Art Therapist (LIB661)

About Us:
Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) is an anti-poverty organization that seeks to end homelessness in the New York metropolitan area by the year 2050. We focus our continuum of care to address the most prevalent causes of homelessness: (1) lack of affordable housing; (2) unmet health needs, including but not limited to mental health and substance use; and (3) lack of jobs that create wealth. In each of these areas we strive to incorporate strategies that address issues of racial equity. We know that our clients are confronting longstanding barriers to accessing quality housing, healthcare, and employment. Our programs are designed to ensure that our clients do not have to face these challenges alone.
Now in our second century of serving those in need, VOA-GNY understands what it takes to heal families and individuals who are in crisis and have experienced trauma. We operate and provide services in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for close to 11,000 men, women and children through 65 programs located in New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Westchester annually. We are one of the largest providers of services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the Greater New York area, serving survivors of domestic violence, people living with HIV/AIDS, veterans, and others who have behavioral health or substance use needs. Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC.


The Clinical Art Therapist delivers quality mental health services and programming associated with family violence to all residents and children, as well as provides direct clinical services to children and their families.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in art therapy, registered with the America Art Therapy Association (ATR) and at least 3 years of clinical experience with at least 1 year working with traumatized children, adults and families. Ability to manage a team, excellent clinical skills and strong interpersonal skills.

Supervisory Role:

This position does have supervisory responsibilities.

Principal Responsibilities:

The below enumerated principal responsibilities are inclusive of both program specific and firm-wide related administration, as applicable.

1. Work with children and parents, in groups, individual and family sessions to address psychological and emotional consequences of family violence. Complete family intake with all residents to determine services needed.

2. Works with case managers, other childcare staff and recreation staff to ensure coordinated delivery of services to families.

3. Supervise childcare and recreation staff to ensure quality services are provided. Conduct staff meetings and ensures that staff are provided with training on clinical issues.

4. Develop art therapy internship program, supervise intern by teaching, coaching, monitoring and evaluating educational and clinical interventions.

5. Develop and update resource book by building contacts with the community to ensure that all resources met Volunteers of America standards of quality.

6. Develop and implement current assessment tools for families and children that will serve to measure progress and produce outcomes.

7. Perform other related duties as requested.

Expected Results of Principal Responsibilities:

1. Clients are provided with proper psychological and emotional assessments to ensure quality of care.

2. Program staff are trained and educated in clinical issues effecting residents of the program.

3. Program staff are informed of policies and procedures, and trained on clinical therapy.

4. Ensure internship program is successful and interns are properly trained and coached.

5. Staff have access to proper tools and resources to be successful in providing services.

6. Clients receive services and able to meet their service plan goals.

7. Related duties are performed completely, on time and accurate.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee will be in a housing shelter environment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to have visual acuity, talk and hear while communicating with peers, clients and/or vendors. This position requires sitting, standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items up to 20 pounds.

Position Type:

This is a full – time position.

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Full time
New York, NY 10261, US