Department: Morivivi Residential Program
Location (s): Bronx
Reports To: Property/Program Manager
Classification: Full Time – Non-Exempt
The Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (VIP) partners with Latinx communities to end gender-based violence. Created as a grassroots response to intimate partner violence and sexual assault, VIP has always centered survivors in its leadership and has worked to create a community of staff that reflects the rich national, ethnic and racial diversity of the communities it serves. VIP runs four non-residential social service programs and two residential shelter and housing programs, in addition to a robust communications and outreach department.
Moriviví Residential Program is a 51 bed scattered site safe dwelling. The goal of this program is to provide short-term shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Supportive services offered at Morivivi include individual counseling, support groups, case management, children’s services, housing advocacy, and referrals for educational/vocational facilities and job preparation . Morivivi promotes healing, empowerment and self-sufficiency while providing a safe and supportive environment free from violence.
Counselor/Advocates are responsible for working with residents to develop an action plan that addresses their immediate and long-term needs. Counselor/Advocates will work closely with the Program Manager and other staff to ensure smooth program operation. Below is a list of essential functions specific to the Counselor/Advocate role.
Ø Conduct initial needs assessments to identify presenting needs and goals of the residents, re-evaluated on an on-going basis;
Ø Partner with residents to create a safety plan, to be updated at regular intervals;
Ø Develop and advocate on behalf of action plans for residents, using a strengths-based approach;
Ø Provide intensive case management services that include domestic violence and crisis counseling, information and referrals, advocacy, and accompaniment services;
Ø Provide weekly sessions with individual residents to review ongoing needs and develop a plan for support;
Ø Complete program intakes and psycho-socials for prospective participants of the program;
Ø Promote positive relationships and mediate conflict among residents among participants, their families, and housemates;
Ø Coordinate activities and assist in facilitating events that promote community-building, individual development and self-determination;
Ø Maintain proper documentation (record keeping, reports and statistical information) in a timely manner for all clients;
Ø Provide complete and accurate information about resident outcomes and services;
Ø Work collaboratively with colleagues, supervisors and other service providers to ensure high quality, coordinated support;
Ø Adhere to mandated reporting requirements as they relate to such issues on child abuse/neglect; responsibly adhere to VIP protocols regarding risk of suicide/homicide;
Ø Participate in various programmatic meetings: case conferences, all-staff meetings, team meetings, etc.;
Ø Participate in community outreach and /or educational workshops, as needed by program;
Ø Provide coverage as needed, this includes, but is not limited to, on-call evening, overnight and weekend coverage;
Ø Perform other tasks and administrative duties as directed by management.
Level of Language Proficiency
Ø BSW or BA in relevant field, or equivalent experience;
Ø Fully Bilingual (English/Spanish – verbal and written);
Ø A minimum of two (2) years crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling experience in the area of domestic violence, sexual assault, or related field;
Ø Strong communication (verbal and written) and excellent documenting skills;
Ø Must be well-organized and able to work both independently and collaboratively;
Ø Must be knowledgeable in working with diverse communities, particularly Latinx, people of color, and low income populations; must deliver services with cultural humility;
Ø Must be able to exercise good judgment and sensitivity at all times;
Ø Must maintain agency, program and client confidentiality at all times;
Ø Must work well with a team and bring self-awareness and accountability to the workplace;
Ø Sense of humor a huge plus.
All staff is expected to commit to the mission, vision and values of the Violence Intervention Program, Inc., which includes constant improvement to programs, and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.
The Counselor/Advocate is expected to work 35 hours per week, with an additional commitment to scheduling rotation for on-call coverage during the evenings, overnights and weekends, as required.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Minimum Education Required