Client Services Associate

Job Type

Full Time

Published

10/09/2018

Address

195 Montague Street
Brooklyn
NY
11201
United States

Description

The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund pays bail for New Yorkers who can’t afford even modest amounts, and who would be jailed or forced to plead guilty just to go home. After bail is paid, the Fund provides and facilitates access to services for clients in need by partnering with teams of public defenders, reentry specialists, and social service providers.


We work with allies here in New York, and across the country, in the fight to end cash bail. Our organization is a radical intervention in a system that treats people differently based on wealth, skin color, and influence. We’re challenging the criminalization of race and poverty, the practice of putting a price on fundamental rights, and the persistent myth that bail is a necessary element of the justice system.


Since opening our doors in April 2015, we have expanded to serve more than 3,500 New Yorkers and now operate in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island. We are a dynamic, fast-paced organization and have grown significantly in a short period of time. We are looking for talented individuals dedicated to economic and racial justice to join our growing team. 


Brooklyn Community Bail Fund values diverse experiences. People with criminal justice records are encouraged to apply. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.


For more information about Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, visit our website at www.brooklynbailfund.org


Role Overview


Brooklyn Community Bail Fund seeks a Client Services Associate to further BCBF’s mission to abolish money bail and all forms of wealth-based detention, end the criminalization of race and poverty, and drive incremental reforms to ensure harm reduction for individuals currently impacted by the system. The Client Services Associate works within the Client Services Team and is responsible for conducting individualized client intake and referring clients to community-based services as requested and completing related projects as assigned by Director of Client Services.


Qualifications

(Required)


  • Demonstrated commitment to ending mass incarceration and to racial and economic justice.
  • Bachelor's degree minimum.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in a criminal legal organization, social service provider, and/or advocacy/organizing capacity.
  • Possess knowledge of New York City social service providers and the ability to plan and successfully execute referrals to them.
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following service areas in New York City: mental health services, drug treatment, trauma and abuse counseling, workforce development, education, housing, public assistance.
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of clients, including clients who are in crisis.
  • Objective listening skills with the capacity to effectively mediate.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and assessment skills and be able to interact with a multi-cultural and diverse population.
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment and flexibility with changing schedules.
  • A team player with excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English


(Preferred)


  • Master's Degree in Social Work, or a related field. If MSW, should be licensed or willing and eligible to become licensed.
  • Experience with Google Applications (Google Calendar; Google Drive), Microsoft Office (Word; Excel), Dropbox, and Salesforce


Principal Responsibilities


Client Support and Services

  • Perform outreach with clients, both over the phone and in-person, to conduct individualized intake to determine needs and develop service referral plan.
  • Provide services on site as necessary, including transportation, emergency cell phones, care packages, clothing, and job preparation.
  • Provide information and referrals to community-based providers in areas of housing, employment, counseling, and benefits, and support clients throughout the process.
  • Perform data entry in online database.
  • Recognize and validate clients’ agency and humanity; operate with a nonjudgmental lens to provide support that does not resonate as surveillance or supervision.


Client Advocacy and Organizing

  • Provide assistance in navigating criminal court system through information, advocacy, accompaniment, and support.
  • Advocate with and behalf of clients with public defenders, social service providers, and criminal court actors and personnel.
  • Connect interested clients with local participatory defense hubs to impact the outcome of their court cases and to build community power.
  • Engage clients to become involved in ongoing campaigns related to criminal justice reform, specifically those to abolish money bail and to end the criminalization of race and poverty.


Other Projects

  • Assist with client court reminders as necessary and as assigned by Director.
  • Research potential new community partnerships and resources.
  • Attend internal and external meetings, trainings, and workshops.
  • Represent BCBF at advocacy and fundraising events as assigned by Director.
  • Develop and help conduct presentations with Client Services team to partner organizations.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual Spanish/English required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

jobs@brooklynbailfund.org


To apply, email resume, salary requirement and cover letter to jobs@brooklynbailfund.org. Please include “Client Services Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military status, marital status, familial status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran or active military service member status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, unemployment status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Brooklyn Community Bail Fund values diverse experiences. People with criminal justice records are encouraged to apply. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.


For more information about Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, visit our website at www.brooklynbailfund.org


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