The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. Actors Fund clients are a diverse, dynamic and engaging group of working professionals and include musicians, actors, stage managers, set designers, hair and make-up stylists, costume designers, ushers, and radio hosts to name a few. The agency is seeking a clinically oriented Social Worker to join our HIV Initiative and Disabilities Program, providing client-centered clinical case management, supportive counseling, groups, and financial assistance to adult professionals in performing arts and entertainment who are living with HIV or managing an illness or injury. This is currently a hybrid position with the expectation of an eventual return to 2-3 days per week in the CA office.
The HIV Initiative and Disabilities Program social worker will engage with a wide variety of individuals, couples and families in a clinical process that facilitates development of assessments and treatment plans. This includes clinical case management, evaluating and advocating for financial assistance, as well as serving as a liaison to additional resources. The social worker will help the client access public and community resources and facilitate connections to health insurance, medical providers, public benefits, and community organizations.
The HIV Initiative and Disabilities Program social worker will provide short term supportive counseling, mental health assessments, referrals and crisis intervention to individuals and families who are dealing with HIV and/or a disabling condition or illness. The social worker will facilitate clinical and support groups, as well as develop seminars and trainings that address the needs of the entertainment community, in particular those who are living with HIV and dealing with other health issues or injuries.
The social worker will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other programs of The Actors Fund as well as unions, industry management and community organizations to facilitate treatment plans and services. Additionally, the social worker will identify and develop relationships with community and mental health resources and provide outreach to the community to promote services.
• Master’s Degree from an accredited School of Social Work.
• Strong assessment, intensive clinical case management, and advocacy skills. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to engage a wide range of presentations.
• Crisis intervention skills are a must.
• Group facilitation skills and interest are a must.
• Solid understanding of HIV/AIDS-related issues, concerns and community resources, as well as knowledge of working with clients with other medical short- and long-term disabilities. Knowledge of public benefits helpful.
• Worker will adhere to and be compliant with NASW code of ethics.