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Clinical Director, Alternatives to Incarceration

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Center for Court Innovation


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December 18, 2020
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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 re-engineer 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 Clinical Director for the Alternative-to-Incarceration (ATI) Program, which includes the Young Adult Court, Adult- ATI, Felony- ATI, Human Trafficking Intervention Court, Pre-arraignment Diversion, and the Behavioral Health Unit. Reporting to the Deputy Project Director, the Clinical Director is responsible for leading a team of clinical staff who provide assessments, referrals to community-based providers, onsite psychoeducational groups, restorative justice circles, trauma-informed case management, and compliance monitoring for participants with active misdemeanor and felony cases. The Clinical Director will provide oversight into clinical operations through supervision of clinical staff, programming and service delivery, project specific policies and procedures, data collection, and provide administrative support to senior management.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee clinical operations of all Alternative-to-Incarceration programming and services;
  • Manage and provide weekly individual clinical and administrative supervision to ATI managerial staff;
  • Facilitate clinical department meetings to ensure coordination, clinical support, and appropriate work flow of supervised staff and through cross-departmental collaborations;
  • Monitor facilitation of weekly individual clinical and task supervision to all program staff including social workers, case managers, and intake specialists;
  • Oversee clinical practices including, but not limited to: clinical assessments, treatment recommendations, case audits, case assignments, and compliance monitoring;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with a consulting psychiatrist; 
  • Oversee the professional development of staff through biweekly group supervision of program staff;
  • Provide ad hoc case management services to high need participants and additional comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to individuals to help address such issues as substance use, mental health, trauma, domestic violence, unstable housing, and vocational needs;
  • Conduct clinical assessments, individual counseling sessions, intakes, and provide voluntary referrals;
  • Assist with crisis intervention and de-escalation, as needed;
  • Ensure that staff maintain appropriate and up-to-date participant information in an electronic database to ensure that programming is effective, performance measures are met, and services have the desired outcomes;
  • Ensure thorough and accurate documentation and reporting on progress and compliance of mandated clients to court stakeholders;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with court stakeholders (judges, court staff, prosecutors, and defense attorneys); 
  • Develop, strengthen, and manage relationships with a network of community-based social service providers, including assisting developing MOUs and policies for referrals and reporting; 
  • Assist with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and interventions including treatment modalities and groups as directed by the Deputy Project Director;
  • Oversee, create and facilitate site-specific trainings on a variety of topics;
  • Assist the Supervised Release Program in the development, collaboration, and implementation of program initiatives;
  • Assist with data collection, program evaluation, and grant writing;
  • Liaise and work collaboratively with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other court and programmatic staff;
  • Participate in Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ evenings and weekend meetings, events, and programming, as needed;
  • Additional relevant tasks, as needed.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have an LCSW with at least 6 years of relevant supervisory experience, including 3-4 years of experience in a court or criminal justice setting. Familiarity with programs and related community resources regarding housing instability, drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, adolescent development, and/or experience with trauma-informed and strength-based approaches is preferred. Candidates will have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent and culturally-humble manner. The ideal candidate must be a skilled communicator who can work professionally and collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, and must be willing and able to work collaboratively with a variety of judges, court personnel, and partner agencies in a high-pressure and fast-paced work environment. Court-based social work is an incredibly unique and demanding area of practice, and candidates must be open to constructive engagement with differing and, at times, competing perspectives. Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication and writing skills are required. SIFI certified or eligible preferred. 

Position Type: Full-time, weekend and evening hours required as needed for BJI operations

Location: Brooklyn, 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
  • Managerial

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…

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Location

Brooklyn, NY

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