Supervising Social Worker – Safety Net Project

The Safety Net Project (SNP) is one of nine independent projects at the Urban Justice Center. SNP provides direct legal and social services in the areas of public benefits access, homelessness, and tenant rights, in addition to engaging in policy advocacy and community organizing led by impacted community members (the Safety Net Activists). SNP is one of NYC’s Right to Counsel providers defending tenants facing eviction and is also active in various grassroots organizing campaigns fighting for housing rights.

SNP seeks applicants for a Supervising Social Worker to lead SNP’s social work practice and provide critical services to homeless people on the streets and in shelters. We are seeking a Social Worker who is looking for a creative and non-traditional environment and is excited about working with passionate and dedicated advocates in the fight against sweeps of homeless people and racist shelter and housing systems. The Supervising Social Worker would advocate on behalf of homeless New Yorkers to secure permanent housing, obtain benefits, enforce people’s rights in the shelter system, access appropriate shelter beds, and meet other critical needs. The Supervising Social Worker will also participate in SNP’s homeless outreach efforts, including sweep defense work to support homeless people facing sweeps of homeless encampments on the subways and streets. The Supervising Social Worker will also supervise several staff members doing social work and related advocacy and will participate in the SNP management team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide advocacy and case management services to a caseload of homeless clients in shelters and on the streets, including:
  • Housing advocacy to help clients obtain housing vouchers, access homeless set aside units, and supportive housing;
  • Shelter advocacy to obtain access to safe and appropriate shelter placements, and to intervene in experiences within the shelter system;
  • Benefits advocacy to obtain Public Assistance, SNAP, and housing vouchers;
  • Intensive case management;
  • Service linkage; and
  • Crisis intervention
  • Supervise several staff members doing social work and advocacy on behalf of benefits recipients, homeless New Yorkers, and tenants facing eviction;
  • Participate in SNP homeless outreach efforts, including sweep defense work;
  • Provide expertise, guidance, and support to SNP’s staff on social work related matters including but not limited to mental health and other crises;
  • Help lead the development of best practices and policies for SNP’s social work practice.


  • LMSW or LCSW with at least 3+ years of post-master’s social work experience;
  • At least two years of experience working with people who are homeless on the street and in the shelters;
  • Documented experience with completing psychosocials, completing supportive housing applications, and a strong understanding of mental health and substance use terminology;
  • Demonstrated experience connecting individuals surviving poverty with tangible resources in the community;
  • Strong anti-oppression and social justice analysis and lens;
  • Commitment to providing client-centered and trauma-informed advocacy and case-management services;
  • Experience managing staff or interns in a fast-paced, social justice environment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to using harm reduction approaches in client work;
  • Professional experience with successfully assisting individuals in mental health and other crises;
  • Willingness to work flexibly at times to assist clients in crisis, including when this stretches beyond typical business hours;
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills;
  • Aptitude for tenacious negotiation and advocacy;
  • Ability to keep up with relevant policy changes and their contexts and ability to use that knowledge in supervising and implementing advocacy strategies;
  • Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certification or willingness to obtain such certification for supervision of social work interns.

The following additional qualifications are a plus but not required:

  • Proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language;
  • Experience with public benefit advocacy for Public Assistance and SNAP benefits and with administrative law hearings (fair hearings);
  • Awareness of charitable and mental health related resources available to homeless people in New York City;
  • An analysis of the intersections of pathologization with racism, sexism, heterosexism, and class oppression.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary range for this position is $71,950 – USD $90,850 / year, plus very generous UJC benefits including 401(k) match, exceptional medical and dental insurance, 20 paid vacation days, 5 paid personal days, 12 paid sick days, 11 paid holidays, and additional paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to The subject line of the email must include: “Supervising Social Worker.” We welcome applicants to inform us in their emails if they require any special accommodation to fully participate in the hiring process. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and must be submitted by January 16, 2022. Unfortunately, due to the high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for consideration.The Urban Justice Center serves New York City’s most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. We assist our clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to helping individuals access housing and government assistance, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change. Visit for more information about UJC and our work. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status. People of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, migrants, and individuals who have personal experiences with poverty are encouraged to apply.


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40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006

Telephone: 646.602.5600



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The Safety Net Project does not conduct client intake at our Rector Street Office. For information about our services and walk-in clinics, check out our legal clinic schedules.