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Senior Social Worker, Manhattan Felony Alternative to Incarceration

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Center for Court Innovation


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Published 25 days ago

October 28, 2020
Salary range starts at $57,000 and is commensurate with experience.

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.

The Center for Court Innovation is seeking a Senior Social Worker to join a team of staff—including social workers, case managers, and a peer navigator—who work with defendants participating in the Manhattan Felony Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Court. The ATI Court, which is led by Administrative Judge Ellen Biben, seeks to forge a new response to individuals charged with felonies by linking them to community-based social services. The Court is the first of its kind, providing an innovative model for other jurisdictions seeking to develop and implement meaningful post-conviction sentencing options for individuals facing felony charges.

Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Senior Social Worker will be part of a team that provides neutral, third-party assessments and case management services to the ATI Court. The Senior Social Worker will be responsible for conducting independent clinical assessments, providing referrals to community-based services, offering comprehensive clinical case management, and monitoring participant compliance. The Senior Social Worker will be primarily responsible for a caseload of high risk/need program participants. Additionally, in coordination with the Clinical Director, the Senior Social Worker will serve as the team’s training liaison to identify any internal training needs and to coordinate the delivery of such trainings to the staff; will help identify gaps in services and forge new partnerships with community-based providers to fill those needs; and, as the team expands, provide support and guidance to case managers and interns.

An essential and dynamic feature of the Senior Social Worker’s role will be close collaboration with key stakeholders. The Senior Social Worker will work regularly with the judge and court staff from New York County Supreme Court who oversee the Felony ATI Court, as well as with other stakeholders, including the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and New York City defense organizations. Court-based social work is an exciting, unique, and demanding area of practice, and the Senior Social Worker role involves navigating and constructively engaging with differing and, at times, competing stakeholder perspectives.

Manhattan Justice strongly encourages and seeks 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.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct detailed risk-need profiles and clinical assessments for potential felony ATI Court participants;
  • Develop treatment recommendations for services for potential ATI participants to court stakeholders (judge, defense counsel, prosecutor, and court staff);
  • Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to a caseload of high risk/need pre-plea and court-mandated ATI participants to help address issues such as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing and vocational needs, and other challenges in a participant’s life (e.g. new arrests, family court cases, and other civil legal issues);
  • Make appropriate community-based referrals for a variety of social service needs;
  • Manage and monitor compliance with treatment mandates, including care coordination with providers, and provide written treatment updates for court stakeholders for all court-involved participants;
  • Provide supervisory support and guidance to case managers and interns, in coordination with the Clinical Director;
  • Manage social work internship recruitment, placement, and supervision;
  • Participate in regular interdisciplinary case conferences with court stakeholders;
  • Coordinate with court stakeholders on any non-compliance issues and assist clients in getting back into compliance, including re-engaging clients, arranging returns on warrants, and implementing graduated responses to encourage future compliance;
  • Facilitate and help to develop and/or revise curricula for a range of on-site psychoeducational groups and individual case management sessions;
  • Attend court on calendar days, as needed, to help clients navigate court and collaborate with court staff and stakeholders;
  • Collaborate and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including the resource coordinator, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other court and programmatic staff;
  • Assist with toxicology testing and reporting, as needed;
  • Provide crisis intervention and de-escalation, as needed;
  • Provide voluntary referrals to community-based services, as needed;
  • Establish and maintain linkages with community partners who can support program work, and assist the Clinical Director in identifying gaps in services and forging new partnerships to fill those needs;
  • Assist the Clinical Director with the development and implementation of new initiatives, including best clinical practices and appropriate evidence-based interventions;
  • Identify internal training needs and coordinate the delivery of such trainings for staff, in coordination with the Clinical Director;
  • Enter and maintain appropriate up-to-date participant information, including assessment, case management, and case outcome data;
  • Provide clinical services as described above to program participants on a voluntary basis post-mandate;
  • Participate in clinical group supervision, staff meetings, and trainings;
  • Attend evening community-based meetings and events, as needed; 
  • Assist with other programmatic and administrative tasks to support the Felony ATI Court’s activities;
  • Additional relevant tasks, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • LMSW, LCSW preferred and a minimum of five years' experience in criminal justice and/or a related field;
  • Experience in a court or criminal justice setting preferred;
  • SIFI-certified or eligible;
  • Willingness and ability to work collaboratively with a variety of court personnel and on-site partner agencies in a high-pressure/fast paced work environment;
  • Skill and openness to constructive engagement with differing and, at times, competing stakeholder perspectives;
  • Commitment to, and experience using, holistic and strengths-based approaches, meeting participants where they are, as well as the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally responsive manner;
  • Experience working with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with and addressing the specific needs of young adults, LGBTQ+ people, and women strongly preferred;
  • Excellent organization and time management skills;
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills; and
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Position Location: Manhattan, NY

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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required

Benefits

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.

Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for…

Location

New York, NY

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