Fatherhood Support Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at mid $30k 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 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.

The Midtown Community Court seeks a Fatherhood Support Specialist for UpNext, a job training and family engagement program for non-custodial fathers, many of whom have had previous involvement with the criminal justice system. UpNext provides tools, training, and resources for participants to successfully compete in today’s job market and connect with their families. Reporting to the UpNext Program Coordinator, the Fatherhood Support Specialist will be responsible for case management, facilitating fatherhood programming, and oversee alumni programming.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Provide one-on-one case management and support services to participants (service plan, referrals, and follow up)

·        Facilitate fatherhood sessions focused on healthy masculinity, positive childhood development, and healthy co-parenting relationships

·        Work with the Program Coordinator in organizing and facilitating a peer support group

·        Maintain alumni mentorship program which includes organizing events and meetings, and maintaining data of alumni volunteers

·        Ensure thorough and accurate file-keeping and reporting on progress and compliance of clients

·        Input data to ensure proper tracking of clients and measure program success

·        Participate in regular staff meetings to coordinate program needs and objectives

·        Provide coverage for all program sections including employment workshops when necessary

·        Provide enrollment and administrative coverage when necessary

·        Attend evening and weekend community events when necessary

·        Assist in special events and collaborate on larger Midtown projects as necessary

·        Perform other duties as assigned by Program Coordinator and Midtown Senior Management


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and experience in reentry and fatherhood/family support services. Bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred. An interest in restorative practices and procedural justice a plus. Excellent written and verbal communication and computer skills required. Seeking an extremely outgoing, personable and professional individual who can think creatively and critically about their approach in engaging a marginalized population; a detail-oriented, self-starter who takes initiative and can get things done in a high-paced environment, and who is sensitive to working with people who have criminal backgrounds.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter and a paragraph detailing, “Why Fatherhood Work is Important” with Fatherhood Support Specialist in the subject line to: mccjobs@courtinnovation.org

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


Attn.: Awinna Martinez

Midtown Community Court

314 W 54th St

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.

Visit our website at www.courtinnovation.org.

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