Social Worker: East 17th Street

Good Shepherd Services - Manhattan, NY4.1

Full-timeEstimated: $37,000 - $51,000 a year
In the context of Child-centered, Family-focused practice to promote Permanency, Safety and Well-being, and to reduce length of stay in foster care, the Social Worker ensures effective and efficient case management and clinical services to the adolescents in care and their families/significant others. Social Service delivery is to be consistent with Good Shepherd Services philosophy and within city and state mandates.

Reports to: Director of Social Services

Location: 337 E. 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

Hours: 35 Hours/Week; Exempt - (3 days 12pm to 8pm)

Major Duties:
Perform intake and assessment interviews.
Complete written psycho-social assessment of participants and family/significant other.
Participate in all interdisciplinary treatment team/service plan review/20 Day, FTC conferences, and Court to ensure consistent service planning.
Provide short-term treatment to participants, families and significant others.
Assist with stabilization, respite and crisis management.
At intake, begin the process of identifying permanent connections and formulating discharge planning.
Formulate a written recommendation based on participant/family and team input.
Promote permanent connections, including reunification, foster boarding home placement, adoption and alternative living arrangements.
Lead two groups per week
Assist in youth and family transitioning to next phase of their care post discharge.
Collaborate with referring and community agencies to advocate for the needs of participant and family.
Integrate all written components of the diagnostic study for transmittal to the referral agency, ACS and OPA.
Participate in meetings both weekly and as needed with youth development staff, school and other staff for case collaboration and planning.
Participate in weekly individual and group supervision as indicated.
Attend internal and external meetings as indicated.
Conduct home visits and escort youth to court and other appointments where indicated.
Maintain mandated paperwork and recordkeeping in compliance with ACS, OCFS and GSS PEP Dept.
Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-education groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care in the department/program to create a non violent and trauma sensitive culture.
Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to craft a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
Assist in program events: including coordinating setup and clean up.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Master’s degree in Social Work and licensure (LMSW) or licensure –ready required (within the first 6 months of employment).
Experience working with adolescents and families required; foster care/ACS experience preferred.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
Able to establish working relationships with clients in need of supportive services.
Proven competence in written, verbal, organizational, and prioritization skills.
Knowledge of Connections and Microsoft Office Suite.
Ability to work a flexible schedule when needed including some evenings, weekends and holidays.
Able to use public transportation when attending various meetings or making home visits.
Have a dedication to work from a strength-based, youth development and trauma informed perspective.
Have a dedication to ACS principles to promote permanency, safety, and well being.
Have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth development and trauma-informed perspective.
NY State Driver License Preferred
Good Shepherd Services is a leading youth development, education and family service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 children, youth and families each year. We give vulnerable youth in New York City the opportunity to take ownership of their future. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!

General Requirements: All staff is expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.

Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.