Careers at WPA

WPA is a New York City based not-for-profit that prioritizes trauma-informed care to promote healing that supports vulnerable women and their children navigating incarceration and homelessness, providing them stability, security, support and hope that opens the door to their limitless future. Our mission is to support systems involved women as they navigate their journey towards freedom, safety, and independence, and we strive to create a diverse team that delivers outstanding services.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit, and organizational needs. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of systems involvement and race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic, or any other protected status. Faithful to our mission, all of our employees share in these commitments as a guide to engage one another with dignity and respect.

About Us:

The Women’s Prison Association (WPA) is a New York City based not-for-profit that prioritizes trauma informed care to support vulnerable women and their children navigating incarceration and homelessness, providing them stability, security, support and hope that opens the door to their limitless future. Our mission is to support systems involved women as they navigate their journey towards freedom, safety, and independence, and we strive to create a diverse team that delivers outstanding services.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit, and organizational needs. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of systems involvement, race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic, or any other protected status. Faithful to our mission, all our employees share in these commitments as a guide to engage one another with dignity and respect.

Position Description:

The Custodian plays a critical role in the daily orderly operation of our Manhattan-based family shelter. The role will be responsible for daily maintenance, cleaning and to ensure a clean and safe environment for staff and residents. The schedule for this position consists of four (4) weekdays and one (1) weekend day per week.

The Custodian also works closely with Social Services and Security staff alongside the facility’s Maintenance Mechanic.

The Custodian will be organized, adaptable and enjoy collaborating with a team in providing a safe and sanitary space for families residing in temporary shelter.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform daily cleaning and maintenance of dormitories, restrooms, offices, hallways, shared spaces, and entrances.
  • Remove garbage and sort/discard recyclables in accordance with building and NYC Department of Sanitation regulations
  • Perform basic maintenance and repairs in the areas of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, dry wall and plastering, painting, and machine servicing in support of the Facilities Mechanic.
  • Identify needed/anticipated repairs in the facility
  • Complete preventive maintenance checklist as directed by
  • Assist in the preparation for regular DHS, OTDA, FDNY, DOHMH, DOB and all other site
  • Maintain inventory of cleaning and paper goods
  • Unload and load equipment and
  • Accept and verify deliveries of equipment and supplies and provide receipts to
  • Arrange furniture and equipment as
  • Escort outside contractors, inspectors and other visitors as directed by
  • Perform any other department or agency related duties or special projects as directed by
  • Work collaboratively with facility Program and Security staff around maintenance needs and concerns
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Diverse experience in facility cleaning, maintenance and
  • Possess basic plumbing, electrical, carpentry, dry wall, painting and other related skills a plus
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Ability to work
  • Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record
  • Physical ability to lift, carry and move large and/or heavy items, as well as ability to perform tasks that may require prolonged standing, climbing stairs and ladders, and/or other physical activities necessary to perform job duties
  • Trade school or other training in building maintenance and repairs
  • Ability to patiently interact with a diverse population challenged by issues such as substance abuse, incarceration, HIV/ AIDS, mental health, domestic abuse and communication barriers
  • Ability to distinguish boundary issues and transference issues with clients
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Must be highly organized, process driven, detail oriented, solution oriented, and able to work under pressure while managing conflicting priorities and meeting/coordinating both short and long-term deadlines.
  • Must have professional maturity and maintain confidentiality around all participant records.
  • Must believe in WPAs mission, with a passion to serve underserved populations.
  • A keen perception of the racial, gender, and socioeconomic dynamics of underserved communities, with a particular familiarity with issues facing systems-involved women.

Compensation:

The hourly rate for this role is $20.00/ hour ($42,000.00 annualized), commensurate with certifications, education and experience. WPA offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, employer paid dental insurance, extremely generous paid time off, 403(b) and paid leave.

WPA strongly values diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. WPA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, religious or political affiliation or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law. Individuals with criminal justice involvement are strongly encouraged to apply.

For background information about the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), see our website at www.wpaonline.org.

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@wpaonline.org. You must include "Custodian-Maintenance Services" in the subject line of your email.

About Us:

The Women’s Prison Association (WPA) is a New York City based not-for-profit that prioritizes trauma informed care to support vulnerable women and their children navigating incarceration and homelessness, providing them stability, security, support and hope that opens the door to their limitless future. Our mission is to support systems involved women as they navigate their journey towards freedom, safety, and independence, and we strive to create a diverse team that delivers outstanding services.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit, and organizational needs. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of systems involvement, race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic, or any other protected status. Faithful to our mission, all our employees share in these commitments as a guide to engage one another with dignity and respect.

Position Description:

The Resident Monitor plays a critical role in the daily orderly operation of our Manhattan-based family shelter. The role will maintain a safe and secure environment for residents, staff and visitors at WPA’s DHS-funded 28-family shelter for women and children with/without criminal legal involvement.  Resident Monitors also work closely with residents on supporting their day-to-day independent living plan goals, teaching and modeling strategies for living independently in the community.

The Resident Monitor will be organized, technically savvy, adaptable, and enjoy collaborating with a team in providing support and essential services to families residing in temporary shelter.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide clerical support by answering telephone inquiries, data entry, light typing, filing and sorting of mail
  • Conduct periodic emergency fire drills under direction of Operations Manager
  • Adherence to all policies and procedures developed by DHS
  • Intervene and diffuse crisis situations as needed
  • Participate in required training and pass certification, including CPR/First Aid Certification and FDNY Fire Safety Coordinator for Shelters (F-80) and FDNY Fire Guard (F-02)
  • Monitor all residents and staff entering and leaving the building and log activities in the internal communication logbook
  • Support clients register, check-in, monitor, assess behavior and overall well-being
  • Conduct daily security and safety walkthroughs and monitor security camera feeds
  • Complies with 42CFR confidentiality and HIPAA privacy and security regulations.
  • Provide clerical support by answering telephone inquiries, data entry, light typing, filing and sorting of mail
  • Help with provision of on-site recreational activities
  • Perform any other department or agency related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/GED strongly preferred; BA preferred.
  • NYS Security Guard Licensed
  • In possession of FDNY Fire Safety Coordinator for Shelters (F-80) and FDNY Fire Guard (F-02) or able to secure within 90 days
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population challenged by issues such as substance abuse, incarceration, HIV/ AIDS, mental health, domestic abuse and communication barriers
  • At least 2 years of documented relevant human services experience
  • Certificate in First Aid, CPR or ability to obtain certificate
  • Ability to effectively analyze situations quickly and apply sound judgment
  • Ability to work and build rapport with others
  • Good documentation skills, computer literate or willingness to learn; knowledge of CARES database a plus
  • Ability to distinguish boundary issues and transference issues with clients
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Must be highly organized, process driven, detail oriented, solution oriented, and able to work under pressure while managing conflicting priorities and meeting/coordinating both short and long-term deadlines.
  • Strong written, verbal, and training interpersonal skills.
  • Must have professional maturity and maintain confidentiality around all participant records.
  • Must believe in WPAs mission, with a passion to serve underserved populations.
  • A keen perception of the racial, gender, and socioeconomic dynamics of underserved communities, with a particular familiarity with issues facing systems-involved women.

Compensation:

Salary range is $16.50/hour-$17.50/hour commensurate with certifications, education and experience. WPA offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, employer paid dental insurance, extremely generous paid time off, 403(b) and paid leave.

WPA strongly values diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. WPA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, religious or political affiliation or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law. Individuals with criminal justice involvement are strongly encouraged to apply.

For background information about the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), see our website at www.wpaonline.org.

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@wpaonline.org. You must include "Resident Monitor" in the subject line of your email.

About Us:

The Women’s Prison Association (WPA) is a New York City based not-for-profit that prioritizes trauma informed care to support vulnerable women and their children navigating incarceration and homelessness, providing them stability, security, support and hope that opens the door to their limitless future. Our mission is to support systems involved women as they navigate their journey towards freedom, safety, and independence, and we strive to create a diverse team that delivers outstanding services.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit, and organizational needs. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of systems involvement, race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic, or any other protected status. Faithful to our mission, all our employees share in these commitments as a guide to engage one another with dignity and respect.

Position Description:

The Vice President of Programs (VPP) is a core member of the executive leadership, responsible for overall development and management of all WPA programming. The VPP reports directly to the President/CEO. The VPP provides the leadership, management and competencies necessary to develop and implement effective, innovative, trauma-informed programming on behalf of the women and families served by WPA.  The VPP works to ensure that organizational programming has the proper internal controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to strengthen, deepen and grow organizational programming.

In collaboration with the Vice President of Operations and residential center directors, the VPP coordinates programming support for residents at Huntington House, Hopper Home, and The Rise, and ensures program compliance and quality assurance with organizational quality management teams.

WPA seeks a Vice President of Programs that remains focused on the details necessary for success today (and tomorrow) to accomplish key organizational programmatic and strategic goals. The ideal candidate motivates and leads a high-performing team and effectively manages a variety of administrative and operational duties. The ideal candidate has superior leadership and decision-making skills and business acumen, excels at strategic thinking, is results driven and strong program management skills. The President/CEO relies heavily on the VPP, who will be expected to lead specific strategic imperatives that will require a degree of unquestioned authority. The VPP will complement the President/CEO’s experience and/or management style and supports the President/CEO in executing programmatic goals and strategies developed by the Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors.

This position consistently projects an enthusiastic, positive approach that contributes to a collegial and closely-knit organizational culture. The ideal candidate can work independently on projects from conception to completion, can successfully work under pressure, and handles confidential matters with discretion.

The ideal candidate has extensive experience leading programs supported by government contracts, experience Salesforce or other CRM or HER in client services context, government RFP processes’, and a minimum three (3) years’ management experience supervising teams.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the coordination, integration, and delivery of all WPA programming, program funding, and related supportive services.
  • Expand existing programming and develop new gender specific programming based on best practices, trends, and organizational data, where appropriate.
  • Develop procedures and practices for clinical care and supports across programming.
  • Promote collaborative relationships across programs that best meet the needs of our clients and the expectations of funders, partners, and key stakeholders.
  • Ensure the successful execution of qualitative and quantitative programmatic goals and outcomes.
  • Work with Program Directors and HR to ensure staffing plans reflect the current and future needs of WPA constituents.
  • Review current and develop new performance and outcome measures and identify opportunities for improvement across programming. Regularly monitor program performance according to internal performance measures and organizational standards. Develop systems and tools to regularly monitor the feasibility and sustainability of programs.
  • Coordinate with Finance, Contracting, and Development teams in program funding oversight. This includes, but is not limited to, preparation of budgets, determination of allocations, budget modifications, and monitoring of expense reports.
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with key community partners and stakeholders, including but not limited to, community-based organizations, direct service providers, workforce training providers, employers, funders, academia, and government agencies.

Requirements:

  • Extensive experience - minimum five (5) years - in the successful development, implementation and oversight of trauma informed, community centered programming for women and/or under-served populations of color preferred.
  • A successful candidate will have training or an educational background in social work, human services, psychology, or a related field. Mental health and/or trauma informed training a plus. Experience with program management, community outreach, and marketing preferred.
  • Extensive experience leading programs supported by government contracts; experience with Salesforce and/or other CRM or HER in client services context, government RFP processes.
  • A keen perception of the racial, gender, and socioeconomic dynamics of underserved communities, with a particular familiarity with issues facing systems-involved women.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work autonomously and must possess an entrepreneurial drive, but also flexible enough to work within a team.
  • Must be organized, detail oriented and a self-starter with the ability to work autonomously, and possess an entrepreneurial drive while flexible enough to work within a team. Ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse organizations and people including community members, stakeholders, employers, peers, and instructors.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking.
  • Willing to commute between program sites and should have a flexible schedule as program related events can occur in the evening and on weekends.

Position Details:

This is a full-time position. The Vice President of Programs reports to the President/CEO, will supervise all program directors and oversee clinical services and supports. Currently, work is performed remotely, but the ideal candidate should be prepared to spend 50% of the work week in office, on site. The ideal candidate will be able to provide his/her own transportation.

Reimbursement for certain business travel is included.

Compensation:

Salary range is $140,000 - $150,000, commensurate with education and experience. WPA offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, 403(b) and paid leave.

WPA strongly values diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. WPA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity,

sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, religious or political affiliation or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law. Individuals with criminal justice involvement are strongly encouraged to apply.

For background information about the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), see our website at www.wpaonline.org.

We are currently recruiting for a Youth & Family Services Coordinator to work in WPA’s Residential Services Unit at Sarah Powell Huntington House. The Children & Family Services Coordinator works closely with Case Managers and the residents of Sarah Powell Huntington House, a 28-unit transitional housing facility, to connect resident mothers and children to quality on-site and off-site services that support the care and development of each child and assists resident mothers to gain the parenting and independent living skills they need for independent living.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • In collaboration with Case Managers, conduct needs assessments of children and family, and develop an individualized family/child plan that will help each mother to address the care and development of each child residing at SPHH.
  • Cultivate strong relationships and partnerships with outside daycare, parenting groups, community organizations, and local schools to provide quality services to SPHH children and mothers.
  • Work individually with mothers in their SPHH apartments and in the community to develop and enhance the parenting and independent living skills needed to build a strong, healthy family.
  • Model and teach parenting skills for SPHH clients, including education about prenatal care and the promotion of literacy and kindergarten readiness.
  • Assist families at intake in securing Day Care (vouchers and placement in local daycare) or pre-K.
  • Collaborate with Case Managers and on-site Department of Education staff in facilitating school enrollment.
  • Coordinate life skills training for working-age mothers to assist them in achieving and retaining employment and permanent housing.
  • Cultivate resources and link resident families to age-appropriate summer day camp programs and school holiday programs.
  • Regularly create and disseminate information to residents and Case Managers regarding on-site and local community-based developmentally appropriate education and recreation activities and opportunities available to resident mothers and children.
  • Coordinate occasional developmentally appropriate educational and play activities for resident children (and mothers where possible), including individual and group learning, free play, music and art, reading and storytelling, and cultural field trips for mostly pre-school aged children to promote the whole child's physical, social and emotional growth. Such activities may be conducted by the Children & Family Services Coordinator, other WPA staff, volunteers, or representatives from other agencies.
  • Meet regularly with other WPA staff to conduct case conferences related to the overall family’s needs.
  • Collaborate with Program Director and Development Department around Volunteer participation in events, special projects, and ongoing services for children in the facility.
  • Maintain accurate statistical records and case files, including drafting case/progress notes; assist with drafting reports for funders as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher strongly preferred
  • Experience working with low-income children and parents, and demonstrated knowledge of early childhood development, family life cycle in children and families, successful parenting techniques, hygiene, nutrition, etc.
  • Ability to engage mothers in a constructive and non-judgmental fashion
  • Ability to engage children of various ages from toddlers to teens
  • Ability to model age-appropriate interaction with children of all ages
  • Knowledge of and ability to create linkages with quality community resources available to very young and school-age children
  • Ability to manage volunteers
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with children, youth, and adults
  • Must have empathy and compassion for the client population served by the agency
  • Commitment to quality care and education of young children
  • Strong computer skills and excellent written communication ability required for communication with staff and for quantitative and qualitative program reporting
  • Must be able to regularly work some evening hours
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Experience in program design a plus
  • Must be organized and able to work in a diverse and multicultural environment
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License a plus
  • Ability to be screened and approved by the New York City Department of Investigations and New York State Central Registry

The expected salary range for this position is $42K-$45K. WPA offers a competitive benefits package and generous time-off policy, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; pre-tax parking and transit benefits; and a time-off policy including personal days and floating holidays.

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