Community Engagement Specialist, Supervised Release Program

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at $37k and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline



215 East 161st Street
New York
United States


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 around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research and provides consulting services to justice innovators.

The Center for Court Innovation is seeking to hire a Community Engagement Specialist for a 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 misdemeanor and non-violent felony defendants whose cases are pending Criminal Court. The goal of the program is to provide community-based supervision for high-risk youth 16 and 17 years of age who would otherwise be detained pretrial on high bail amounts.

Reporting to the Behavioral Health Supervisor, the Community Engagement Specialist will be responsible for supporting participants enrolled in alternative to detention and will assist participants in successfully attending appointments and court appearances. The role of the Community Engagement Specialist will also engage clients within their communities through escorting clients to appointments at community-based agencies, coordinating the retrieval of property, court accompaniment and conducting home visits.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Utilize engagement techniques to support participants in fulfilling mandated supervision requirements through home visits, and family engagement, when appropriate;

·        Work closely with social workers to identify community barriers to returning to court or maintaining supervision schedule;

·        Escort/accompany clients to and from appointments for drug treatment, outpatient mental health, or other appointments, as needed;

·        Work closely with agency ATI youth focused staff to develop cross youth service programing specific to the needs of this population;

·        Maintain partnerships with community-based agencies that provide voluntary services to participants;

·         Accompany clients to court appearances and property retrieval;

·        Assist clients with obtaining identification and vital documents;

·        Complete all necessary documentation and inputting data into a case management database;

·        Participate in trainings and attending staff meetings;

·        Provide all services in a manner that is strengths-based, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed, and that adheres to the core principles of risk-need-responsivity;


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma with related work experience in a criminal justice setting. Candidates must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner. Candidates must also be comfortable working with adolescents, adults, and families. Other preferred qualifications include:

•        Bilingual (English-Spanish)

•        Familiarity of treatment programs (substance abuse, mental health, etc.) and other

support services (GED, job training, etc.) for referrals

•       Familiarity with the Alternative to Detention (ATD), Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) or other

advocacy program models

•        Formerly incarcerated individuals are encouraged to apply

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

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample with Supervised Release Community Engagement Specialist in the subject line to:

If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:


Bronx Community Solutions

215 East 161st Street, Room 2-12C

Bronx, New York 10451


(718) 466-3019


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 Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.