The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit dedicated to creating a more humane and effective justice system. We operate at the cutting edge of criminal justice reform in the New York area by developing, planning, launching, and managing large-scale projects that serve thousands of justice-involved people each year. Our projects have been documented to reduce the use of incarceration and conviction, while improving public safety and increasing public confidence in government. Our projects include the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center, the Midtown Community Court, Bronx Community Solutions, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Staten Island Justice Center, and Newark Community Solutions. We also operate supervised release programs (as an alternative to bail) in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Project Reset, an early diversion program in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn; young adult courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan; and a new felony alternative-to-incarceration program in Manhattan. Our criminal justice programs work with nearly 30,000 individuals each year—with the prospect of more in the days to come. Our goal is to create a criminal justice system that offers meaningful and proportionate outcomes, that treats everyone with dignity and respect, and that strengthens communities and supports victims.
Bronx Community Solutions, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, and Staten Island Justice Center are each seeking Community Engagement Specialists for the Supervised Release Program. Supervised Release offers an alternative to jail, providing pretrial supervision, case management, and voluntary social services to people charged with bail-eligible misdemeanor and felony charges, including violent felony arrests. 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. As a result of recent legislative changes in New York State that curtailed the use of cash bail and pre-trial detention, the Center has experienced dramatic growth in the population served through Supervised Release, offering staff the opportunity to contribute to an exciting program at an unprecedented scale.
The Community Engagement Specialist will work as part of a collaborative team utilizing a strengths-based and community-based model to engage those mandated to pretrial services in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The Community Engagement Specialist will be responsible for engaging clients within their communities, helping clients navigate court dates and appointments with community-based services, and conducting home visits as needed.
The Center for Court Innovation strongly encourages and seeks applications from women, people of color, LGBTQI community members, as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma, or its equivalent, plus two years of relevant experience including, but not limited to community outreach or small group facilitation, preferably with court-involved populations. Lived experience with the justice system and/or interactions with other systems (i.e. housing, foster care, etc.) and an understanding of how to navigate them is strongly preferred. Candidate must be a skilled communicator, both verbal and written, able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting, and able to maintain strong relationships with organizations, both on-site and in the community. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who can successfully be part of a diverse team. Candidate must demonstrate maturity, reliability, excellent judgment and sensitivity to working with people in a culturally-competent manner. Knowledge of community-based resources throughout New York City; in particular, the Bronx, Brooklyn, or Staten Island, is required. Experience and commitment to creating, promoting, and maintaining a respectful, inclusive, and anti-racist work environment required. An interest or skill in graphic/flyer design is a plus. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred. A valid NYS driver’s license in good standing is required for candidates interested in Brooklyn and Staten Island; and preferred for candidates interested in the Bronx.
Position Type: Full-time; must be able to work nights or weekends, as needed.
Compensation: Salary range starts at $41,040 and is commensurate with experience. 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.
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 dedicated to creating a more humane and effective justice system. We operate at the cutting edge of criminal justice reform in the New York area by developing, planning, launching, and managing…