Social Worker, Alternatives to Incarceration

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Center for Court Innovation
Staten Island, NY
Published 21 days ago

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.

The Staten Island Justice Center (SIJC; Justice Center) offers an array of programming for both youth and adults in Staten Island, focusing on engaging those with current or past justice involvement. The Justice Center’s Alternatives to Incarceration programming provides judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys with alternative community sentencing options that hold individuals accountable in a way that is meaningful, proportionate, and restorative. The goal is to provide participants with individual and group services that help them to avoid future contact with the justice system and promote swift case resolutions that bolster public confidence in justice.

Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Social Worker will be responsible for the monitoring and case management of program participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pre-plea and post-plea conditions. The Social Worker will stay in regular contact with participants, including facilitating in-person case management meetings. The Social Worker will also facilitate groups and assist in development of onsite services for participants. Additionally, the Social Worker will be in communication with attorneys’ offices, community-based providers, and draft memos to keep the court informed of participants’ compliance.  The Social Worker will work closely with an interdisciplinary team providing adult case management services.

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Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate a three- to five- session clinical group intervention, with fidelity to the model, for cohorts of justice-involved individuals;
  • Facilitate a range of on-site psychoeducational groups and conduct individual counseling sessions;
  • Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to a caseload of short- and long-term mandated clients;
  • Conduct clinical assessments and provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services and service referrals to individuals, to help address issues such as substance use, mental health, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and vocational needs;
  • Maintain appropriate client and group information in electronic databases and hard files;
  • Conduct outreach to outside service providers to increase referral sources for clients;
  • Monitor and report on compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense and district attorneys to bring program participants into compliance;
  • Participate in individual and group supervision, 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 needed;
  • Assist with other Justice Center intakes and assessments, as needed;
  • Attend Staten Island Justice Center's events after hours, as needed;
  • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings;
  • Assist the Clinical Director with the development and implementation of new policies, programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
  • Perform other duties as necessary to support the Staten Island Justice Center and department activities; and
  • Perform additional relevant duties, as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a LMSW or possess an equivalent Master's level counseling degree with two years’ of experience in a related area. Bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred. Excellent written skills are a must. Seeking a highly organized candidate with an ability to multi-task, and work in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to provide service in a strengths-based manner and understand the importance of meeting clients where they are. Willingness and interest in engaging individuals (youth and adult) with mental health and substance abuse needs. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-responsive manner required. Professional demeanor and ability to communicate appropriately with building stakeholders. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and writing skills required.

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…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Staten Island, NY 10301, US

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