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Social Worker

Supervisor: Program Director

Overview: University Settlement's Family Support Program is a new program that will serve families and children on the Lower East Side of Manhattan through community and home based services. The program will include a team of 5 staff members (a director, two social workers, a family support worker and an administrative support staff) who will be trained in an evidence-based model centered on building on the strengths of families.

The Social Worker will assist the Program Director and community partners with serving families and youth with a range of needs. The Social Worker will meet with this cohort of families and youth on a regular basis and work closely with partners such as schools, community based organizations, and after school programs in the planning and facilitation of successful outcomes.


  • Participates with interdisciplinary team members in developing and implementing program policies, procedures and individualized services 
  • Provides direct, individual and/or group social services in the home/community to each family referred by self and community partners
  • Assesses the strengths and needs of clients and families 
  • Conducts intensive outreach to clients and families 
  • Tracks and follows up on all referrals made
  • Coordinates social work and supportive services between the program and other agencies providing social and educational services in both the school and local community.
  • Serves as an advocate for families' rights within the community and as a mediator between community partners as needed
  • Remains available for crisis intervention social work as the need arises or arranges for such coverage by emergency social services 
  • Records professional assessments, identifies problems, maintains treatment plans and progress notes as required by program regulations, policies, procedures and the Agency
  • Develops and facilitates individualized service plans
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of psychoeducational and therapeutic workshops, presentations and trainings in the community and with community partners as needed
  • Participates in training and execution of evidence-based models
  • Performs other related duties, as required


  • LMSW preferred or MSW required working on gaining social work licensure and one year of experience working with families and youth
  • Firm understanding of strength-based work, child and youth development, attachment, trauma, and family dynamics
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and engage hard-to-reach populations as well as families and youth impacted by trauma, poverty, complex stressors, violence, mental health, etc.
  • Experience providing community and home-based services from a culturally competent and trauma-informed approach
  • Excellent verbal, written and technology skills required
  • Ability to be a proactive and creative team player is a must
  • Strong organization and time management skills is a must
  • Proven track record of effectively working autonomously is a must
  • Comfortable traveling to and working in families' homes and communities
  • Bilingual skills in English/Spanish, English/Cantonese or English/Mandarin a plus

Salary: Mid to High 40s based on experience; generous benefits package

Hours: 35 hours a week; flexible hours including early evening hours

Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to: APPLY

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