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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.  Through our broad array of programs, critical supports and access to essential resources, Footsteps creates a vibrant community that celebrates the triumphs and advocates for the concerns of our members.  We have served 1,500 individuals since our founding in 2003 and we have an annual budget of just over $3M.

Current Openings:

For more information, see below.

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Job Title:  Social Worker
Reports to: Director of Clinical Services
Position Type: Full Time or Part Time/Exempt

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Position Overview

Footsteps seeks a skilled Social Worker to provide direct clinical support — group and individual — to Footsteps members.  They will be an integral part of ensuring that Footsteps meets our members’ emotional support needs and will ensure members are connected to both in-house and external supports and resources.  The Social Worker will play a central role in creating a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for those who seek services from Footsteps.  The social worker will join the clinical team and will specifically support the Family Justice program to ensure parents maintain the best possible relationships with their children as they leave ultra-Orthodoxy.

Responsibilities:

Clinical:

  • Provide support to Footsteps members through short-term individual counseling
  • Facilitate peer support groups and other group programming
  • Conduct new member intakes
  • Provide crisis-intervention counseling as needed, consistent with Footsteps organizational guidelines and in accordance with social work practices and NY State guidelines

Case Management:

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for members, connecting them to in-house and external resources
  • Work closely with Family Justice program staff to ensure quality wrap-around services are provided to members with children
  • Research and help build out Footsteps’ referral network
  • Document individual meetings, referrals, and volunteer matches in Salesforce CRM
  • Make comprehensive observations of Footsteps members, track and maintain confidential records, and discuss members’ progress towards goals and needs with staff

Experience & Qualifications

  • Passion for Footsteps’ mission
  • LCSW, LMSW, or LMHC with a minimum of 5 years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of the New York social service arena and relevant referral agencies/services
  • Comfort engaging with and exploring new uses of technology to support programs
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including 1-2 evenings per week and occasional Sundays
  • Personal experience with the Footsteps population and/or individuals undergoing life transition a plus

Desired Competencies

  • Listens well and able to analyze issues and propose solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Non-judgmental character and able to set aside personal beliefs in service to member needs
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, optimism, and flexibility in approach to work
  • Keen ability to manage project workflow and juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Congenial, collaborative personality with the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented culture; also able to work independently when needed
  • Takes initiative and comfortable offering suggestions as well as asking for feedback and guidance

Starting Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000 FTE, commensurate with experience

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Social Worker” in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.



Job Title: Executive Assistant
Reports to: Executive Director
Position Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt

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Position Overview
Footsteps has an exciting opportunity for an individual to provide overall executive level coordination and support to the Executive Director in all aspects of her daily activities, including the fundraising efforts of this rapidly growing organization. The ideal candidate is passionate about Footsteps’ mission, energetic, extremely detail oriented, thrives in a fast-paced environment, highly professional and discreet, and has strong interpersonal skills along with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage Executive Director’s calendar, scheduling and confirming appointments and coordinating travel arrangements
  • Receive and screen all incoming calls and/or visitors to Executive Director’s office and ensure appropriate follow-up to requests
  • Support Executive Director in managing email inbox; draft correspondence with external constituents and document key correspondence in database
  • Partner with the development team to support Executive Director’s fundraising work: attend departmental meetings, coordinate meetings with donors and prospects, and support Executive Director with preparation for and during events
  • Support Executive Director’s preparation for and follow-up from meetings; document in donor database
  • Provide support in preparation and execution of board meetings
  • Take, transcribe, and disseminate meeting notes
  • Work with other staff to coordinate Executive Director’s speaking engagements
  • Schedule external meetings for Associate Director and Director of Development as required
  • Prepare expense reports and reimbursements in a timely fashion
  • Assist with special projects in conjunction with Executive Director

Desired Competencies:

  • Impeccable standards with meticulous attention to detail
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple complex tasks
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal communication skills
  • Flexible work style with the ability to work under tight deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Motivated self-starter capable of working independently as well as within a team environment
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement, problem solving, and discretion
  • High level of professionalism with the ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information

Qualifications:

  • Passion for Footsteps’ mission and values
  • 2+ years relevant work experience providing administrative support in a dynamic, high-energy environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; knowledge of Salesforce a plus
  • Ability to work occasional late evenings and weekends
  • Previous experience in the nonprofit sector a plus

Starting Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000, commensurate with experience

How to Apply
For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Executive Assistant” in the subject line. 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.