Lifeskills Social Worker

Program Description

Semiperm is a unique single-parent residential community created by Settlement Housing Fund in 2007. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this transformational housing program provides housing and supportive services to 23 formerly homeless single parents and their children in a community setting. Semiperm is the only intermediate term housing in New York City geared to homeless, single parents requiring them to be employed or in school, while obtaining the skills needed to live independently. Our programming is focused on meeting the needs of each individual family, and we partner with volunteers, other organizations and city agencies to provide services and referrals for the residents and their children.

All of Semiperm’s families receive individual counseling and group instruction designed to help the parents build skills and achieve employment and education milestones. Our on-site staff, who have extensive experience working with homeless families, meet with each resident regularly, using task-centered counseling to help them create achievable concrete goals. Monthly building-wide workshops promote community among the tenants and reinforce the supportive environment fostered by the Semiperm staff. We also offer weekly classes on a wide variety of subjects including financial literacy, nutrition, and health care, and have built partnerships with neighboring community based programs offering parenting workshops, employment training, physical and psychological health services, and credit and legal assistance. Additional educational and recreational programs are offered to the children of Semiperm.

When they are ready to graduate from the program, successful families will be referred for vacancies in Settlement Housing Fund’s permanent housing developments. Our staff maintains contact with the parents and works closely with neighborhood program providers, the schools and block associations to assure that their transition to permanent housing goes smoothly.

Position Summary and Essential Functions

Reporting to the Semiperm Program Director, the Lifeskills Manager will be responsible for assisting formerly homeless single parents obtain self-sufficiency. S/he will provide clinical counseling and intervention services for families residing at Semiperm through long-term counseling and group work with parents and children. S/he will work closely with staff and residents to ensure behavioral, psychological, and/or emotional issues are dealt with promptly and appropriately. The Lifeskills Manager r will also be responsible for managing Semiperm’s volunteer services component.


Clinical / Case Management

  • Perform initial resident psychosocial assessments;
  • Develop annual Individual Goal Plans and implement intervention and evaluation plans with the purpose of guiding each resident to self-sufficiency;
  • Provide long-term therapeutic individual and family counseling to 23 families;
  • Perform crisis intervention, mediation and conflict resolution;
  • Connect residents to community resources necessary to improve life situations including education, job training, employment, childcare, financial assistance, etc.;
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with community agencies and local contacts at schools, employment programs, hospitals/clinics, mental health facilities, etc.;
  • Work with staff to identify client issues that need attention and recommend appropriate strategies for dealing with those issues;
  • Maintain monthly client compliance reports;
  • Maintain client program attendance records;
  • Establish and maintain organized and updated individual case records and accurate data on each family in Semiperm including program statistics and outcome measures;
  • Teach and model appropriate life skills.


  • Develop and facilitate therapeutic and non-therapeutic groups, workshops, and activities for parents and children;
  • Organize outside facilitators for additional workshops and activities;
  • Devise and distribute monthly in-house workshops and activities calendar;
  • Conduct intake, interviews and home visits of Semiperm applicant families.

Volunteer Services

  • Recruit volunteers for activities and events, conduct volunteer interviews and provide volunteer training sessions;
  • Schedule volunteers to provide childcare for adult evening and weekend programming, as well as tutoring for children and adults.


  • MSW required;
  • Ability to work non-traditional work week: Tuesday ; Friday 12PM ; 8PM and Saturday 9AM ; 5PM required;
  • Strengths-based service approach required;
  • Ability to supervise interns (SIFI certified preferred);
  • 3-5 years of experience working in a clinical setting with homeless or formerly homeless children and families preferred;
  • 3-5 years of experience facilitating groups required;
  • Skilled in direct practice including various contemporary theories and models;
  • Ability to complete bio-psych-social assessments;
  • Ability to develop and implement intervention and service plans;
  • Trained in mediation and conflict-resolution strategies;
  • Knowledge of available referral services, entitlement programs and community resources;
  • Organized, self-motivated team-player with strong interpersonal skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to multi-task;
  • Ability and willingness to be hands-on and solve problems as they arise;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred;
  • Basic computer skills necessary, including MS Office.

Background check will be performed.

How to apply

Please send Resume and Cover Letter to:

New York, New York