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 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, whose primary focus will be working within 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 also 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:
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s in Social Work or an equivalent Master’s level counseling degree; recent MSW graduates are encouraged to apply. Candidates must either be currently licensed or obtain LMSW licensure in New York State within 90 days of hire. 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. Prior experience with the criminal justice system and/or justice-involved communities is a plus – in particular, experience working with youth and young adults, individuals experiencing domestic violence, mental health issues, substance use disorder, and/or homelessness.
Compensation: Salary range starts at $52,000. 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.
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.
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…