Careers at WPA

At WPA, we are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally protected status.

We are currently recruiting for a Bilingual Housing Specialist to work in our Residential Services Unit at Sarah Powell Huntington House. The Bilingual Housing Specialist will locate and secure suitable housing for the women and children residing at Huntington House, a 28-unit DHS-funded transitional housing facility located in the East Village, Manhattan. The Housing Specialist will work closely with Case Managers who work with residents to formulate, implement and monitor service plans in support of independent living.

Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): 

  • Develop and maintain relationships with landlords, real estate brokers, and property managers in order to link clients to quality, affordable housing.
  • Develop and maintain roster of appropriate available housing opportunities.
  • Inspect apartments to ensure they are in compliance with city and state standards and negotiate repairs and lease agreements.
  • Refer clients to all possible, appropriate, apartment sources.
  • Schedule appointments for clients with brokers and landlords with possible apartments.
  • Accompany clients to open houses/apartment viewings, interviews, and/or lease signings.
  • Explain details of rental subsidy and security deposit programs to clients and potential landlords.
  • Organize bulletin boards and any other internal resources with relevant housing information.
  • Collaborate with Case Managers to ensure clients are completing all appropriate housing applications and rental subsidy applications.
  • Prepare clients for housing interviews, either individually and/or through weekly housing workshops.
  • Identify clients’ barriers to housing and work with Case Managers to address.
  • Assist in tracking housing-related activities of clients.
  • Document progress towards meeting agency and DHS benchmarks in client folders and in CARES database.
  • Participate in case conferences, House meetings, and team meetings.
  • Attend required DHS meetings.
  • Facilitate regular client workshops on housing readiness, housing search strategies, budgeting, and other relevant topics.
  • Perform any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.
  • Participation in all external and internal staff trainings.

Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish required.
  • Associate’s Degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred; comparable work experience will be considered.
  • Extensive knowledge of housing subsidies, housing resources, and housing practices in New York City, including, but not limited to: the private housing market, NYCHA, HPD, Section 8, NY/NY, DHS, and LINC.
  • At least two years of relevant experience creating relationships with landlords, property managers, real estate brokers, and government housing providers.
  • Knowledge of and ability to navigate housing subsidy/rental assistance systems, including HRA 2010e.
  • Experience working with homeless individuals, as well as with individuals affected by mental illness and substance use.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one, and to facilitate groups.
  • Highly organized and able to effectively schedule, plan, and meet internal and external deadlines.
  • Ability to document work and demonstrate progress in meeting benchmark outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and problem-solving ability.
  • Proficient in MS Office, email, and internet research.

The expected salary range for this position is $46K-$50K. 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.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

The Community Liaison & Driver coordinates and provides transportation to women being released from Rikers Island and other community-based locations. The Community Liaison & Driver conducts screenings and intakes, and provides additional transitional planning support as needed.

Essential Responsibilities 

  • Drive agency van to pick up and transport clients.
  • Act as dispatcher for clients being discharge from Rikers Island or other correctional facilities
  • Partner with Transitional Case Managers to conduct in-community screenings and intakes for new program participants.
  • Collaborate with Transitional Services team to ensure participant transportation process is streamlined and effective.
  • Partner with WPA’s Facilities team to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of agency van.
  • Maintain documentation of transports and other administrative duties
  • Perform any other department, agency-related, or special projects duties as negotiated with supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Ability to maintain an acceptable driving record and valid drivers license.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout New York City
  • Experience working with individuals directly impacted by the criminal legal system
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Team player who enjoys working with others
  • Excellent communication skills

The expected hourly salary rate for this part-time position is $17/hr.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

The Development Associate supports WPA’s Development & Communications efforts and plays a key role in maintaining the relationships and financial support to make our work possible. A key member of the Development & Communications team, the Development Associate helps manage all private fundraising operations throughout the year, maintains the integrity of the donor database, and ensures the department is run effectively. The ideal candidate has impeccable attention to detail, always takes initiative, and is committed to addressing the issues that systems-involved women face. 

The Development Associate reports to the Director of Donor Strategy & Communications.

Responsibilities: 

  • Supports donor engagement, cultivation, and stewardship by keeping constituent, gift, and action records accurate and up to date as well as providing call sheets to the Executive Director 
  • Receives, enters, and accounts for all revenue in an accurate, ongoing way including gift report generation (Transmittal Forms and Weekly Direct Deposit Report), gift processing, gift entry, and gift acknowledgment 
  • Owns the donor database and completion of database-related projects, including adding and modifying constituent and gift records, list pulling, and troubleshooting database issues on behalf of the Development & Communications team
  • Performs general administrative duties such as filing, managing office supplies, and fundraising collateral, data entry, receiving mail, and assisting with proposal coordination and mailings 
  • Liaises with Finance by submitting check requests, preparing and sending invoices, completing credit card reports, and responding to audit requests
  • Maintains a shared calendar for the fundraising teams, including proposal, grant, and reporting deadlines 
  • Maintains accurate, up to date agency-wide documents (physical and digital) to support private and public funding proposals 
  • Monitors Google Alerts on a daily basis and provides updates to the Development & Communications team 
  • Monitors social media analytics and provides updates to Director of Donor Strategy and Communications
  • Responds to requests and inquiries from donors, Finance, and other internal teams in a timely manner
  • Assists Director of Donor Strategy and Communications with the creation of event guest lists and annual giving mailing lists
  • Conducts prospect research as needed
  • Provides additional support on fundraising campaigns and events as needed 

 Qualifications: 

  • Displays exceptional time-management, organizational, and prioritization skills needed for meeting competing deadlines 
  • Maintains impeccable attention to detail 
  • Has a demonstrated track record of taking initiative 
  • Values a fast-paced work environment
  • Committed to anti-racism and addressing the issues that systems-involved women face
  • Experience in Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, or other nonprofit databases a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required 

The expected base salary for this position is $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.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

The Employment Case Manager (full-time) in WPA’s Workforce Development & Employment Services (WDES) program, located in East New York, Brooklyn, is responsible for promoting overall work readiness and recidivism risk reduction by providing individual case planning and group based vocational services to women recently released from or at risk of returning to Rikers Island.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Administer screening, intake, and assessment instruments to determine program eligibility and identify service needs
  • Collaborate with participants to develop service plans and goals responsive to identified needs
  • Complete job-readiness assessments and explore career interests/opportunities with incoming and enrolled participants
  • Assist in the facilitation of employment focused groups and stand-alone job-readiness workshops
  • Partner with Employment Specialist to assist participants in connecting to employment opportunities, based on assessed interests, skills and experience
  • Maintain casework contact frequency appropriate to the participant’s needs, and consistent with WPA’s expectations of case planning services
  • Help participants access other needed services through referrals, advocacy with providers, and, as needed, field escort
  • Document all activities with, and on behalf of enrolled participants in WPA’s electronic database
  • Maintain paper case files containing all essential participant materials including (but not limited to), copies of participant identification, intake, risk and needs assessment, progress notes, substance use treatment records, medical/mental health records, employment records, etc.
  • As appropriate, participate in case coordination efforts with Manager of Workforce Development, other appropriate WPA staff and external providers to ensure consistent service delivery and participant success
  • Prepare for and actively participate in weekly supervision and staff meetings
  • Perform any other department or agency related duties or special projects as negotiated with supervisor

 Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • BSW or comparable human-services related BA strongly preferred; will consider equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years of documented relevant human services experience, employment focus preferred
  • Strong assessment and engagement skills essential
  • Familiarity with government sponsored benefits and criminal legal system issues helpful
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Experience with office computer applications required
  • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus
  • Qualified applicants with lived criminal legal system experience are welcome and encouraged to apply

The expected salary range for this position is $41K-$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.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

The Employment Case Manager (part-time) in WPA’s Workforce Development & Employment Services (WDES) program, located in East New York, Brooklyn, is responsible for promoting overall work readiness and recidivism risk reduction by providing individual case planning and group based vocational services to women recently released from or at risk of returning to Rikers Island.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Administer screening, intake, and assessment instruments to determine program eligibility and identify service needs
  • Collaborate with participants to develop service plans and goals responsive to identified needs
  • Complete job-readiness assessments and explore career interests/opportunities with incoming and enrolled participants
  • Assist in the facilitation of employment focused groups and stand-alone job-readiness workshops
  • Partner with Employment Specialist to assist participants in connecting to employment opportunities, based on assessed interests, skills and experience
  • Maintain casework contact frequency appropriate to the participant’s needs, and consistent with WPA’s expectations of case planning services
  • Help participants access other needed services through referrals, advocacy with providers, and, as needed, field escort
  • Document all activities with, and on behalf of enrolled participants in WPA’s electronic database
  • Maintain paper case files containing all essential participant materials including (but not limited to), copies of participant identification, intake, risk and needs assessment, progress notes, substance use treatment records, medical/mental health records, employment records, etc.
  • As appropriate, participate in case coordination efforts with Manager of Workforce Development, other appropriate WPA staff and external providers to ensure consistent service delivery and participant success
  • Prepare for and actively participate in weekly supervision and staff meetings
  • Perform any other department or agency related duties or special projects as negotiated with supervisor

Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • BSW or comparable human-services related BA strongly preferred; will consider equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years of documented relevant human services experience, employment focus preferred
  • Strong assessment and engagement skills essential
  • Familiarity with government sponsored benefits and criminal legal system issues helpful
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Experience with office computer applications required
  • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus
  • Qualified applicants with lived criminal legal system experience are welcome and encouraged to apply

The expected hourly salary rate for this part-time position is $22.53/hr - $24.73/hr.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

WPA’s Workforce Development & Employment Services (WDES) department is looking for an experienced Employment Specialist who is excited about Workforce Development, and highly skilled in participant job-readiness preparation. The Employment Specialist will serve as primary contact for all pre-placement participant activities. Also, oversees resume and cover letter development, as well as standalone job-readiness workshops.

Essential Responsibilities 

  • Serving as WDES’ primary resume and cover letter development contact; partnering with program participants to co-develop their employment search tools.
  • Serving as the pre-placement liaison between participants and workforce partners (internship, training, and employment).
  • Conducting participant screenings for all WDES placement opportunities.
  • Hosting regular standalone job-readiness workshops to support participant skills development.
  • Partnering with Coordinator of Training & Placement to coordinate scheduling for all standalone job-readiness trainings.
  • Conducting regular follow-up with partners pre-placement to promote partnership development and continued placement opportunities.
  • Partnering with Manager of Workforce Partnerships to track all existing and pending workforce partnerships data.
  • Partnering with Manager of Workforce Partnerships around Q&A/ information sessions for all applicable workforce placement opportunities.
  • Working with Manager of Workforce Partnerships and Program Manager and Coordinator of Training & Placement to create and development new internship, training, and employment opportunities.
  • Working closely with Manager of Workforce Partnerships to build, grow, and strengthen employer partner network and placement pathways.
  • Partnering with WDES team and program participants to continually develop and enhance the Accelerated Job-Readiness Training (AJRT).
  • Partnering with WDES team to evaluate training materials and technologies to be used for all job-readiness trainings and workshops.

Qualifications should include, but are not limited to: 

  • Strong project management skills, including managing competing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience in workforce development programs serving marginalized participants is preferred.
  • Skilled communicator and problem solver, with the ability to deftly manage relationships with various stakeholders.
  • Ability to create a strategy, work plan and gather resources needed for interventions.
  • Highly self-motivated, with proven capacity to work independently and take initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Experience with office computer applications required

The expected salary range for this position is $40K-$43K. 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.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

Building on 175 years of success, WPA is seeking an Executive Director to provide vision, leadership, and management of all aspects of the organization. WPA is at a pivotal juncture in its journey, presenting the opportunity to become a major force and thought leader in gender-responsive programming for women impacted by the criminal legal system.

The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors in analyzing the existing strategic plan and overseeing a new strategic plan, and refining and communicating the mission, vision, values, and purpose both internally and externally. This person will have ultimate responsibility for the performance of the growing organization currently comprised of 119 staff, 3 facilities, and overall revenues of $8.2 million. They will oversee and lead all agency operations, including supervision of the Executive Team, oversight of WPA’s finances, advancement of resource development, and program innovation, development, and implementation.

As the professional leader, this person will foster a welcoming and safe work environment for all, uphold WPA’s commitment to advancing equity, and ensure that program services are both inclusive and hold systems accountable for the cultural, racial, and other prejudicial barriers clients face within the criminal legal system. The ideal person for this role is a visionary with a strategic mindset who can lead with empathy and vulnerability. They are a strong unifier and people-connecter who can lead and empower a team and knows how to communicate with transparency and authenticity.

Responsibilities

Strategic Vision & Leadership

  • Analyze the existing strategic plan and oversee a new strategic planning process that will maximize impact in program services, increase mission visibility, and position WPA as a national thought-leader.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and staff at all levels. Ensure open communication around the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.
  • Provide vision for creativity and innovation in program services, ensuring that programs continuously evolve and adapt to reflect changes within the criminal legal system and the needs of clients.
  • Partner with the Nominating Committee to build a diverse and inclusive Board representative of the community that is highly engaged and willing to leverage and secure resources.
  • Develop, mentor and coach a high-performing Executive Team, defining clear metrics for success and establishing pathways for personal and professional growth.
  • Continue building and maintaining a high-performing diverse and inclusive culture of transparency, trust, collaboration and fun where all employees feel welcomed, appreciated and have equal access to opportunity including people from intersectional and marginalized experiences and groups.
  • Unfailingly model the desirable attributes of the culture, passionately advocate for them, and exhibit an understanding, sensitivity, and responsiveness to the differences in cultures and lived experiences present amongst staff.

Infrastructure, Operations & Program Delivery

  • Assume ultimate oversight and responsibility for the effective management of staff and infrastructure including optimizing policies, practices and systems required to manage financial resources and the growing operating budget, and ensuring clarity and consistency in roles, structures and processes.
  • Promote a positive, inclusive and empowering work environment that upholds a shared understanding of the mission, consistency throughout employee and client experiences, and standards of excellence & accountability in achieving goals.
  • Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen avenues of communication between staff throughout the organization.
  • Oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long and short-range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; set financial priorities accurately to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs and values of the program and staff.
  • Ensure that the delivery of services are appropriate & culturally sensitive to the unique needs of clients.
  • Oversee the modernization, renovation and technological upgrade of all facilities and operations.

Development, External Relations & Advocacy

  • Serve as the chief spokesperson of WPA, acting as the primary driver in donor and partner cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Position WPA for national leadership and impact and attract support and awareness for WPA’s work.
  • Pursue innovative streams of income and partnerships to diversify sources of support, ensuring that there are resources to support the expansion and innovation of programs, and that funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential. Partner with the Board and the Development team to build a culture of philanthropy within the organization.
  • In collaboration with staff, build the advocacy arm of the agency to positively influence policies & legislations surrounding women impacted by incarceration.
  • Effectively communicate WPA’s mission externally and build partnerships and coalitions with stakeholders, funders, community leaders, and like-minded mission-oriented organizations within the space.

Qualifications

  • A visionary, strategy-oriented leader with a track-record of success leading an organization of similar size and complexity providing direct services.
  • A transparent and responsive leader with proven success in building, developing & empowering teams.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Change management expertise related to organizational structure, processes and culture.
  • Demonstrated activism, professional experience and/or interest in the criminal legal system is a must; experience with gender-responsive and trauma-informed programming a plus.
  • A seasoned fundraiser with a track record of cultivating and soliciting major gifts and diversifying fundraising revenue.
  • Knowledge of government grants/contracts.
  • A confident and energetic leader with superior communication skills and proven success in building relationships and coalitions across a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience overseeing facility management, renovation and acquisition.
  • A media-savvy leader with a deep understanding of market dynamics and platforms.

To apply for this position, please apply at the link below.

We are currently recruiting for a Housing Retention Case Manager to support successful and enduring transitions to permanent housing. The Housing Retention Case Manager will work with women who are moving/have recently moved from WPA residences (Sarah Powell Huntington House family shelter and Hopper Home adult shelter) into permanent housing. The case manager will partner with women who have secured permanent housing with the assistance of WPA staff from any program. The case manager will spend a majority of work hours meeting with clients in their homes throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): 

  • Provides guidance and instruction to family members on independent living skills and housekeeping individually, in family sessions, or in groups.
  • Refers clients to WPA and other provider programs for medical care, mental health, and family counseling services, drug treatment/relapse prevention, employment, and vocational or remedial education, and any additional assistance as needed.
  • Visits clients to assist with home set-up and accompanies client in exploring and becoming familiar with the neighborhood, including essential merchants and services.
  • Assists clients with developing and tracking budget and spending, managing bill payments, etc.
  • Assists clients in identifying and establishing service relationships with required services, such as medical and mental health care, sobriety support, child-care.
  • Participates in client case conferences.
  • Escorts clients to and advocates on their behalf with external providers and at fair hearing meetings and other appointments as needed.
  • Conducts reassessments of client needs and strengths toward housing stability and independent living using information gathered through interviews, observations of family and household, and conferences with other providers.
  • Maintains documentation of visits and contact.
  • Provide aftercare services to participants and families for 6-12 months to ensure housing stability and permanency.
  • Performs any other department or agency related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.
  • Participation in all external and internal staff trainings.

Qualifications

  • BA/BS/BSW preferred; comparable work experience will be considered
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus
  • At least 2 years of documented relevant social services experience, preferably in housing/homeless programs
  • Familiarity/experience with DHS data systems
  • Familiarity with available affordable housing options in NYC (City FHEPS, FHEPS A and B, etc.)
  • Knowledge of public entitlement programs and systems required
  • Strong computer skills required
  • Excellent written and verbal skills

The expected salary range for this position is $45K-$50K. 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.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

Reporting to the Senior Managing Director of Development and External Affairs, the Manager of Media Relations will lead WPA’s media efforts, building on existing strategy and finding new opportunities to highlight WPA’s unique mission in earned media placements. The ideal candidate is a creative self-starter with experience crafting compelling narratives in partnership with individuals with lived experience.  

Responsibilities: 

  • With the Senior Managing Director of Development and External Affairs, develop, implement, and manage a public relations and media plan for the organization.
  • Respond to incoming media inquiries and proactively pitch stories related to WPA’s mission and strategic priorities.
  • Lead the Women’s Leadership and Media Project, with support from the Program team, including curriculum development, participant recruitment, guest speaker recruitment and cultivation, class facilitation, field trip research and partnership, budget management, graduation ceremony planning, and the development of stories for the purpose of paid media opportunities that elevate the WPA brand and expand the skills and capacities of participants. 
  • Cultivate relationships and work closely with reporters, journalists, producers, and editors to ensure WPA has a prominent media presence around the country and is highly visible on key issues of importance to the organization. 
  • Create media-related materials, including press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, media advisories, and more with short notice and on tight deadlines. 
  • Collaborate with Development & Communications team to create consistent and compelling content across WPA’s external communication channels.  
  • Conduct regular media training and coaching with WPA staff and individual clients.
  • Manage high-impact media partnerships such as pro bono video and photographic content generation and long-form storytelling opportunities.  
  • Monitor, track, and analyze the effectiveness of communication activities and provide data-driven strategies and tactics. 
  • Manage on-site press and high-profile visits, including preparation and writing event-related remarks. 
  • Keep up to date on media, marketing, and criminal justice trends and developments, in order to address and advise the Executive Director, Board, and staff regarding changes, opportunities, and/or challenges, as well as implications of organizational policy and program decisions. 

Requirements: 

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in public relations or a similar role. 
  • Established relationships with reporters, journalists, producers, and editors. 
  • Proven experience creating content across multiple platforms.
  • Strong knowledge of communication practices and techniques. 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Experience with anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks and language.  
  • Must be able to multitask and work well under tight deadlines.  
  • Excellent communicator with strong writing and organizational skills. 

The expected base salary for this position is $60K. WPA offers a competitive benefits package and a generous time-off policy for full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; pre-tax parking and transit benefits; and a time-off policy including personal days and floating holidays.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

We are currently recruiting for 9 full-time, and 2 part-time Residential Aides in WPA’s Residential Services Unit. These positions will maintain a safe and secure environment for residents, staff, and visitors at WPA’s newest DHS-funded shelter for women with criminal legal system involvement. Residential aides 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 residential aides will be involved in program start up activities including, supporting in the preparation of the facility and coordination of program planning for the 38-bed shelter.

Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): 

  • 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.
  • Assist in carrying out any activities as indicated on the residents’ Independent Living Plans.
  • Monitor all residents and staff entering and leaving the building and log activities in the internal communication logbook.
  • Assist in twice daily meal distribution.
  • Support clients: register, check-in, monitor, assess behavior, and overall well-being.
  • Conduct daily security and safety walkthroughs and monitor security camera feeds.
  • Comply with 42CFR confidentiality and HIPAA privacy and security regulations.
  • Observe and document residents' taking of medications when medically indicated. Monitor residents’ personal appearance and behaviors to assess for overall stability and compliance with program expectations.
  • Administer mental health (and other) necessary medications for residents.
  • Inspect and launder clients’ belongings upon admission to the program and distribute supplies to residents.
  • Support the distribution of prepared meals in resident dining room and monitor and assist diners in bussing their trays after eating.
  • Launder bedding and bath linens weekly, including monitoring residents' submission of dirty linens as well as disbursement of clean linens to residents.
  • Help with provision of on-site recreational activities.
  • Perform any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.
  • Participation in all external and internal staff trainings.

Qualifications

  • F80/F02 fire safety credentials are required and must be obtained within 6 months of employment.
  • High school diploma/GED strongly preferred; BA preferred.
  • At least 2 years of documented relevant human services experience.
  • Certificate in First Aid and CPR, preferred.
  • 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.
  • Ability to distinguish boundary issues and transference issues with clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Meet individual health standard requirements for food handling.
  • Possession of NYS security guard licensure preferred.

The starting salary for this position is $15/hour. WPA offers a competitive benefits package and a generous time off policy for full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; pre-tax parking and transit benefits; and a time off policy including personal days and floating holidays.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

Resident Monitors are responsible for maintaining a safe and pleasant environment at WPA’s residential locations for residents, staff, and visitors, as well as monitoring day-to-day operations of the reception area.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Monitor all residents and staff entering and leaving the building.
  • Log in communications book all activities including package deliveries, arrivals, and departures.
  • Conduct safety walk-throughs.
  • Diffuse crisis situations.
  • Monitor participant visitation.
  • Alert clinical staff via log of any challenging or unhealthy participant behavior.
  • Provide clerical support including telephone inquiries, data entry, light typing, filing, and sorting of mail.
  • Review participant’s belongings upon admission to the residence.
  • Distribute MetroCards and reconcile petty cash.
  • Assist in the facilitation of fire drills.
  • Perform any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • NY State Security License
  • Certificate in First Aid, CPR, and fire safety or ability to obtain certificate.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish proficiency a plus.
  • Good documentation skills.
  • Computer literate or willingness to learn.
  • Ability to distinguish boundary and transference challenges with participants.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population challenged by issues such as substance use, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and communication barriers.

The starting salary for this position is $15/hour. WPA offers a competitive benefits package and a generous time off policy for full-time employees, including medical, dental and vision insurance; pre-tax parking and transit benefits; and a time off policy including personal days and floating holidays.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

The Senior Managing Director of Development and External Affairs oversees the revenue strategy and external affairs for WPA, leading a high-performing team to sustain and grow public and private funding. A key member of the Executive Team, the Senior Managing Director of Development and External Affairs works closely with the Executive Team to build a culture of philanthropy across the organization and to raise WPA’s public portfolio. The ideal candidate has experience in frontline fundraising (with an emphasis on major gifts), communications and marketing, and government contracts.

The Senior Managing Director of Development and External Affairs reports to the Interim Executive Director. Reporting to the Senior Managing Director of Development and External Affairs is a team of seven with four direct reports. The Senior Managing Director of Development and External Affairs works closely with the Interim Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Responsibilities: 

Strategy and Leadership

  • Develop a comprehensive fundraising plan to generate increased support for WPA’s annual budget, strategic plan initiatives, and long-term sustainability.
  • Oversee all aspects of fundraising, including government grants, foundation grants, corporate partnerships, annual giving, individual giving, and events.
  • Create an action plan to effectively draw down on existing government contracts and develop a process for evaluating the profitability of future RFPs.
  • Provide mentorship and leadership for the department by creating annual individual and team-wide goals, collaborating on professional development plans, and fostering a cooperative environment.
  • Analyze all department practices with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens and provide suggestions for equity-centered fundraising.

Frontline Fundraising

  • Cultivate and steward a portfolio of major donors (including the Board of Directors), as well as identifying and pursuing new prospective major donors.
  • Serve as the strategy lead and project manager for WPA’s in-person special events.
  • Expand digital fundraising efforts and find new ways to bring individual prospects to WPA.

External Affairs

  • Drive communications strategy that centers the voices of women with lived experience.
  • Supervise the Manager of Media Relations to proactively seek earned media opportunities that position WPA as an expert leader.
  • Build on WPA’s successful 2020 rebrand by rolling out story development and internal ambassador workshops with key staff, Board of Directors, and junior board.
  • Create and deliver compelling messages designed to engage new and diverse supporters.

Partnership and Collaboration

  • Partner with the Finance team to build budgets, manage contract payments, and track spending across the organization.
  • Support the Board Development Committee providing structure, meeting leadership, and activity oversight.
  • With the Interim Executive Director, engage board members in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donor prospects.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated track record of success in a development leadership role.
  • Experience working within a social justice and/or human services organization.
  • Deep knowledge of the New York City government and philanthropic communities.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with experience in anti-racism work.
  • A passion for WPA’s unique mission and history.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills with an ability to convey difficult subject matter in a compelling, powerful way.
  • Exceptional judgment, character, and integrity.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and follow-up skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required.

The expected salary range for this position is $120K-$130K. 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.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

The Transitional Case Manager conducts hybrid pre-release and post-release transitional planning services for women, including transgender women and others who may identify as non-binary or gender-non-conforming, leaving incarceration on Rikers Island; coordinates with on-island staff to finalize reentry plans and provide referrals for needed services in community; co-facilitates trauma-focused support and CBT groups as needed.

Essential Responsibilities 

  • Conduct WPA-developed intake/assessment based off of Women’s Risk and Needs Assessment (WRNA) collaboratively with participants.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with project partners including, but not limited to Department of Corrections, Correctional Health Services, and other DOC-contracted service providers on-island in order to facilitate referrals and access to eligible program participants, implementation of reentry plans, and transportation of participants from Rikers to community.
  • Provide trauma-responsive case management services, collaborating with participants to develop a reentry plan based on assessed needs and participant interests.
  • Co-facilitate trauma-focused support groups and other groups as needed.
  • Collaborate with Reentry Mentors to implement reentry plan and ensure immediate stabilizing supports are in place for the participant upon release from incarceration.
  • Support participant engagement in services, including referral to and follow-up with external providers in areas including but not limited to health & mental health, substance use treatment, parenting support, and educational programming
  • Maintain casework contact frequency appropriate to participants’ needs and consistent with WPA’s expectations of individualized, trauma-responsive case management.
  • Maintain physical participant files and documentation containing all essential participant materials including (but not limited to), copies of client identification, intake, progress notes, substance use treatment records, medical & mental health records, etc. of all activities in client files.
  • Document services in WPA’s electronic participant database.
  • Provide continuous feedback to Transitional Services Program team during regular supervision and staff meetings.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned that are reflective of the mission of WPA and the program.

Qualifications

  • BSW or comparable human-services related BA strongly preferred; will consider equivalent experience
  • Ability to obtain clearance for and willingness to travel to Rikers Island.
  • Experience working with populations impacted by the criminal legal system
  • Knowledge of trauma-responsive care and harm reduction
  • Experience facilitating groups and working knowledge of NYC housing options and entitlements
  • Experience working with and sensitivity to individuals with substance use and mental health diagnoses
  • Experience working in a prison, jail, or other correctional facility preferred, but not required.
  • Strong advocacy skills
  • Team Player
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus

The expected salary range for this position is $41K-$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.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

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.

To apply, please click below and include your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.