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Bi- lingual Social Worker

Lantern Organization


Description
We are seeking a dynamic, engaging, bilingual Social Worker with an MSW who has experience working with chronically homeless, mentally ill, single adults (between the ages of 23 and 65) population in a supportive housing environment. The Social Worker will be expected to assist this population in stabilizing their lives, maintaining their housing stability and attaining their physical, mental health, work, community, educational and social goals. The ideal candidate will have solid clinical knowledge as well as experience working with the chronically homeless population that has been impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, legal and medical issues. Additionally, the Social Worker will be passionate about working with single adults; is a proactive and creative problem solver; and works well both as a part of a team and independently. The Social Worker works closely with an interdisciplinary team to build and maintain a safe program culture that emphasizes respect for all community members and ensures all clients progress forward in their goals. The Social Worker reports to the Program Director. This position is exempt.

Responsibilities:
Job Description:
• Develop individualized service plans that will ensure a seamless system of services that are culturally sensitive and client-centered; identify short and long-term treatment goals and helps residents achieve them; and include referrals and are collaborative with other staff, community providers and care-givers.
• Create and maintain thorough and comprehensive case record of resident services and progress, including progress notes, service plans and other relevant documentation.
• Address a wide-range of resident needs including benefits, money management, medication management, apartment management, life skills and health and mental health issues.
• Serve as a liaison with various agencies, health care providers, mental health providers, and employment training providers to secure services. Accompany clients to visits as needed.
• Work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team to create and maintain a safe and stable program culture built on a foundation of respect for all members of the community.
• Develop groups that are appropriate for the residents’ needs while also conducting individual and group counseling services.
• Attend regularly scheduled case conferences, weekly staff and clinical meetings, supervision, trainings and special agency staff meetings.
• Perform apartment/room inspections as needed.
• Perform other job-related functions, as assigned.

Qualifications:
Qualifications and Skills:
• Masters of Social Work required/ LMSW preferred
• Bi-lingual Spanish/English required
• At least 2 years of experience working with single adults impacted by poverty, chronic homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse and medical issues.
• Ability to work effectively independently as well as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
• Highly organized and able to manage a diverse case load 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.
• Track record of proactive, strength-based work with individuals and families.
• Experience with ETO, or other electronic case management systems. Location and Work Schedule: This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday work schedule, with some flexible hours at a program site located in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

How TO APPLY:
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and the population served to: swposting.hft@lanterngroup.org. Notice: Candidates being considered for the position must comply with criminal background and fingerprint check requirements set by funding agencies. Note: Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

About Organization:
Lantern Organization, a not-for-profit housing developer and service provider established in 1997 to strengthen New York City communities, provides affordable housing and opportunities for personal enrichment and growth. Lantern Community Services (LCS) is the social service affiliate of Lantern Organization, and touches the lives of residents living in more than 1,000 units of permanent affordable and supportive housing for low-income families and individuals living with special needs including mental illness, HIV/AIDS, as well as young adults aging out of foster care. Tenants living in Lantern buildings are offered beautiful and safe affordable housing in which they can lead independent lives in a supportive environment. For more information on Lantern Organization, please visit our website at www.lanterngroup.org.


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