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Social Worker, LMSW, PT - SG

Job Title
Social Worker, LMSW, PT - SG
Job ID
Bronx,  NY 10029
Other Location
Secret Garden
Barrier Free Living (BFL) is dedicated to helping New Yorkers with disabilities live independently in the community.  One of its longest-standing programs is the community-based domestic violence program, otherwise known as Secret Garden, which provides case management, safety planning, occupational therapy, short and long-term individual trauma-informed counseling, advocacy within the medical, mental health, child welfare, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems, and referrals to outside services.  These services are provided at Secret Garden’s main office, as well as a Family Justice Centers located in the five boroughs.

Barrier Free Living is seeking qualified applicants to join our team. Social Worker will report to the Program Director and will be required to perform the following duties and responsibilities;

  • Provide individual and group counseling to survivors of domestic violence who are living with a physical, psychiatric, cognitive, sensory, and/or neurodevelopmental disability
  • Conduct telephone screenings of calls from the domestic violence hotline
  • Provide crisis intervention and other services required to assist survivors
  • Complete individualized service plans for survivors related to ongoing recovery, benefits and housing assistance needs, safety planning, and other emerging issues; also ensuring appropriate follow-up activities related to service plan goals and benchmarks
  • Participate in staff/program meetings, training, partner program meetings, and conferences
  • Ensure timely and accurate entry of case notes and other related program statistics, as requested, including document and complete the necessary forms at Secret Garden
  • Conduct outreach and educational presentations to other service providers, policymakers, and the general public
  • Provide front desk and hotline coverage as required, and forward and un-forward calls for the hotline as required
  • Participate in program-related functions such as committees, in house training, and support to colleagues when necessary
  • LMSW/LCSW preferred with pursuing licensure/permit within 3 months of employment
  • SIFI certification preferred
  • Counseling and case management experience in the field of domestic violence and persons living with disabilities preferred
  • Spanish fluency preferred
  • Ability to work in team, collaborative, multidisciplinary, and crisis management environments
  • Awareness of anti-bias and trauma-informed care preferred
  • Computer skills required
  • Strong abilities to advocate on behalf of survivors
  • Effective written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Provide COVID-19 Vaccination FDA-authorized record
  • ​​​​​Able to lift approximately 10 -15 pounds.
Start Date: Immediately
Hourly Rate $28.58 per hour
Status: Part-time
Hours: 19 per week

Computer/Laptop, Printer, Scanner, Phone, etc.

This position will spend time at the program site and, have an independent (private) office.

Location of position: A minimum of one day on-site at SG until further changes due to COVID-19 Regulations and as of now remote work on non-office days, various meetings off-site


A minimum of two days on-site at Secret Garden. ​​​​​Until further changes due to COVID-19 Regulations, as of now, remote work is arranged on the rest of the working days including meetings. 

Reports to Program Director

Benefits Package: Matched Retirement Plan, Paid vacation, Sick days, Personal days, Employee Assistant Program(EAP), and more.

Public Assistant Recipient is encouraged to apply.
BFL provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants, with employment based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, creed, genetic disposition, or carrier status, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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