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Police Athletic League LMSW Social Worker Director in Bronx, New York

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

We are looking for an  LMSW Social Work Director of BRY  who will be a vital member of the PAL center’s Building Resilience in Youth (BRY) team and is tasked with coordinating program services that focus on enhancing the center’s capacity to improve outcomes for youth ages 13-21, especially at-risk youth affected by COVID-19. The BRY Director works with program staff, the partnering mental health provider, and the community at large in offering evidence-based early intervention support to help get youth impacted by mental health and/or school success challenges back on track toward reaching their full potential.

This position is available at the New South Bronx Center - Bronx (


Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan and coordinate multi-tiered trainings and workshops that allow for direct service staff to continuously expand on their knowledge, skills, and capacity to promote resilience and mental health awareness among youth participants (including stress management skills, motivational interviewing, behavior activation, problem-solving, mindfulness, and/or resiliency youth groups)

  • Provide brief screening, comprehensive mental health assessments, and individual wellness coaching sessions to youth participants

  • Provide case management services to youth participants, when applicable

  • Complete referrals, when necessary

  • Work collaboratively with BRY staff and the partnering mental health provider to engage, educate, and communicate with identified participants regarding their care

  • Develop and maintain positive relationship with partnering mental health provider

  • Work with appropriate staff to ensure thorough documentation and accurate, timely data entry into internal database and case management systems

  • Prepare program activity reports for various purposes such as evaluation, fund development, and marketing

  • Conduct outreach to the community to build awareness around youth mental health

  • Develop and maintain a list of appropriate community resources

  • Attend all mandatory program trainings and meetings

  • Attend and participate in PAL staff meetings and functions as required

  • Other duties as assigned

    Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) required

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience

  • Knowledge of risk and resiliency factors for youth

  • Demonstrated understanding of youth mental health and the impacts of trauma

  • Experience working in school and community settings is highly desired

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications

  • For this role, COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of the job

    Salary: $65,000-$70,000

The Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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