Family Advocate (Mandarin/Cantonese speaking)
- Job posted by Mental Health Association of New York City, Inc.
29-46 Northern Blvd, 2nd Floor
MHA-NYC is a nonprofit organization with local roots and a national reach that for over 50 years has been leading the way in mental health with a three-part mission of service, advocacy, and education. Every year MHA-NYC reaches over one million people nationally with mental and behavioral health challenges through high quality innovative programs. We provide state of the art crisis services through public partnerships with the city, state, and federal government and with corporate entities like Facebook and the NFL.
The Family Advocate must be a parent or caregiver of a child with a serious emotional and / or behavioral challenge and have experience in navigating the mental health system as well as other child-serving and family serving systems. The Family Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy, supportive and educational services to families with youth who have serious emotional or behavioral challenges. Promotion of quality services, family empowerment, and provision of support to family members are central features of this position. We are looking for a Family Advocate candidate who speaks Mandarin and/ or Cantonese to work with the Asian-American population living in Queens.
Department/ Program: Department of Children and Family / Family Resource Center of Western Queens
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with families to assess their needs and link them to appropriate resources in their community.
- Partner with other staff members of the Family Resource Center to provide supportive services that meet the needs of children, youth, and families.
- Conduct outreach and presentations to schools, early intervention programs, clinics and other community based providers.
- Facilitate / co-facilitate parenting education and support groups.
- Organize and support social and recreational activities for families.
- Will work with socially, economically, culturally, and ethnically diverse groups in a mutually respectful manner using a strength-based and flexible approach.
- Will complete all paperwork in a timely manner.
- Conduct home, office, and visits to meet the family where they are.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of H.S diploma or G.E.D
- Must be a parent or caregiver of a child with a serious emotional and / or behavioral challenge and have experience in navigating the mental health system as well as other child-serving and family serving systems.
- Will be required to complete PEP training and Family Peer Advocate Credentialing.
- Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office and Ecompas a plus.
- Bilingual and bi-cultural candidates are encouraged to apply.
MHA-NYC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, caregiver status or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Excellent comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, vision, supplemental income insurance, pre-tax transit/parking, pre-tax FSA for medical and dependent care, and 401K available.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required