Careers at WPA

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

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

Work Location:  WPA’s Brooklyn Community Office in East New York as well as catchment areas in East Harlem, South Bronx, and other NYC neighborhoods with high rates of overdose deaths.

Position Overview:

The Spanish/English Bilingual Community Outreach Worker (CW)’s primary focus will be to conduct outreach and education with individuals, especially women, who use a range of non-opioid drugs (including cocaine or crack, methamphetamine, ketamine, and pressed pills from non-medical sources) in order to increase awareness of fentanyl in the illicit drug supply and provide fentanyl test strips and overdose prevention training.

Duties:

  • Conduct outreach in the street, community gathering spaces (parks, areas with public restrooms) and venues that people who use drugs patronize (social clubs, community centers, bodegas, salons, restaurants/bars, places of worship, laundromats, check-cashing facilities, etc).
  • Develop and maintain a schedule of regular street outreach stops while remaining flexible (hours of outreach will be non-traditional hours: nights & weekends)
  • Distribute fentanyl test strips and naloxone kits to prevent and reverse opioid overdose by providing group & individual training on their correct uses.
  • Provide brief, basic harm reduction education to individuals who use drugs to prevent fatal overdose (mixing drugs, tolerance, using alone, etc)
  • Provide information on and if requested, connect individuals to medical and other needed services, occasionally accompanying individuals as needed.
  • Complete reporting forms correctly & timely following each individual distribution of FTS and/or naloxone.
  • Maintain ongoing communication and regular check-ins with supervisor.
  • Follow safety protocols while conducting outreach activities.

Qualifications:

  • Must be bilingual Spanish/English
  • Experience conducting outreach to hard to reach & marginalized populations (homeless individuals, people who use drugs, sex workers, and individuals with mental health challenges)
  • History of working in substance abuse treatment and/or prevention settings a plus
  • Clear understanding of and commitment to harm reduction
  • Ability to maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards individuals who use drugs
  • Ability to maintain complete and accurate documentation
  • Ability to work flexible, nontraditional hours: nights, weekends, etc.
  • Participate in regular supervision, team meetings, and trainings as assigned
  • People with lived experience are encouraged to apply

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Employment Case Manager to work in our Workforce Development & Employment Services department. The Employment Case Manager 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 $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.

Position Description:
This position is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization.

The Executive Assistant to the President/CEO is responsible for providing comprehensive support to the President/CEO, Board of Directors, and Executive Leadership Team and managing the organization’s office operations, both in person and virtually. This dynamic position requires the ability to anticipate needs, think critically, and offer solutions to problems with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. S/He will play a "gatekeeper" and "gateway" role, providing a bridge for smooth communication between the President/CEO and staff while demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust, and support with the Executive Leadership Team and staff.

The Executive Assistant provides sophisticated calendar management for the President/CEO, prioritizing inquiries and requests while troubleshooting conflicts and making judgements and recommendations to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements. S/He will work closely with the President/CEO to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately and acting as a "barometer" for the issues taking place in the organization and keeping the CEO updated.

The Executive Assistant serves as a liaison and provides support to the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team. S/He will serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the President/CEO, including those of a highly confidential or critical nature, and will prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response, exercising judgement to reflect CEO’s style and organization policy.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide sophisticated calendar management for President/CEO. Prioritize inquiries and requests while troubleshooting conflicts; make judgements and recommendations to ensure smooth day- to-day engagements.
  • Manage, coordinate, and arrange President/CEO travel and travel-related activities, including hotel booking, transportation, and meal coordination.
  • Act as a liaison and provide support to the Board of Directors. Arrange and handle all logistics for Board meetings and events: schedule meetings; draft agendas; develop, compile, and distribute presentation materials; and record meeting minutes on behalf of Board Secretary. Adhere to compliance with applicable rules and regulations set in bylaws regarding Board matters.
  • Complete a broad variety of administrative tasks that facilitate the President/CEO’s ability to effectively lead the organization, including assisting with special projects; designing and producing complex documents, reports, and presentations; collecting and preparing information for meetings with staff and outside parties; composing and preparing correspondence; maintaining contact lists; making travel arrangements; and completing expense and mileage reports.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the CEO, including those of a highly confidential or critical nature. Prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response, exercising judgement to reflect CEO’s style and organization policy.
  • Work closely with the CEO to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Act as a "barometer," having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the CEO updated. Anticipate CEO’s needs in advance of meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Maintain open communications with the Executive Leadership Team and staff, coordinating all Executive Leadership Team meetings and retreats and assist with staff meetings and events as needed.
  • Provide "gatekeeper" and "gateway" role, providing a bridge for smooth communication between the President/CEO and staff, demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust, and support with the Executive Team.
  • Complete projects by assigning work to appropriate staff, including the Executive Leadership Team, on behalf of the President/CEO.
  • Work with the Executive Leadership Team to coordinate the President/CEO’s outreach activities. Follow up on contacts made by the CEO to cultivate ongoing relationships.
  • Evaluate and assist in developing office policies and procedures for improved workflow and anticipate future needs as organization grows. Assist in the selection of vendors and purchase equipment, services, and supplies necessary for operation of organization.
  • Replenish office materials such as snacks, printer supplies, paper, office supplies, etc.
  • Process and distribute daily mail.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned for the overall benefit of the organization.

Position Requirements:
SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Significant executive support experience, including supporting C-level executives. Nonprofit board experience is highly preferred.
  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Office and desktop publishing software; ability to design and edit graphic presentations and materials.
  • Extensive knowledge of office administration, clerical procedures, and recordkeeping systems.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail.
  • High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people, including Board members, senior executives, staff, community leaders, donors, and funded partners.
  • Make appropriate, informed decisions regarding priorities and available time.
  • Ability to complete a high volume of tasks and projects with little or no guidance - A self-starter with the ability to work autonomously and possesses an entrepreneurial drive, but also flexible enough to work within a team.
  • Ability to react with appropriate levels of urgency to situations and events that require quick response or turnaround. Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Able to maintain a high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information. Maintain professionalism and strict confidentiality with all materials, and exercise discretion when interfacing with the organization.
  • Excellent judgment is essential.
  • Ability to switch gears at a moment’s notice.
  • Ability to work well within a cross-functional team environment and diverse communities.
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics
  • Must be organized, detail oriented and can work in both a team setting and individually
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • A keen perception of the racial and socioeconomic dynamics of underserved communities

Position Details:
This is a full-time position. The Executive Assistant reports to the President/CEO. Currently, work is performed remotely, but the ideal candidate should be prepared to spend time 50% of the work week in office, on site. The ideal candidate will be able to provide his/her own transportation. Reimbursement for certain business travel is included.

Compensation:
Salary range is $90,000 to $95,000. The starting salary will be commensurate with candidate education and experience. WPA offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, 403(b) and paid leave.

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

To apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to jobs@wpaonline.org with your name and “Executive Assistant” as the email subject.

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

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.

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Senior Case Manager to work in our Transitional Services department. The Senior Case Manager assists with 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. In addition to, providing day-to-day support and guidance to Case Management staff in our Transitional Services program. Assists with intake, assessment, and support for enrolled clients. Assists program staff in the co-facilitates trauma-focused support and job-readiness group interventions as needed.

Essential Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carry a specialized caseload of participants with considerable work experience, limited-service needs, and an immediate need for job placement.
  • Assist in maintaining partnerships with employers deemed well suited for participant needs.
  • Work collaboratively with program staff to ensure optimal placement of participants in internships, apprenticeships, and employment.
  • Assist Program Director in managing new referrals and corresponding with referral sources.
  • Conduct initial screenings for the unit, and refer clients to assigned Case Management staff, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with Case Managers to assist clients in accessing other needed services through referrals, advocacy with providers, and, as needed, field escort.
  • Work collaboratively with Case Managers to support the provision of incentives for clients as they progress towards their independent living goals and program milestones.
  • Coordinate with program staff and case managers from other WPA programs to track progress for co-enrolled clients.
  • As appropriate, participate in case coordination efforts with Program Director, other appropriate WPA staff and external providers to ensure consistent service delivery and participant success.
  • Assist Program Director in facilitating participant case conferences and provide continuous feedback to the Transitional services team during regular supervision and staff meetings.
  • Provide caseload coverage as needed, including participation in field visits to employer partner sites and client worksites.
  • Document services in WPA’s electronic participant database.
  • Assist Program Director in ensuring timely submission of reporting and billing documentation.
  • Provide case consultation and training to staff and stakeholders on working with survivors of trauma and other forms of victimization.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Experience in workforce development programs serving marginalized participants is preferred
  • Familiarity with cognitive behavioral interventions and/or group facilitation experience using a standardized curriculum strongly preferred
  • Leadership experience preferred
  • Strong advocacy skills
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Experience with office computer applications required
  • Bilingual Spanish/ English a plus

The expected salary range for this position ranges from $56,000-$58,000. 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 email your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@wpaonline.org. You must include  “Transitional Senior Case Manager" in the subject line of your email.

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Transitional Case Manager to work in our newest program, Women Thriving in Community (WTIC). 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 the WTIC 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 $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.

Position Description:
The Vice President of Human Resources is responsible for all functions of the Human Resource (HR) Department and provides guidance on all HR matters to the Executive Leadership Team. This position consistently projects an enthusiastic, positive approach that contributes to a collegial and closely-knit organizational culture. S/he can work independently on projects from conception to completion, can successfully work under pressure, and handles confidential matters with discretion. The Vice President of Human Resources, in partnership with the President/CEO, strives for administrative and operational effectiveness and efficiency on behalf of the organization, including but not limited to, select problem and conflict resolution, organization and prioritization of tasks, and timely response to written communications.

The Vice President of Human Resources is a core member of the executive leadership team, reporting directly to the President/CEO. The Vice President of Human Resources is responsible for oversight of talent acquisition, recruitment and hiring practices, employee relations and retention, benefits administration, employee compensation, performance management, policy development, safety, compliance with all applicable federal and state and local laws pertaining to personnel matters.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Partner with the Executive Leadership Team to support and implement effective short- and long-term strategies to attain organizational goals.
  • Direct recruitment activities, talent acquisition strategies, employment selection procedures, and orientation and onboarding of new staff.
  • Oversee all aspects of employee relations including support to managers and supervisors on personnel matters, address escalated employee issues, conduct investigations, and other disciplinary matters.
  • Design and implement compensation plans, fringe benefits programs such as PTO and develop employee retention strategies. Oversee benefit administration including all company benefit policies, compliance audits and reporting, employee eligibility, and participates in the annual benefit renewal process and ongoing benefit education.
  • Oversee all FMLA, ADA, HIPPA, EEO, Unemployment compliance as well as safety and Worker’s Compensation claims.
  • Develops and maintains job descriptions, performance evaluations and FLSA classifications.
  • Communicates changes in the organization's personnel policies and procedures by maintaining the organizational handbook.
  • Participates on committees and special projects and leads Human Resource training as needed.
  • Manage the performance and development of direct reports.

Position Requirements:
Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and certifications for Human Resource Professionals (PHR, SPHR) preferred.
  • Extensive professional experience in management and oversight of Human Resources departments may be substituted for educational requirement. Minimum ten (10) years of professional experience in Human Resources with at least five (5) years of progressive HR responsibility and experience.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple work assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Communicate effectively with executive management and company personnel
  • Expert knowledge of local, state and federal employment laws and procedures
  • Ability to deal with the public in a professional manner and demonstrate skills including public speaking
  • Microsoft Office
  • HRIS Experience (ADP Preferred)

General:

  • Must be organized, detail oriented and a self-starter with the ability to work autonomously, and possess an entrepreneurial drive while flexible enough to work within a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse organizations and people including community members, stakeholders, employers, peers and instructors
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • A keen perception of the racial and socioeconomic dynamics of underserved communities.
  • Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Is clear on organizational priorities and provides guidance and support to WPA staff.

Position Details:
This is a full-time position. The Vice President of Human Resources reports to the President/CEO. Currently, work is performed remotely. The ideal candidate will be able to provide his/her own transportation for travel to WPA offices and activities. Reimbursement for certain business travel is included.

Compensation:
Salary range is $120,000 to $130,000, commensurate with education and experience. WPA offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, 403(b) and paid leave.

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

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@wpaonline.org. For best consideration, please submit application materials no later than May 30, 2022 and include “Vice President of Human Resources” in the subject line.

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

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

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

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

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

Responsibilities:

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

Requirements:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with extensive experience – minimum five (5) years– in the development, implementation and oversight of trauma informed, community- centered programming to women and under-served populations of color preferred. A successful candidate will have training or an educational background in social work, human services, psychology, or a related field. Mental health and/or trauma informed training a plus. Experience with program management, community outreach, and marketing preferred.
  • A keen perception of the racial, gender, and socioeconomic dynamics of underserved communities.
  • Familiarity with issues facing systems involved women, especially challenges navigating the experiences of incarceration and/or homelessness.
  • Must be organized, detail oriented and a self-starter with the ability to work autonomously, and possess an entrepreneurial drive while flexible enough to work within a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse organizations and people including community members, stakeholders, employers, peers and instructors
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Willing to commute between program sites.
  • Should have a flexible schedule as program related events can occur in the evening and on weekends.

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

Compensation:
Salary range is $130,000 - $135,000, commensurate with education and experience. WPA offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, 403(b) and paid leave.

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

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@wpaonline.org. For best consideration, please submit application materials no later than May 30, 2022 and include “Vice President of Programs” in the subject line.

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

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

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

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

Qualifications:

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

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

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