My Sisters’ Place (MSP) is currently hiring for the following positions:

Job Title: Residential Advocate (4pm-12am)

Job Classification: Regular Full-Time – Non-Exempt

Position Reports To:  Senior Residential Advocate

My Sisters’ Place  is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, located in Westchester County, New York,  that has grown from a grassroots task force and drop-in center formalized in 1978 into a cutting-edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking advocacy and services.  Our many programs include two emergency shelters, individual counseling and advocacy, children’s programs, support groups throughout Westchester, a legal center, self-sufficiency training, and an extensive community education and outreach program. The Residential Advocate is responsible for the provision of supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children who are residents within the MSP Emergency Shelter.  Advocates are expected to provide critical supportive services in a way that is compassionate and adheres to culturally appropriate best practices and agency expectations. Under the guidance of the Sr. Residential Advocate, the Residential Advocate will be responsible the following functions:

Essential Position Functions:

  • Provide day-to-day case management, counseling, and crisis intervention to clients as needed and/or required to address personal and criminal justice related issues.
  • Ability to Answer of 24 hour hotline on alternate bases when needed, responding to clients in crisis, providing information and resources and assess eligibility for MSP services.
  • Keep thorough and up-to-date client records in accordance with agency file requirements.
  • Assist with intake procedures including but not limited too review of the Welcome Packet, development of and on-going assessment safety plan, coordinate initial appointments for DSS and other relevant service providers and ensure the timely submission of all required stats to Senior Residential Advocate.
  • Assist in the completion of OVS, public benefit and housing applications as needed and/or requested.
  • Monitor client progress and provide follow-up assistance as needed and/or requested.
  • Assure safety and well-being of residents in accordance with shelter guidelines and resident responsibilities.
  • Provide residents with referrals for additional supportive services as needed and/or requested.
  • Keep Senior Residential Advocate and Director of Residential Programs advised of the need for schedule changes as it pertains to work schedules.
  • Participate in regular supervision with Senior Residential to promote the provision of quality services.
  • Participate in case conferences, staff meetings, trainings and other professional development opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Residential Advocate and Residential counseling team to identify residents in need of additional clinical support
  • Assist in the maintenance of the petty cash log and facilitate the collection of backup documentation regularly.
  • Enter data into designated database and provide reports as needed and/or requested.
  • Assist the Senior Residential Advocate in other duties and tasks as directed.
  • Work closely with and take direction from Manager of Residential Counseling Services and Residential Operations Coordinator to complete requested/required tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred: two years college plus 2 year experience required.
  • Knowledge of victimization and domestic violence a plus, prior counseling experience in a residential setting.
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and on a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Send resume and cover letter by e-mail to Winifred Wilson at email hidden; JavaScript is required, Senior Residential Advocate at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

Job Title: Domestic Violence Counselor

Job Classification: Full Time

Position Reports To: Program Manager

My Sisters’ Place  is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, located in Westchester County, New York,  that has grown from a grassroots task force and drop-in center formalized in 1978 into a cutting-edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking advocacy and services.

Since 2000, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has had the unique opportunity to work in collaboration with our colleagues in Westchester County’s Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services (CPS).  With initial funding from NYS Office of Children and Family Services, the My Sisters’ Place/Child Protective Services Collaboration Program emerged through recognition of the critical need for our agencies to work more closely together with families experiencing both intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, towards a mutual goal of increased family safety.  The Domestic Violence Counselor is based in the Yonkers CPS district office to assist a caseload of victimized families through supportive counseling, safety planning, information and referrals, and advocacy.

Duties:

  • Serve as agency liaison to CPS management staff and maintain regular communication regarding key issues.
  • Accompany CPS staff to field investigations and provide needs assessment in cases involving alleged child abuse/neglect and domestic violence
  • Work collaboratively with CPS staff to develop appropriate plan of action for each family.  Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, individual counseling, referrals and advocacy
  • Provide ongoing support and informal training to CPS staff on assessing and responding to the needs of domestic violence victims and their families
  • Attend CPS case conferences and staff meetings
  • Maintain program statistics and draft monthly/quarterly reports in compliance with funding requirements and objectives
  • Represent agency at community meetings and coalitions
  • Other duties as assigned by Program Manager

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of two years experience working with victims of domestic violence required
  • Prior supervisory experience desirable
  • Prior work experience with victims of trauma and abuse desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and on a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish strongly preferred
  • Must own a car

Application Instructions:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Send resume and cover letter by email to Maria Cardiello, Program Manager at: email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

 

Job Title: “Floater” Domestic Violence Counselor

Job Classification: Part-Time (24 hours per week)

Position Reports To: Program Manager

My Sisters’ Place is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, located in Westchester County, New York, that has grown from a grassroots task force and drop-in center formalized in 1978 into a cutting-edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking advocacy and services.

Since 2000, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has had the unique opportunity to work in collaboration with our colleagues in Westchester County’s Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services (CPS). The My Sisters’ Place/Child Protective Services Collaboration Program emerged through recognition of the critical need for our agencies to work more closely together with families experiencing both intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, towards a mutual goal of increased family safety. The Part-Time “Floater” Domestic Violence Counselor is based in Yonkers, and travels throughout Westchester County to assist victimized children and parents through supportive counseling, safety planning, information and referrals, and advocacy.

Duties:

  • Provide client case coverage throughout Westchester County as assigned by Program Manager
  • Accompany CPS staff to field investigations and provide needs assessment in cases involving alleged child abuse/neglect and domestic violence
  • Work collaboratively with CPS staff to develop appropriate plan of action for each family. Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, individual counseling, referrals and advocacy
  • Provide ongoing support and informal training to CPS staff on assessing and responding to the needs of domestic violence victims and their families
  • Attend CPS case conferences / staff meetings, attend MSP trainings as well as outside trainings
  • Maintain program statistics and draft monthly/quarterly reports in compliance with funding requirements and objectives
  • Represent agency at community meetings and coalitions
  • Other duties as assigned by Program Manager

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of two years of experience working with victims of domestic violence preferable
  • Prior work experience with victims of trauma and abuse desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and on a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish strongly preferred
  • Must own a car

Application Instructions:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Send resume and cover letter  by e-mail to: Maria Cardiello, Program Manager at: email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

 

Job Title: Associate Counsel, Family Law Practice

Job Classification: Full Time Exempt

Position Reports To: Managing Attorney, Family Law Practice and Managing Director, Center for Legal Services

My Sisters’ Place (MSP) was launched in 1976, with the establishment of the first “safe house” for domestic violence victims in Westchester County, NY. Today, MSP is the largest and most comprehensive agency serving those impacted by domestic violence and human trafficking in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley region.  Services and programs include: two emergency shelters; a 24-hour hotline for assistance and referrals; an extensive support group network; a Human Trafficking Program; counseling for adults and children; an intimate partner prevention and education program for teens; and a Center for Legal Services (CLS) consisting of eight attorneys and two legal advocates.

MSP’s CLS directly represents survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in family law and immigration matters, and increases our capacity to serve survivors by supervising pro bono attorneys from area law firms and corporations.  The Associate Counsel, Family Law Practice, will provide legal advocacy and representation to victims of domestic violence in Westchester Family courts (Yonkers, New Rochelle, and White Plains) and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts (Yonkers and White Plains), conduct emergency and non- emergency legal consultations, and assist with outreach and education programs.

Duties:

  • Provide legal representation and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in family law matters, including:  orders of protection, child support, paternity, custody and visitation.
  • Conduct regular intake and assessment of potential clients
  • Track and collect statistical information for grant reports and compile and draft grant reports for funder(s)
  • Participate in committees and working groups addressing the rights of survivors
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Collaborate with MSP’s trafficking, counseling and shelter programs

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2-5 years of experience practicing in family court
  • J.D. Law Degree with admission to the NYS Bar
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fluency or proficiency in Spanish oral and written communication preferred
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and to interact with clients, management and program staff and build strong client relationships
  • Commitment to serving the public interest with high standards of legal practice; domestic violence work experience important but not mandatory
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management and record keeping skills, including the ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the names and contact information of three references via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.  Please indicate in the subject line “Associate Counsel.”

Application Deadline:

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and offers will be made on a rolling basis as position must be filled as soon as possible.

 

Job Title: Associate Counsel, Immigration Practice

Job Classification: Full Time Exempt

Position Reports To: Managing Attorney, Immigration Practice and Managing Director, Center for Legal Services

My Sisters’ Place (MSP) was launched in 1976, with the establishment of the first “safe house” for domestic violence victims in Westchester County, NY. Today, MSP is the largest and most comprehensive agency serving those impacted by domestic violence and human trafficking in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley region.  Services and programs include: two emergency shelters; a 24-hour hotline for assistance and referrals; an extensive support group network; a Human Trafficking Program; counseling for adults and children; a relationship violence prevention education program for teens; and a Center for Legal Services (CLS) consisting of eight attorneys and two legal advocates. 

MSP’s CLS directly represents survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in family law and immigration matters, and increases our capacity to serve survivors by supervising pro bono attorneys from area law firms and corporations.  The Associate Counsel, Immigration Practice will provide legal representation and advocacy to noncitizen survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking before Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and New York Immigration Court on a variety of legal matters including but not limited to: Violence Against Women Act Self Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, Adjustment of Status Applications, U visas, T visas, SIJS, asylum, Cancellation of Removal and criminal conviction vacaturs.   The attorney will work under the supervision of the Managing Attorney of the Immigration Unit and the CLS Managing Director, but will take primary responsibility for her/his own caseload, and will be responsible for conducting regular intake and assessments. CLS serves MSP’s clients in a holistic way by coordinating services with other programs, providing a high standard of practice and empowering clients. CLS also serves as a leader in working for greater access to justice for immigrants by advocating for policies, laws and training at the court, local, state and federal levels that are responsive to immigrant concerns.

Duties:

  • Provide legal representation and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in immigration law matters, including all aspects of preparing VAWA Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, Adjustment of Status Applications, Asylum applications, VAWA Cancellation of Removal and other removal defense strategies, SIJS,  U visas, and T visas
  • Conduct regular intake and assessment of potential clients
  • Track and collect statistical information for grant reports and compile and draft semi-annual grant reports for funder(s)
  • Participate in committees and working groups addressing the rights of immigrant survivors
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Collaborate with MSP’s trafficking, counseling and shelter programs

Qualifications:

  • J.D. Law Degree, admission or pending admission to a State Bar with admission to New York State Bar
  • Relevant immigration law experience related to domestic violence and human trafficking, or law school immigration clinic experience
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Commitment to serving the public interest with high standards of legal practice in a manner that is client-centered
  • Fluency or proficiency in Spanish preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and case management database programs
  • Excellent organizational, time management and record keeping skills, including the ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and to interact with management and program staff and build strong client relationships

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the names and contact information of three references via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required  Please indicate in the subject line “Associate Counsel.”

Application Deadline:

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and offers will be made on a rolling basis as position must be filled as soon as possible.

 

Job Title: Community Educator

Job Classification: Full Time

Position Reports To: Domestic Violence Education and Prevention (DVEP) Program Manager

Since 1981, the Domestic Violence Education and Prevention program staff (DVEP) at My Sisters’ Place have worked with Westchester County youth to educate them about the dynamics of dating violence. DVEP empowers youth by providing them with tools to build and support relationships free of abuse. As part of a DVEP experience, youth will establish a vision of healthy relationships, define and understand the dynamics of abuse, and explore options to safely address abuse. DVEP Community Educators facilitate prevention education workshops and assist in the oversight of our teen leadership and volunteering opportunity.

Essential Position Functions:

  • Facilitate teen dating violence (intimate partner violence) and bullying prevention workshops in Westchester County schools, community organizations and youth treatment facilities
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of DVEP’s short-term Healthy Relationships and Healthy Friendships workshops and long-term Relationships, Empowerment, And Leadership (REAL) programs, including curricula development, school outreach, and publications
  • Contribute to planning, implementing and facilitating the day-long Love Shouldn’t Hurt conference and week-long Summer Institute retreat for high school youth.
  • Maintain the scheduling system for DVEP presentations and provide outreach and customer service to partnering agencies
  • Cross-train on job functions related to all DVEP services
  • Facilitate trainings for youth-serving professionals and parents on dating violence
  • Contribute to the development and facilitation of DVEP’s teen leadership and volunteering opportunity, SAFER
  • Provide short-term support, referrals and advocacy on behalf of dating violence victims
  • Act as a liaison between DVEP and outside agencies
  • Maintain detailed and accurate statistical records and other monthly reporting
  • Support DVEP colleagues and MSP staff as needed
  • Projects and other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts in social work, sociology, gender/women’s studies or education
  • A valid driver’s license, vehicle and willingness to travel extensively throughout Westchester County required
  • Imagination, creativity, flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Prior experience with adolescents, teen dating violence, positive youth development strategies and/or anti-oppression practices desired
  • Strong public speaker, especially in educational and large-group settings
  • Work well in a team setting
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, computer knowledge preferred
  • Must be willing to work frequent early mornings, and some weekend and evening hours

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Send resume and cover letter by e-mail to Lisa Scott, Domestic Violence Education and Prevention (DVEP) Program Manager at email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

Job Title: Per Diem Residential Advocate [All Shifts]

Job Classification: Part-time, Non-Exempt

Position Reports To:  Senior Residential Advocate

The Residential Advocate is responsible for the provision of supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as victims of human trafficking, who are residents within the MSP Emergency Shelter.  Per-Diem Residential Advocates are expected to provide critical supportive services in a way that is compassionate and adheres to culturally appropriate best practices and agency expectations. Under the guidance of the Senior Residential Advocate, the Per-Diem Residential Advocate will be responsible the following functions:

Essential Position Functions:

  • Provide day-to-day case management, counseling, and crisis intervention to clients as needed and/or required
  • Serve as client advocate on personal as well as criminal justice related issues as needed.
  • Keep thorough and up-to-date client records in accordance with agency file requirements.
  • Assist with intake procedures including but not limited too review of the Welcome Packet, development of and on-going assessment safety plan, coordinate initial appointments for DSS and other relevant service providers. .
  • Ensure the timely submission of all required stats to Senior Residential Advocate.
  • Assist in the completion of OVS, public benefit and housing applications as needed and/or requested.
  • Monitor client progress and provide follow-up assistance as needed and/or requested.
  • Assure safety and well-being of residents in accordance with shelter guidelines and resident responsibilities.
  • Provide residents with referrals for additional supportive services as needed and/or requested.
  • Keep Senior Residential Advocate advised of the need for schedule changes as it pertains to work schedules.
  • Participate in regular supervision with Senior Residential to promote the provision of quality services.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the petty cash log and facilitate the collection of backup documentation regularly.
  • Enter data into designated database and provide reports as needed and/or requested.
  • Must participate in staff meetings, trainings and/or professional development sessions as directed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred: two years college plus one year experience required.
  • Knowledge of victimization and domestic violence a plus, prior counseling experience in a residential setting.
  • Ability to work independently assesses priorities, take initiative, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and provide supportive counseling in a genuine, respectful and sensitive manner.
  • Ability to handle crisis effectively, exercising good judgement and calmness.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and on a team

SALARY: $16.82/hour

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Send resume and cover letter by e-mail to Winifred Wilson at email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

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