The Village Looking to Hire Social Worker & Wellness Advocate (11/11)



The Social Worker & Wellness Advocate will serve as a key member of The Village ecosystem, holistically weaving together trauma-informed practices, mental health wellness, and individual assessment into the overall practice of the Village’s organization and programming. Reporting to the Operations Director, the Social Worker & Wellness Advocate will provide therapeutic and clinical services to Village staff and youth/adult program participants (“participants”) who have been over-exposed to violence and other forms of adversity. The social worker’s responsibility involves a combination of research, personal interaction, solution development, and maintenance of programs and services for trauma-impacted staff and participants.


Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Operations Director to create an Employee Assistance Program, which will include curated and in-house Mental Health and Wellness Education activities/sessions for Village team members

  • Cultivate a holistic culture of mental health wellness by instituting a knowledge base and trauma-informed practices into organizational structures and programs/projects

  • Provide individual interviews, assessments, and intakes of participants

  • Provide in-house and/or curate a Mental Health and Wellness Education for participants, which will include individual and group crisis counseling; and planning special events for participants, families, and community members

  • Connect with participants who need benefits and emergency assistance to appropriate services or community resources; assist with case management

  • Assist in scheduling internal and external appointments for participants based on their needs

  • Keep appropriate records and communicate with supervisors about participant interactions, referrals, challenges, opportunities, and support needs

  • Attend court appearances with participants, if necessary

  • Work alongside team members to identify extremely high-risk participants

  • Collaborate with relevant Village team members to form partnerships with community stakeholders, organizations, and agencies to strengthen access to services for participants

  • Participate in core team meetings, wellness activities, and training sessions

  • Communicate effectively with multiple team members, including but not limited to Executive Director, Operations Director, Managing Director, Program/Project Directors

  • Participation in monthly calls and any training coordinated and required by relevant agencies

  • Keep accurate documentation of all work and submit accurate reports regularly

  • Attend relevant community stakeholder and community meetings, including community board, resident association, precinct council, and other related recurring meetings;

  • Approach trust-building with compassion and patience

Requirements:

  • Current clinical social worker license for the state of Pennsylvania

  • 3-5 years experience in clinical social work

  • Passion for art, social justice, wellness, arts administration, youth development, and innovative strategies

  • Strong collaborative work ethic and relationship skills (working with staff colleagues, artists, program participants, Board, funders, and partners)

  • Ability to apply a racial justice, equity, and people-centered lens to social work. Deep understanding of how various systems — including systems of oppression such as (but not limited to) racism, classism, gender inequity, homophobia, and incarceration — may present barriers and challenges for program participants.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Flexibility and strong ability to manage projects independently and with others

  • Ability to multitask, problem-solve, and prioritize well

  • Strong referral network in Philadelphia

  • Computer and online literacy and strong working skills in Microsoft Office, and Google Workspace a plus

  • Relevant lived experience a plus

Salary: $56,250


Schedule: Part-time, 30 hours a week. Must work in person on our creative campus.


Benefits:

  • 100% employer-covered medical, dental, and vision health insurance

  • Up to 8 days of PTO, plus 25 paid holidays which includes three weeks of Village wellness breaks where the campus is closed

  • Opportunities for advancement

Position start date: March 1, 2023


Application Process:

All candidates should submit a Resume and Cover Letter that shares A) Your approach to integrating wellness, racial justice, and equity to social work B) Your experience working with trauma-impacted people and/or youth to jobs@villagearts.org with the subject line “Social Worker & Wellness Advocate: [NAME]” by November 11, 2022.