BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST @ NYC Careers - Manhattan, NY

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5 days ago

BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST

NYC Careers - Manhattan, NY

The Intake, Assessment and Capacity Management Unit is responsible for planning, implementing, administering and effectuating the provision of services of the Division’s seven assessment shelters, which operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the Assessment process, clients who are new to the Adult Services System, or who have previously left the system for twelve (12) months, or more are assessed to determine individual needs, which helps to locate an appropriate shelter program to overcome the contributing factors of homelessness, i.e., substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and/or lack of employment, towards the goal of returning clients to the community as quickly as possible.

The Department of Homeless Services is recruiting for one (1) Supervisor II (SW) to function as a Behavioral Specialist who will:

  • Provide supervision and technical assistance to the social services staff.

  • Function as the liaison with shelter staff and community-based providers to facilitate client placement into alternative housing, refer staff to the DHS Training Bureau to ensure social service staff receive adequate and ongoing training.

  • Develop and monitor staffing schedules.

  • Prepare and review monthly reports on program activities and staff operations.

  • Coordinate/participate in case conferences and internal/external meetings.

  • Make recommendations for the development of innovative strategies/techniques to enhance programs that meet client needs.

  • Collaborate with DHS contracted sites and various agencies directly involved with providing services for the homeless and monitor non-compliant clients and utilize Client Responsibility procedures when needed and submit Client Responsibility cases for review and sanction, when applicable.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work and two years of full-time satisfactory experience practicing social work utilizing one, or a combination of, casework, group work and community organization methodologies, at least one year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

2. Certification/License Requirements: A valid Certified Social Worker (CSW) certificate or Licensed Master of Social Work license (LMSW) issued by the New York State Department of Education must be obtained within one year of the date of appointment. Employees who fail to obtain their CSW or LMSW within one year after appointment will automatically have their probationary period extended for no more than six months. Failure to obtain the CSW or LMSW by the end of 18 months of service will result in dismissal.

3. Special Note: Section 424-a of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-care responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report. The agency has the discretion to assign a candidate who has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report to a position with no child-care responsibilities.

Preferred Skills

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook .

  • Excellent written, oral communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Additional Information

LOAN FORGIVENESS

The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DSS/HRA/DHS qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

In addition, the Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services offers competitive salaries and the following benefits:
Generous Pension Plans (The New York Employees' Retirement System);
401(k) and Roth 457 Retirement Savings Programs;
U.S. Savings Bonds Flexible Spending Program;
Health Benefits, Dental, Vision Coverage, Prescription Drug Program;
Training and Professional Development;
Opportunity for Scholarship; College Savings Program;
Paid Holidays and Generous Annual Leave.

To Apply

If you are hired provisionally in this title, you must take and pass the Civil Service Exam, when it becomes available, to be eligible for continued employment.

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55-a Program

This position is also open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate at the top of your resume and cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position through the 55-a Program.

Hours/Shift

Tues – Sat 8-am – 4pm

Work Location

430 East 30 Street, New York, NY

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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