Posted Mar 01

Social Worker

Bronx, NY, United States Full Time

Lantern Community Services’ (Lantern’s) mission is to champion the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who are impacted by or threatened with homelessness. Lantern provides innovative services to help New Yorkers who are formerly homeless or have recently aged out of foster care recreate their lives. Our programs with proven results in health, employment, education and life skills are delivered inside our residences and tailored to each person’s needs. We provide our clients—many of whom live with mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV or other chronic illnesses—with the tools they need to integrate successfully into the greater community with dignity and independence.

Location and Work Schedule:

This is a full-time position located at Vicinitas Hall in the Bronx, which requires a flexible schedule with at least one late shift.

Job Description:

The Social Worker (SW) is responsible for working with tenants towards comprehensive physical and emotional health and independence by incorporating client centered service planning and provision. The SW integrates clinical counseling and case management services that emphasize recovery and wellness, personal growth and housing stability, and foster independence. This position will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing serving young adults aged out of foster care. The SW reports to the Program Director. This position is exempt.


  • Provide integrated counseling and case management services that effectively engage tenants and promote personal growth and wellness, housing stability and accomplishment of service plan goals on an ongoing basis.
  • Meet with tenants for an initial assessment and goal planning.
  • Collaborate with tenants to assess strengths and challenges and develop a service plan that reflect the tenant’s progress and stated goals.
  • Effectively engage and work with a diverse caseload including young adults with histories of trauma, foster care, homelessness and mental health issues.
  • Build partnerships and linkages with progressive and/or alternative community agencies that serve the needs of tenants.
  • Work as a collaborative member of the team ensuring all tenants have access to high quality services in a safe and compassionate community.
  • Participate in and facilitate weekly clinical case conferences including intake meetings.
  • Develop and implement programming that address larger community trends and needs.
  • Create and maintain confidential records, charts and logs for each resident documenting all relevant information from individual and group interventions as well as correspondence with collateral services.
  • Participate in staff team meetings and trainings, individual supervision meetings, community meetings with residents and attend offsite trainings and present training material to program team.
  • Work closely with Leasing and Compliance team to ensure housing stability.
  • Perform other job-related functions, as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in a related field such as social work, sociology or psychology. LMSW preferred; candidates in the process of preparing for the exam are welcome to apply.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience providing direct service to one or more of the following populations: young adults, foster care, formerly homeless, persons with mental illness.


  • Strong history of effective engagement with clients and ability to highlight positive outcomes.
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment, multi-task and effectively handle serious and crisis oriented situations.
  • Dedication to positive outcomes through proactive, creative and respectful work with diverse and vulnerable populations.
  • Ability to work flexible hours periodically due to program and/or client needs.
  • Must possess strong clinical and excellent interpersonal skills; be able to work effectively as part of a team and have the ability to make sound assessments of tenants’ strengths and needs.
  • Experience working with evidence based models, specifically Motivational Interviewing and Illness Management and Recovery preferred.

Additional Application Instructions

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to: Note: Candidates being considered for the position must sign a release form for Lantern Community Services to perform a criminal background check. Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Lantern Community Services (Lantern) values the diversity of all our clients, staff, Board of Directors, and partners. By bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together, we create more vibrant, healthy and just communities. Lantern welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and experiences regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, veteran status, class, creed, and mental or physical disability.

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