Court Advocate / Forensic Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


Court Advocacy Services assists attorneys representing indigent felony defendants in New York State Supreme Court, including juveniles being tried as adults. Court advocates conduct psycho-social assessments and develop individualized recommendations for an alternative to incarceration plan or reduced sentences in appropriate cases.

**This position requires a Master's degree and excellent written and oral presentation skills.**

Responsibilities:  Supports defense counsel by conducting a psychosocial assessment of the client; works with the client to develop a client specific service plan; advocates before the court and with District Attorney and the Department of Probation. Prepares and submits to defense counsel, judge and district attorney written work product. Supports the client during the implementation of the plan. Monitors clients by liaising with treatment providers and providing reports to the court, the District Attorney’s office and probation.


Benefits of Working for the Osborne Association:  Career development through ongoing trainings, individual development plans and goals. Generous time off policy including four weeks’ vacation.  Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits and 403(b) plan with generous match and additional contributions from the Osborne Association.

The Osborne Association provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement to all employees and applicants for employment. The Osborne Association does not discriminate against any individual because of race, creed, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, religion, color, age, political belief, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or self-image, gender appearance, behavior or expression, transgender status, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information, family medical history or requests for or receipt of genetic services, domestic violence victim status, prior arrest or conviction history, or unemployment status in employment decisions including recruitment, hiring, compensation, fringe benefits, staff development and training, promotion or transfer, lay-off or termination, or any other condition of employment. The Osborne Association is committed to fostering diversity at all levels. The Osborne Association takes Affirmative Action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Level of Language Proficiency

Requirements: Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Forensic Psychology or related fields, is required. Master’s degree in Social Work with Social Work license (LMSW or LCSW)  with Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) is highly desirable. One to two years of progressively responsible professional experience in a Criminal Justice environment. Fluency in Spanish is a plus, but not a requirement. 


Related Skills or Knowledge: Excellent written and oral presentation skills are required. Objective listening with the ability to effectively mediate. Comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and social service practice. Requires public speaking ability and crisis intervention skills. Requires wide knowledge of treatment service providers and the ability to plan and successfully execute referrals to them. Computer literate with strong database management skills. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please be sure to include a cover letter with your application. We wish we could personally respond to each application but due to the volume of interest we receive, we are not able to. Please, no phone calls.