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Families for Safe Streets (UAW Local 2110)

Families for Safe Streets
(UAW Local 2110)


Families for Safe Streets Social Worker
(Spanish-Speaking)

Based in New York City, NY

 

Reports to: Director, Families for Safe Streets
Salary: $60,000

Families for Safe Streets (FSS) and Transportation Alternatives (TA) are at the forefront of New York’s effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our streets. We are seeking a Spanish-speaking social worker to help grow and support current FSS members, conduct new and ongoing outreach to New Yorkers impacted by traffic violence, and coordinate FSS support service programs and activities. This team member would work in close collaboration with our current FSS Social Worker.

The ideal candidate has experience with, or a background in, trauma-informed care and case management; is highly collaborative and interested in community organizing; and understands the power that building a membership like this can have – not only on supporting those who have been directly impacted by crashes but also on policy and culture change.

About Families for Safe Streets
FSS confronts the epidemic of traffic violence by advocating for life-saving changes and providing support to those who have been impacted by crashes.Composed of individuals who have been injured by or lost loved ones to traffic violence, FSS was founded in 2014 in New York City and is growing within NYS and as a national movement with chapters across the country.

Safe Streets Advocacy
FSS members leverage their unique and powerful voices with policymakers to demand an end to fatalities and injuries on their city streets. Opinion polling and social science research has repeatedly shown that survivors of violence are particularly effective advocates for policy change, and FSS members are no exception.

Support Services
The physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma of traffic violence is unfathomable and FSS believes no one should go through it alone. Mutual support is at FSS’ core. FSS support services apply a trauma-informed approach in responding to and reaching out to crash victims and their family members. Emotional and technical support is offered through community events, peer mentoring, referrals, and other support service and advocacy opportunities.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, support, and engage the growing FSS membership and foster a community of support and social connection
  • Serve in a case management capacity, conducting outreach to New Yorkers recently impacted by traffic violence, with a particular focus on Spanish-speaking individuals and communities
  • Build and maintain new referral relationships with hospitals, police departments, victim services agencies, district attorneys’ offices, and local representatives’ offices who could refer potential FSS members
  • Develop and implement an annual support services program and calendar for FSS members
  • Initiate, coordinate, and supervise FSS membership peer support programs, including its Helpline, Peer Support Network, and Peer-led Speaker Series
  • Assist in recruitment and training of volunteers, interns, and facilitators needed for support roles
  • In collaboration with the FSS Director and Organizer, attend community meetings and public forums to be a voice for FSS and our goals for safe streets
  • Work with the FSS Director and Organizer to coordinate and assist national FSS chapters as needed
  • Develop and maintain tools to effectively collect information related to the FSS membership base, examples being FSS’ EveryAction and resource/referral databases

Qualified candidates will bring with them:

  • 2+ years of experience in social work
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Experience providing advocacy and support services; knowledge of and familiarity with public, non-profit and other resources to meet members’ needs
  • Background in trauma-informed care; ability to sensitively engage with individuals experiencing trauma and grief
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build trust and maintain relationships with dozens of stakeholders ranging from FSS members to community partners
  • Strong work ethic and time-management skills; ability to meet goals and deadlines
  • Supervisory experience; ability to guide and nurture staff and volunteers
  • Detail-oriented and extremely well-organized
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends
  • Commitment to the mission of TA and FSS

Exceptional candidates will also bring with them:

  • Experience with using social media platforms for organizing, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

To Apply:
Please send a résumé and a cover letter to: job_applications@transalt.org, with “FSS Social Worker” in the subject line.

This position is included in the bargaining unit of TA employees represented by the Technical, Office and Professional Union, T.O.P. Local 2110 UAW.

Transportation Alternatives is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law. We value having diverse staff in gender, ethnicity, background and modal preference. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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