The Youth Development Social Worker’s (YDSW) primary role is to provide psychosocial support to our Corps Members and Alumni in our place-based Eco-Hub Model. 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 goals.

This position is primarily field-based and will require travel to all 5 boroughs and will report directly to the Director of Support Services.

Primary responsibilities

  • Conduct individual counseling sessions with Corps Members, to provide psychosocial support and foster emotional wellness.  The YDSW will on average conduct 20-30 individual counseling sessions per week.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate 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.

·       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