The Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center seeks to employ a full-time Temporary Case Manager with 1-3 years of relevant experience for a period of approximately 3 months, likely to begin in April 2020.

The Peter Cicchino Youth Project (PCYP) provides holistic, client-centered legal services and case management to young people under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness or street involvement in New York City, as well as to youth who are incarcerated in New York State. We serve all youth experiencing homelessness, but focus on the particular needs of LGBTQQ youth. In addition to our legal services and case management work, PCYP also uses our direct experience with youth to advocate for systemic change on behalf of our clients and to educate other service providers about the legal needs of this population.

PCYP is a project of the Urban Justice Center, which serves some of New York City’s most marginalized residents through a combination of direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and public education. UJC is composed of twelve distinct Projects, with a unique organizational structure intended to foster creativity, excellence and meaningful results.

The Temporary Case Manager will have a focus on assisting clients who have had a legal name change with updating their names and/or gender markers on their identity documents. The Temporary Case Manager will also provide services in a wide variety of other areas as needed. Responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • providing information and advocacy to assist clients in obtaining identity documents and changing their names and/or gender markers on their IDs;
  • advocacy before government agencies in areas such as public benefits, foster care, criminal injustice system, foreign consular services, education;
  • assessment and referral for outside services, including health, mental health, substance abuse, education, public benefits, and others;
  • occasional crisis intervention;
  • coordinating services with attorneys/legal advocates and participating in peer supervision; and
  • possibly providing English-Spanish interpretation and translation.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • have experience being a zealous advocate for clients before government agencies;
  • have experience providing case management services in New York City and familiarity with the city’s social service landscape and referrals;
  • understand the unique needs of LGBTQQ youth experiencing homelessness;
  • be committed to a client-centered approach to case management rooted in harm reduction;
  • be fluent in Spanish; and
  • have a Master’s in Social Work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter detailing case management and advocacy experience as well as a resume via email to Gretchen Begley at gbegley (at) urbanjustice (dot) org with the subject line “Temporary Case Manager.” Only applicants whom we wish to interview will be contacted.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.

People of color, transgender, queer, bisexual, lesbian and gay people, people with disabilities, people who have lived in poverty/ experienced housing instability, immigrants, and people fluent in multiple languages are strongly encouraged to apply.