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Social Worker, Alternatives to Incarceration

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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.

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives (BJI) seeks to reengineer the experience of criminal court in Brooklyn, New York by providing judges and attorneys meaningful alternatives to bail, fines, and jail sentences. Operating out of Kings County Criminal Court, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is a team of social service providers, court-based resource coordinators, and others who seek to improve the quality of justice. By providing meaningful pre-trial supervised release and post-conviction sentencing options, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives seeks to use an arrest as a window of opportunity to change the direction of a participant’s life and avoid the harmful effects of incarceration.  

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is seeking a Social Worker. Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, Alternatives to Incarceration, the Social Worker's primary focus will be working with individuals who engage in Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programming, Alternative to Detention (ATD), and Early Diversion programming. The Social Worker will also be expected to provide coverage for services for an array of court-based programs operated by Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. This includes Young Adult Court, Adult- ATI, Felony- ATI, early diversion and mental health diversion programming, providing both pre and post-plea opportunities for individuals charged with misdemeanors. The Social Worker is responsible for conducting intakes, assessments, providing comprehensive case management, and facilitating individual and group sessions. The Social Worker will be responsible for monitoring a caseload of pre-trial supervised release and early diversion participants, providing participants voluntary referrals, and helping promote compliance with pretrial release conditions. The Social Worker will stay in regular contact with participants, send court date reminders and submit compliance notices to the court.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to young adult and adult participants (and, where appropriate, their families) that address issues such as substance use, mental health, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and educational/vocational needs;
  • Conduct clinical assessments and provide recommendations to court parties for services and treatment;
  • Provide case management and individual counseling services to a caseload of short- and long-term mandated participants;
  • Complete intakes of early diversion, Supervised Release, and Alternative to Incarceration participants;
  • Provide Supervised Release Program participants comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services including regular in-person meetings and phone calls which may include nights and weekends;
  • Conduct outreach to collateral sources to promote compliance and court monitoring, as needed;
  • Maintain appropriate participant information in electronic databases and paper files;
  • Make appropriate referrals to community-based organizations for additional services;
  • Facilitate coordinated service delivery for on-site agencies and community-based agencies;
  • Manage and monitor participant compliance with service mandates;
  • Establish and maintain linkages with community partners who can provide age-appropriate interventions and services to court-involved individuals;
  • Provide accurate written and verbal participant reports to the court and other court stakeholders;
  • Participate in interdisciplinary treatment meetings;
  • Facilitate and develop a range of on-site psychoeducational groups and conduct individual case management sessions;
  • Assist the ATI management with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
  • Assist the ATI management with administrative responsibilities, as needed;
  • Assist the ATI management with data collection and management;
  • Assist with grant reporting requirements, as needed;
  • Provide clinical services as described above to program participants on a voluntary basis post-mandate;
  • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings;
  • Attending Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ and community-based events after hours, as needed; and
  • Additional relevant tasks, as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a LMSW or possess an equivalent Master's level counseling degree with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in social work, the criminal justice system, and/or with justice-involved communities required. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community. Experience working with youth and young adults, individuals experiencing domestic violence, mental health issues, substance use disorder, and/or homelessness is a plus.

Compensation: Salary range starts at $53,500. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, WageWorks, 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.

As of September 9, 2021, all new hires are required to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for medical, disability or religious reasons by the Center’s Human Resources Department.

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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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

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On-site
Brooklyn, NY 11201, US

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