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Director of Health and Wellness

Lantern Organization

Organizational Role: We are seeking a Director of Health and Wellness with expertise in public health, specifically with individuals with the complex health needs shared by many of our chronically homeless residents, including HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance abuse and long neglected medical needs. This newly created position provides an opportunity for a performance-driven professional to fully integrate our health and wellness outcome priorities into all levels of LCS programming. The Director will have demonstrated experience implementing evidence-based practices and administering programs in compliance with challenging regulations and policies and a holistic and recovery-oriented approach to fostering health and wellness. The Director of Health and Wellness will build on our existing services to develop and implement a comprehensive and cohesive health and wellness program that addresses the distinct needs of our client clusters—including families, young adults and single adults-- across all of our sites. He or she will lead a team of Health and Wellness Coordinators in expanding programming and resident engagement to directly improve our clients' mental and physical health, from increasing medical compliance to decreasing hospitalizations, among other measures of stability and wellbeing.

This position demands close collaboration with senior program and administrative staff including:
• Identifying, documenting and evaluating program outcomes and performance measures that can be utilized to refine and strengthen program quality and effectiveness with the Senior Data and Evaluation Manager;
• Developing and launching programs for medication compliance, health monitoring and other health interventions with LCS Clinical and Program Directors; and
• Implementing nutrition education and other related programming and partnerships with the Executive Chef/Director of Food and Nutrition Programs.

Successful execution of this program necessitates the ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with quality program partners; to have comprehensive knowledge of complex public benefit regulations and to provide strong staff leadership and oversight. The Director of Health and Wellness reports to the Executive Director. This position is exempt. Program Management and Partnership Development
• Based on evidence-based practices and evaluation of our existing services and outcomes, develop a comprehensive health and wellness program to be implemented across all Lantern buildings.
• Adapt engagement strategies and program offerings to different client populations, including families, youth aging out of foster care and single adults with a range of challenges.

• Lead team of health and wellness coordinators and leverage their respective expertise and skill sets to offer group workshops and individualized support on topics ranging from stress and anger management to grief and trauma, wellness self-management and sexual health, as well as community building activities.
• Establish and sustain partnerships with providers and community partners to enrich health and wellness opportunities for our clients.
• Develop LCS’s program structure for launching and operating new initiatives and assessing how our programs can benefit from new developments in the health care system such as New York State’s Health Homes care management model. Outcomes Performance and staff supervision
• Hire, train, supervise and develop a program team with a strong sense of accountability for achieving outcomes for residents and complying with Lantern and funder regulations and requirements.
• Ensure all case records (electronic and paper) are accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date.
• Stay current on best practices and field trends.
• Meet regularly with Clinical and Program Directors to facilitate integration of health and wellness objectives and programming into all supportive services.
• Set, track and evaluate performance outcomes for clients and staff.
• Use data to review staff workplans and approaches and address training and program resource needs.

Qualifications and Skills:
• Master's degree in Public Health or a related field is required.
• Five years of experience working in community health, preferably with familiarity with New York City and State providers and benefit regulations. Three years of experience in a management/supervisorial capacity.
• Experience working with individuals with mental illness, substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS. Familiarity with the harm reduction and recovery approach to services and cultural competency.

• Experience providing training to staff, facilitating groups and effectively engaging clients with multiple barriers to stability and independence.
• Keen judgment essential for planning and accomplishing goals, navigating challenging bureaucratic systems and motivating and supporting staff.
• Experience with electronic case management and/or medical records systems and demonstrated ability to utilize and review data to inform best practices in service provision.
• Demonstrated success in relationship building and flexible, creative and solution- oriented management approach.
• Willingness to travel throughout Metro NYC.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to

About Organization:
Lantern Organization, a not-for-profit housing developer and service provider established in 1997 to strengthen New York City communities, provides permanent supportive housing for more than 1,400 single adults and families living with special needs, including chronic homelessness, HIV/AIDS and mental illness, as well as young adults aging out of the foster care system. Following the Housing First model, Lantern Community Services (LCS), the social service affiliate of Lantern Organization, provides a complement of counseling and supportive services to help residents stabilize their lives, maintain their housing stability and advance towards their individualized goals, including financial independence.



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