Senior Social Worker, Pre-Trial Services

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.

Launched in Spring 2011, Newark Community Solutions (NCS) is a community justice initiative designed to improve public perceptions of justice through restorative court-based and community-based programming. NCS currently operates a diversion program for low-level offenders at the Newark Municipal Court as well as a youth-led diversion program, Youth Impact Newark, that provides restorative alternatives to juvenile arrest, suspension and expulsion. NCS also provides specialized programming for individuals who report veteran status or present with mental health needs and/or a reported history of victimization. Finally, NCS operates a community office that serves as the hub for community engagement and provide program space for all existing initiatives.

NCS, in collaboration with the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, is operating a pilot program to provide services to eligible individuals released pre-trial who present with a mental health need. Reporting to the NCS Deputy Project Director, the Senior Social Worker is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and assisting with the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the project’s goals and objectives. The primary work location will be the Essex County Superior Courthouse with an expectation of some work taking place at the Essex County Correctional Facility and the NCS Community Office.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide direct supervision to a team of case managers providing clinical case management to a pre-trial population with diverse mental health needs;
  • Provide clinical case management to a caseload of participants;
  • Collaborate with fellow NCS clinicians to review cases, troubleshoot programmatic issues and respond to participant needs;
  • Work directly with court and jail stakeholders to ensure proper identification and referral of participants for the program;
  • Provide case updates to participants’ public defender and/or private attorney as needed;
  • Oversee data collection and case notes and perform regular audits of case management system;
  • Work directly with the Center’s Data Analytics team for ongoing program evaluation as well as formal contractual reporting;
  • Actively participate in Center-wide initiatives around cutting-edge clinical practices, interventions and treatment modalities, and incorporate findings into Newark programming;
  • Represent Newark Community Solutions at conferences, meetings and events;
  • Other relevant duties, as assigned. 

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will be an LSW (licensed in NJ) and hold SIFI certification. LSCW preferred. Other qualifications include:

  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience working with the criminal justice population;
  • Excellent public speaking, communications, interpersonal, and writing skills required;
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) highly desired.

Location:  Newark, NJ

Compensation: Salary range starts at $57,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.

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.

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and…

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Newark, NJ 07102, US

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