Green City Force
Youth Developer- Social Worker
Founded in 2009, Green City Force’s (GCF) mission is to break the cycle of poverty, preparing urban young adults to succeed in their chosen careers by engaging them in service, training and work experiences related to the clean energy economy. GCF simultaneously addresses three imperatives –unemployment and the lack of prospects for family-supporting careers among low-income youth; changes to the urban environment that must be made to mitigate climate change; and stimulation of the green economy through awareness-raising and individual behavior change. In 2013, GCF was named NYC’s Most Innovative Nonprofit by Mayor Bloomberg and Executive Director and Founder Lisbeth Shepherd was recognized by the White House as one of five Champions for Change addressing youth unemployment. This is an opportunity to join an organization with a proven track record, strong growth potential, and a positive organizational culture for personal growth and collective impact as part of a dynamic team. Green City Force is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.
Youth Developer- Social Worker, Part-Time. 20-25 hours per week. Green City Force (GCF) is an AmeriCorps program that has been recognized nationally for our innovative workforce development and service model that positively impacts Opportunity Youth living in public housing, while supporting sustainability initiatives across the City. We seek passionate, values driven self-starters to join our growing team. Successful candidates will demonstrate efficient project management, ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues effectively, and commitment to pursuing excellence in all aspects of work. Position summary The Youth Developer- Social Worker’s (YDSW) primary role is to provide psychosocial support to our Corps Members and Alumni. The YDSW will provide a range of services, including individual counseling, group workshops, and psychoeducational seminars, to assist our members and alumni in developing skills to manage any psychosocial stressors that may arise as they work toward their goal of employment, education, and other personal achievements. The YDSW reports to the Senior Program Officer. Primary responsibilities • Conduct individual counseling sessions with Corps Members, to provide psychosocial support and foster emotional wellness. The YDSW will on average conduct 10-15 individual counseling sessions per week. • Design, implement, and facilitate psychoeducational and supportive groups for Corps Members. • Establish and maintain systems for consistent communication with the rest of the program team to ensure ongoing communication and mutual understanding on how to best support each member in our program. • Perform initial psychosocial assessments to develop and holistic understanding of our member’s background and the stressors that arise as barriers to success in our program and future endeavors. • Perform crisis intervention (i.e. homelessness or domestic violence, suicidality, or child protective concerns), and connect Corps Members and Alumni with additional supports • Cultivate and maintain relationships with allied service providers that can provide additional supports for Corps Members and Alumni. • Refer Corps Members to external resources (e.g. clinical counseling, public benefits counseling, child care resources, etc.), implement a follow-up process as needed. Build partnerships and represent GCF to potential partners related to supportive services for corps and alumni. • Work closely with the Director of Career & Alumni Services to plan and facilitate career readiness, professional development, and life skills workshops for Green City Academy, the classroom training component of the program. • Maintain progress notes on all contacts with Corps Members and alumni in case files; collect and complete all necessary documentation and reports related to program activities. • Manage disbursement of emergency fund grant and provide necessary reporting documents to city agency (i.e. Community Service Society) • Participate in monthly clinical supervision (3 hours/ month) toward the fulfillment of New York State LCSW requirements. Experience and qualifications Minimum requirements: • Master’s degree in Social Work with active licensure (LMSW) in New York State • Minimum of 2 years of experience providing case management • Minimum of 1 year of clinical experience with young adults facing multiple psychosocial issues • Experience building partnerships with diverse networks of resource providers • Passion for creating pathways out of poverty for urban young adults ages 18 – 24 • Models collaborative behavior within our team-based approach to supporting our members. • Committed to holding all GCF Alumni and Corps Members to high expectations for personal success
Minimum requirements: • Master’s degree in Social Work with active licensure (LMSW) in New York State • Minimum of 2 years of experience providing case management • Minimum of 1 year of clinical experience with young adults facing multiple psychosocial issues • Experience building partnerships with diverse networks of resource providers • Passion for creating pathways out of poverty for urban young adults ages 18 – 24 • Models collaborative behavior within our team-based approach to supporting our members. • Committed to holding all GCF Alumni and Corps Members to high expectations for personal success
Master’s degree in Social Work with active licensure (LMSW) in New York State
630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
How to Apply:
Please email a resume, 3 references and a cover letter, including salary requirements to Jobs@greencityforce.org. Please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject of your email. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We are looking to fill this position immediately.
Area(s) of Focus –
Adolescents/Youth, Education, Homelessness/Housing, Mental Health, Social Justice, Work/Employment