Outreach 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.

The Center operates four Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) sites, two in the South Bronx and two in Brooklyn.  S.O.S. is a replication of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention’s evidence-based Cure Violence program, a cutting-edge gun violence prevention model that aims to reduce and prevent shootings through the use of public health strategies. 

S.O.S. Bronx is seeking a part-time Outreach Worker for the Children’s Center, which is one of three Administration for Children's Services (ACS) sites. The Outreach Worker position will report to the Director of Community Contracts. The Outreach Worker will work individually and as a team to prevent violence and reduce conflict within the facility.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with Children’s Center staff on youth program-related issues;
  • Provide individual and group mentoring sessions for youth placed at the Children’s Center;
  • Facilitate regular pro-social activities for the Children’s Center youth;
  • Work closely with the Director of Community Contracts to integrate restorative practices into daily interactions between Children’s Center staff and youth;
  • Keep appropriate records of and communicate with supervisors about participant meetings;
  • Attend court appearances with Children’s Center residents, as necessary;
  • Participate in group sessions with Children's Center staff for gender specific groups at the Children’s Center;
  • Participate in special events for the Children’s Center youth;
  • Participate in community safety strategies to ensure youth housed at the Children’s Center can maintain safety outside of the residence;
  • Attend, participate and complete all program trainings including ACS;
  • Attend S.O.S. Bronx staff meetings;
  • Represent S.O.S. Bronx at the Children’s Center while supporting young people with reentering communities;
  • Report to the Director of Community Contracts any issues, updates, needs, concerns and supports as well as inform of all relevant information;
  • Utilize Cure Violence model to identify conflict within the community that might spill over into the facility;
  • Attend community events, as necessary;
  • Support other ACS contracts as needed (Horizon Detention Center and Close to Home);
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications: Individuals who are formerly incarcerated or have other experience in the criminal justice system are particularly invited to apply. The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma as well as a minimum of 2 years’ experience OR the equivalent in a related area, knowledge of mental health illness and understanding of psychosocial triggers, strengths and personal needs. Excellent written skills are a must. Experience providing group and individual mentoring with youth preferred. Experience in a fast-paced environment is preferred. The ideal candidate should have an understanding of trauma and trauma reactions in individuals. Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community. The ideal candidate will also possess a positive attitude toward people whose opinions, cultural traditions, and religious beliefs are different from their own. Every effort will be made to hire an Outreach Worker who is familiar with the needs of the youth impacted by the child welfare/criminal justice systems. Professional or personal experience with the criminal justice system is preferred.

  • Previous experience facilitating restorative justice-based programming, and/or a familiarity with principles of restorative justice, preferred;
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner;
  • Comfort working with adolescents; 
  • Resides in or is familiar with the Bronx community;
  • Knowledge of community-based resources throughout New York City preferred;
  • ACS knowledge or experience;
  • A self-starter who can successfully be part of a diverse workforce and get things done in a fast-paced environment;

Position Type: Part Time (21 hours/week), evenings and weekend hours (Must be able to work a flexible schedule of late nights, changing hours, over-nights, holidays and weekends.) 

Compensation: $18.75/hr. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, WageWorks, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.

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.

As of September 9, 2021, all new hires are required to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for medical, disability or religious reasons by the Center’s Human Resources Department.

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 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…

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  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Manhattan, NY , US

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