NoVA Social Worker

NYC Careers

Full Job Description

The Office of Domestic Violence is the primary mechanism through which the City of New York provides emergency shelter and social services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. ODV oversees the largest network of domestic violence services in the country. These NYS mandated shelter and community-based programs provide prevention and intervention services, crisis counseling, advocacy and legal services to help families and individuals impacted by domestic violence. The programs administered by ODV include the Domestic Violence Shelter program, the Domestic Violence Hotline, the No Violence Again (NoVA) program, the Domestic Violence Liaison Unit (DVLU) and Anti-Domestic Violence Eligibility Needs Team (ADVENT), Non-Residential Domestic Violence Services, Alternative to Shelter (ATS) and Domestic Violence Aftercare Program (DVAP), Domestic Violence Intervention Education and Prevention (DVIEP) program, and Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP).

The NoVA (No Violence Again) Program addresses the needs of domestic violence victims seeking emergency housing from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and provides assessment, crisis counseling and referrals to domestic violence shelters, information about entitlements, advocacy and group counseling and a wide range of other services includes legal intervention. The NoVA program consists of the Assessment Units located at the DHS PATH Family Intake Center and the DHS Adult Family Intake Center (AFIC) and the NoVA Outstation Project located in selected DHS shelters. Clients are referred to NoVA when presenting with issues of domestic violence that could be contributing to the need for homeless services.

The Office of Domestic Violence/PATH is recruiting for (1) one Social Workers to function as NoVA Social Workers who will:

Provide on-site direct counseling services to clients. Formulate an evaluation and treatment plan for clients.

Assess service needs and provide individual counseling services to clients.

Make appropriate referrals to social/other services, as needed. Follow up to ensure receipt of services.

Provide advocacy services, as required.

Maintain case records for each client with required information. Maintain statistical and written records, as required.

Provide services in centrally based or out-stationed Human Resources Administration (HRA) and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) facilities.
Minimum Qual Requirements

Qualification Requirements
A Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work.

License Requirements
You will be required to have a valid Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license issued by the New York State Department of Education within one year of the date of appointment. This license must be presented to the appointing officer at the time of appointment or, if it is obtained after appointment, at the time it is received. This license must be maintained for the duration of your employment.

If you fail to obtain your LMSW or LCSW license within one year of the date of appointment, your probationary period will be automatically extended for six months. If you fail to obtain the required license by the end of 18 months of service, you will be terminated.

Special Note

Section 424-a of the New York Social service Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-care responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report. The agency has the discretion to assign a candidate who has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report to a position with no child-care responsibilities.
Additional Information

The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DSS/HRA/DHS qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.
Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
In addition, the Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services offers competitive salaries and the following benefits:
Generous Pension Plans (The New York Employees’ Retirement System).
401(k) and Roth 457 Retirement Savings Programs.
U.S. Savings Bonds Flexible Spending Program.
Health Benefits, Dental, Vision Coverage, Prescription Drug Program.
Training and Professional Development.
Opportunity for Scholarship; College Savings Program.
Paid Holidays and Generous Annual Leave.
To Apply


This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.”

Please indicate your license information on your resume.


Sundays 9:00am to 5:00pm and Mondays thru. Thursdays 2:00pm to 10:00pm.
Tuesdays thru. Fridays 2:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm

Must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays
Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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