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Social Worker, Misdemeanor Alternatives to Incarceration

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Center for Court Innovation


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Published 7 days ago

January 4, 2021
At least $50,000

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.

Through its Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) program, the Queens Community Justice Center offers meaningful responses to low-level offenses such as shoplifting, reckless driving, and illegal drug use. Individuals charged with misdemeanor offenses often struggle with underlying issues such as substance use disorder, mental illness, unemployment, and trauma. As a response to low-level charges, judges may mandate participation in a range of social services designed to assist participants with their needs, services which take a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach.

Queens Community Justice Center is seeking a Social Worker, whose primary focus will be working with individuals who engage in Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programming. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Social Worker is primarily responsible for conducting clinical assessments, assisting with intakes, providing comprehensive case management, facilitating individual and group sessions, and reporting to the court. Clinical interventions are grounded in procedural justice, risk-need-responsivity, and trauma-informed care. The Social Worker will work closely with an interdisciplinary team providing adult case management services. The Social Worker may be called upon to assist with community-based events and attend offsite organizational events.  

Queens Community Justice Center strongly encourages and seeks applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ community members, as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to a caseload of short-term mandated clients that address issues such as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, housing, and educational/vocational needs;
  • Conduct clinical assessments and making appropriate referrals for treatment and other services;
  • Facilitate a range of on-site and/or virtual psychoeducational groups and conducting individual counseling sessions; 
  • Make appropriate community-based referrals for a variety of social service needs; 
  • Facilitate coordinated service delivery from on-site agencies and community-based agencies;
  • Establish and maintain linkages with community partners who can provide age-appropriate interventions and services to court-involved individuals;
  • Manage and monitor participant compliance with service mandates; 
  • Provide written and verbal participant reports to the court and other court staff (e.g. prosecutors, defense attorneys), as needed;
  • Maintain appropriate client and group information in electronic databases and hard files;
  • Participate in interdisciplinary treatment meetings;
  • Participate in individual and group supervision;
  • Collaborate with the case manager and resource coordinator;
  • Assist the Program Manager with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
  • Provide coverage to alternative-to-detention (ATD) clinical staff when needed;
  • Participate in department staff meetings, interdisciplinary meetings, and on- and off-site trainings; 
  • Assist with administrative responsibilities, including data management, grant reporting and compliance monitoring; 
  • Provide clinical services as described above to voluntary clients if/where needed;
  • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings;
  • Attend community-based events after hours;
  • Other relevant duties as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a LMSW and have a minimum of two years in a related area. SIFI certified or eligible preferred. Candidates will have experience with and commitment to applying an intersectional lens to their work that lifts up and centers Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color, non-binary and trans youth and adults, and LGBTQ youth and adults with a commitment to anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and participant-led practices. Candidates must be willing and able to work collaboratively with a variety of court personnel and on-site partner agencies in a high-pressure/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. Bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred. Additional requirements include:

  • Knowledge and/or lived experience related to the criminal justice system and its impact on communities preferred;
  • Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, adolescent development; trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches preferred. 
  • Excellent time management, organizational and strong writing skills required;
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent and gender-affirming manner.

Position Type: Full-time; may be required to work a rotating schedule, which includes day and some evening hours, as needed.

Location: Queens, NY

Start Date: January 2021

Compensation: Salary starts at $50,000 and is commensurate with experience. 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 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
  • Professional

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) strongly preferred. 

Bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred. 

Location

Queens, NY

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