Connections to Care Young Adult Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time




767 Hicks Street
New York
United States


Background/Summary: For 15 years, Red Hook Initiative (RHI) has nurtured young people in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to be inspired, resilient and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community and society. Dozens of participants in RHI programs have returned to RHI as staff, and have jump-started careers in youth development from there. A key component of our approach to youth development and community building lies in the integration of socio-emotional support. Social work values and holistic practices are essential.  

The Young Adult Social Worker is a part of an interdisciplinary team serving program participants at RHI. Young Adult Social Worker will engage young people, enrolled in RHI programming, in social, emotional and mental health services. The Young Adult Social Worker supports RHI’s Connections to Care (C2C) initiative to increase mental health access in Red Hook. Connections to Care is an unprecedented citywide effort through ThriveNYC to make mental health care accessible to all New Yorkers. As such, the Young Adult Social Worker has a pivotal role in shaping counseling service delivery and embedding best practices in an innovative and impactful setting.

Responsibilities include mental health screening, individual and family counseling, advocacy, group work, case conferences and case management. Capacity building offerings include: weekly clinical supervision, monthly group supervision, peer support, and monthly case conferencing.  

Ample training opportunities and continuing education are provided as part of Red Hook Initiative’s commitment to ongoing staff development, including certification in Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Psychoeducation (Seeking Safety), and Unified Behavioral Health screening. We utilize a trauma informed practice and intersectional lens to shape the delivery of social emotional support in all of our programs.

Counseling, Case Management and Advocacy

  • Work within C2C framework to support member enrollment and participants’ mental health needs using approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aid, mental health screenings, referrals, and psychoeducation.
  • Engage youth in individual, family, and/or couples counseling as needed.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to provide holistic support services, including leading clinical case conferencing for Young Adult team to coordinate support services.
  • Set up outside counseling and bridge the transition for clients who have needs for ongoing therapy, clinical evaluation or psychiatric care.
  • Comply with guidelines for mandated reporting 
  • Conduct home visits and accompany participants to external referrals as necessary

Program Implementation

  • Develop and facilitate therapeutic groups 
  • Work with supervisor to create & revise curricula to reflect the goals and objectives of groups and programs.
  • Work with supervisor to complete timely program and service evaluations.
  • Provide field instruction and supervision for social work intern(s), as necessary.


  • Represent RHI at local events, community gatherings, workshops, and trainings, as needed.
  • Assist in compiling grant reports or progress reports as relates to the social work or program activities at RHI.
  • Assist in program development and in future planning for RHI with a focus on social work and youth needs.


  • Maintain accurate records including clinical case notes, documentation of services, group summaries, sign-in sheets, and Salesforce data entry.
  • Create reports on outcomes and participation.
  • Attend all staff meetings and planning meetings.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Commitment to racial equity in values and practice experience.
  • Familiarity with strengths-based short-term counseling, culturally responsive practice, and anti-oppressive social work perspectives.
  • Awareness of the impact of structural inequalities and trauma upon wellbeing and development.
  • Ability to engage young people therapeutically in a non-clinical/community-based setting. 
  • Experience providing wellness planning and safety planning.
  • Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to develop programming and facilitate groups.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and statistics.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to collaborate on projects and work with a team.
  • Must be enthusiastic about community work and youth development.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • LMSW preferred. MSW working toward licensure is acceptable.
  • SIFI certification preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • At least one year experience in social work including individual work with youth.
  • At least one year experience running therapeutic groups.
  • Experience providing counseling in a community-based setting, utilizing a trauma informed practice lens.
  • Training in trauma therapy, or one year in a behavioral health clinic required.
  • Red Hook resident or strong affiliation with Red Hook community.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to with “Young Adult Social Worker” in the subject line.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement