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Resource Coordinator, Misdemeanor Alternatives to Incarceration

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Center for Court Innovation


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Published 10 days ago

At least $43,000

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 (QCJC) is seeking a Resource Coordinator, whose primary focus will be facilitating the program referral process to its Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programming, including reviewing all available information about each potentially eligible participant to determine their suitability for programming. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Resource Coordinator serves as the primary liaison and representative between QCJC and courtroom staff in arraignments. The Resource Coordinator must be intimately acquainted and well-versed in all alternative sanction options and services offered by QCJC. Once participants are enrolled in ATI programming, the Resource Coordinator will provide written and verbal updates to the court including defense attorneys, assistant district attorneys, and judges on a regular basis. The Resource Coordinator is also responsible for providing court coverage to various Criminal and Supreme Court parts, including specialized court initiatives. Specific responsibilities include conducting screenings and assessments with participants for all programming, facilitating participant releases and other processes with court stakeholders, and troubleshooting any issues that arise. The Resource Coordinator must be prepared to provide information on QCJC programs and services, respond to questions or concerns by courtroom staff, visitors, or the public. In addition, the Resource Coordinator must establish close connections with other departments, criminal justice agencies & community organizations on behalf of Queens Community Justice Center.

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:

  • Serve as a coordinator in the Queens arraignment, all-purpose, treatment and trial court parts, to determine eligibility for alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programming;  
  • Conduct in-court mental health screenings, program outreach and/or referrals for clinical assessments to determine appropriate treatment options;
  • Provide written and verbal case updates in multiple court parts and to court staff;
  • Communicate with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court staff about eligible individuals’ suitability for ATI programming;
  • Collaborate with a broad range of criminal justice, city government, and community partners;
  • Assist with clinical assessments and screenings, as needed;
  • Complete intakes and assessments for mandated participants;
  • Assist with scheduling and rescheduling mandated participants for both on and offsite groups and community service;
  • Ensure that all participants who are mandated to services are connected with their assigned case manager upon their release;
  • Provide direct services to program participants or voluntary participants, including group facilitation, as needed;
  • Execute crisis intervention protocols to ensure participant safety and connection to appropriate services post-arraignment;
  • Escort participants to community-based treatment providers, as needed;
  • Provide written and verbal case updates to the court and other court staff as needed, including compliance reporting;
  • Maintain appropriate participant information in electronic databases and hard files, including court assessment, screening, and outcome information;
  • Assist with outreach and scheduling regarding participant compliance requirements;
  • Assist senior staff with the development and implementation of new programs, protocols, initiatives, and interventions;
  • Assist with data collection and management;
  • Assist with toxicology testing and reporting;
  • Provide weekday, weeknight, weekend day, and weekend night arraignment coverage on a regular rotating basis;
  • Attend required staff meetings and trainings; 
  • Attend community-based events after hours;
  • Other relevant duties as necessary.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of experience working in a criminal court setting and/or human service field. 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. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent and gender-affirming manner and communicate appropriately with varying levels of stakeholders. Must be highly organized, excellent communication skills, and strong writing ability with the capacity to be detail-oriented within a fast-paced, dynamic environment highly desired. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred. Additional requirements include: 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft and Google Suites
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with a variety of court personnel and on-site partner agencies in a high-pressure/fast-paced work environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, both in-person and remotely

Position Type: Full-time, rotating schedule of day (9:00am-5:00pm), swing (12:00pm-8:00pm), night (5:00pm-1:00am), weekend (day and night) shifts, and some holidays.

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
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level

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

Queens, NY

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