Director of Social Services, The Kensington Family Shelter

Full Time

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City. CAMBA serves more than 65,000 individuals and families each year, citywide, including almost 13,000 youth. Our 180+ programs in over 100 locations improve the lives of a diverse cross section of New Yorkers. From homelessness prevention in Staten Island to supportive housing in the Bronx; from employment training in Manhattan to after school programs and college access in Brooklyn; from family shelter and support in Queens to increasing affordable housing across the city, CAMBA provides holistic services to help struggling New Yorkers stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

CAMBA operates 6 single adult shelters and 6 family shelters and one drop in center. Each shelter offers clients a supportive, structured therapeutic, safe, and drug-free facility.  Homeless (often mentally-ill and substance-abusing) men and women are provided with comprehensive services to stabilize their condition in order to successfully transition into to permanent and/or supported housing.

CAMBA’s The Kensington Family Shelter 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 64 families who are in a transitional residence program for homeless families with the goal of moving them to permanent housing. Each shelter offers clients a supportive, structured, therapeutic, safe, and drug-free facility.  Homeless families are provided with comprehensive services to stabilize their condition in order to successfully transition into permanent and/or supported housing. The five story facility has 4 floors plus a basement with rooms of various sizes, common areas and provides on-site security and social services.

Position: Director of Social Services

Reports To: Vice President

Location: 385 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218

What The Director of Social Services Does:

  • Ensure that newly admitted clients receive social service intake with 48 hours of assignment to case manager.
  • Monitor and track client intakes and move-outs utilizing DHS rosters to update the Kensington master roster daily.
  • Oversee all ACS cases and ensure that weekly unit inspections are occurring, case conferences are happening and monthly tracking forms are completed and submitted to DHS.
  • Review and update ACS client rosters.
  • Meet with community agencies to refer to and assist with high risk case conferences as needed.
  • Maintain professional relationships with clients and client confidentiality.
  • Communicate with peers in other CAMBA programs on issues related to client progress.
  • Understand all aspects of contract requirements and communicates this understanding to staff.
  • Supervise a minimum of four direct reporting staff and their subordinates to ensure that clients complete tasks (such as gaining entitlements, employment and housing options).
  • Work with staff to set and achieve realistic monthly performance targets in accordance with contract requirements (such as completing ILPs, inspections, monitoring families with children age 0-24 months, ACS, LTS families and housing placements).
  • Teach, coach and work with direct staff regarding how to interact with and/or engage clients to maintain entitlements to become eligible for housing subsidies.
  • Conduct weekly client progress reviews with staff.
  • Conduct periodic internal chart reviews and implement Quality Assurance measures as needed to ensure quality service delivery to clients.
  • Respond to critical incidences that require immediate attention.
  • Access client data using various tracking and program databases (i.e. – Client Tracking System (CTS), New York City Way, 4002 System).
  • Prepare contract reports and statistical information for both CAMBA management and funder use.
  • Assist in the analysis of program and demographic data to make programmatic improvements.
  • Organize onsite and offsite training opportunities for professional development of staff.
  • Assist the Vice President in providing oversight for all aspects of the program in his/her absence.
  • Confer with the Vice President, and/or other CAMBA management staff as needed regarding programmatic and personnel issues.
  • Attend staff/funder/outside agency meetings as requested.
  • Facilitate weekly meetings with social service staff to address client issues and progress.
  • Review and sign time sheets.
  • Prepare performance appraisals for direct reporting staff.
  • May develop appropriate marketing material and marketing/outreach strategies for the program.
  • May network both within and outside CAMBA to expand client recruitment and opportunities for client success.
  • May have direct client service/program responsibilities in addition to the above.

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Other Requirements:

  • On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Must sign NYC DOH/MH attestation stating that candidate has not been the subject of a founded child abuse report.
  • Supervisory experience a must.

Compensation: $70,000 annually
When salary ranges are listed, the range would represent the low and high end for the applicable position & program. The salary offered would be based on various factors unique to each program and candidate. This includes but is not limited to experience, education, budget and/or program size, internal equity, skills and other factors that may be required for the position and organization.

Status: Full-time (35 hours per week)
Benefits
: CAMBA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, paid time off (vacation, personal, and sick time), and paid holidays.

CAMBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation.

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