The Door empowers young people to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof.

As the Community Mental Health Advocate, you are responsible for maintaining a small caseload of Door members. You will collaborate with team members to engage and connect young people to appropriate supportive services, create long-term supportive plans, and move young people towards independence. You will work with youth who are aging out of services at The Door to connect them externally, and with youth who are under-utilizing Door services to connect them internally. You will engage with young people, build rapport, and help them plan for the future. You will use evidence-based screening tools by taking an active role in tracking and following up on both initial screens and re-screens and also supporting other staff in their implementation of similar activities.

What You Will Do:

  • Establish a rapport with young people based on consistency and conversation
  • Build and maintain a caseload of young people and implement individualized progress plans
  • Engage in 1:1 supportive counseling with the goal of engaging young people in long-term goal setting and progress
  • Assist with prevention, de-escalation, and management of behavioral incidents
  • Support and guide reintegration for young people involved in incidents, following The Door’s Restorative Justice model
  • Participate in an ongoing case conferencing rotation to determine appropriate plans for young people
  • Provide facilitation or co-facilitation of training and learning groups for interns and staff
  • Ensure that youth receive and connect with appropriate Door programs as well as community resources
  • Maintain all agency reporting requirements
  • Participate in agency-wide and department staff meetings, trainings, as well as all scheduled team meetings
  • You have a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

What We Are Looking For:

  • You must have a LMSW or LCSW
  • You have a knack for engaging youth and the ability to apply positive youth development practices
  • Ability provide crisis management and crisis intervention
  • You are a relationship builder with colleagues to promote successful outcomes for youth.
  • You can create and facilitate original trainings and workshops

Why you should join our team:

  • You’re part of a mission driven organization that empowers NYC youth
  • Health and Dental Insurance through 1199 at no cost to the employee
  • 15 vacation days in your first year (20 after the first year), 3 personal days, and sick days
  • Flexible Spending Account and Pre- Tax Commuter Program
  • 403b retirement plan with up to a 6% employer match

Hours: Full Time- 35 hours/week (afternoon and evening hours, may include travel to our Bronx Youth Center and housing sites)
Salary: Mid 50, plus generous benefits

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