Housing Counselor - Per-Diem - Bronx - Crotona Park East

Program Description:

Our transitional housing model helps people with psychiatric disabilities move from shelters and hospitals into the community.  All transitional housing sites provide on-site staffing 24 hours a day as well as individual counseling, goal planning and linkage to outside programs and services.  The focus of the work is to help people regain basic skills such as negotiating the public transportation system, cooking, shopping, maintaining personal space and hygiene, budgeting and organizing their time around activities they enjoy, and help them adjust to a community setting.

Position Overview  

Our Vyse avenue building is a licensed cr/sro providing supportive housing for 64 individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Position Type: Per-Diem with opportunity for advancement into Case Management 

Position Location: Vyse Avenue - Crotona Park East

Position Salary: $16.32

Available Shifts: Monday - Sunday
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm - 12:00 am 
  • 12:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • 8:00 pm - 8:00 am
  • 4:00 pm -8:00 pm
Health and Wellness Benefits:
  • 403b contribution
  • Pre-tax savings plan (including Flexible Spending Accounts and Transit-Chek)
  • College savings plan
  • Employee Assistance Program'

Essential Position Responsibilities

Socialization Events:
  • In conjunction with the residents, organize socialization events and evening activities.
  • Run recreation groups.
  • Accompany residents on socialization activities both in and outside the site.
ADL Training and Coaching:
  • One-on-one and group training and coaching on the development of essential life skills with a focus on independent living, for example, keeping your personal area clean and orderly, laundry, snack preparation and clean up, personal shopping, among other living skills.
Medication Monitoring:
  • Provide close observation and keep accurate records of residents taking their medications.
  • Take responsibility for prompt follow-up with supervisor and service coordinator for any missing/inaccurate recordings in the medication book.
  • Ensure medications are stored and secured safely.
  • Inform appropriate staff when a resident is not taking his/her medications as prescribed or has missed a dosage.
  • Serve as a liaison for all residents and their pharmacy.
  • Observe and assist residents in packaging their medications. 
  • Provide coaching and follow up to foster self-medication skills
House Management:
  • Perform room checks.
  • Provide hands-on assistance to residents in keeping personal area clean and orderly.
  • Maintain cleanliness of site, including bathrooms, garbage disposal and kitchen cleaning.
  • Assist residents with sleep hygiene (good sleep habits which promote normal, quality nighttime sleep) routine.
Physical safety and security:
  • Provide accurate documentation of activity in-house.
  • Observe and document residents' interactions; provide interventions, as needed.
  • Provide crisis management, as needed.
Meal Preparation and Coordination:
  • Serve pre-made nutritious meals for residents and prepare plates for those not present.
  • Engage residents in meal preparation to provide hands on assistance to prepare meals, from menu selection through cooking and clean-up. 
  • Escort residents on food and household shopping excursions as a way to develop residents' skill and confidence.
Administrative and Clerical:
  • Answer phones, take messages, and provide routine information about
  • Handle packages in accordance with package policy.
  • Provide holiday coverage.
Education Qualifications:
  • Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
Position Qualifications
  • Be skilled in conflict mediation/negotiation/resolution and have an assertive approach to problem solving
  • Ability to utilize various computer programs; specifically, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Be creative and flexible
  • Maintain confidentiality of information, as related to position
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Get fingerprinted and cleared by the Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs
  • Understand and apply a commitment to recovery-oriented practice