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LI Scattered Site Social Worker
Lantern Community Services
This is a full-time position for our Brooklyn & Queens Scattered Site Supported Housing Program, which requires a flexible schedule with at least one evening shift on a weeknight and one shift on a Saturday or Sunday.
Job Description: The Social Worker (SW) is responsible for working with clients towards achieving maximum independence, community integration and comprehensive physical and emotional health who have recently transitioned out of higher levels of community care. The SW integrates clinical counseling and case management services that emphasize recovery and wellness, personal growth and housing stability and foster independence. This position will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in our Scattered Site Supported Housing Program.
• Provides integrated counseling and case management services that effectively engage clients and promote personal growth and wellness, housing stability and accomplishment of Service Plan Goals on an ongoing basis;
• Conducts home-visits in the community with clients for initial and ongoing engagement, assessment and promoting independent living skills development;
• Collaborates with clients to assess strengths and challenges and develop a Service Plan that reflects clients’ progress and stated goals;
• Effectively engages and works with a diverse caseload of severe and persistently mentally ill adults transitioning into independent community living from formerly higher levels of care;
• Assists and provides support in the area of conflict resolution and communication for clients residing in shared apartments with fellow program recipients;
• Works as a collaborative member of each client’s community based treatment providers to ensure an effective continuum of care and coordination to ensure continued mental health and housing stability;
• Participates in and facilitates regular staff meetings, clinical case conferences, and/or intake meetings.
• Creates and maintains confidential records, charts and logs for each resident documenting all relevant information from individual and group interventions as well as correspondence with collateral services;
• Participates in 24-hour cell phone rotation.
• Participates in staff team meetings and trainings, individual supervision meetings, community meetings with residents, attends offsite trainings and presents training material to program team; and
• Performs other job-related functions, as assigned.
• LMSW required; candidates in the process of preparing for the exam are welcome to apply
• New York State Driver’s License
• Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience providing direct service to one or more of the following populations: Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Comorbid Substance Use (MICA), Community Based Mental Health Setting.
• Strong history of effective engagement with clients and ability to highlight positive outcomes.
• Ability to work in fast paced environment, be self-directive and take initiative in crisis management.
• Comfortable and knowledgeable with working in a Housing First Model.
• Theoretical and practical knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and ability to work effectively within a harm reduction approach.
• Dedication to positive outcomes through proactive, creative and respectful work with diverse and vulnerable populations.
• Ability to work flexible hours periodically due to program and/or client needs.
• Must possess strong clinical and excellent interpersonal skills; be able to work effectively as part of a team and have the ability to make sound assessments of clients’ strengths and needs.
• Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
How TO APPLY:
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Candidates being considered for the position must sign a release form for Lantern Community Services to perform a criminal background check.
Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.
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 clients stabilize their lives, maintain their housing stability and advance towards their individualized goals, including financial independence.