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Organizational Overview

Footsteps supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving, insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. We provide crucial peer and professional resources and support as people embrace the challenge to redefine their identities and build new communities. Footsteps nurtures a network of individuals so that they not only survive in their new world, but thrive. Since Footsteps’ founding in 2003, the organization has served over 2,000 individuals, and in 2022, we expect our budget to reach nearly $4.5 million. 

This past year and a half has been a pivotal time for Footsteps. While we were already seeing a steady amount of growth pre-COVID-19, the pandemic and economic downturn forced us to develop creative strategies to support members and staff as we provide the highest quality care for our hard-hit and growing community. This is both an exciting and critical time to join the Footsteps team as we continue to build out our internal structures and capacity to meet the expanding needs of this community.

We are committed to promoting an equitable, safe, and welcoming environment for our members and staff. Footsteps values a culture of respect and inclusive community: honoring personal choice, different sets of beliefs, and diverse lifestyles that promote individuals’ rights to determine the course of their own lives.

Team + Benefits: You will be joining an amazing team of passionate, mission-driven colleagues. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: 20 vacation days; 13 paid holidays; Unlimited sick days; 5 personal days; summer Fridays; 12 weeks of paid parental leave; paid sabbatical after 7 years of continuous service;  health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% match for IRA retirement plan; flexible spending accounts for health care and transit; and a professional development stipend.

COVID update: All staff are required to be vaccinated and are required to wear masks while in the office. The office is currently open to staff on a voluntary basis and closed to members and visitors. Once the New York City COVID positivity rate falls below 5%, staff will be required to be in the office at least once a week. All program offerings and services are currently happening remotely, offsite or outdoors. We are planning to return to in-person programming in the office as public health conditions allow.

In recent years Footsteps has further deepened its commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We understand that each individual brings a unique and important perspective to the work. This is often complex and allows us to grow as an institution and as people.

Footsteps is an equal opportunity employer. Immigrants, people of color, formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, and people who come from poor and working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Footsteps does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Footsteps. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Current Openings:

For more information, see below.

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Job Title: Family Justice Program Manager
Reports to: Senior Director of Programs
Position Type: Full Time, Exempt

Position Overview: Footsteps seeks a highly skilled and thoughtful SIFI-certified social worker to serve as Family Justice Program Manager.  The ideal candidate is energized by advocating for court-involved clients, program development and coordination, and has a background in interdisciplinary forensic social work — in the area of family and matrimonial law.  In this role, you will be responsible for coordinating our legal services, cultivating relationships with pro bono attorneys and partner organizations, conducting intakes and case conferences, providing direct support and case management services to members, providing guidance to our clinical team, and other frontline staff.

Responsibilities include: 

Case Management & Program Administration (60%)

  • Perform intake meetings with members seeking legal services to assess needs
  • Provide supportive counseling, case management, and court accompaniment, and prepare members for working with attorneys and court hearings
  • Connect members to external resources and advocate to address barriers to successful legal outcomes
  • Work collaboratively with the Footsteps Senior Legal Strategist (consultant) to provide legal education and support to members working with external matrimonial legal referral partners
  • Work collaboratively with the clinical team to triage cases, identify crisis cases, provide wrap-around services and align with the Director of Clinical Services on case assignments 
  • Liaise with legal partners and intervene as needed to advocate for our members
  • Maintain records of member meetings notes, release forms, referral trackers, external referrals database and manage the data entry of the Senior Legal Strategist’s monthly timesheets into the Footsteps database
  • Facilitate support groups and legal workshops for members in collaboration with the other program teams, external legal partners, and the Senior Legal Strategist
  • Co-manage the legal fund with the Director of Economic Empowerment 

Leadership & External Relations: (25%) 

  • Serve as the point of contact with legal service referral partners and pro bono resources 
  • Perform monthly and quarterly follow ups calls/meetings with referral partners, review partner progress reports to ensure compliance with partnership terms and deliverables 
  • Manage the family justice consultants: the Senior Legal Strategist  and the Legal Education Consultant, performing regular check-in calls/meetings with them for case management follow ups, ensuring compliance with their partnership terms, and organizing collaborations with referral partners as needed 
  • Manage the renewal of annual partnership contracts with referral partners and consultants in collaboration with the Senior Director of Programs and the Senior Director of Finance, Data and Administration 
  • Organize trainings and community education webinars in collaboration with the Senior Legal Strategist and the Director of Communications and Field Building
  • Support the Senior Legal Strategist on research and cultivation of forensic experts, therapists, expert witnesses and other allies to build out Footsteps’ referral network 
  • Represent Footsteps at select external speaking engagements as needed
  • Support the development team on preparing family justice grant proposals and providing accurate reporting to funders as needed 

Team Support: (15%)

  • Recruit, supervise, and mentor up to two social workers and/or interns with possibility for program expansion
  • Provide input into the development of family and second-generation programming in collaboration with the Director of Community Engagement 
  • Organize bi-weekly internal family justice team meetings 

Qualifications: 

  • Commitment to and passion for Footsteps’ mission. 
  • Licensed Masters or Clinical Social Worker
  • SIFI certified (desired)
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience, with at least 3 years practicing clinical work with a graduate degree
  • Experience with matrimonial legal services and family law case management
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines, and supervise and mentor staff
  • Experience working with vulnerable, marginalized, traumatized populations
  • Time management, project management, and planning skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours including 1 evening per week, rare weekends and sometimes travel to satellite locations within the New York Metro area

Desired Competencies:

  • Highly energized by and skilled in holistic social work practice
  • Strong assessment, crisis intervention, and advocacy skills
  • Experience working  with members of traumatized populations and employ a trauma-informed lens
  • Comfort working with a broad range of stakeholders, including professionals, community groups, and individuals
  • Excellent listener with ability to analyze issues, propose solutions, and mediate conflict 
  • Commitment to documentation of client interactions and progress
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage multiple priorities at once and ability to shift between roles
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience working with at least one database, ability to become proficient in Salesforce
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite

Location: Greater New York City Area – Temporarily Remote
Start Date: Immediate hire 
Salary: $65,000 – $75,000

How to Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate your name and “Family Justice Manager” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions: 

    1. Why are you interested in working at Footsteps? 
    2. What relevant and transferable experience do you have that qualifies you for this role? 
    3. Share examples of challenges and opportunities you encountered when working with marginalized, traumatized clients as they navigate the legal system and how you dealt with them.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.


Job Title: Staff Social Worker
Reports to: Director of Clinical Services
Position Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Position Overview: Footsteps seeks a trauma-informed and strengths-based social worker to join our clinical team.  The ideal candidate is warm and flexible, skilled in both individual and group work with marginalized populations, and energized by collaboration and holistic service provision.  Primary responsibilities include new member intakes, short-term individual therapeutic counseling, support group facilitation, and connecting members to resources and referrals. In this role, you will receive weekly clinical supervision as well as a stipend for continuing education.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Provide short-term individual counseling to Footsteps members
  • Facilitate at least two drop-in groups per month and other support groups as needed
  • Conduct new member intakes 
  • Ensure members are aware of and connected to internal and external resources
  • Provide crisis-intervention counseling as needed
  • Advocate on members’ behalf with other social service orgs, providers, and programs
  • Refer members to community resources, including Footsteps’ partners and other referral organizations, and help build out Footsteps’ referral network
  • Provide supportive counseling and case management on behalf of court-involved members and their children, through our Family Justice Program
  • Document all clinical notes, referrals, and member communications in Salesforce
  • Collaborate with other program teams and offer clinical consults as needed
  • Provide input into development of programs and policies
  • Attend clinical and other staff meetings

Qualifications: 

  • Commitment to and passion for Footsteps’ mission. 
  • Licensed Masters Social Worker
  • SIFI-certified (desired)
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience, with at least 3 years practicing clinical work with a graduate degree
  • Strong individual and group skills
  • Sharp clinical intuition and judgment
  • Experience working with vulnerable and traumatized populations, employ a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens
  • Excellent administrative and time management skills, ability to prioritize 
  • Ability to work flexible hours including one evening per week, rare weekends and sometimes travel to satellite locations within the New York-metro area

Desired Competencies:

  • Highly energized by and skilled in collaborative, holistic social work practice
  • Excellent listener with ability to analyze issues and propose solutions
  • Conscientious and self-motivated
  • Commitment to timely documentation of client interactions
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage multiple priorities at once and ability to shift between roles
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization. 
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience working with at least one database, ability to become proficient in Salesforce
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite

Location: Greater New York City Area – Temporarily Remote
Start Date: Immediate hire 
Salary: $57,000 – $67,000

How to Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate your name and “Social Worker” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
1. Why are you interested in working at Footsteps?
2. What relevant and transferable experience do you have that qualifies you for this role?
3. What is your clinical philosophy? 

 We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.