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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 1,700 individuals, and in 2020, we expect our budget to reach nearly $4 million.

Current Openings:

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Job Title: Senior Social Worker
Reports to: Director of Clinical Services
Position Type: Full Time; Exempt

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Position Overview
Footsteps seeks a kind, dynamic, and skilled Senior Social Worker to join the organization’s clinical team. Core responsibilities include providing direct clinical support (individual and group) to Footsteps members, supervising social work interns, and serving as a thought partner to the Director of Clinical Services. You will create a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment for those seeking services from Footsteps, help ensure the day-to-day activities of the department are running smoothly, and provide individuals, including parents and their children, with ongoing support as they leave ultra-Orthodoxy.

Job responsibilities include:

Clinical services:

  • Provide crisis-intervention counseling consistent with Footsteps’ organizational guidelines and in accordance with social work practices and New York State guidelines
  • Provide clinical support to Footsteps members through short-term individual counseling
  • Facilitate peer support groups and other group programming
  • Conduct new member intakes
  • Respond to emergency situations

Case management:

  • Serve as a primary contact person for members
  • Ensure members are aware of and connected to internal and external resources
  • Manage high-need cases
  • Ensure quality wrap-around services are provided to members with children
  • Monitor the well-being of Footsteps members, track and maintain confidential records, and discuss member needs and status with staff
  • Document individual meetings, referrals, and volunteer matches in Salesforce database

Team development:

  • Supervise and mentor up to two social work interns
  • Research and help build out Footsteps’ referral network
  • Provide input into development of programs and policies
  • Ensure clinical team is fully equipped to provide wrap-around services

Qualifications 

  • Commitment to and passion for Footsteps mission
  • LCSW, LMSW, or LMHC with 5+ years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of the New York social service arena and relevant referral agencies/services
  • Demonstrated competency working with members of traumatized populations, and/or holds a trauma-informed lens
  • Experience managing members in crisis
  • Ability to shift between multiple roles
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage multiple priorities at once
  • Dedication to working inclusively and collaboratively
  • Experience working with at least one database; ability to become proficient in Salesforce
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including 1-2 evenings per week and occasional Sundays

Desired Competencies 

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: domestic violence, family court, or child custody cases
  • Comfort engaging with and exploring new uses of technology to support programs
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, optimism, and flexibility in approach to work
  • Excellent listener with ability to analyze issues and propose solutions
  • Takes initiative; comfortable offering and accepting support, ideas, and feedback
  • Non-judgmental character; able to set aside personal beliefs in service of member needs
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization
  • Personal experience with the Footsteps population and/or individuals undergoing life transition

Location: New York City
Start Date: April 2020
Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000 commensurate with experience

Team + Benefits: You will join an amazing team of passionate, mission-driven colleagues. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: flexible work schedule; paid holidays and 20 days of paid time off in first year; four weeks of paid parental leave in first year; health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% match for IRA retirement plan; flexible spending accounts for health care, dependent care, and transit; and $1,000 a year for professional development.

How to Apply
For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Senior Social Worker” in the subject line. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply soon.


Position Title: Peer Connector (up to 3 positions)
Reports To: Member Engagement Manager
Position Type: Part Time/10-15 hours a week

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Position Description
Footsteps is seeking up to three warm, supportive, and dependable Footsteps members to serve as Peer Connectors. You will build relationships with other members, support new and prospective members as they navigate Footsteps’ programs, and utilize your lived experience to strengthen connections among members, the organization, and the larger Footsteps community. You will also help establish welcoming and heimish spaces and help promote the interests and needs of the Footsteps community.

This is a one-year, part-time position open to current Footsteps members; each member is eligible to serve as a Peer Connector for up to three years. You will have opportunities to develop your professional skills in program design, facilitation, grant making, and community building.

Responsibilities include:

Peer Support and Advocacy

  • Build relationships with current and prospective Footsteps members
  • Speak to potential members, answer questions, provide support and guidance, and connect them to other peers
  • Be a listening ear to peers in times of need and struggle; provide hope, support, and information about available resources
  • Connect members with appropriate staff and services and ensure members feel at ease accessing the full range of resources offered by Footsteps
  • Design, promote, and co-facilitate evening programs with Footsteps staff

Organizational Support

  • Document member engagement and support
  • Support the Member Engagement Manager to shape and implement a Peer Hotline/SupportLine
  • Support the Director of Field and Movement Building to shape and implement ‘œIgnite,’ a community impact microgrant program
  • Provide the organization with regular feedback on member and peer experiences including needs and concerns as well as your own insights and recommendations

Qualifications 

  • Member of the Footsteps community
  • Commitment to and passion for Footsteps mission
  • Kind and supportive presence, excellent listener
  • Able to work evenings and Sundays once a month

Desired Competencies 

  • Comfortable engaging in conversations around mental health struggles
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills (phone & in-person)
  • Non-judgmental character; able to set aside personal beliefs in service to member needs
  • Takes initiative; looks for creative ways to connect members with each other
  • Comfortable offering and accepting support, ideas, and feedback
  • Collaborative style; able to work effectively independently and on a team
  • Bilingual in Yiddish and English preferred

Location: New York City
Start Date: May 2020
Compensation: $20 per hour, part-time position (10-15 hours per week)

How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Peer Connector” in the subject line.  We encourage you to apply soon; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  


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.

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.