Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at $47,500 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline



88 Visitation Place
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 Red Hook Community Justice Center, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation, is hiring a Social Worker to work with both voluntary and mandated clients. The Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court, hearing criminal, housing and family matters under one roof with a single judge. The Justice Center’s mission is to solve community problems: strengthening families, assisting at-risk youth, preventing evictions, addressing crime when it occurs and working to prevent crime before it takes place. Court-mandated clients are sentenced to community restitution and linked to a full range of on-site and community-based social services, including drug treatment, mental health services, trauma counseling, family mediation, GED, and domestic violence services.

Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Social Worker is responsible for providing assessment and comprehensive counseling and case management services to individuals with ongoing cases in Criminal Court or Family Court proceedings, as well as voluntary clients and community-based referrals.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Conduct clinical assessments and providing recommendations for services and treatment;

·        Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed services to clients (and, where appropriate, their families) that address issues such as trauma, substance use, mental health, domestic violence and housing for both short- and long-term mandated and voluntary clients; Establishing and maintaining linkages with community partners who can support program work;

·        Manage and monitor compliance with treatment mandates, including advocacy and care coordination with providers, and providing written treatment updates to the court for all court-involved participants;

·        Make appropriate community-based referrals for a variety of social service needs;

·        Facilitate and help to develop and/or revise curricula for a range of on-site psychoeducational groups and conducting individual case management sessions;

·        Proactively engage in efforts to build capacity within the department and the Justice Center as a whole, including the launching of new initiatives or programs to meet the needs of clients;

·        Work collaboratively with a variety of Justice Center personnel and on-site partner agencies, serving as a resource for other departments within the building through case management and/or case consultations, including the Housing Resource Center, Peacemaking, legal services, or Youth/Community programs;

·        Assist with toxicology testing;

Maintain appropriate client information in electronic databases and hard files;

·        Participate in weekly department staff meetings, interdisciplinary treatment meetings, and on- and off-site trainings;

·        Assist with administrative responsibilities, including data management and grant reporting,

compliance monitoring, and courtroom coverage when needed.

·        Attend community events and meetings, some of which take place in the evening and/or on weekends.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an MSW with a minimum of 2 years in a related area. Candidates must either be currently licensed or obtain the New York LMSW licensure within 90 days of hire. Experience in a court or criminal justice setting preferred. Candidate must be able to effectively work with diverse client populations as a team member in a culturally and racially diverse setting, as well as collaborate with on-site partner agencies and court personnel. Experience with trauma-informed practice, mental health and substance abuse services, and co-occurring disorders strongly preferred. Candidate must excel at client engagement with adults, adolescents, and families. A highly-organized individual with excellent time management skills, and strong writing ability strongly desired. A sense of humor, ability to manage high-pressure/fast-paced work environment, and openness to critical thinking are a plus. An anti-racist analysis and practice with a serious commitment to social justice and self-reflection is critical. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.  People who are formerly incarcerated or those with experience in the legal system strongly encouraged to apply.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

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

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


Red Hook Community Justice Center

Attn.: Jessica Gusberg, Clinical Director

88 Visitation Place

Brooklyn, NY 11231



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.


Date Posted: October 25, 2018

Deadline to Apply: November 25, 2018

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