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The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a non-profit organization that promotes new thinking about how to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice. The Center creates operating projects, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and Midtown Community Court, that have been documented to improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.

The Center for Court Innovation is seeking to hire a Youth Social Worker for the Youth Engagement Track pretrial supervised release program operated out of the Bronx County Criminal Court. Operating through Bronx Community Solutions, the pretrial supervised release program will provide regular monitoring and referral services to adolescents whose cases are pending Criminal Court. The goal of the program is to provide community-based supervision for high-risk youth 16-19 years of age who would otherwise be detained pretrial on high bail amounts

Reporting to the Coordinator of Case Management, the Youth Social Worker will be responsible for monitoring a caseload of high risk and high needs program participants, providing supervision, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pretrial release conditions. The Youth Social Worker will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team including a Community Engagement Specialist, court representations, compliance specialist and supervisions. Social Workers will stay in regular contact with participants, including facilitating in-person case management meetings and sending frequent court date reminders. Interventions are grounded in procedural justice, risk-need-responsivity, and trauma-informed care, and are designed to help youth and young adults reflect on environmental factors that influence, and often constrain, decision-making.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide case management and monitoring services to high risk youth population ages 16-19 including intensive weekly in-person meetings, phone calls, emails and text messages;
  • Facilitate a three- to five-session clinical group intervention, with fidelity to the model, for cohorts of justice-involved individuals, ages 16 and up;
  • Complete intakes of participants admitted to the Supervised Release Program and administer assessment tools;
  • Monitor and report on compliance to court stake holders and work with defense attorneys to bring program participants into compliance as needed;
  • Work closely with the Community Engagement Specialist to facilitate better compliance;
  • Adhere to all city and program reporting guidelines;
  • Perform voluntary individual counseling sessions as needed;
  • Administer and maintain all data set requirements in the agency database;
  • Provide voluntary referrals to community-based services as needed;
  • Conduct outreach to collateral sources as needed to provide supervision and court monitoring;
  • Complete all necessary documentation and input data into computer database;
  • Participate in on-going trainings and attend staff meetings;
  • Other relevant duties as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be an LMSW or have an equivalent degree. Experience with group design and facilitation experience required; co-facilitation experience preferred. Experience facilitating conversations related to identity, oppression, and privilegepreferred. Experience in a court or criminal justice setting preferred. The ideal candidate must be able to effectively work with diverse client populations, as a team member in a multiracial setting, and collaborate with on-site partner agencies and court personnel. Must excel at client engagement and be comfortable working with adults, adolescents, including high-risk adolescents, and families.Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practice strongly preferred. Candidate must be highly organized with excellent time management skills and a sense of humor, critical thinking skills, and ability to manage high-pressure/fast-paced work environment. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Position Type: Full-time, 11am-7pm (to accommodate youth in school)

Compensation:Salary range starts at $47,500 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Associated topics: abuse, addiction, adult, advocate, behavioral, coordinator, hcpc, mental, sickle, social service

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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