CUCS operates two Single Stops on Riker’s Island. Our goal is to reduce recidivism rates at Riker’s Island by assisting low income New Yorkers in taking initial steps towards self sufficiency. We address basic concerns onsite that may otherwise complicate successful re-entry into the community when released: acquiring benefits, addressing outstanding civil legal concerns and inaccurate documentation regarding criminal histories. We are a diverse team who are hard working, client centered and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
The Benefits Advisor will assist sentenced inmates at Rikers Island in meeting their most basic needs of self-sufficiency, screen for interest and eligibility for public benefits, including paper and electronic application completion with some post-release planning ensuring successful re-entry into the community. Additional responsibilities include screening for other services provided by the program.
HS diploma and at least 2 years of related experience required, BA preferred.
Strong organizational skills, ability to market program and work collaboratively with other service providers both on and off island.
Social service experience required.
Experience in public benefits acquisition and/or re-entry, as well as bilingual Spanish-speaker a plus.
Must be highly professional, flexible, focused, organized and able to work with a diverse population of clients, and possess a proven ability to maintain professional boundaries.
PLEASE NOTE - Masters’ level applicants will NOT be considered. This is not a supervisory position. Candidates must be able to pass New York City Department of Corrections clearance process for employment.
CUCS is committed to workforce diversity. EEO
We encourage all eligible employees to apply. Qualified candidates will be contacted regarding scheduling an interview.
- Please be advised that you must upload your cover letter and resume in one document.
- Applicants will only be considered for positions they apply for.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual Spanish-speaker a plus.
Minimum Education Required