Social Worker - Senior Center

Job Type

Full Time




250 West 65th Street
New York
New York
United States


Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center is a community center serving the residents of the Lincoln Square neighborhood with a focus on Amsterdam Houses and Addition public housing developments. Senior services provide an opportunity for older adults ages 60+ to lead more vibrant and meaningful lives through comprehensive programming and social supports including case management, case assistance and health promotion.

Purpose of Position: The Social Worker provides individualized case management and assistance to enable seniors to live with independence and dignity in their own homes. Specific services may include: assistance with applications and recertification for benefits including Medicaid and Medicare, referrals and connections to services such as post-discharge homecare, legal services and medical care; advocacy with public and provide systems; collaboration with the on-site nurse; home visits to ensure clients are safe and well.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties:

1.   Client services:

·        Assist and advocate for seniors on a wide range of issues including entitlements, health and mental health care, and housing

·        Perform occasional assessments and make home visits to homebound seniors to identify their needs, link them to services and provide ongoing social contact

·        On occasion, accompany seniors to appointments to advocate on their behalf

·        Document services provided and client status in on line and hard copy case records, according to program and agency guidelines

·        Plan and implement groups in the senior center

2.   Senior Center/NORC team member:

·        Attend staff meetings, supervision sessions, training programs and case conferences

·        Participate in program assessment and improvement plans

·        Assist in daily oversight of senior center and respond to emergencies

·        Provide coverage in the dining room

·        May be asked to coordinate and participate in activities

·        Assist with outreach and engagement

3.   Other duties as required:

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

·        Bachelors of Social Work or equivalent required

·        Master in Social Work or equivalent highly preferred

·        Experience with older adults

·        Fluency in second language (especially Spanish or Cantonese/Mandarin) is a plus

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

·        Sensitivity to the strengths and needs of older adults

·        Strong work ethic

·        Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment

·        Ability to write concise and clear case notes

·        Ability to communicate with clients who may have disabilities (physical, hearing impairment, visual)

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

·        Able to use Microsoft Office Suite of programs

·        Able to use or learn electronic databases

Physical Requirements

·         Ability to circulate in lunch room for about an hour a day and to greet clients in hallway to accompany to office

·        Preferred: ability to walk and stand frequently

Work Environment

·        Senior center environment

·        Shared office space

·        Second floor accessible by elevator

·        Occasional home visits and fieldwork to accompany participants to appointments


Excellent benefits!

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in second language (especially Spanish or Cantonese/Mandarin) is a plus!

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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