Advocate, STAR: Children & Youth Program (Full-Time)

Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. Since 1982, we have been bringing critical resources and deep cultural competency to help survivors of all ages find refuge, recovery, and renewal from domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence. Through our programs, we offer access to a safe place to live, counseling, legal assistance, wellness activities, and so much more. Womankind is an expert in serving Asian communities, yet our services are valuable and available to all. Whether in our services or in our increasing advocacy and policy work, Womankind first centers the survivor by uplifting them to control their own lives and narratives.


The STAR Children and Youth Program at Womankind provides client-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive services to children, youth and their families that have experienced trauma, through witnessing and/or experiencing abuse and/or violence. We provide individual and group counseling to our clients and parenting support to their caregivers. Our mentoring programs provide an additional channel for social, emotional, academic and recreational support.


The STAR Advocate’s key roles are:

Counseling & Case Management
Providing counseling to children and youth between the ages of 2 and 18 years. Survivorship of these children and youth includes domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. Case management work include but is not limited to advocating/ assisting with the school safety transfer (due to abuse at home), working with Administration of Children’s Services, schools, and supporting with college prep and applications. Excellent oral and writing skills as well as knowledge of public-school systems in the U.S is desired.

Drawing and Truth Program (DAT)
Providing oversight of Drawing and Truth Program (DAT) which includes recruiting mentees and mentors for the program as well as developing and facilitating DAT workshops alongside mentors. Star advocate supervises mentors through group or individual supervision while also providing a space for mentees to reach out for additional support outside of DAT. Therefore, advocate is expected to communicate with both mentees and mentors outside of strict DAT hours. Advocate will also be responsible for administrative tasks associated with the program such as budgeting, purchases of materials and reporting for grants.

This position is based at our Manhattan Community Office, but staff is expected to travel to meet clients at other sites as well based on need.


Responsibilities:

  • Individual case load of 10-12 cases (survivorship: domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking- overlap of survivorship may often occur)
  • Facilitate the Drawing And Truth program that runs from October through June in accordance with the public school calendar
  • Case management support with regards to school safety transfers, and college prep and application support for the older clients
  • Track and report data pertinent to the role
  • Outreach to community partners including other community-based organizations and schools
  • Recruitment for groups
  • Weekly meetings with supervisor
  • Monthly meetings with Children & Youth team and Manhattan Community Office team
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, or Music/Movement Therapy and/or experience in education or youth development programming
  • Experience working with children and youth
  • Ability to set healthy and proper boundaries with clients and volunteers
  • Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing to a wide range of people
  • Effective planning and organization skills
  • Proven ability to maintain good working relationships with a variety of people and groups, including funders, community partners, volunteers, and staff
  • Must be able to meet strict deadlines and adapt to changing deadlines
  • Tuesday to Saturday schedule
  • Flexible hours required including some weekday evenings
  • Knowledge about dynamics of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking in immigrant communities preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Bi-lingual English and an Asian language, Mandarin or Bengali strongly preferred

How to Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to: hr@iamwk.org. Please include your name and “Advocate, STAR: Children & Youth Program” in the subject line. Annual salary range for this position is between $40,000 and $42,000. Womankind is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.