Social Worker

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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 by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.

Launched in early 2020, Manhattan Justice Opportunities (Manhattan Justice) seeks to rethink justice in Manhattan and to build a justice system that is more responsive to individuals’ and communities’ needs. Manhattan Justice is a centralized, court-based screening and referral hub that provides judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys at New York County Criminal Court and Supreme Court with a wide array of social service-based sentencing options in misdemeanor and felony cases. Bringing together a consortium of service providers led by the Center for Court Innovation, Manhattan Justice offers onsite case management, psycho-educational groups, restorative justice, and other programming options. Manhattan Justice also provides referrals to community-based service providers for mental health, substance use, employment, primary health care services and more. These services are open to anyone who needs them — including court participants’ families and friends, and others affected by the criminal justice system. These services, which are both mandated and voluntary, help participants address underlying issues

Manhattan Justice is seeking a part-time, temporary Social Worker to engage and assess program participants and link them to a full range of wraparound services, including, community-based social services and evidence-based interventions. Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Social Worker will be responsible for conducting intakes and assessments, making referrals to community-based service providers, offering comprehensive trauma-informed case management and individual counseling sessions,, and providing compliance monitoring for people with open misdemeanor and felony cases. 

Manhattan Justice strongly encourages and seeks 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.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct intakes and clinical assessments for mandated and voluntary program participants;
  • Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management and individual counseling services to a caseload of participants (and, where appropriate, their families) charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses; 
  • Provide referrals to community-based services that address issues such as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and educational/vocational needs; and other challenges in participants’ lives (e.g. family court cases and other civil legal issues);
  • Complete scheduling of services for participants both in-person and on the phone;
  • Provide ongoing crisis intervention and de-escalation, as needed;
  • Assist with outreach to participants and defense attorneys to ensure all mandated participants are effectively engaged;
  • Enter and maintain appropriate client information in electronic case management system in a timely manner; 
  • Provide services as described above to participants on a voluntary basis;
  • Identify, establish, and maintain relationships with community-based service providers;
  • Manage and monitor compliance with treatment mandates, including care coordination with providers;
  • Assist with the development and implementation of new initiatives; including best clinical practices, and appropriate evidence-based interventions;
  • Collaborate closely with resource coordinators, intake specialists, social workers and other staff on the misdemeanor team;
  • Collaborate with staff at the Midtown Community Court and other Center for Court Innovation operating projects; and
  • Assist with other programmatic and administrative tasks to support Manhattan Justice’s activities.

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 by guiding justice innovators, nationally and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required


Hourly, based on a $58,000 annual salary. 


80 Centre St, New York, NY 10013, USA

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