Community Engagement Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at $37,000 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 improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives seeks to forge a new response to misdemeanor 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 resource coordinators. 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 Senior Social Worker, the Community Engagement Specialist will be responsible for supporting participants enrolled in alternative to detention and incarceration programming and will assist participants in successfully attending appointments and court appearances. The role of the Community Engagement Specialist will also engage clients within their communities through escorting clients to appointments at community-based agencies, coordinating the retrieval of property, court accompaniment and conducting home visits.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Utilizing engagement techniques to support participants in fulfilling mandated supervision requirements through home visits, and family engagement, when appropriate;

·        Escorting/accompanying clients to and from appointments for drug treatment, outpatient mental health, or other appointments, as needed;

·        Providing additional comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to individuals with mental illness (and, where appropriate, their families) to help address such issues as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing and vocational needs;

·        Responding to crisis situations as needed;

·        Accompanying clients to court appearances and property retrieval;

·        Providing vocational support to individuals in the program, which may include: resume development, referral to training and career services programs, and interview preparation;

·        Facilitating group sessions for program participants;

·        Maintaining partnerships with community-based agencies that provide voluntary services to participants;

·        Assisting clients with obtaining identification and vital documents;

·        Developing and maintaining new employment prospects and participant resources through networking and court contacts;

·        Coordinating and serving as a field liaison for clients who receive services with Center for Court Innovation sister sites (Red Hook & Brownsville Community Justice Centers)

·        Completing all necessary documentation and inputting data into a case management database;

·        Assisting with compliance reporting and court coverage as needed;

·        Participating in trainings and attending staff meetings;

·        Providing all services in a manner that is strengths-based, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed, and that adheres to the core principles of risk-need-responsivity;

·        Working closely with senior staff to develop and implement new initiatives;

·        Attending Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ events after hours as needed.

Required Qualifications: 

•        High school degree with related work experience

•        Experience in criminal justice setting

•        Candidates must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner. Candidates must also be comfortable working with adolescents, adults, and families.

Preferred Qualifications: 

•        Formerly incarcerated individuals are encouraged to apply

•        Bilingual Spanish-speaking

•        Familiarity of treatment programs (substance abuse, mental health, etc.) and other

support services (GED, job training, etc.) for referrals

•       Familiarity with the Alternative to Detention (ATD), Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) or other

advocacy program models

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual Spanish-speaking (preferred).

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to:

Subject line: Supervised Release Community Engagement Specialist

Attn.: Amanda Levering, Pre-Trial Services Director

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

120 Schermerhorn Street

Brooklyn, New York 11201


Note: 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 lawWe 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 project of the Fund for the City of New York. 

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