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To learn more about our current employment opportunities at The Guidance Center of Westchester, please email our Human Resources Department.

Currently open positions are listed below...

Monday
Nov202017

Registered Nurse

PROGRAM:     PROS (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services)

HOURS:          Part-time, flexible weekdays between 8:30 am - 4 pm

QUALIFICATIONS:

NYS license and current registration to practice as a Registered Nurse.  Excellent computer, writing and oral communication skills essential.   Knowledge of mental illness and psychotropic medications strongly preferred.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Guidance Center of Westchester, located walking distance to Metro-North in Mount Vernon, seeks a Registered Nurse to join our PROS team.  The PROS team works collaboratively in a dynamic, person-centered, evidence-based program that provides a broad range of services to adults with mental illness to help them achieve goals for work, education, relationships, socialization, living, and health and wellness.  Other team members include a program director, psychiatrist, recovery counselors, employment specialists, mental health counselors, graduate student interns, and clinical and administrative support staff.  The RN serves as the health expert on the team helping to integrate medical and psychiatric care. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Conduct health assessments to determine health related problems and areas of focus
  • Counsel participants individually and in groups on medical self-care
  • Develop and lead health education classes on topics such as diabetes, heart disease, substance use, asthma, nutrition, wellness and medication self-management
  • Administer injections and assist with medication packaging to improve adherence
  • Coordinate laboratory services and reports
  • Refer to and maintain contact with primary care providers
  • Document all services and progress notes in electronic health record
  • Order and store medical supplies
  • Attend clinical and administrative team meetings

SALARY:              Based on experience     

Email Resume with Cover Letter:    Alicia Lore-Grachan  

                                                         Email: alore-grachan@theguidancecenter.org>                                                                

DATE:    11/20/17

Wednesday
Nov152017

Chief Operating Officer 

The Guidance Center of Westchester is looking for an experienced Chief Operating Officer or COO to oversee our organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. You will be the company’s second-in-command and responsible for the efficiency of our operations.

The COO role is a key member of the senior management team, reporting only to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). You’ll have to maintain control of diverse agency operations, so we expect you to be an experienced and efficient leader. You should have excellent people skills, organizational acumen and exemplary work ethics. The goal of the COO position is to secure the functionality of our agency to improve our outcomes and culture.

Responsibilities

·         Design and implement policies and procedures that allow the agency to function at its best

·         Oversee daily operations of the agency and the work of senior management  (IT, Operations, Compliance, Information Management, Volunteers)

·         Set program goals, develop tools for measurement and evaluate outcomes

·         Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics

·         Write and submit reports to the CEO in all matters of importance

·         Supervise and manage all volunteer opportunities in the agency

·         Assist CEO in fundraising ventures

·         Participate in expansion activities (grants, other written requests for funding)

·         Manage relationships with partners/vendors

Requirements

·         Proven experience as Chief Operating Office or relevant role

·         Understanding of business functions such as HR, Finance, marketing etc.

·         Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and organization development

·         Experience in fundraising will be a plus

·         Knowledge of buildings and maintenance

·         Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics

·         Working knowledge of IT/Business infrastructure and MS Office

·         Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities

·         Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills

·         Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving

Salary: Competitive

Contact person:   Nadette Payne

                             Email: npayne@TheGuidancecenter.Org

                             Fax: 914-237-7256

Friday
Nov102017

Life Skills Trainer

PROGRAM:   NYSSHP

HOURS:       Full time; Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a BA/BS in a related field/Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years working in a mental health system/Substance Abuse field. Work history with diverse population

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

a.    Assist individuals living in scattered site independent housing, with everyday life skills such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, personal care, learning to use public transportation, getting to relevant medical and psychiatric appointments, meeting the requirements of their lease, getting along with neighbors and others, decreasing isolation, fostering community integration and productive use of leisure time, and budget development and management.

b.    Provide referral for budget counseling and debt consolidation, if needed.

c.    Provide individually customized individual and group training in specific life skills to address specific identified needs essential to each participant’s housing retention.

d.    Provide education on how to maintain basic personal hygiene and a sanitary apartment.

e.    Assist and evaluate participant’s needs and develop plans for intervention.

f.     Provide: Integrated Supports

These services focus on assisting the individual to acquire, retain or improve their skills in various areas that directly affect his/her ability to reside as independently as possible in the community.  These services and supports consist of the following:

1.  SELF DIRECTION – identifying and responding to dangerous or threatening situations, and making decisions/choices affecting the individual’s life.

2.  MONEY MANAGEMENT – training and/or assisting in handling finances, making purchases, and meeting financial obligations.

3.  DAILY LIVING SKILLS – training and/or assisting in routine housekeeping tasks, meal preparation, dressing, personal hygiene,
self-administration       of medications and other areas of daily living, home safety, first aid and emergency procedures.

4.  SOCIALIZATION – training and/or assisting in community activities participation and establishing relationships with peers.

5.  COMMUNITY INTEGRATION – instructing individuals in daily and community living skills in integrated settings.  Included in these activities are shopping, church attendance, sports, club participation, etc.

6.  MOBILITY –accessing transportation, independent travel or movement within the community.

7.  COMMUNICATION – building vocabularies, developing effective language expression, teaching listening skills, and using augmentative communication devices.

8.  BEHAVIOR SHAPING AND MANAGEMENT – training or assisting in appropriate expressions of emotions or desires, compliance, assertiveness, acquisition of socially appropriate behaviors, and reduction of inappropriate behaviors.

g.    Provide crisis intervention support and counseling in a friendly and compassionate manner.

h.   Communicate immediately with the Program Supervisor and (when appropriate) other team members Case Management, Program Director, and other care providers regarding concerns or changes in an individual’s appearance, mood, clinical or medical status.

i.     Maintain all appointments with individuals.

j.     Offer services in a manner that is sensitive and responsive to each individual’s cultural, linguistic and lifestyle needs and preferences.

k.    Collaborate with housing case management staff on the implementation of all individualized service plans for all participants, as well as observe and record information that can further the therapeutic goals of each resident.

l.     Function as a team member through attendance of weekly staff meetings with a mutual goal of contributing to program issues and updates on agency issues

m.  Provide community outreach and home/office visits weekly/biweekly/monthly or as appropriate.

n.   Assist and accompany participants to DSS & Social Security Administration for entitlements, as needed to apply for and secure benefits.

o.    Provide referrals and linkage of participants as needed to substance use treatment, vocational training, and various community resources and conduct appropriate follow-up. i.e. Health Home and Care Coordination providers.

p.    Maintain assigned charts

  • Progress notes (Monthly)
  • Service Plans (Updated every three months)

q.    Participants consent forms (Yearly or as needed), and Other required documentation

r.     Provide supportive counseling to participants on caseload.

s.    Complete documentation required for billing and reimbursement

t.     Act a liaison with other service providers to help ensure appropriate service delivery.

u.   Participate in case management and professional development activities such as trainings webinars, and continuing education services.

v.    Complete all other assignments.

*Must have a valid NYS driving license and driving record that meets the organization

 and their respective insurance company’s driving requirements at all times.

Please include cover letter with resume

SALARY:   TBD based on experience

Contact Person: Camille Webb

                          Email: cwebb@theguidancecenter.org

                          Fax: 914-664-8181

DATE:     11/10/17

Friday
Nov102017

TRANSITIONS COACH    

PROGRAM:   NYSSHP

HOURS:        PART TIME TBD    

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a BA/BS in a related field/Master’s Degree preferred
  • CASAC preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years working in a mental health system/Substance Abuse field. Work history with diverse population

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

a.    Responsible for engaging and building trusting relationships with individuals affected by homelessness, substance use and mental health disorders and other risks.

b.    Responsible for encouraging participants to seek help from local support services and will advise them how to minimize risks to their health.

c.    Be able to embrace a harm reduction-based approach when engaging individuals.

d.    Provide assistance with transportation services.

e.    To assess participants’ needs and provide referrals, linkages and wrap around services as needed to substance use treatment, entitlement benefits, housing, and appropriate community resources. Conduct appropriate follow-up as needed.

f.     Use the Critical Time Intervention (CTI) model to help new chronically homeless residents successfully make the transition to independent living.

g.    Provide intensive support and assistance with assessing existing resources for the transition of care to community providers.

h.   Assist participants with strengthening long-term ties to services, family, and friends; and provide emotional and practical support during the critical time of transition back to the community.

i.     Conduct home visits and other meetings with the participant, the participant’s caregivers, and community service providers, designed to teach crisis-resolution skills, provide support and advice, and mediate any conflicts. 

j.     Assist the participant with developing and implementing a plan to achieve long-term goals (e.g., employment, family reunification

k.    Identify skills/support needed to maintain stability

l.     Assist participants with securing an income

m.  Build on participant’s strength to further goals of independent functioning

n.   Function as a team member through attendance of weekly staff meetings

o.    Maintain confidential information within guidelines established by HIPPA and TGCW’s Confidentiality Policy.

p.    Maintain complete records, daily activity logs, mileage logs, and other reports as directed.

q.    Participate in professional development activities such as trainings webinars, and continuing education services.

r.    Complete all other assignments.

*Must have a valid NYS driving license and driving record that meets the organization

 and their respective insurance company’s driving requirements at all times.

Please include cover letter with resume

SALARY:   TBD based on experience

Contact Person: Cordetta Creighton

                          Email: ccreighton@theguidancecenter.org

                           Fax: 914-664-8181

DATE:     11/10/17

Thursday
Nov092017

Housing Retention Counselor    

PROGRAM:   STEHP (Solutions to End Homelessness Program) - Housing Services

HOURS:     9:00am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri, 35 hours/week 

Qualifications:    

Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 5 years strongly related experience, excellent computer, writing and oral communication skills essential, bilingual English-Spanish and familiarity with Westchester County preferred.  

JOB DESCRIPTION:  

As a member of our New York State multi-year STEHP grant-funded Housing Crisis Response Team, the Housing Retention Counselor will work in conjunction with our Outreach Team in Westchester County to rapidly rehouse homeless individuals and prevent homelessness among people who are substance users including those with co-occurring mental illness. Responsibilities will include: 

  • Responsible for engaging and building trusting relationships with individuals at risk for homelessness and affected by substance use, mental health disorders and other risks factors.
  • Responsible for encouraging participants to seek help from local support services and will advise them how to minimize risks to their health and housing loss.
  • Screen, interview, and provide counseling for program participants.
  • Work with TGCW’s outreach and prevention Team to identify high risk populations in  Westchester communities to focus prevention and outreach efforts.
  • Follow up with referrals from TGCW’s Outreach Team to document and determine their eligibility for and willingness to participate in the TGCW STEHP Rapid Re-Housing and Prevention program.
  • Work with housing prevention team to assist with the development and implementation of strategies for providing prevention and education to identified populations both to individuals and groups.
  • Teach life skills and help individuals find available housing, secure housing subsidies, secure other entitlements, and access community resources.
  • Focus on the specific interpersonal issues and problem behaviors that threaten housing retention and provide counseling to resolve them.
  • Provide short-­term goal-­directed counseling to reduce or mitigate those interpersonal issues and problem behaviors.
  • Help prevention participants learn budgeting, anger management, conflict resolution, and other life skills needed for housing retention
  • Act a liaison with other service providers to help ensure appropriate service delivery
  • Develop and provide appropriate referrals for clients in need of services.
  • Perform individual level interventions.
  • Be able to assess participants using a standardized tool, rapidly emerging as a national best practice, called the Vulnerability Index -­Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-­SPDAT).
  • Be able to embrace a harm reduction-based approach when engaging individuals.
  • Assess participants’ needs and provide referrals, linkages and wrap around services as needed to substance use treatment, entitlement benefits, housing, and appropriate community resources. Conduct appropriate follow-up as needed.
  • Function as a team member through attendance of weekly staff meetings
  • Participate in DCMH’s CoC’s VI-­SPDAT bi-weekly Housing Team meetings.
  • Maintain confidential information within guidelines established by HIPPA and TGCW’s Confidentiality Policy.
  • Maintain complete records, daily activity logs, mileage logs, and other reports as directed.
  • Participate in professional development activities such as trainings webinars, and continuing education services.
  • Complete all other assignments.

*Must have a valid NYS driving license and driving record that meets the organization

 and their respective insurance company’s driving requirements at all times.

SALARY:   TBD based on experience

Please include cover letter with resume.

Contact Person: Camille Webb

                           Email: cwebb@theguidancecenter.org

                           Fax: 914-664-8181

DATE:     11/9/17