Social Worker, The Wechsler Center for Modern Aging

JCC Manhattan | NY, NY, United States

Posted Date 11/10/2021

Job Description


Social Worker, The Wechsler Center for Modern Aging

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Supervised by: Director of the Wechsler Center

Job Type: Full-time


The mission of the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging is to reimagine older adulthood in a Jewish communal setting as a time of expansive possibility, purpose, community engagement, mutual support, and blessing. We envision an engaged and connected cohort of older adults who find deep meaning in the problem-solving community, who are treasured by the broader Jewish community for their wisdom, and who will develop the tools and attitudes to successfully transition through life as they age.

The Social Worker will support the Wechsler Center's programming in a variety of ways. Utilizing their passion for research-based best practices, they will provide support for constituents as well as develop and refine evaluation and assessment tools to enhance the programming for 60+ within the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. This role is the driving force for both internal and external resources and partnerships that support the community of the Wechsler Center. With experience, the Social Worker will support Social Work interns within the Center.


  • Resource Focus
    • Identify MMJCCM-specific and external supports that increase older adults' access to services and opportunities
      • Maintaining accuracy of information for referrals as resource to other staff
    • Initiate, cultivate, and manage community partnerships
    • The Social Worker will play a key role in participant outreach and coordinate our work with our partners and research collaborators.
    • Working closely with partnering community-based organizations, the Social Worker will learn from others' successes, best practices, and outcomes, and potentially use these learnings to strengthen, refine, and benchmark our own approach to programming, evaluation, and engagement
    • Develop/refine intake for 60+ community members with regard to support groups to ensure support group success, enhance group cohesion, and increase efficacy of group work
  • Evaluation and Assessment Focus
    • Refine existing program evaluations and develop new comprehensive evaluation tools to ensure that programmatic activities and curricula are addressing and evolve with the community's needs
    • Synthesize findings for staff dissemination
    • Recommend and/or guide the development of new or expanded program offerings based on evaluation data, participant feedback, and through our collaborative work with partner organizations
      • In having a dedicated resource for working more closely with partnering community-based organizations, the Social Worker will be uniquely positioned to learn from others' successes, best practices, and outcomes, and potentially use these learnings to strengthen, refine, and benchmark our own approach to programming, evaluation, and engagement.
  • Research/Study Focus
    • Collaborate with a consultant, bi-annually, regarding current research on how to best support the 60+ community in the areas of cognition, volunteerism, healthy aging, etc.
      • Synthesize research for staff and volunteer dissemination
      • Support social work interns in these efforts
      • Share findings with Wechsler team that progress innovation of programs and offerings
    • Train and align staff and volunteers with research-based best practices
    • The Social Worker will play a key role in participant outreach, and in the coordination of our work with our partners and research collaborators

Programmatic responsibilities

  • Oversee support groups and generate program ideas, develop the program, manage facilitators. Additionally:
    • Facilitate Support Groups
    • Conduct intakes for support groups/prospective support group members and assign appropriate group
    • Provide support to group facilitators as needed
    • Oversight of program facilitation, support, room, and tech needs to ensure that programs can run efficiently and without foreseen issue
    • Staff support for zoom/online programming
  • Work collaboratively with Director on other programming opportunities throughout the year
  • Serve as key staff person at 60+ programs and events
  • Ensure accessibility and inclusivity at all special events
  • Promote a warm and welcoming environment for all who attend
  • Growth potential to support and expand Cognition Module

 Supervision/Volunteer Management responsibilities

  • Supervision of social work interns
  • Collaboration and partnerships with Social Work Schools

 Other/Social Work Responsibilities:

  • Provide support for constituent needs
  • Development of supportive group services in response to community assessment
  • Supportive resource for Caring Calls staff and volunteers
    • Provide additional and external support that emerge from Caring Calls
  • Management of intake spreadsheets from caring initiatives, tracking, follow up and evaluation
  • Representing the organization warmly and professionally
  • Communicating impeccably via email, phone, and zoom with staff, partners, and community members
  • Virtual innovations on the online platform
  • Development and expansion of cognition module (with Senior Director) and planning of "concierge effort" for members and their families with mild cognitive impairment

Collaborative responsibilities

  • Attend Wechsler team meetings
  • Maintain knowledge of full offerings of Wechsler programming and support each season
  • Collaborate with team members as needed on special projects and events


  • Passion for the 60+ community
  • LMSW
  • 5+ years of experience
  • Desire to be a vocal member of the team
  • Willingness to learn
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills
  • Takes initiative
  • Handle multiple competing priorities
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage many projects at one time
  • Flexible thinking and able to pivot quickly
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with program management
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Easily approachable
  • Interest in research and best practices
  • Supportive and warm nature
  • Eagerness to help others learn
  • Strong alignment with Wechsler Center's goals

Salary: Starting salary at $60,000, commensurate with experience

To apply please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to [email protected]

Diversity is a core value of The Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

Salary60000.00 Annual
Full Time
Social Worker
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