Crisis Counselor & Advocate
Jahajee Sisters is seeking a Crisis Counselor & Advocate to join our Sister Circle program team. This is a contract position from January through June 2020. The Advocate will be a consistent presence at our Sister Circles, a monthly program we run in Richmond Hill, Queens for an intergenerational group of Indo-Caribbean women, girls and gender nonconforming people, many who are survivors of gender-based violence.
Sister Circles are three hour gatherings that take place on the last Saturday of the month where 15-20 participants get connected to community and resources, build relationships with each other, and receive support for their personal empowerment and growth. Along with planned programming provided by Jahajee Sisters, the Advocate will be an additional resource for Sister Circle participants and will offer direct support to those who need immediate assistance-- are in crisis and/or want to connect to essential social services.
The Crisis Counselor & Advocate will be responsible for:
- Conducting face-to-face assessments with participants to determine their specific needs.
- Providing 30 minute services to those currently in crisis or dealing with the aftermath of a crisis by offering emotional support and creating a nurturing space for: discussing their experiences, regaining a sense of safety and returning to a sufficient level of functioning.
- Making referrals to the appropriate resource for continued assistance and treatment, particularly for those in crisis or dealing with the aftermath of a crisis. This includes both social services and/or follow-up clinical care.
The ideal candidate will be a trained mental health professional who has experience helping people in distress, including the ability to counsel people who are undergoing a gender-based violence or mental health crisis. Our preference is to hire a mental health professional who is a clinical social worker, but we also welcome licensed social workers who are currently working on attaining their hours towards the goal of being able to provide clinical support. The ideal candidate will also have:
- An anti-oppression analysis and be committed to gender justice, racial justice, immigrant rights, and economic justice.
- Experience working with our core constituencies: women and gender non-binary Indo-Caribbean people; lived experience that reflects our constituency is highly desirable.
Because this is a contract position, we are compensating mental health professionals based on their level of experience and on an hourly basis. Hourly rates will range from $75-$100. The Advocate will work three hours for six Saturdays in 2020: January 25, February 29, March 28, April 25, May 30, and June 27.
HOW TO APPLY
We are seeking to hire for this role immediately. Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with Crisis Counselor & Advocate in the subject line. Applications will be considered until January 10, 2020 or until the position is filled.