Community Access provides affordable housing and supportive services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities, histories of homelessness and substance use, families who have experienced homeless, and other low-income community members.
Position Location: Bruckner Ave, Bronx NY
Position Type: Full Time
Salary: Mid to High $40's (based on experience)
Essential Job Function:
Provide outreach, advocacy and supportive services to assigned families.
Develop and assist in implementing service plans determined by goals of program participants, including reviewing service plans with family, identifying progress, and revising plans as needed.
Facilitate support groups and parenting skills workshops
Assist in navigating the child welfare system for involved families
Advocate for families within the community to ensure their needs are being met, including assisting in navigating the school systems
Work in collaboration with other support staff to provide supportive services that meet the needs of children, youth, and families
Organize and support social and recreational activities for families
Provide education and support for co-workers regarding family systems and family related concerns
Assist program participants in advocating for quality care received from external service providers, including educating providers on special issues, etc.
Assist program participants in maintaining apartment free from unsanitary conditions and safety hazards, utilizing individualized strategies, e.g. teaching, feedback, demonstration and other forms of hands-on interventions, as needed.
Provide referrals for treatment for mental health concerns, substance use, and physical health problems, as dictated by program participants.
Assist program participants in identifying vocational and educational goals and opportunities, including assessment, support and follow-up.
Assist program participants with conflict resolution, as necessary.
Utilize harm reduction strategies when working with individuals experiencing drug and/or alcohol related problems.
Provide crisis intervention, as necessary
Provide support and training on skill-building, including assertiveness, self-advocacy, socialization, parenting, and other skills on related issues.
Create or maintain a special project each year (e.g. participate in the advocacy department, coordinate an activity, participate in a committee, etc.)
Provide holiday, evening and weekend coverage, as necessary.
Provide coverage and support for non-assigned program participants, as needed
Have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access.
Qualified candidates must be a parent with experience navigating human service systems for families and children, including behavioral health, education, child welfare and homeless service systems.
Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center.
Commitment to recovery-oriented practice.
Be skilled in conflict mediation/negotiation and have an assertive approach to problem solving.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel.
Be creative and flexible.
Show initiative and be responsible for follow through.
Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred.
Ability to walk up several flights of stairs.
Ability to work in the field (using public transportation).