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Social Worker

Lantern Community Services


Description
This is a full-time Tuesday through Saturday position at Hunterfly Trace, located in Brownsville, Brooklyn, which requires a flexible schedule with at least one evening shift on a weeknight.

We are seeking a dynamic, engaging, bilingual Social Worker with a 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:
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:

• 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.

How TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter and resume to: swposting.hft@lanterngroup.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.

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 clients stabilize their lives, maintain their housing stability and advance towards their individualized goals, including financial independence.


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