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Social Worker for Theatre and Social Justice Academy

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About People’s Theatre Project:

Rooted in Washington Heights and Inwood, People’s Theatre Project (PTP) makes theatre with and for immigrant communities to build a more just and equitable world.

Now in its 13th anniversary season, People’s Theatre Project is Manhattan’s largest performing arts organization north of Harlem and a joyful advocate for social justice. Ensemble-based, physical, inclusive, multilingual, multigenerational, and 100% original, PTP’s unique brand of theatre is a powerful artistic platform for immigrants and members of the Latine, Black, and Queer communities. Through its groundbreaking work, PTP’s artists and audiences deepen their sense of power, strengthen their connection to community, and amplify the call for radical change. 

About the Position:

People’s Theatre Project seeks a Full-Time Social Worker (LMSW) to support the young artists and the families of The PTP Academy. The PTP Academy is a six-year theatre and leadership program dedicated to the holistic development of immigrant youth and youth of color. The Youth Advocate will be responsible for supporting the psychosocial health and physical needs of our young artists and their families through trustful relationships and by building systems to assess their needs and connect them with community resources. The ideal candidate will be bilingual in Spanish and English and have experience working in immigrant communities and/or educational institutions. Additional key skills include systems building, effective communication, collaboration, and flexibility. 

Responsibilities:

  • This position will work 40 hrs per week from Monday-Friday: on-site with youth from 3:30-7PM from Tuesday-Thursday. Administrative time will be a mix of in-person and remote work. Occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Create a comprehensive system for assessing and meeting the needs of the PTP Academy students and their families, both those that have risen due to the pandemic, as well as long term critical issues. This includes:
  • Creating basic psychosocial assessment for individual students and immediate needs assessment (e.g., around food, financial, or housing insecurity) for families due to the prolonged effects of COVID-19.
  • Determining protocols for addressing student needs either with PTP resources or in collaboration with external partners
  • Establishing a secure case notes system
  • Convene groups of students around relevant topics or issues such as COVID-19 care and prevention, mental health, gender empowerment, etc. 
  • Create and maintain a resource bank for PTP Academy families
  • Build collaborative relationships with external organizations and resources to provide holistic support for the students and their families. Resources can include, but are not limited to, COVID-19 support services, tutoring services, school enrollment assistance, city agencies, housing assistance, legal support, other local CBOs, and advocacy groups. 
  • Initiate and support referrals to external organizations and resources 
  • Follow up with students and families about experience with outside resources
  • Meet weekly with Education Director
  • Provide regularly scheduled training with staff
  • Meet with staff as needed to review student and family needs

Qualifications:

  • LMSW or intent to pursue LMSW during the first six months of employment
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Previous experience working with immigrant youth, youth of color, and/or queer youth
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with immigrant youth and youth of color
  • Knowledge of mental health and social service resources and CBOs in Upper Manhattan and/or the greater NYC area 
  • Excellent collaborative, clinical, organizational, and documentation skills
  • Solid crisis intervention skills

About People’s Theatre Project:

Rooted in Washington Heights and Inwood, People’s Theatre Project (PTP) makes theatre with and for immigrant communities to build a more just and equitable world.

Now in its 13th anniversary season, People’s…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Application Deadline
    July 17, 2022
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Experience Level
    Mid-level/Managerial
Salary
At least USD $55,000
/ year

Benefits

Benefits include generous PTO; health, dental, and vision insurance; 401(k); FSA and commuter benefits

Benefits include generous PTO; health, dental, and vision insurance; 401(k); FSA and commuter benefits

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish and English required

Bilingual in Spanish and English required

Location

On-site
4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033, USA

How to Apply

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