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Supervising Attorney

POSITION OPENING: SUPERVISING ATTORNEY

We are looking for an experienced attorney to lead a team of passionate advocates advancing the rights of immigrants in New York City. Our team takes pride in being diverse, collaborative, and fearless. The supervising attorney would help craft the operations and focus of the legal program at African Services Committee, supported by a funding model that enables the team to respond to emergent needs and support the individual development of our staff. This position is ideal for candidates with a proven track-record of leading teams who consistently perform beyond the sum of their parts.

African Services Committee (ASC) is a Harlem-based community service organization whose mission is to promote the self-sufficiency of the African and immigrant community by providing direct legal, health, housing, and social services. For 38 years ASC has provided legal assistance and referrals to the immigrant community, as well as health, housing, case management, and social services for individuals and families impacted by HIV. By integrating a variety of funding sources, including grant-funded performance and fee-based models, we are able to address the needs of the community and invest time and energy into particularly important cases. This flexibility has allowed us to respond to emerging challenges and develop an aggressive post-order practice, with the assistance of a network of sister organizations. 

Supervising Attorney Responsibilities

  • Supervise a team of attorneys, paralegals, accredited representatives, fellows, and student-interns.
  • Represent ASC’s legal department before the wider community of legal services providers and advocacy partners.
  • Maintain a nominal docket of affirmative and defensive immigration matters. 
  • Oversee portfolio of legal initiatives and assist management in the preparation of grant applications to seek ongoing and sustainable funding for the legal department programs.
  • Manage compliance with various program reporting requirements, such as maintaining monthly statistics and case reports, and reporting to funders and stakeholders.
  • Oversee the Immigrant Community Law Center, a low-bono clinic, including practice development and financial performance tracking. 
  • In collaboration with the Pro Bono Coordinator, oversee ASC’s pro bono and volunteer program development.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Advocacy on policy and advocacy initiatives.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to the New York State Bar;
  • Minimum of six years of relevant post-J.D. experience in immigration law, including removal defense and asylum. Experience in the substantive areas of family, public benefits, and/or housing is a plus–but not expected;
  • Minimum of three years of supervisory experience, and, in particular, developing staff and working from an empowerment model of representation;
  • Excellent communication skills, spoken and written;
  • Demonstrated commitment, understanding, and sensitivity to cultural issues and social problems of African, Caribbean, and other refugees and immigrants;
  • Experience in managing cloud-based client management solutions;
  • Fluency in French is preferred but not required, fluency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Projected Start Date

  • We seek to fill this position by June 15, 2019.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of at least three references to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please put “Supervising Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

African Services Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration. African Services Committee is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we strongly encourage applications from immigrants, LGBTQ+ community members, community members of color, veterans, women, and individuals with disabilities.

Housing Placement Assistant

Housing Placement Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program (HOPWA)

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for assessing Coordinated HOPWA program client eligibility, conducting intakes, service plans, data entry, developing housing placement referrals, administering emergency housing/utility and move-in subsidies.  

REPORTS TO: Director of Housing Placement

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PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Distribute literature about Housing Program to prospective clients.
  • Administer Housing intake, assessment and service plan forms.
  • Develop relationships with public and private landlords and brokers, AIDS scattered site housing programs.
  • Document direct referrals of housing clients.
  • Assess client eligibility for emergency housing grants from African Services;  calculate allowances
  • Coordinate client services with Case Managers, Nutrition Program and Legal Department.
  • Determine balance needed from The Sustainable Living Fund/HAF program and assist client with application.
  • Disburse ASC housing assistance directly to landlord; and furnishing subsidies to vendor.
  • Client home visits/inspections
  • Provide quality assurance for active files.
  • Facilitate Monthly Housing Workshop.
  • Refer to Food Pantry and Nutrition Programs as needed.

 

Requirements: The Housing Placement Assistant must have at least one year of experience in the provision of housing services to people with AIDS.  Ideally, he or she will also have experience with immigrant AIDS services.  Minimum educational qualifications are B.S. with 5 years experience in HIV related social services and familiarity with City Housing Services and Providers. Spoken fluency in English and French is essential to the position. Basic computer skills required.

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Part-time Viral Hepatitis Patient Navigator

JOB SUMMARY: Outreaches to African organizations and businesses and organizes Hepatitis B and C, HIV, STI, or other health screening events in high-prevalence immigrant venues,  provides referral to Hepatitis B and C and other screenings at ASC. Hepatitis B and other  pre and post test orientation, testing and   escort to Health center  affiliated to the program. Medical interpretation, and follow up translation and navigation services for Hepatitis B vaccination, linkage to care, treatment, and monitoring for immigrants in need of post-screening follow up.  

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Includes Hepatitis B and C, as well as in-house referral to HIV and other STI screens for all clients seeking general medical care
  • Bilingual questionnaire and consent for HBV screening.  
  • Referral to Hepatitis B/C and other disease screens at ASC.
  • Referral to HBV vaccination or HBV treatment and monitoring  
  • Patient navigation and interpretation for  HBV and HCV monitoring and treatment at Mount Sinai, Bellevue, Montefiore, or other health center.
  • Documentation of client contacts
  • Individual counseling  
  • Completion of daily client records.  
  • Organize permission and preparatory logistics for bi-monthly HBV screenings at ASC or off-site, at taxi garages, African fraternal organizations, or other venues where high HBV/HIV prevalence communities are represented,  
  • Back-up duties in conducting Hepatitis B and C counseling and testing. Participation in/presentation at provider/hospital patient case conferences and meetings is required as needed. 

 

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE 

BA in Community Health or Human Services OR 2 years of counseling/social work experience is acceptable, experience in working in access to health care-related services preferred, demonstration of an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural issues and needs of African refugees and immigrants. 

Must be bilingual in French/English, and at least one other major non-European African language, strong interpersonal skills, good communication skills, both spoken and written, ability to work independently is favorable. Computer literacy and basic data entry skills required.

Training in Hepatitis B/C counseling and testing, in e-RAP data entry and reporting, and in conducting group-level Hepatitis B education shall be provided.       

Position is for 20 hours per week, with benefits.  Annual salary is $18,000. 

Please send resume with cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by September 27, 2017.

SCHEDULING 

On Tuesday mornings, a group Hepatitis B/C, HIV, STI, TB pre-test orientation is given for all new group level intervention clients, prior to their first visit to Montefiore or Bellevue Hospitals. These clients shall be referred to Hepatitis B testing at ASC on the same day, if consent to test is obtained.  

After the group-level interventions, and following HBV and other disease screens, clients will be escorted first to Charles B. Wang or Harlem Family Health Center,  Montefiore or Bellevue Hospital for arrangement of reduced-fee care, referral to clinic, and medical interpretation, referred to vaccination for HBV at if required, and escorted to Mount Sinai HONE project if HBsAg positive. 

On other days, Patient navigators shall organize ASC health screenings, conduct data entry and reporting activities, outreach to African businesses or African organizations, or to health fairs at other organizations, and shall be available as backup for Hepatitis B and C counseling and testing and patient navigation.Patient Navigators shall conduct follow-up with Hepatitis B clients.

Each day, Patient Navigators are expected to return to ASC office following the completion of escort and medical interpretation activities at Mount Sinai, Montefiore, Bellevue Hospital or other FQHC.

Spanish-Speaking Healthy Families Case Manager

 Summary of Duties

  • Performs intakes for 75 individuals who are single or in families and who live or work in Community District 9, each year.
  • Conducts comprehensive psychosocial assessments, identifying current and future needs of all family members in household of index client(s).
  • Develops a comprehensive service plan for a family support system, coordinates with identified community and ASC in-house resources, including primary health care, mental health counseling, housing, adult literacy/ESOL and GED, employment, entitlements, legal services, child care, financial planning.
  • Completes progress notes, treatment goals, family assessments, written assignments or other required documentation of service provision
  • Provides individual and family counseling services for program participants
  • Advocates for family service needs, to ensure appropriate delivery of services.
  • Maintains confidentiality of client records.
  • Provides escort/translation/interpretation services to clients who do not speak English, in order to facilitate implementation of needed services.
  • Identifies gaps in areas of service needs.
  • Facilitates family input from consumer advisory committee.
  • Provides ongoing follow-up to evaluate consumer satisfaction and recommends modifications in comprehensive service plan.
  • Participates in bi-monthly agency- wide case conferences
  • Conducts informational presentations about the Healthy Families Case Management program.
  • Maintains relationship between the different programs: HOPWA, Case Management, Legal, Testing Center, Food and Nutrition.
  • Refers clients to other ASC services as needed and to other off-site services.
  • Assists with any other task as designated by the Supervising Case Manager to meet the needs of the program.

 

List Specific Goals and Objectives

Assists Supervising Case Manager in recruiting and enrolling new clients to meet the minimum monthly requirements for the family case management contract, which are the following:

  • New intakes and assessments;
  • Service plan development and update
  • Care coordination and follow-up encounters;
  • Reassessments;
  • Supportive Individual and Family counseling sessions;
  • Referrals and linkages to benefits and services
  • Case conferences;
  • Participation in relevant training and seminars;
  • Complete monthly DYCD reports.

 

Desired Qualifications

a. Education:

Requires BA or CSW or commensurate experience.

b. Prior Work Experience:

Minimum of two year's experience in family case management or other commensurate disability-related experience, in supportive family counselling. 

c. Language Proficiency:

Must be bilingual English/Spanish.

d. Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural issues and social problems of African refugees and immigrants.

Excellent communication skills, spoken and written.  Basic computer skills a must.

Please send cover letter and resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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