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Vicinitas Health and Wellness Coordinator

Lantern Community Services


Description
This is a full-time position at both Vicinitas Hall (Bronx) and Lindenguild Hall (Bronx), that requires a flexible schedule with at least one evening shift on a weeknight and one shift on a Saturday or Sunday.

Job Description: The Health and Wellness Coordinator is responsible for working with single adults (~30-60 years old), families and young adults (18-26 years old), living in supportive housing, towards comprehensive physical and emotional health and independence. By emphasizing health and wellness and using a client centered approach, the Health and Wellness Coordinator will provide individual and group interventions to maximize personal growth, housing stability and achievement of goals, while also building a respectful and positive community. This position will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing serving families and young adults impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, foster care and homelessness. The HWC reports to the Program Director. This position is exempt.

Responsibilities:

• Develop and implement progressive programming (serving individuals and groups) aimed at ensuring all clients have access to information and services based on best practices in the delivery of health and wellness programming.
• Work closely with the client and social worker to provide services focusing on health and wellness, and support individualized service planning.
• Experience with alternative health and wellness concepts and programming including smoking cessation, stress management, harm reduction, relaxation techniques and nutrition.
• Build partnerships and linkages with progressive and/or alternative community agencies that serve the needs of clients.
• Train staff and serve as a program expert in provision of best practices and progressive services and programming related to health and wellness.
• Participate in weekly clinical case conferences, regular staff meetings, individual supervision and other meetings as required.
• Comprehensive understanding of child and adolescent development as well as family dynamics.
• Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
• Complete reports as directed by supervisor.
• Perform other job-related functions, as assigned

Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree strongly preferred; Bachelor’s Degree with relevant experience serving populations impacted by substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/AIDS and homelessness required.
• Ability to work as a collaborative team member with a diverse population.
• Proactive problem solver willing and able to seek creative solutions in the interest of clients and building a strong and respectful community.
• Experience providing training to staff, facilitating groups and effectively engaging clients with multiple barriers to stability and independence.
• Minimum of 2 years of experience providing direct service to one or more of the following populations: persons living with AIDS /HIV, formerly homeless and chronically homeless persons and families, young adults aged out of foster care, persons with mental illness, or persons in recovery from addiction.

Preferred:

• Master’s Degree strongly preferred

How TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter and resume to: hwc.vicinlinden@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, 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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