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Director of Health and Wellness Programs

Red Hook Initiative

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REPORTS TO: Chief Program + Policy Officer Direct Reports: 4 (not including interns)

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full time FLSA Status: Exempt


Red Hook Initiative (RHI) is a community-based nonprofit working to improve the lives of the more than 6,500 residents of Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn’s largest public housing complex. RHI believes that the social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth, and that change in communities should come from within. In partnership with community adults, we nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community, and society.

Youth development, community building, and community hiring are at the core of RHI’s approach to strengthen Red Hook’s future. Our model gives young people and residents the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to interrupt the systems and barriers that perpetuate historic inequities for the community. Residents lead the way toward a more equitable, hopeful future. Over our 20-year history, RHI’s model and dedicated team have been nationally recognized for its innovative, place-based approach to social change.

RHI’s programs include:

  • Youth Development: RHI engages over 350 adolescents each year, from middle school through young adulthood, endeavoring to interrupt cycles of injustice and to build hope.
  •  Building Community: Working with Red Hook youth and adults to organize, exercise leadership to drive positive change for the community, and increase social cohesion to build a more resilient neighborhood.
  • Investing in Residents: RHI hires locally and invests in residents who will improve their lives and the community in which they live. More than $1.5M was earned in the last year by people from Red Hook.
  • Red Hook Farms: A youth-centered urban agriculture and food justice program operating one of Brooklyn’s original and largest farms. Red Hook Farms cultivates affordable, fresh produce and provides STEM and nutrition education, leadership development, and employment opportunities for local youth and residents.

RHI creates a culture of excellence with our ten core values as the foundation: community leadership, mutual respect, welcoming space, strengths-based perspective, trust, high expectations, encouragement, inspiration, holistic approach and adaptability.


RHI is seeking a highly trained and experienced clinician with superior supervisory and coaching skills to become an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for engaging over 350 young people annually across RHI’s youth development programming. Reporting to the Chief Program + Policy Officer, the Director will help to shape program strategy for RHIs programs to support mental health and wellness needs of middle school through young adult participants as well as spearheading efforts to increase access to health and mental health services and resources for residents of the Red Hook community. The Director of Health and Wellness Programs will be responsible for task and clinical supervision to our team of staff and interns responsible for the provision of social, emotional, health and mental health services. The Director will embrace a trauma-informed practice and racial justice healing lens to shape the delivery of health and wellness programs. In this role, the Director will have access to training opportunities to support ongoing staff development, including topics such as Mental Health First Aid, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.


Supervision + Coaching

  • Provide hands-on clinical and task supervision, coaching for the 1) clinical team (3 social workers-2 full time and 1 part time), 2) Peer Health Educator team (1 part-time Youth Worker), and 3) social work interns, fostering a team oriented, supportive, and accountable work environment. Supervision will include:
  • Weekly individual clinical supervision on casework counseling and group work; review of clinical case notes
  • Bi-weekly individual task/administrative supervision
  • Weekly team meetings
  • Observe staff and interns and provide coaching towards improving staff competencies.
  • Recruit, hire and onboard new program staff members and social work interns in keeping with the RHI model.
  • Ensure staff meet individual and departmental goals and responsibilities, aligned with RHI goals, values and theory of change.
  • Conduct mid and annual performance reviews for all direct reports.
  • Evaluate individual staff training needs and provide assistance and referrals for professional development.
  • Ensure staff adhere to guidelines, policies, structures, and training for mandated reporting.


  • Oversee program operations and lead staff in short & long-term program planning and development of annual program and evaluation strategy.
  • Set and implement a vision for providing healing justice community care for Red Hook residents.
  • Oversee support of participants’ mental health needs through activities such as individual & group counseling, therapeutic groups, peer health and wellness educator programs, community workshops, case management, advocacy, group work, community wellness clinics and other health and wellness programs.
  • Ensure collection and logging of data into Salesforce and/or other tracking systems (case notes, services provided, group summaries, sign in sheets) and produce timely quarterly reports on activities, outputs and progress towards meeting outcomes for program monitoring and improvement as well as funding and external communications purposes.
  • Ensure proper security of participant case files, including maintaining compliance with HIPPA rules.
  • Coordinate and assist in conducting home or other off-site visits with participants for counseling and/or external referrals as necessary during crisis situations.
  • Coordinate crisis and intensive clinical case management for youth participants and adult community members as needed.
  • Collaborate with RHI program directors to oversee effective implementation of health and wellness programs across program teams; lead case conferencing across teams as needed to coordinate support services.
  • Identify and coordinate training for RHI staff to support social and emotional needs of the RHI community.
  • Ensure that all clinical and related counseling services are provided in full compliance with the highest ethical and quality assurance standards.


  • · Serve as a thought partner in RHI leadership meetings and discussions as it pertains to health, mental health and wellness access for the Red Hook Community.
  • · With support of RHI’s Development team and Executive management, lead RHI’s health and wellness grant partnerships, including serving as a contact with the program’s major funders and partners (e.g., NYU Langone-Brooklyn, William T. Grant, Van Ameringen.)
  • · Volunteer on a rotation to facilitate all staff, leadership team and program leadership team meetings.
  • · Sign up to serve as RHI site-based “Supervisor on Duty” for at least two shifts per month
  • · Attend and support organization-wide events, and represent RHI at local events, community gatherings, workshops, conferences, and training, as needed.
  • · Develop partnerships for psychiatric care, and ongoing therapy as the need is identified; Manage psychiatric partnerships and referrals as it relates to grant requirements; Facilitate case conferencing with psychiatric/clinical partners quarterly.

COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Personal Attributes)

  • · Strong management and supervisory skills; able to lead and manage through change; able to lead and motivate staff.
  • · Deep belief in community-driven change, equity, and inclusion; fluency with related concepts like social justice, racial equity, redlining, and systemic discrimination; and the ability to facilitate complex conversations about historic inequities.
  • · Commitment to RHI’s Mission + Organization Values including embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion, engaging in practices that promote a positive work environment and respect differing opinions and perspectives, and ensuring the fair and equitable treatment of staff in all interactions and employment matters.
  • · Expertise in strengths-based, culturally responsive clinical and group practice, anti-oppressive counseling perspectives as well as a healing justice framework; awareness of the impact of structural inequalities and trauma upon well being and development; ability to engage young people therapeutically in a non-clinical/community-based setting; and ability to develop programming and facilitate groups.
  • · Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • · Ability to build authentic and positive relationships among program participants and constituents with diverse backgrounds including youth, parents, school leaders, community members, local and citywide CBOs, and other stakeholders across RHI’s work.
  • · Able to work independently and also committed to being a positive team player and working collaboratively with staff at all levels with diverse backgrounds. Approaches work enthusiastically with openness and a good sense of humor.
  • · Detail-oriented and able to develop systems and processes to organize multiple tasks and assignments, balance priorities and accurately keep track of information, records, documents and deadlines.
  • · Able and willing to advocate on behalf of the program participants and staff.


  • · LMSW or LMHC required. LCSW is a plus.
  • · Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certification preferred or desire to become certified
  • · At least three years’ experience providing individual counseling and/or running therapeutic groups with youth in a community-based setting utilizing a trauma informed practice lens and healing justice framework
  • · Experience in providing wellness planning and safety planning.
  • · At least three years experience supervising staff in some capacity
  • · A strong affiliation with the Red Hook community or residency in Red Hook is a significant plus.
  • · Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/Cantonese or Mandarin) a plus.

*Employment data show that women and people from underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they think they meet 100% of the criteria. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, we encourage you to apply.


  • · The RHI work environment is characteristic of a typical indoor office/program environment and the noise level is generally quiet to moderate.
  • · While performing the essential duties and responsibilities of the job the employee will be required to operate a computer and other office equipment. The employee can sit or stand at will.
  • · RHI provides a hybrid work arrangement for employees, when possible. In this role, a hybrid schedule can be arranged when direct services are not in session. We currently require all staff to be in the office for a minimum of 3 days per week, subject to changes in COVID-19 rates. Hybrid schedules can be accommodated
  • · This job is based on-site at RHI’s main program office in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The ideal candidate will either be a resident of Red Hook or one of its neighboring communities or will be within reasonable commuting distance to RHI’s main program office.


RHI actively engages individuals from all backgrounds and is committed to embracing diversity across all areas and aspects of the organization. We firmly believe that an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect towards individual differences and embracing an inclusive and equitable environment is indispensable to building a successful organization, contributing to a positive and meaningful employment experience for staff, and advancing the best possible outcomes for the clients served by RHI’s programs. We are also committed to community hiring and supporting the job prospects of Red Hook residents.

As an equal opportunity employer, RHI is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information, or any other characteristic or basis prohibited by applicable law.

RHI requires that all staff be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. RHI abides by New York State requirements and acknowledges those may change over time. If moved forward to the screening process, you will have a chance to ask the interviewer more about this requirement


RHI strives to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package that reflects our core values and commitment to our employees. The salary for this position is: $85,000 commensurate with the candidate’s competencies and experience. Additionally, RHI provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental and vision coverage, an employee assistance program (EAP), which includes 12 counseling sessions per year, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health, dependent and commuter expenses, life insurance, 24 PTO days, and a flexible hybrid work schedule, including and “Summer Fridays,” when possible.

How to Apply:

Please log on to the RHI career portal at: for further instructions about how to apply for this position. Please be sure to attach your cover letter and resume as one combined pdf.

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