Independent Living Specialist with BRC (Mental Health Shelter)

Job Type

Full Time


Maximum: $44,919




131 West 25th Street
New York
New York
United States


BRC began operating its newest program, the Jack Ryan Residence, in August 2011. The Jack Ryan Residence, funded by the NYC Department of Homeless Services, is a 200-bed shelter for homeless men living with mental illness. The program provides a complete range of mental health stabilization, medication management, case management, and medical services aimed at moving residents into permanent housing. The ultimate goal of the program is to place its clients into appropriate, supportive housing within nine months



Full-time position, 37.5 hours per week

  1. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 8:00a-4:30p, Thursday; 2:00p-10:30p, Saturday; 9:00a-5:30p
  2. Sunday; 9:00a-5:30p, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 8:00a-4:30p, Wednesday; 2:00p-10:30p



Provide comprehensive case management services to a challenging caseload of mentally ill, homeless adults. Assist with obtaining benefits, referrals for treatment, monitoring hygiene and teaching independent living skills, escorts to and advocacy for entitlements and housing appointments, and housing placement. Facilitate weekly psycho educational group. Generate ongoing progress and group notes as well as monthly statistical reports. Participate in clinical team, case conference, and other staff meetings. Assist with program staff coverage as needed. Provide emergency first aid/CPR assistance when needed. Perform additional related duties as assigned.



High School Diploma/GED required; bachelors degree preferred and masters ideal. Bilingual Spanish preferred, but not required. Excellent communication and writing skills and computer proficiency required. Experience working in residential treatment and with the MICA and homeless populations. Knowledge of HRA and NY/NY application systems a plus. CPR training certification or willingness to take training class in CPR.



BRC is among the most comprehensive, effective, and fastest growing agencies in NYC serving homeless New Yorkers.  With a $77 million budget and over 800 employees, BRC has 27 programs throughout the New York City area that work together to form a seamless continuum of caring and effective services to meet all of a client's needs. We employ a holistic approach, helping clients achieve health, wellness, and economic self-sufficiency, offering an array of housing and services for more than 10,000 of New York's neediest residents. BRC has an entrepreneurial culture with a track record of innovation.  BRC is highly successful and has been recognized for it, most recently as a winner of the NY Community Trust's Nonprofit Excellence Award and as a national finalist for the Drucker Prize for innovative management. Staff at BRC works together collaboratively to address some of the greatest social challenges of our City and does so using a compassionate and respectful approach. In our most recent survey, 95% of our employees said they would recommend BRC as a good place to work.  For more information about BRC, please see our website at


All full time employees receive a generous benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

High School