The Benefits Advisor will assist sentenced & pre-trial inmates at Rikers Island in meeting their most basic needs of self-sufficiency, screen for interest and eligibility for public benefits, including paper and electronic application completion with some post-release planning ensuring successful re-entry into the community. Additional responsibilities include screening for other services provided by the program.
HS diploma and at least 2 years of related experience required, BA preferred. Strong organizational skills, ability to market program and work collaboratively with other service providers both on and off island. Social service experience required. Experience in public benefits acquisition and/or re-entry, as well as bilingual Spanish-speaker a plus. Must be highly professional, flexible, focused, organized and able to work with a diverse population of clients, and possess a proven ability to maintain professional boundaries.
PLEASE NOTE - Masters’ level applicants will NOT be considered. This is not a supervisory position. Candidates must be able to pass New York City Department of Corrections clearance process for employment.