Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at $47,500 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 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.

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is seeking a Social Worker, whose primary focus will be working within individuals who engage in Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programming. The Social Worker will also be expected to provide coverage for services for an array of court-based programs also operated by Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. This includes a human trafficking intervention program, pre-trial supervised release program, and a mental health diversion programming. Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Social Worker is primarily responsible for conducting assessments, assisting with intakes, providing comprehensive case management, and facilitating individual and group sessions. The Social Worker may be called upon to occasionally work evening/weekend hours.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•        Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to young adult and adult defendants (and, where appropriate, their families) that address issues such as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing, educational, and vocational needs;

•        Conduct clinical assessments and providing recommendations to court parties for services and treatment;

•        Provide case management services to a caseload of short- and long-term court involved clients;

•        Maintain appropriate client information in electronic databases and paper files;

•        Make appropriate referrals to community-based organizations for additional services;

•        Facilitate coordinated service delivery from on-site agencies and community-based agencies;

•        Manage and monitor participant compliance with service mandates;

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

•        Produce accurate, written service updates to be presented in court;

•        Provide written and verbal participant reports to the court and other court staff (e.g. prosecutors, defense attorneys), as needed;

•        Participate in interdisciplinary treatment meetings;

•        Assist with toxicology testing and reporting;

•        Facilitate and develop a range of on-site psychoeducational groups and conducting individual case management sessions;

•        Assist the Clinical Director with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;

•        Assist the Clinical Director with administrative responsibilities, as needed;

•        Assist the Clinical Director with data collection and management;

•        Assist with grant reporting requirements, as needed;

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

•        Attend all required staff meetings and trainings; and

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

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a degree a minimum of years in a related area, preferably as a criminal justice practitioner. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be skilled communicator able to work in multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community.

The ideal candidate will be an LMSW. Candidates must either be licensed or eligible for LMSW licensure in the State of New York within 90 days of hire. 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 on-site 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. 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. Must be detail oriented with great time management and organizational skills. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Position Type: Full-time, occasional evening/weekend hours.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter, and a writing sample with Social Worker in the subject line to:

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


BJI Social Worker

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.


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