Senior Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at $55,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline



120 Schermerhorn Street
New York
United States


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 around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research and provides consulting services to justice innovators.

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives seeks to forge a new response to misdemeanor and non-violent felony defendants in Kings County, New York. Operating out of Kings County Criminal Court, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is staffed by a team of court-based social workers, case managers, and court liaisons. 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 defendant’s life and avoid the harmful effects of incarceration.  

Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Senior Social Worker will be responsible for providing weekly supervision for some case manager and/or social work staff within the Clinical Department, monitoring a caseload of program participants, providing administrative support to the Clinical Department and Clinical Director, and helping promote compliance with program mandates. The Senior Social Worker will stay in regular contact with participants and provide clinical services as indicated by the court mandate.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Provide weekly supervision for some staff in the clinical department, potentially including case managers, interns, and Masters level clinicians

·        Complete intakes for prospective participants of the ATI programs, as needed

·        Provide clinical services to clients including individual counseling and case management sessions

·        Assist BJI staff with crisis intervention and de-escalation, as needed

·        Provide referrals to clients as needed to help address such issues as substance use, mental health, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and vocational needs

·        Perform voluntary individual counseling sessions, as requested by clients

·        Facilitate, schedule, and monitor on-site psychoeducational groups

·        Assist the Clinical Director with developing new group curricula

·        Liaise with community-based providers regarding programming and compliance

·        Assist the Clinical Director and Deputy Project Director in creating new community partnerships

·        Complete all necessary documentation and input data into a computer database

·        Monitor and report on compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense attorneys to bring program participants into compliance, as needed

·        Assist the Clinical Director with individual and team clinical supervisions, as needed

·        Provide coverage for Clinical Director when needed by: reviewing assessment recommendations, providing support to team members, assist with crisis intervention, approve timesheets, and other tasks as needed

·        Develop and facilitate trainings with the Clinical Director

·        Complete weekly case assignments

·        Facilitate toxicology testing, as needed

·        Build relationships with court parties in Brooklyn Criminal and Supreme courthouses

·        Participate in trainings and attend staff meetings

·        Collaborate closely with managers across other departments and teams at BJI

·        Assist with data collection and grant writing, as needed

·        Audit caseloads for staff within the clinical team

·        Assist with other Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ intakes, screenings, and other related tasks, as needed

·        Attend Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ events after hours, as needed



·        LMSW required, LCSW preferred

·        Supervisory experience preferred

·        SIFI certified or eligible in the near future

·        Experience in a court or criminal justice setting preferred

·        Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, adolescent development, trauma-informed and strength-based approaches preferred

·        Candidates must be willing and able to work collaboratively with a variety of court personnel and 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

·        Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner

·        Professional demeanor and ability to communicate appropriately with judges and other court personnel

·        Excellent organizational and interpersonal, communication and writing skills required

·        Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample with Senior Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiative in the subject line to:


If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:




Dana Rivera, Clinical Director

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

120 Schermerhorn Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201




(212) 397-0985



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.


Date Posted: October 25, 2018


Deadline to Apply: November 8, 2018


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The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.