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.
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives seeks to reengineer the experience of criminal court in Brooklyn, New York by providing judges and attorneys meaningful alternatives to bail, fines, and jail sentences. Operating out of Kings County Criminal Court, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is a team of social service providers, court-based resource coordinators, and others who seek to improve the quality of justice. 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 participant’s life and avoid the harmful effects of incarceration.
The Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is seeking a Supervising Case Manager. Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator of Pre-trial Services, the Supervising Case Manager will be responsible for providing weekly supervision to case managers within the Supervised Release Program, monitoring a caseload of higher needs program participants, auditing clients tracked through an internal case management system, and providing administrative support to Alternatives to Detention (ATD) management and senior management.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide weekly supervision for case management staff and interns within the Supervised Release Program;
- Complete intakes of participants admitted to the Supervised Release Program and administer an assessment tool;
- Provide case management services to ATD and Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) participants including bi-weekly, weekly or monthly in-person meetings, phone calls, emails and text messages;
- Provide additional comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services and voluntary referrals to individuals with mental health challenges (and, where appropriate, their families) to help address substance use, trauma, domestic violence, housing and vocational needs, among others;
- Liaise with community-based partner agencies regarding compliance and attendance for current clients;
- Conduct home and community-based visits to support clients outside of the office, as needed;
- Perform individual counseling sessions, as needed;
- Conduct outreach to collateral sources to provide supervision and court monitoring, as needed;
- Complete intakes for prospective participants of the ATI programs, as needed;
- Provide clinical services to clients including individual counseling and case management sessions;
- Perform voluntary individual counseling sessions, as requested by clients;
- Facilitate, schedule, and monitor on-site psychoeducational groups;
- Assist the ATD and ATI management with developing new group curricula;
- Liaise with community-based providers regarding programming and compliance;
- Complete all necessary documentation and input data into a computer database;
- Monitor and report on compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense attorneys to bring program participants into compliance, as needed;
- Complete daily case assignments for case management staff;
- Build relationships with court parties in Brooklyn Criminal and Supreme courthouses;
- Participate in trainings and attend staff meetings;
- Collaborate closely with managers across other departments and teams at BJI;
- Assist with data collection and grant writing, as needed;
- Audit caseloads for case management staff within the ATD team;
- Assist with other Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ intakes, screenings, and other related tasks, as needed;
- Attend Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ events after hours, as needed;
- Assist ATD management with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
- Assist with other Brooklyn Justice Initiatives intakes, screenings, and other related tasks, as needed.
- The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree with three years of experience in the criminal justice field. Supervisory experience preferred.
- Bilingual (English-Spanish) 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.
- Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, adolescent development, trauma-informed and strength-based approaches preferred.
- 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.
- Highly organized, excellent time management skills, and strong writing ability required. Must be detail oriented with strong time management and organizational skills.
Position Type: Full-time, able to work nights or weekends.