Senior Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time


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



Application Deadline



314 West 54th Street
New York
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.

The Midtown Community Court is seeking a Senior Social Worker for its court-based programs, which currently include a youth justice program, a drug treatment track, a human trafficking intervention part, and various alternative to incarceration programs that offer pre- and post-plea opportunities for misdemeanors. Additionally, in September 2018, Midtown launched an Overdose Avoidance and Recovery part that aims to respond to the current opioid crisis by supporting individuals towards meaningful recovery. Along with contributing to the work of its social services programming as a whole, the Senior Social Worker will help to support this exciting new initiative. The Senior Social Worker will also be responsible for providing clinical assessments and short-term individual and group counseling sessions for eligible defendants, among other duties. This position reports to the Midtown Community Court Clinical Director.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Assist Clinical Director with programmatic organization such as scheduling of psycho-educational groups, individual counseling sessions, and meetings; data tracking; and developing or updating program materials

·        Assist with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;

·        Oversee administrative organization of various projects in relation to the clinic’s programming, staffing, and client services

·        Establish and maintain linkages with community partners who can provide appropriate interventions and services to court-involved individuals

·        Facilitate a range of psycho-educational groups with court-mandated or voluntary clients

·        Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to clients that address issues such as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and vocational needs

·        Perform a variety of professional tasks related to substance use disorder screening and assessment, co-facilitation of psycho-educational counseling, and community referrals

·        Monitor and report on compliance to court stakeholders (defense counsel, prosecutor, judge and court staff);

·        Conduct clinical assessments both in the clinic setting as well as in the NYPD secured holding cell area of the court

·        Provide clinical recommendations to the court for mandated services and treatment

·        Maintain appropriate client information in electronic databases and paper files

·        Assist in maintaining the principles of procedural justice throughout the court process

·        Provide clinical services as described above to program participants on a voluntary basis post-mandate

·        Serve as a court resource coordinator, assisting the court and criminal justice partners at initial arraignment, as needed

·        Participate in staff meetings, trainings, off-site visits to treatment providers and community-based programs, and community engagement activities

·        Collaborate with other departments at Midtown Community Court

·        Participate in evening and weekend community meetings, events and programming, when necessary

·        Perform other duties as assigned by Clinical Director

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be currently licensed with either their New York State LMSW or LCSW. A minimum of 3 years experience working in a social justice or social services setting required. Experience with mental health services, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practice is preferred. Experience with substance use disorders and treatment modalities is a must. The candidate must be comfortable working in a court-based setting and with court personnel, law enforcement staff, and partners. Court-based social work is a unique and demanding area of practice, and candidates must be open to constructive engagement with other professionals who have differing and, at times, competing perspectives. Experience with/or comfortability in learning to facilitate conversations related to identity, oppression, and privilege is a must. Ability to effectively work with diverse client populations, as a team member in a multiracial setting, and collaborate with on-site partner agencies and court personnel is required.  Candidate must excel at client engagement and be comfortable working with adults, adolescents and families and be highly organized and excellent time management skills. A sense of humor is a plus!

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements with Senior Social Worker, Midtown Clinic in the subject line to:

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


Alexandra Haselbeck, Clinical Director

Midtown Community Court

314 W. 54th Street

New York, NY 10019


(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.


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The Center for Court Innovation is a project of the Fund for the City of New York.