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.

We are currently recruiting for a Coordinator of Training & Placement to work in our Workforce Development and Employment Services program. This position will serve as contact for all internship and training placements made through WPA’s Workforce Development and Employment Services (WDES) unit; coordinate the scheduling, tracking and processing of all internship and training opportunities; and oversee WPA’s internal participant payroll processing system. This position will report to the Program Manager of Workforce Development, and will supervise 1-2 interns.

Responsibilities:

Participant Training & Internship Placement 

  • Partnering with Manager of Workforce Partnerships to coordinate training and internship placements for all WDES participants.
  • Serving as liaison between WDES case management team, participants and Manager of Workforce Partnerships to ensure a steady flow of communication between all stakeholders regarding participant placements.
  • Serving as primary contact and support for participants, training consultants and partners once an internship or training placement has been begun.
  • Conducting regular follow-up with internship/training partners to promote partnership development and continued placement opportunities.
  • Managing the tracking of all WDES internship and training placement hours for reporting and stipend purposes.
  • Coordinating scheduling for all in-house WDES trainings.
  • Working closely with WDES’ Program Manager and Manager of Workforce Partnerships to manage all placement data.
  • Partnering with Manager of Workforce Partnerships around training/internship-specific Q&A/ information sessions.
  • Working with Manager of Workforce Partnerships and Program Manager to create and development new internship and training opportunities.
  • Working closely with Manager of Workforce Partnerships to build and strengthen pathways from internships/training to employment.
  • Partnering with WDES team and program participants to continually develop and enhance the Accelerated Job-Readiness Training (AJRT), Social Service Training Track curriculum,  and Guest Instructor portfolio.
  • Partnering with WDES team to evaluate training materials and technologies to be used for all job-readiness trainings and workshops.

Participant Payroll Process 

  • Partnering with WDES leadership to ensure the accurate and timely processing of the participant payroll.
  • Serving as point of contact to assist WDES leadership and Alcott in troubleshooting issues pertaining to participant payroll processing.
  • Working with the WDES team and Alcott to ensure onboarding of all new internship/training participants.

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 $50K-$55K. 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 Employee Relations Coordinator supports all human resources functions in conjunction with WPA's Chief of Staff and WPA’s professional employer organization.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain employee records (soft and hard copies)
  • Update HR databases (e.g. new hires, separations, promotions)
  • Serve as a liaison between WPA staff members and Alcott HR (PEO)
  • Assist in payroll preparation by providing relevant data, like absences, bonuses and leaves and resolving any timesheet issues with staff
  • Prepare paperwork for and assist Chief of Staff with updating HR policies and procedures
  • Process employees’ requests, providing relevant information and addressing queries accordingly
  • Order and distribute cellphones, ID cards, and other miscellaneous equipment for employees
  • Collaborate with recruiting teams to post job ads on careers pages and process incoming resumes
  • Manage the recruitment, hiring and onboarding process for new employees
  • Provide orientations for new employees by sharing onboarding packages and explaining company policies
  • Manage the department’s incoming requests and address queries accordingly
  • Coordinate HR initiatives, meetings and training seminars
  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal communications
  • Coordinate scheduling and assist with staff sign-up for ongoing DEI trainings and sessions

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in human resources
  • Experience with HRIS and payroll systems
  • PC literacy and experience with MS Office applications
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a high level of emotional maturity and professionalism
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

The expected salary range for this position is $50K-$55K. 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.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobs@wpaonline.org. You must include "Employee Relations Coordinator" in the subject line of your email.

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 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 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.
  • In collaboration with Program team, oversee the Women’s Leadership and Media Project, 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 team to create consistent and compelling content across WPA’s external communication channels.
  • Conduct regular media trainings and coaching with WPA staff and individual clients.
  • Manage high impact media partnerships such as pro bono video and photographic content generation and longform 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 a similar role.
  • 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.

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

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 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 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.