The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is a leading professional provider of social support and programming for all at-risk youth, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (“LGBTQ”) youth. HMI provides a broad range of vital programming to thousands of youth each year, ranging in age from 13 to 24, from the five boroughs of New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area. HMI has also recently initiated programming in Newark, NJ.
We are seeking a Housing Counselor for our New York City location. Please note, this position includes regular Saturday hours (Tuesday through Saturday schedule).
Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Maintain primary responsibility for facilitating on-site service delivery according to the contracted services specified under the New York Community Trust contract.
2. Maintain case records, including program enrollment through discharge summaries in accordance with contract documentation requirements.
3. Create individualized service plans with homeless youth to address housing and shelter needs. Including shelter placements and completion of NY NY Supportive Housing Applications.
4. Support program outreach staff in conducting community outreach events as needed (street outreach, piers, Pride events, shelters, parks, day centers, youth service fairs, etc) as needed.
5. Supports Supportive Services Department counseling staff with counselor on-call and crisis counseling and case management services as needed.
6. Participates in case conferences, meetings with other service providers and joint program planning meetings as assigned by the Program Coordinator.
7. Collaborate with other internal program staff and outside organizations for the comprehensive service of clients.
8. Data collection and reporting of services delivered within each intervention.
9. Develop relationships with NYC service providers, including but not limited to those addressing medical, mental health and housing needs.
10. Function as entitlements advocate.
11. Ensure youth enrollment (intake) in program and assertively shepherds youth through contracted services including: psychosocial and risk assessment, HIV test readiness counseling, referral(s) for HIV testing, HIV testing, linkage to services, readiness counseling (to enter services) utilizing individual, family and group modalities, accompaniment to HIV-care services, and subsequent indicated referrals.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
1. Must be able to work flexible schedule including 12 to 8pm shifts (later on some occasions) Tuesday-Saturdays.
2. Master’s degree in social work, public health, psychology or related human services field.
3. Experience working with at-risk, homeless and or marginally housed LGBTQ adolescents.
4. Ability to exercise independent judgment when appropriate; strong decision-making skills
5. Strong Knowledge of LGBTQ issues.
6. Strong knowledge of NYC housing and shelter systems.
7. Evidence of having worked with youth towards testing and engaging in HIV related services.
8. Strong oral and written communication skills.
9. Computer Skills: Strong with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook; familiarity with spreadsheet/database applications.
Additional Desirable Qualifications:
1. Bi-lingual English/Spanish desired.
2. Prior HIV testing and counseling experience preferred.
3. Familiarity with Positive Youth Development theory, Harm Reduction philosophies and Trauma Informed Care approaches.
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