator between clients, clients and staff members who are in need of a conflict resolution.
8. Serves as contact person with hospital social workers when a client is hospitalized to make sure they are receiving quality care.
9. As a duty assignment the incumbent will open and supervise any of our facilities under the Homeless Youth Program Services.

Employment Standards:
1. Possession of a master’s degree including 30 semester or 45 quarter units of course work in social work, psychology, counseling, sociology, child and youth development or other behavioral or health sciences
2. Or two years of experience equivalent to Eligibility Workers or Social Services Case Aide with New York State, plus 30 semester or 45 quarter units of course work in social work, psychology, counseling, sociology, child and youth development or other behavioral or health sciences related to social work.
3. A combination of training and experience that is equivalent to the experience requirement listed in #2 above; however candidates must also possess the 30 semester or 45 quarters units of course work in a related field of study.

Additional Requirements:
1. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid New York State Social Worker’s License will be required.
2. Independent travel is required.
3. Positions allocated to this job may require bilingual skills (English/Spanish).
4. Selectees for positions in this class as a condition of employment, sign a Covenant of Agreement with MCCNY/MCCNY Charities.
5. Employment in this class may require weekend or off hours work.
6. Represent MCCNY/MCCNY Charities with tact and diplomacy.
7. Participate in staff’s meetings.
8. Employment in this class requires successful completion of a Criminal Background Investigation.

Physical Demands:
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 accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Employment in this class requires successful completion of a Criminal Background Investigation.

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