Housing Specialist
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families - Brooklyn, NY

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Assist the Director in monitoring the effectiveness of the PYA program, including assessment, planning and compliance with department and regulatory guidelines.

Serve as the agency’s liaison for Housing Advocacy, especially for older youth being discharged to their own care or another planned permanent living arrangement.

Ensure that assessments, i.e., educational/vocational, are completed for each child; coordinate service plan activities with case workers, consultants and other program staff; maintain records including contact reports and medical re-certifications.

Coordinates PYA team efforts to collaborate with the designated Adolescent Workers, engaging youth and permanency resource persons in setting goals and participating in service plan activities;

Monitor progress of youths’ growth and maturity through adolescence, young-adulthood and adulthood;

Observe and ensure child-youth-family rights, including confidentiality, and helps provide children and families access to entitlements and benefits; serves as advocate for the child and family.

Monitor services and supervision provided the child from entry into the Preparing Youth for Adulthood Program through the final discharge period, including post discharge services; Coordinate and integrate internal and external activities, i.e., mental health, preventive services, education, home acquisition and management.

Develop curriculums, participate in and document structured “life skills” training programs to help youth graduating to adulthood acquire skills necessary to function as independent adults upon discharge from foster care.

Supervise the Independent Living team, including monitoring and helping to coordinate staff activities; sets goals and targets; provide effective one-on-one and group supervisory sessions; schedule and participate in team meetings and case conferences.

Monitor the program environment to ensure that activity/program space is safe and protective of children; immediately respond to, document and report unsafe or reasonably suspicious situations suggesting neglect, abuse or exploitation.

Actively seek out community-based support systems and resources to assist youth; organize, structure and coordinate activities, as well as transportation to and from events.

Skills

Education:
Master’s degree from an accredited four-year college/university in social work, psychology or a related field, or Bachelor’s degree with 2 years experience in youth/adolescent services.

Notes

General Skills and Competencies:
Working knowledge of issues facing adolescents and the basic therapies needed to address these; Understanding the concept of Preparing Youth for Adulthood and the tools necessary to promote development. Knowledge of Independent Living standards and guidelines.

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