Rehabilitation Specialist - Senate Residence

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


Intro/Program Description: The Senate is a permanent supportive housing residence for formerly homeless adults, many with mental illness, substance use and trauma histories. On-site services include medication monitoring, case management, money management, entitlement assistance, medical and psychiatric care, substance abuse counseling, work readiness training, a meals program, 24 hour/7 day per week front desk security, and group activities.

Purpose of Position: Oversee and coordinate the Senate’s on-site rehabilitation program and provide tenants with onsite rehabilitation programming to promote health and wellness. The onsite rehabilitation services are designed to provide onsite psychosocial support through individual, group and community programming for clients (specifically those with a severe and persistent mental illness, trauma and/or co-occurring disorders).

Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

1) Rehabilitation Program

  • Plan and implement a variety of program activities aimed specifically at the rehabilitation of formerly homeless individuals with mental illness, chronic health issues and/or substance use.
  • Assist in the design of individual and group rehabilitation activities to maximize clients’ level of functioning and socializations skills.
  • Schedule and run a monthly tenant advocacy meeting and work with tenants to incorporate ideas into programming.
  • Create a monthly calendar of activities. Coordinate and lead activities including recreational groups, trips, and other special events.
  • Design and implement process orientated/educational groups.
  • Design and implement the work readiness program tailored for individual clients and groups.
  • Coordinate and oversee schedules of work readiness including, interviewing tenants, and supervising tenants, check requests and payroll.
  • Oversight of the on-site tenant volunteer program.
  • Track the food and program supplies for the Rehabilitation Program on a monthly basis.
  • Coordinate weekly donations with community food programs.
  • Maintenance and tracking of program participation and attendance statistics in a timely, orderly fashion which are in accordance with the policies and procedures of The Senate as well as our funding sources. This includes but is not limited to: Group Notes, Meals Programs, Building Advocacy Meetings, Monthly DHS statistics which must be turned into Program Director by the fifth of each month.
  • Participate in weekly supervision meetings with Program Director.

2) Supervision of Assistant Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Provide weekly supervision to Assistant Rehabilitation Specialist; evaluate their work and initiate disciplinary action when required.
  • Oversee the ordering, preparing, and budget of supplies and food. Including overseeing the meal menu creation to ensure meals being served meet NYC Food Standards.
  • Prepare and oversee the meals when Assistant Rehabilitation Specialist is out of the office.

3) Case Management

  • Provide case management to a small caseload of tenants, which includes helping to procure/ maintain entitlements, medical and psychiatric treatment and basic support in maintaining housing.
  • Maintain all documentation according to standards established by funding sources and the agency.
  • Provide escorts to health and housing appointments as needed
  • Participate in The Senate’s Medication Monitoring program at least once a week.

4) Participate as a Senate team member

  • Attend staff meetings, case conferences, training programs and supervision meetings
  • Collaborate to maintain an active tenant resource director
  • Participate in the Family Advocacy Council

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Experience running groups is required
  • Experience working with homeless or formerly homeless individuals preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals diagnose severe and persistent mental illness, substance use, and/or co-occurring disorders preferred.
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus but not required.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Team Oriented
  • Must be creative, flexible and skilled in working with hard to reach, socially isolated clients in individual and group settings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organized with strong time management skills

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have/be:

  • Able to work in the Microsoft Office Suite, should especially be proficient in Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Able to use or learn to use AWARDS database
  • Able to use or learn other electronic databases, programs, and funder-related software as needed

Physical Requirements

  • Moderate computer work; occasional lifting of up to 30 lbs; some walking to accompany tenants on trips and visiting tenants in their rooms.

Work Environment

  • Indoor work in building basement and some tenant room visits and tenant escorts in the community.


Excellent benefits package!

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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