Program Director - LCSW

Barrier Free Living (BFL) is dedicated to helping New Yorkers with disabilities live independently in the community.  One of its longest-standing programs is the community-based domestic violence program, otherwise known as Secret Garden, which provides case management, safety planning, occupational therapy, short and long-term individual trauma informed counseling, advocacy within the medical, mental health, child welfare, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems, and referrals to outside services.  These services are provided at Secret Garden’s main office, as well as at Family Justice Centers located in the five boroughs.

Barrier Free Living is seeking applications for Program Director position for Secret Garden. This position reports to Chief Program Officer. The Director is a member of the BFL management team. The Director of Secret Garden will be responsible for the operation of Secret Garden Program. The Director will supervise the Assistant Director and, in addition, for programmatic concerns or emergencies. The Director’s responsibilities will include as follow:


  • Clinical and administrative supervision of social work, case management and administrative staff, oversee conflict resolution (client-client, staff-client, staff-staff)
  • Supervision of crisis hotline, oversight of community outreach/education program to clients and community based organizations
  • Generation of quarterly and annual reports to funding sources
  • Generation of applications/grant proposals to prospective funders (in collaboration with BFL’s executive team)
  • Maintenance of monthly statistical reports
  • Maintenance of small caseload of survivors of domestic violence living with disabilities
  • General office management, including the processing of employee time sheets, petty cash management, and transportation reimbursement
  • Provide front desk and hotline coverage as required, and forward and un-forward calls for the hotline as required
  • Provide information to survivors of domestic violence whom are living with a physical, psychiatric, cognitive, sensory and/or neurodevelopmental disability who call the hotline
  • Conduct telephone screenings of calls from the domestic violence hotline
  • Participate in staff/program meetings and trainings, partner program meetings, and conferences
  • Participate in program related functions such as committees, in house trainings and support to colleagues when necessary


  • LCSW preferred and pursuing licensure/permit within 3 months of employment
  • A minimum of five years’ experience, three years supervisory
  • Social services experience with survivors of domestic violence and persons living with disabilities preferred
  • SIFI (Seminar in Field Instruction) certification or eligibility to participate in SIFI required
  • Ability to work in team, collaborative, multidisciplinary and crisis management environments
  • Awareness of anti-bias and trauma informed care preferred
  • Computer skills required
  • Strong abilities to advocate on behalf of survivors
  • Effective written communication and interpersonal skills

Annual Salary: Based on Experience

Hours per week: 35.00

Benefits Package for Full Time position : Medical, dental and vision, Paid vacation, sick personal and holiday time, Life insurance, Retirement Plan – 403(b), Professional Work environment.



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