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Social Worker

Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

We are looking for a full-time Social Worker who will be responsible for providing counseling services, as required, to high-risk youth between the ages of 12 to 21. He/she is responsible for managing all incoming program referrals. The MAAP Social Worker is responsible for conducting intake and assessments for all referred youth and matching youth to MAAP mentors.

The MAAP (Mentoring and Advocacy Program) Social Worker is responsible for providing task supervision for all MAAP Mentors. He/she is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of all participant individualized goals plans, data entry in ACS and PAL databases. In conjunction with the MAAP Social Work Supervisor, he/she is responsible for closing and opening the site, working with building management to ensure the building is operating optimally. 

Start date is November 1st, 2018. Must submit both resume and cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position (submissions without cover letters will not be considered).​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop strong rapport with all youth based on a strengths-based perspective.
  • Responsible for contacting all youth and families within 24 hours of referral from ACS. Must schedule intake within 72 hours of referral. 
  • Conduct initial intake and youth assessment.
  • Responsible for matching all youth to appropriate MAAP Mentor
  • Oversee MAAP Mentor individualized youth goals plan development.
  • Provide onsite task supervision to all MAAP Mentors.
  • Responsible for entering data in both ACS and PAL databases. As well as the oversight of MAAP Mentors database duties.
  • Assist and oversee MAAP Mentors in the development of offsite recreation activities, referrals, and advocacy duties.
  • Oversee the maintenance of confidential records of each youth.
  •  Provide referring agencies with update progress reports as needed.
  • Work with ACS to ensure appropriate referrals of youth participants.
  •  Develop and maintain relationships with potential partnering agencies.
  • Work with building management and Senior PAL staff to maintain building operation and remedy any facility issues.
  • Flexible hours to include some evenings.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Provide coverage for other direct service staff as needed.
  • Travel on public transportation throughout NYC required for staff meetings, service delivery, and recruitment.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • An MSW degree from an accredited college or university required. LMSW preferred.
  • A minimum of six years experience in youth work and or youth counseling.
  • A minimum of one-year supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated skills and competency in youth development.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage high risk, inner-city adolescents.
  • Understanding of conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring concepts.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.  Ability to speak professionally to staff, members, parents, groups and community residents.
  • Spanish speaking a plus.

No calls, please. External recruiters and agents, please don’t contact this job poster.

Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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