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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:

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Job Title:  Social Worker – Rockland County
Reports to: Senior Social Worker
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, at our satellite location in Rockland County, NY.  They will be an integral part of ensuring that Footsteps meets our members’ emotional support needs and 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 Support Services Team, which provides critical services to Footsteps’ members, and will build out our programmatic offerings in Rockland.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to Footsteps members through short-term individual counseling; provide wrap-around follow-up as needed
  • Plan and facilitate new programs at Footsteps’ Rockland space
  • Build partnerships with external organizations/agencies in Rockland county and surrounding areas
  • Work closely with Program Manager on Family Justice program to ensure quality wrap-around services are provided to members with children
  • Refer members to community resources, including Footsteps’ partners and other referral organizations
  • Facilitate peer support groups
  • Conduct new member intakes as needed
  • Provide crisis intervention counseling as needed, consistent with Footsteps’ organizational guidelines and in accordance with social work practices and NY State guidelines
  • 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
  • Provide input into development of programs and policies
  • Attend select staff meetings/trainings at main office in NYC

Experience & Qualifications

  • Passion for Footsteps’ mission
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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, 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; 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, comfort offering suggestions as well as asking for feedback and guidance

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 “Rockland 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
Application Deadline: July 14, 2019
Intended Start Date: August 2019

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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 orientated, 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 the 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 the 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 weekenda
  • Previous experience in the nonprofit sector, a plus

Location: New York City
Start Date: August 2019
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.



Position Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Position Type: Part time, 25-30 hours/week
Reports To: Director of Economic Empowerment
Application Deadline: June 24, 2019
Intended Start Date: August 2019

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Position Overview

Footsteps seeks an engaging and organized individual to serve as the organization’s first professional Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator will harness the immense energy and goodwill from allies to offer their time and skills to the Footsteps community. This individual will serve as a cultural translator, ensuring that volunteers are familiar with the nuances of Footsteps members’ needs and work alongside members to empower them to achieve their goals.    The volunteer coordinator will work to ensure that the volunteer experience is beneficial to Footsteps members, the volunteer, and Footsteps as an organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with program staff to generate appropriate volunteer opportunities based on needs of Footsteps members and the organization
  • Respond to volunteer inquiries in a timely manner; communicate organizational needs and capacity professionally, with a frame of gratitude
  • Coordinate volunteer application, screening and selection process
  • Improve systems for onboarding and training volunteers, ensuring active volunteers are sensitive to Footsteps’ culture, norms, and volunteer-member engagement boundaries
  • Coordinate with program staff to find best volunteer matches to address members’ needs
  • Ensure reporting and feedback mechanisms are in place for both volunteers and members who are matched with volunteers; address concerns with volunteers as they arise
  • Communicate issues or concerns regarding members to relevant program staff   
  • Enhance communications systems with current volunteers to keep volunteers updated and engaged; update volunteer program language on website to reflect current needs
  • Ensure primary elements of volunteer program are captured in organizational database; document key interactions with volunteers and members
  • Work with program staff develop strategies to expose members to volunteers as a resource
  • Develop and implement opportunities for volunteer appreciation and recognition
  • Identify mechanisms for volunteer leaders to take on leadership roles to enhance the volunteer program
  • Collaborate with key staff to tailor volunteer program for donors as well as members who want to give back

Desired Competencies:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: engaging and warm; adept at listening, responding to, and managing, competing needs and interests; able to offer nuanced feedback
  • Non-judgmental character and able to set aside personal beliefs in service to member needs
  • Problem solver: able to analyze complex issues and propose solutions
  • Detail-oriented with superb organizational skills, keen ability to manage project workflow; comfort juggling multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Congenial, optimistic and collaborative personality with the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented culture and to work independently
  • Flexible: comfortable with shifting priorities based on organizational growth and needs
  • Takes initiative to make improvements, comfortable offering suggestions as well as asking for feedback and guidance

Qualifications:

  • Passion for Footsteps mission and values
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant professional experience
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Comfort engaging with and exploring new uses of technology to support programs
  • Knowledge of Salesforce, a plus
  • Personal experience with the Footsteps population and/or individuals undergoing life transition, a plus

Location: New York City
Anticipated Start Date: August 2019
Salary: $45,000-$50,000 FTE, benefits eligible at over 20hours/week

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to opportunities@footstepsorg.org and indicate your name and “Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed immediately and 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.