Social Worker, Cornerstone
Mitchel Community Center
Mill Brook Community Center
Patterson Community Center
Director of Social Services
East Side House, founded in 1891, is a 501(c) (3) organization that has served the South Bronx since 1963. The organization is dedicated to the community and focused on providing resources and opportunities. East Side House has identified that education is the foundation for economic improvement and through its youth education and technology programs, it teaches skills to allow its students and clients to become more self-sufficient and independent. As a community resource, the organization also provides services to families and a growing senior population. In 2020 the organization began food distribution as an additional way to provide economic support to the community we serve.
Cornerstone Programs provide engaging, high-quality, year-round programs for adults and young people. Programs are located at 99 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Community Centers throughout the five boroughs. The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Cornerstone initiative came about in 2009 as part of the plan to prevent several New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers from closing. DYCD is the oversight city agency of the Community Based Organization award this contract. At this present time, there are 94 Cornerstone programs through the five boroughs of New York. Cornerstone is one-half of the Community Centers unit at DYCD, Beacon programs are the other half of Community Centers.
Under the supervision of the Director of Social Services, the Social Worker, with latitude for independent judgment, will be responsible for providing a full range of services to participants and families. The Social Worker will join the Cornerstone team at Mitchel, Mill Brook, and Patterson. They will support the community in addressing the social, emotional, and developmental needs of program participants and families, and helping participants access appropriate resources and services.
Duties and Responsibilities shall include but are not limited to the following:
- Provide ongoing support and management of a large number of middle, high school-aged youth, and young adults at three Cornerstone sites
- Provide psycho-educational and risk prevention groups
- Complete strengths-based psychosocial assessment with incoming youth and families and follow up with resources and referrals to services as appropriate
- Design curriculum and facilitate socio-emotional groups and workshops for participants and families, this includes the coordination of resources provided by DYCD
- Identify local referral agencies and build social service partnerships; Seek partnership opportunities and bring in at least three new partners a year to leverage resources to support programs
- Create and maintain resource stations at each site
- Engage families to promote parent involvement and positive participant outcomes
- Collaborate with and train staff on behavior management techniques and other strategies to support participants
- Actively participate in all aspects of professional development, including scheduled supervision, team meetings, pre-service training, and additional paid professional development training required
Remote Engagement (as needed):
- Experience facilitating live and pre-recorded activities
- Familiarity using web-based platforms to engage participants: zoom, google classrooms, etc.
- Monitor participant engagement and safety while on live sessions remotely
- Follow remote working plan, policies & procedures as highlighted by the supervisor
- Maintain remote/virtual attendance logs & records
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Education, Experience, and Skills Required
· Maste r’s in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited institution is required.
- Familiarity with the respective Bronx communities, key stakeholders, and resources
- Experienced in designing, planning, and implementing structured programs
- 2+ years experience in counseling and working with adolescents and families, including at some experience in underserved communities.
- Experience in therapeutic modalities related to children and families in traditionally underserved communities.
- Ability to work independently, assesses priorities, and take initiative
- High level of proficiency in administrative work
- Capacity to thrive under pressure while working on multiple tasks and projects
- Knowledge of the public education system and positive youth development best practices
- Strong public speaking, writing, and organizational skills
- A team player with a demonstrated commitment to working with urban youth and young adults from a strength-based perspective
- Bi-lingual (Spanish preferred) a plus
- COVID Vaccination Required
· Project Management
· Problem Solving/ Analysis
· Communication Proficiency
· Customer Service
· Public/Community Relations
· Teamwork Orientation
Expected Work Schedule
This is a full-time position scheduled to work 35 hours per week. Generally, work hours are scheduled Monday-Friday, 1 pm–8 pm, occasional Saturdays and Holidays are required. Workdays/hours are subject to change based on ESH’s needs.
ESH has determined that up to 10 (%) of this position can be remote due to COVID-19. Subject to change as public health conditions evolve.
· Department of Health Fingerprint Clearance (DOH)
· Department of Health Medical Clearance (DOH)
· Clearance by the Department of Education (DOE)
· Staff Exclusion List (SEL) Clearance
· Physical with TB screen
· State Central Registry (SCR) clearance ($25 fee)
· COVID Vaccine As a recipient of Federal, State, and local funds, all staff are expected to be fully vaccinated or able to obtain vaccination before their start date.
- Mandated Reporter, 2 hours – http://www.nysmandatedreporter.org/TrainingCourses.aspx
- Health & Safety Training, 5 hours – https://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu
This position does not have any supervisory responsibility.
The position is in a Community Center. The dress code is corporate casual. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
Travel is primarily local during scheduled work hours.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. This is generally a sedentary role; however, some filing and site visits are required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.
To be considered for a position with East Side House, visit our website: https://www.eastsidehouse.org/careers/
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer
ESH encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against based on any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.