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Position: Counselor Advocate, Manhattan Community Program

Department: Community & Specialized Programs 

Location (s):  Manhattan

Reports To: Manager 


The Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (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 intimate partner violence and sexual assault, 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 Counselor Advocate provides comprehensive crisis intervention and self-empowerment counseling in both individual and group settings to survivors of gender-based violence. The Counselor Advocate is also responsible for providing direct services in the form of comprehensive case assessment, case management and advocacy related to criminal legal, social welfare, housing, immigration, and other related systems.


Essential Functions:

  • Conduct initial needs assessments on all clients and their children to identify needs and goals during the initial intake and reevaluate as necessary.
  • Provide intensive case management services based on the program participant (s) needs/goals and their service plan. Including weekly (scheduled) case management sessions.
  • Provide personal support for the families including but not limited to translation and accompaniment services as it relates to public assistance, housing. School/education placement, health service, etc. Including assistance in the various unforeseen needs of the participant.
  • Provide information and referrals; advocacy and accompaniment to participants throughout the legal, immigration, social and human resources systems. This includes over the phone, in-person and through written correspondence in a timely manner.
  • Assist participant with educational needs by advocating for tutoring services, school placement, parents/teacher/child involvement and medical services.
  • Stay abreast of changes in the area of entitlements and benefit resources and systems for information and referrals; advocacy and accompaniment as to secure needed services.
  • Maintain proper documentation (case notes, reports and statistical information) in a timely manner for all clients.
  • Develop service plans with measurable outcomes and services as identified by the program and funding source in a timely fashion. Include accurate information about participants’ outcomes and services to inform their counseling plan.
  • Consistently assess the safety of clients to ensure their security, and that of their children, as their situation may shift with changing conditions. Create a safety plan as needed.
  • Provide crisis and promote self-esteem/motivation to participants including identifying and providing referrals to outside therapeutic services as needed.
  • Validate, support and encourage strength-based counseling with a focus on personal wellness and independence as identified.
  • Work with age-appropriate clients on an ongoing basis around the issues of conflict resolution, separation, and diversity issues (including cultural, religious, and sexual orientation issues), etc.
  • Provide interventions that promote positive relationships between clients, parents, their community, various institutions and schools to enhance the positive development of clients.
  • Facilitate weekly, monthly and/or bi-monthly age appropriate bi-lingual support groups.
  • Provide counseling, case management, and collaborate with multi-disciplinary service providers and law enforcement on a weekly basis to provide wraparound services for walk-in clients at the Family Justice Center.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and other service providers on a consistent basis to ensure the highest quality service delivery.
  • Adhere to mandated reporting requirements as they relate to such issues as child abuse/neglect, suicide/homicide concerns, etc.
  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled agency and program meeting including supervision sessions, trainings, case conferences, agency-wide staff meetings, team meetings, individual service plans, inter-disciplinary meetings, etc.
  • Conduct community outreach and /or educational workshops as needed by program.
  • Represent VIP at conferences, community meetings and special events; including Promoting VIP services at all public functions.
  • Report Language access issues as they occur to Deputy Director for Programs and Executive Director.
  • Capacity building in all programs of the agency – each staff member will demonstrate competency with incorporating financial literacy in the performance of their responsibilities.
  • Perform other tasks as required, including any related administrative duties as needed.
  •  Supporting the development, implementation and expansion of sexual violence programming at VIP;
  • Co-facilitating group counseling for survivors of sexual and gender based violence;
  • Collaborating with all VIP programs in the recruitment and coordination of clients who participate in sexual violence support groups;
  • Providing comprehensive short-term individual counseling services with a trauma and strength-based perspective to help clients cope and heal from the experience of sexual violence;
  • Providing advocacy, emotional support, and safety planning for survivors;
  • Working collaboratively with other VIP program(s) to improve organization-wide delivery of sexual violence services;
  • Creating an agency-wide resource guide of local and tristate services for survivors of sexual violence;
  • Remaining abreast of new developments and changes in policies and practices impacting survivors (immigration, sexual violence, poverty, etc.);
  • Conduct relevant community outreach and educational workshops;
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with community partners and service providers;
  • Attend agency and department meetings and participate in external stakeholder meetings, task force meetings etc., related to sexual violence and gender based violence; 
  • Represent VIP at conferences, community meetings and special events; including Promoting VIP services at all public functions;
  • Establish and maintain formal linkages with community agencies to connect survivors to legal, mental health, parenting, and bilingual resources
  • Work with management to ensure timely delivery of all grant reports;
  • Ensure proper maintenance of client 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;
  • Perform other tasks as required, including any related supervisory and administrative duties, as needed


Requirements:

  • BSW or BA required
  • Fully Bilingual Required (English/Spanish – verbal and written).
  • Must have advocacy and/or counseling experience in the area of domestic violence, women and children’s issues, or related field.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and documenting skills.
  • Must be well-organized, work independently and collectively, while maintaining a flexible schedule.
  • Must be knowledgeable in working with diverse communities, particularly Latinx, people of color, and low-income populations and deliver culturally competent services.
  • Must have the ability to operate office equipment such as computers, copy machine, fax machine, phone systems, etc. with strong internet and software skills; incl. Microsoft Office and client database.
  • Must be able to exercise good judgment, compassion, and sensitivity at all times to provide trauma informed care.
  • Must ensure agency, program and client confidentiality at all times.
  • Must work well with a team and bring self-awareness and accountability to the workplace.
  • Must be passionate about intersectional social justice issues impacting survivors of trauma.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Full-time, non-exempt position, working 35 hours per week with annual wages of $42,000.
  • We cover 90% of the cost of medical (United Healthcare/Oxford), dental (Aetna), and vision (VSP) insurance. FSA/HSA available.
  • Paid Time Off Program, 12 Paid holidays, a mid-year and end-of-year fully paid office closure.
  • Commuter Benefits
  • 403b retirement plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Virtual Healing Circles
  • Virtual Yoga


Note: As a contractor of The City of New York, all VIP employees, interns and volunteers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Position: Counselor Advocate, Manhattan Community Program

Department: Community & Specialized Programs 

Location (s):  Manhattan

Reports To: Manager 


The Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (VIP) is the only culturally specific…

Detalles a Simple Vista

  • Flexibilidad
    A Tiempo Completo
  • Fecha de inicio
    31 de enero de 2022
  • Fecha límite de postulación
    31 de enero de 2022
  • Educación
    Licenciatura
  • Nivel Profesional
    Principiante
Salario
USD $42.000 - USD $42.005
/ año
$23.08/hour

Compensación

Compensation & Benefits

  • Full-time, non-exempt position, working 35 hours per week with annual wages of $42,000.
  • We cover 90% of the cost of medical (United Healthcare/Oxford), dental (Aetna), and vision (VSP) insurance. FSA/HSA available.
  • Paid Time Off Program, 12 Paid holidays, a mid-year and end-of-year fully paid office closure.
  • Commuter Benefits
  • 403b retirement plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Virtual Healing Circles
  • Virtual Yoga


Compensation & Benefits

  • Full-time, non-exempt position, working 35 hours per week with annual wages of $42,000.
  • We cover 90% of the cost of medical (United Healthcare/Oxford…

Nivel de Idiomas

  • Fully Bilingual Required (English/Spanish – verbal and written).


  • Fully Bilingual Required (English/Spanish – verbal and written).


Ubicación

Temporalmente A Distancia
El trabajo se puede realizar en o cerca de New York, NY
Ubicación Asociada
New York, NY, USA

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