Position: Social Worker, Child and Adolescent Program
Department: Community & Specialized Programs
Location (s): Citywide – all VIP locations
Reports To: Program Manager
Classification: Full Time
Compensation: $55,000-$60,000 depends on experience
The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) is the only culturally specific non-profit organization in New York City serving Latinx survivors of domestic and sexual violence, the vast majority of whom are immigrants. Created as a grassroots response to domestic and sexual violence, 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 operates three community-based social service programs, two residential shelter and housing programs, a 24/7 hotline, innovative economic justice and sexual violence programs, and a robust communications and outreach team.
The Social Worker, for the Child and Adolescent Program, are compassionate and committed to providing trauma-informed practices to families impacted by domestic violence. The social worker will support design and implementation of clinical interventions, including Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), and help adapt them to include culturally affirming practices for Latinx families. Under the supervision of the Program Manager and VIP’s Data Team, the social worker will support the collection and analysis of data connected to the impact of client services and participate in a rigorous program evaluation. Social workers will support the development of guidelines and trainings to inform systems change with partner organizations, including health care, nutrition and head start programs and improve VIP’s overall response to children and adolescents impacted by domestic violence. The social worker is supervised by a licensed master of social work or mental health counselor. Ideal candidates embrace values of diversity, cultural humility, teamwork, and community empowerment. This is an excellent opportunity to combine clinical, program management and training skills in a supportive, community-centered, and survivor-focused organization.
- Collaborate with all VIP programs to identify and refer eligible families impacted by domestic violence;
- Co-facilitate focus groups with parents, children and adolescents;
- Support development of culturally affirming curriculum with the goal of strengthening bonds between parents and children;
- Provide comprehensive short-term individual and group counseling services with a trauma and strength-based perspective to help clients cope and heal from the experience of domestic violence;
- Collaborate with project partners to develop guidelines and trainings that improve systems response to children impacted by domestic violence;
- Work collaboratively with other program(s) and agency staff to improve delivery of services;
- Remain abreast of new developments and changes in policies and practices impacting survivors (immigration, sexual violence, poverty, etc.);
- Conduct educational workshops to raise awareness of impact of domestic violence on children for Latinx communities;
- Attend agency and department meetings and other external community meetings, task force meetings etc., related to domestic violence;
- Represent VIP at conferences, community meetings and special events; promoting VIP services at all public functions.
Data Collection & Entry:
- Ensure proper maintenance of documentation requirements (including logs, case notes, statistical and narrative reports, etc.);
- Maintain up-to-date data entry of all groups and outreach/training conducted and direct services provided;
- Work with supervisor and VIP Data Team to ensure timely delivery of all grant reports;
- Collaborate with VIP’s Data Team to develop tools, collect and analyze data, and participate in rigorous program evaluation;
- Participate in dissemination of data findings, including presentations at conferences, webinars and development of white paper;
- Support evaluation of program effectiveness/efficiency to ensure highest standards of excellence in services and full compliance with policies, procedures and contractual obligations.
- Ability to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines;
- Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment and produce a quality work product;
- Perform other tasks as required, including any related administrative duties, as needed.
- Master's degree in counseling, social work or related field plus one (1) year post graduate clinical experience;
- LMHC, LMSW or other clinical license required within first year of hire;
- Experience providing counseling and other clinical related services to trauma survivors;
- Experience providing counseling to children and families;
- Experience with workshop and/or group facilitation and training and/or presenting to individuals and groups;
- Experience with advocacy-based counseling and/or other empowerment-based models;
- Familiarity with therapeutic modalities such as CFTSI, CBT, Exposure Therapy and/or Motivational Interviewing preferred;
- Fluency in Spanish and English (written & verbal);
- Experience working in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment;
- Familiarity with issues of trauma, violence prevention and victimization;
- Must be passionate about intersectional social justice issues impacting survivors of trauma;
- Knowledge of and a deep demonstrated commitment to working against gender-based violence;
- Must be knowledgeable in working with diverse communities, religious, class, disabilities, and cultural backgrounds as well as people of all gender identities and sexualities;
- Familiarity with conditions and issues impacting immigrant and Latinx communities;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, including collaboration with professionals across disciplines & bringing self-awareness and accountability to the workplace;
- Ability to travel on public/reliable transportation;
- Strong verbal, written, leadership, communication and documenting skills;
- Must be able to exercise good judgment and sensitivity at all times;
- Must ensure agency, program and client confidentiality at all times;
- Good sense of humor a huge plus.