The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Washington, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at www.refugees.org.
Refugee and Immigrant Empowerment Services and Treatment (REST) is a new program focused on improving mental health outcomes for refugees and immigrants. The REST Program Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be to assess the need for and provide mental health treatment. This position will report to the Field Office Director and work in coordination with other USCRI Albany program staff as needed. The ideal candidate will be flexible with strong interpersonal skills, open to taking on varied responsibilities, and a self-starter.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conduct mental health assessments for newly arrived refugees and those referred to the program; identify and treat clients with mental health symptoms;
- Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health treatment, including one-on-one counseling and support groups;
- Develop service plans and conduct reviews for clients throughout the duration of treatment;
- Facilitate MIRACLE (Motivational Interviewing for Refugee Adaptation, Coping, and Life Empowerment) approach to casework among Case Managers and Case Aides;
- Educate refugees and immigrants about mental health issues and legal rights regarding counseling, such as privacy regulations, to increase comfort levels with accessing services;
- Educate schools, healthcare providers, and other service providers on how to recognize mental health issues in refugees and immigrants;
- Collaborate with community-based service providers to respond to refugee and immigrant emergency mental health needs;
- Keep detailed records and manage data for tracking goals and grant reporting purposes to ensure that grant requirements are met and program activities remain within allowable services as described in grant; and
- Other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor(s).
All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job duties indicated is not to be an exhaustive statement and other job-related duties may be assigned as required by the supervisor(s).
The individual hired to fill this position will meet the following position requirements:
- Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) OR Master’s degree or Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, counseling, or other relevant behavioral science OR Bachelor’s degree PLUS 2 years of clinical employment experience in the behavioral sciences;
- License to provide clinical services in the state of New York is required;
- Familiarity with the counseling needs of foreign-born populations and forcibly displaced persons;
- Familiarity with trauma-informed care principles;
- Familiarity with Motivational Interviewing or willingness to attend training;
- Ability to utilize advanced clinical and administrative skills;
- Knowledge about refugee and immigrant family interactions, reunification, and well-being is desired;
- Must pass a criminal background, child abuse and neglect registry;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office;
- Exceptional time management and attention to detail;
- Flexibility to work occasional evening and weekend hours, if needed;
- Strong leadership skills and ability to effectively serve as an example for racial, ethnic, culturally sensitive and competent care;
- Ability to support all functions that attain and maintain accreditation and compliance with regulatory agencies;
- Ability to work under pressure and remain calm and composed under stressful situations;
- Ability to work collaboratively with staff, clients, service providers and others;
- Ability to evaluate/interpret information and make good and independent judgements or decisions; and
- Demonstrated support of USCRI’s values by exhibiting respect for others, maintenance of confidential information and an appreciation of a multicultural workplace.
- Satisfactory completion of USCRI’s Orientation and Training;
- Satisfactory completion of annual mandatory training; and
- Complete additional training as identified by supervisor, Program Director or Human Resources.
- Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity;
- Use of repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands;
- Occasional lifting (up to 25 pounds), bending, pulling, and carrying; and
- Quantitative/mathematical ability (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, standard measurements).
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Please submit a resume with cover letter describing your interest and qualifications with your online application.
References will be required at time of the final interview. Position specific writing samples may also be requested during the interview process.
No telephone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is an equal opportunity employer.