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BDS is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. BDS provides innovative, multi-disciplinary, and client-centered criminal, family, and immigration defense, as well as civil legal services, social work support and advocacy, for tens of thousands of clients in Brooklyn every year. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and very fast-paced setting.
Brief Description of Job: The Criminal Defense Practice represents clients who are facing both misdemeanor and felony cases in Brooklyn Supreme and Criminal Courts. BDS advocates for clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a very fast-paced setting. BDS seeks an energetic social worker to become an integral part of the criminal defense team to advocate for clients, both in and out of court.
Responsibilities: Social workers team up with attorneys to provide comprehensive legal representation and to determine case strategy to criminally involved clients. Social workers provide both written and oral advocacy for clients. In addition they conduct client assessments, provide crisis intervention, develop service plans, refer clients for services, communicate with service providers about clients' needs, and conduct visits to incarcerated individuals.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a Masters Degree in Social Work with, at least, two years of professional social work experience. In addition, applicants must be licensed or willing, and eligible, to become licensed within two years of hire date. Strong writing skills are a must for this position. Applicants must also be willing to work as part of a team in a very fast-paced environment and need to possess excellent writing, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have experience working in forensic settings. Bi-lingual social workers are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary and benefits are determined based on years and level of experience.
Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
BDS is an equal opportunity employer which supports a policy of non-discrimination in all employment practices including, but not limited to, hiring, transfer, promotions, training, compensation, benefits, lay-offs, and terminations.