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Employment Specialist, Park Avenue Residence

CAMBA's Park Avenue Residence is funded by New York City Department of Homeless Services and offers families a supportive, structured therapeutic, safe, and drug-free facility.  It provides comprehensive case management services to 63 families who are in a transitional residence program for homeless families. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  The person filling this position is expected, under general supervision, to: (1) immediately formulate a plan and prepare clients for permanent housing placement; (2) engage individuals requiring social service assistance; (3) interview and evaluate clients, formulate Independent Living Plans and goals; and (4) locate and refer to appropriate community resources for clients; including the following:​

  • Maintain professional relationships with clients and client confidentiality.
  • Practice Universal Precautions/Standard Protocol & Procedures.
  • Comply with any and all Federal, State, City and CAMBA security and privacy polices intended to protect the security and privacy of individually identifiable health information.
  • Serve as a liaison with outside organizations regarding such matters as employment, education, healthcare, housing, social services, legal issues, etc.
  • Assist clients in attaining their employment related goals by identifying and referring clients to appropriate services both within and outside CAMBA.
  • Develop curriculum to address shelter residents' employment needs.
  • Develop and facilitate a series of Employment Related Workshops.
  • Develop materials to be posted on a Bulletin Board that serves to provide relevant Employment related information.
  • Provide individualized counseling on employment related topics.
  • Organize and schedule presentations by "employment experts" in various employment sectors.
  • Provide employment related support, training and coordination with the other social services staff.
  • Establish linkages with community-based organizations.
  • Conduct marketing and outreach presentations regarding the program to secure resources (i.e., job placements, vocational training).
  • Conduct vocational assessment to determine educational/employment needs. 
  • Conduct initial intake and assessment of clients' needs and periodic re-assessments.
  • Create and maintain client electronic and paper files.
  • Prepare initial psychosocial evaluation and update according to regulations.
  • Obtain and maintain relevant documentation and release forms from clients (i.e., birth certificate, proof of income, medical documents, release of Personal Health Information, etc.).
  • In collaboration with clients, conduct periodic revisions of independent living plans including short-term and long-term client goals.
  • Assist clients in attaining their goals by identifying community resources and by referring clients to appropriate services both within and outside CAMBA (i.e., On-site medical services and psychiatric services, etc.).
  • Work with clients to break through barriers to their goal(s) attainment.
  • Assist clients in advocating for themselves in order to gain housing stability.
  • Recommend and implement strategies to persuade clients to participate fully in the process in order to transition into permanent housing. 
  • Monitor clients' progress toward their goals via regularly scheduled face-to-face contacts/sessions.
  • Document all client encounters via progress notes using DHS CARES Database and printout notes for client's paper file.
  • Ensure CARES Database is updated to reflect client request for services (i.e., car fare, appointments, passes, referrals, etc.).
  • Follow-up with clients and with referral organizations regarding client contact and progress with referral organization.
  • Provide all required information for weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual reports.
  • May act as client liaison/client advocate with outside organizations regarding such matters as education, healthcare, housing, legal issues, etc.
  • May schedule appointments for client with referral organizations.
  • May assist clients in completing applications for benefits and entitlements, and may process applications on clients' behalf. 
  • May prepare marketing materials for the program.
  • Tasks may be modified, expanded and/or assigned over a period of time.



Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor's degree (e. g., B.A., B.S.W.) and two years of applicable experience and/or equivalent experience. 

Other Requirements:

  • May be required to become First Aid/CPR certified.
  • May be required to become certified in overdose prevention.
  • Bi-lingual preferred.

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