Adolescent Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time




177 Livingston Street
United States


BDS is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 43,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and very fast-paced setting.

Brief Description of Job:

An experienced social worker to team up with attorneys that provide comprehensive legal representation to youth age 14 to 21 with misdemeanor and felony charges. 


Applicants must have a Masters Degree in Social Work and be licensed or become licensed within 6 months of starting the position. Applicants must be flexible with work schedule and willing to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Strong candidates possess excellent writing, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills. 



Social workers assist in determining case strategy by providing both written and oral advocacy seeking alternatives to incarceration for adolescent clients. Additional duties include conducting client assessments, providing crisis intervention, making field visits to detention centers, clients’ homes, and community programs, referring clients for services, and communicating with service providers about client needs.

Salary and benefits are determined based on years and level of experience.


How to Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample, to Gittel Kagan at Please include social work position in the subject line.


BDS is an equal opportunity employer which supports a policy of non-discrimination in all employment practices including, but not limited to, hiring, transfer, promotions, training, compensation, benefits, lay-offs, and terminations.




Level of Language Proficiency

Preference will be given to applicants who have experience working in forensic settings. Bilingual Spanish and/or Creole social workers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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