Do you want to be part of the solution to New York City’s homelessness problem? If so, we welcome you to join our growing agency!
AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Comunilife Inc., a multi-service, non-profit organization founded in 1989, offers a continuum of residential programs for adults with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness, a licensed mental health clinic and other programs in NYC. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and create a healthier tomorrow for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader communities.
Job Opening: PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Job Location: Crotona Park North Transitional
With the support and supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Programs, the Program Director is responsible for the overall management and day-to-day operations of our NYC HRA/HASA-funded 48-unit transitional residence for adults living with HIV/AIDS, many of whom have substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. The Program Director leads a team of staff, including clinical supervisors, case managers, substance abuse/mental health/vocational counselors and a health educator, who provide on-site services and link clients with needed community-based services such as medical, chemical dependency and/or mental health treatment. The Program Director ensures the overall smooth operation of the residence, including the maintenance of the physical plant, and develops and maintains professional, collaborative relationships with community–based providers, agency and HASA staff.
Qualifications: We are looking for a dynamic, energetic, organized leader with excellent time management, verbal and written communication skills, who can assign and monitor the work of subordinate clinical and administrative staff and inspire staff to go the extra mile for our clients.
Master’s Degree in Social Work, preferably with LMSW or LCSW, or Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology; At least three (3) years of post-graduate direct work experience with adults with HIV/AIDS; At least three (3) years’ experience managing a congregate residence, ideally for individuals with HIV/AIDS; Extensive knowledge of the NYC housing and shelter system and NYC resources for homeless adults; Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.
Comunilife offers ongoing staff training and opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the agency. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including comprehensive, moderately-priced health insurance and a pension plan.
Since its founding in 1989, Comunilife has grown into one of NYC’s best-respected community-based health and housing service providers. Each year, our rich continuum of care supports the needs of more than 3,500 low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers.
Comunilife owns or manages 1,639 units of supported transitional and permanent housing for homeless adults struggling with HIV/AIDS, serious ment...al and behavioral health issues, and other chronic medical conditions. We operate a full-service, Latino-centered, South Bronx-based mental health clinic – the Vida Guidance Center – that provides more than 23,000 outpatient visits a year. Life Is Precious™, our unique suicide prevention program for Latina girls, is nationally recognized for effectively addressing the needs of the highest-risk group of teenagers in the country. Our Social and Medical Respite program arranges short-term supportive housing for recently discharged hospital patients who lack appropriate housing in which to recuperate.
All Comunilife activities are tailored to reflect the program participants’ perspectives, needs and strengths; our programs are guided by community-defined best practices. Our signature training program – the Multicultural Relational Approach for Diverse Populations – equips our staff to incorporate clients’ cultural and personal perspectives into their overall approach to care. Because of our clear respect for understanding – and desire to work in partnership with – those whom we serve, we successfully engage some of the most marginalized and hardest-to-reach people in the city.
Thanks to our efforts, hundreds of chronically homeless New Yorkers move out of the City shelter system into stable, permanent housing, each year. Latina adolescents, who are at high risk for attempting suicide find hope, fortitude, and the renewed desire to survive and succeed. Older adults learn to better understand and manage complex, interrelated psychiatric and physical health challenges. Lastly, organizations across the nation have the chance to learn about practices that can promote similarly impressive outcomes within their communities.