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Jobs -Interviews For Crisis Counselors 11/26

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:11 pm    Post subject: Jobs -Interviews For Crisis Counselors 11/26
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University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002


DRAFT Position Description

University Settlement is seeking to fill 18 full-time salaried positions to serve as Crisis Counselors for Project Hope on the Lower East Side and Chinatown areas of Manhattan.

Project Hope is a program that provides free crisis counseling services to persons, families, and groups most affected by Hurricane Sandy. Project Hope is funded by the Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) and is administered by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) in conjunction with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) aims to provide immediate behavioral health support, primarily relying on face-to-face contacts with survivors in their communities over a specific period of time. Provided services will be culturally and linguistically competent and include outreach and engagement in community settings; education and training; assessment and referral to mental health and substance abuse programs.

The Crisis Counselor will report to a Team Coordinator. This is a grant-funded position. The initial grant period will run through December 29, 2012 with an anticipated total duration of one (1) year. This Position will be integrated into and located within one of University Settlement’s many Lower East Side programs.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct outreach, counseling and education in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy
Attend trainings and be able to assists disaster survivors to access services by guiding them through the assessment and referral processes
Assists disaster survivors in gaining access to disaster-related services, as prioritized by survivors
Provide short-term relationships with disaster survivors
Provide survivors with information and education about typical reactions, helpful coping strategies, and available disaster related resources.
Speak at community forums, professional in service meetings, and local government meetings.
Build relationships with community based organizations, faith-based groups, and local agencies
Attend community events to provide a compassionate presence and to be available to provide crisis counseling services, when needed

Minimum Requirements/ Preferred Skills:

Strong intuitive skills about people; good judgment and common sense; relate well to others; good listeners, capacity to demonstrate empathy
Bi-lingual Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) or Spanish preferred
Knowledgeable about the community to be served
Good public speaker
Demonstrates positive regard for others
Communicates effectively
Functions well in a chaotic environment
Displays cultural competence
High school and some college, or commensurate work experience, required; BA preferred
<if>· <endif>Must be physically able to spend at least 7 hours per day accessing public transportation, walking through neighborhoods and climbing stairs in non-elevator buildings

Salary: Low to mid-30s annualized salary; expected FEMA funding for maximum of one year.

Send resume and short cover letter expressing interest and relevant experience to Jennifer Vallone (jvallone@universitysettlement.org), Michele Rodriguez (mrodriguez@universitysettlement.org).
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