The Social Worker is responsible for counseling and providing referral services to clients in support of or related to their legal issues. They will work closely with the staff attorneys to minimize the barriers clients may have in participating effectively in their legal cases.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Providing supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and safety planning to DV survivor clients;
- Provide social services needs assessments and oversee client services planning and implementing, and case management functions;
- Advocate on behalf of clients to secure appropriate and timely benefits, entitlements, and services from social and governmental agencies;
- Develop and maintain referral resources and provide clients with referrals appropriate to their service needs as related to the legal case;
- Assist clients in identifying their service needs, which may include but not be limited to medical, mental health or other specific social service concerns and prepare them to engage in needed services;
- Provide support, crisis intervention, education, emergency safety planning and referrals to external partners (as needed) to clients;
- Confer and consult with attorneys and their clients on issues of social work advocacy relevant to legal matters and participate in court advocacy;
- Accompany vulnerable clients to various venues relating to legal case or supporting referrals, e.g., court, in-office meetings, and meetings with third parties;
- Develop, conduct, and participate in outreach, education, and training events with community groups and agencies which may occur during evening and weekends;
- Conduct home visits, as needed;
- Assist clients applying for alternative housing and other benefits and communicating with third-parties on their behalf;
- Facilitate communication and support relationship between attorney and client;
- Prepare necessary reports, proposals, and other documents relating to work;
- Prepare letters, complete forms, and request documents to secure services for clients;
- Supervise graduate level social work students, where permissible;
- Attend meetings and perform administrative tasks related to the work, such as timekeeping and case notes and intakes; and
- As an emerging team leader, provide feedback, mentorship and ability to present to staff on best practices in the field.
Education & Experience:
- Master’s Degree in social work, counseling or related field;
- New York State Certification in social work required, licensed social worker preferred;
- Minimum 4 years’ working with domestic and gender-based violence survivors.;
- Minimum 2 years’ experience working within New York City court systems;
- Knowledge of case management related to domestic and gender based violence and crisis intervention practice;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds in desperate crisis;
- Demonstrated ability to interact with client/tenants of different races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations in a multicultural environment and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- Ability to write with minimal error memorandum, correspondence, and other documentation;
- Excellent advocacy skills in English, bi-lingual Spanish or other language preferred;
- Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high case load, track case data, meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
- Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and generate case notes and reports;
- Maintain up-to-date client information in Brooklyn A’s case management system to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking;
- Collaborate as needed with program managers and development team to write narrative reports for grant and contracts; and
- Thorough commitment to Brooklyn A’s mission.
Compensation: Between $70,000-75,000 depending on years of experience.
How to apply:
If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role. This position is based in our Brooklyn office.
Brooklyn A is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, a survivor of domestic violence status, or marital status.