Wednesday NetWORK 06/2018


Are You Sitting At The Table Or Watching
From The Sidelines?

The Wednesday NetWORK – Meet the new email newsletter from NSWM curated just for you the first Wednesday of every month.

In order to sit at the table, there are many things involved. We at NSWM want to help you get there whether it’s featuring organizations looking for top talent such as yourself or providing you resume and interviewing tips to get you the management job you desire. The NetWORK will be everything work-related from job posts to resources on making a first impression to career development.

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For readers unfamiliar with Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services, would you please take a moment to describe the agency?

As a not-for-profit child welfare agency, Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services works to develop confidence, resilience, academic skills, and adult/family support to be the foundation for helping Harlem’s children become responsible, self-sufficient adults.

Harlem Dowling was one of the first charitable institutions in the United States dedicated to children, and the very first to provide for “children of color.”  Founded in 1836 as the Colored Orphan Asylum by two Quaker women, Anna Shotwell and Mary Murray, the orphanage quickly outgrew its first home, on West 12th St. near Sixth Avenue. By the 1840s, twenty years before the Civil War, larger quarters were constructed on Fifth Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets. On July 13, 1863, during the draft riots, those who objected to fighting in the civil war burned the asylum to the ground. Miraculously, none of the 233 children residing at the orphanage were killed. The orphanage relocated first to 51st Street, and then to 143rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam.

In 1969, Jane D. Edwards, Executive Director of Spence Chapin Services for Children joined forces with Alice Hall Dowling, the Board President, to form the Harlem Dowling Project in order to better serve the young mothers of Central Harlem who were unable to care for their newborn infants. In 1989, the former Colored Orphan Asylum, known at the time as the West Side Center for Children merged with the Harlem Dowling Project to become Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services. Today, the 182-year-old tradition of uplifting humanity stands undiminished. In 2012, Harlem Dowling-West Side Center and The Children’s Village, Inc. formed a strategic alliance.

Harlem Dowling provides family preservation/strengthening services to families with children in Central Harlem, Washington Heights, and Southeast Queens, after school programming in the Harlem Community, family support to individuals with developmental disabilities in Manhattan, HIV/AIDS targeted prevention and support services, and emergency food pantry services to residents throughout the City.

All services are delivered by culturally and linguistically competent staff that reside in the communities we serve.  In FY17, we served 400 families in our child welfare family preservation / strengthening preventive programs, 500 children daily in after school programs, provided HIV/AIDS prevention education to more than 1300 youth and young adults, and supplied emergency food packages to 6,800 New Yorkers.

What types of opportunities are available within your agency in terms of employment opportunities for human service professionals?

Currently, Harlem Dowling has several opportunities for Case Planners/Social Workers, Case Aides, a Quality Improvement Specialist, and Assistants and Instructors for summer camp and after school programs.

How is Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services distinguished from others?
Harlem Dowling is one of two organizations, of the more than 50 child welfare agencies in New York City that is minority led.  Additionally, we are the first in New York City to serve children of color.

For those entering the job market what advice would you give them in terms of making a good impression and standing out from other applicants?

Several things come to mind as I reflect back on past experiences.  It is essential that you demonstrate knowledge of the organization that where you are interviewing. While we all can answer questions about our aspirations, strengths and challenges, how they contribute to the work of the entity is more important as they are seeking new team members that will support the vision and mission of the organization.

Have you ever utilized The Network for Social Work Management as a resource in the past?
a) If yes, how so? Did you find it effective?
b) If no, are you planning to do so in the future?

In 2017, Harlem Dowling learned of The Network for Social Work Management.  It has been recommended to staff that they join the network particularly those interested in moving into management and leadership positions.

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