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Senior Youth Social Worker, Supervised Release

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Center for Court Innovation


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Published 14 days ago

Salary range starts at $57,000 and is commensurate with experience.

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.  

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives also operates a Supervised Release program. Supervised Release offers an alternative to jail, providing pretrial supervision, case management, and voluntary social services to people charged with misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses. Program participants are monitored to ensure their appearance at court dates, and they receive referrals to community-based programming such as job training, drug treatment, and mental health counseling. Following recent legislative changes in New York State that curtail the use of cash bail and pretrial detention, the Center anticipates dramatic growth in the population served through Supervised Release. As part of this expansion, the Supervised Release Program will provide services to a growing youth population and take on bail-eligible felony and misdemeanor charges, including violent felony arrests. The Youth Engagement Track supervises individuals ages 16-24 years old. 

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives (BJI), is seeking a senior-level social worker for its Supervised Release Program's Youth Engagement Track. This is an opportunity to contribute to an exciting program at an unprecedented scale. The Senior Youth Social Worker will be primarily responsible for monitoring a small caseload of high risk/high needs youth participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pretrial release conditions. The Senior Youth Social Worker will provide support and guidance to social workers and case managers on the team to help support supervision and build team engagement. The Senior Youth Social Worker will also facilitate group and individual supervision and assist program staff in the development and implementation of onsite services for participants. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Complete intakes and administer risk and needs assessment tools to youth participants admitted to the Supervised Release Program (SRP);
  • Provide weekly individual supervision and conduct routine case audits for Youth Track social workers and case managers;
  • Assist with crisis management and intervention;
  • Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to high-need youth participants to help address such issues as substance abuse, mental health, trauma, domestic violence, and housing; this may include communication with clients on nights and weekends;
  • Perform voluntary individual counseling sessions, as needed;
  • Conduct outreach to collateral sources to provide supervision and court monitoring, as needed;
  • Communicate with community-based service providers to facilitate, follow-up and assist participants with voluntary service referrals;
  • Complete all necessary documentation and input data into computer database;
  • Monitor and report compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense and district attorneys to bring program participants into compliance as needed;
  • Attend staff meetings and on-going trainings as well as participate in community events;
  • Provide Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) clinical services to mandated participants, as needed;
  • Assist program staff with the development and implementation of on-site programming that is responsive to participants’ needs;
  • Develop and facilitate trainings for staff;
  • Engage with other Senior Social Workers and program managers to support staff and build infrastructure;
  • Assist with data collection;
  • Assist with other programming as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s in Social Work or an equivalent master’s level counseling degree plus 3-4 years’ experience working with high risk populations. Candidates must be currently licensed; SIFI certification is a plus. Prior supervisory experience is preferred. Excellent written skills are a must. Prior experience working with youth and youth adults is required. 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. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-responsive manner is a must. Prior experience with the criminal justice system and/or justice-involved communities is preferred. Specialized experience working with individuals experiencing domestic violence, mental health issues, substance abuse, and/or homelessness is a plus.

Position Type: Full-time, able to work nights or weekends.

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

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required

Benefits

Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, 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.

Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for…

Location

120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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