Salary commensurate with experience within defined salary range.
About Young New Yorkers
Young New Yorkers (YNY) is committed to bringing positive systemic change to the ways that teens and young people are prosecuted in New York City’s criminal legal system. We provide Restorative Arts Diversion (RAD) Programs for court-involved 16 to 25-year-olds facing jail time or adult sanctions. First, YNY programs provide a pathway for teenagers to swiftly exit the criminal legal system, without incurring a lifelong criminal record. Second, YNY programs provide a platform for teenagers to advocate for themselves and for their visions for a transformed criminal legal system. Participants design and host public art exhibitions that explore the criminal legal issues that affect them, and invite the very judges, prosecutors, and court actors involved in their own cases to attend. This humanizes the culture of the courtrooms that engage directly with YNY, the members of which possess discretionary power with each and every young person’s case. Our RAD programs include an 8-Week; Women’s 4-Week; 1-Day; as well as Arrest-Diversion programs and paid Graduate Leadership Programs. For more information please visit: www.youngnewyorkers.org.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Young New Yorkers’ Restorative Justice Facilitator and Wellness Specialist will have primary responsibility for:
Non-Clinical Participant Assessment, Referrals, and Advocacy – 45%
- Conduct psychosocial assessments of program participants as required, and provide voluntary referrals to external services.
- Provide de-escalation assistance in crisis situations.
- Contribute to court reports, compile “art testimony”, and write advocacy letters based on participants involvement in the program.
- Cultivate relationships with and maintain a directory of community-based social service, healthcare, mental health, education, and employment resources.
- Maintain relationships with YNY partners, including courts, prosecutors, and mediators.
- On occasion, support participants in court proceedings
Restorative Arts Diversion (RAD) Program Facilitation – 20%
- Facilitate court-mandated and pre-arraignment diversion group sessions and maintain an empowered trauma-informed classroom environment.
- Lead participant outreach efforts for high program attendance and engagement.
- Lead program briefing and debriefing with program staff and guests before and after sessions.
- Reporting attendance to criminal legal partners.
- Lead co-teaching staff, designate classroom roles, assign curriculum sections to program staff and guest speakers.
Coordination and Facilitation for Graduate Programs - 20%
- Coordinate and facilitate bi-monthly restorative arts graduate group sessions for graduates in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
- Outreach to participants in the graduate program to encourage regular attendance and high engagement.
- Coordinate graduate involvement in special excursions and events.
Restorative Justice Curriculum Development – 15%
- Develop and enhance the trauma-informed components of YNY’s existing RAD curriculum.
- Contribute to development of RAD program modules with an emphasis on trauma-informed facilitation through a racial justice lens and work with staff to deliver via art exercises.
- Train YNY staff, facilitators, and peer mentors to deliver program curricula with trauma-informed approaches to facilitation, to identify underlying mental health challenges of program participants, and to take appropriate action.
- Recruit and supervise social work interns.
- Assist with research and writing as needed to develop grant proposals, reports, program overviews, development communications, etc.
- Attend onsite and offsite meetings and events upon request
- Other responsibilities as assigned
Qualifications and Skills
- New York State Licensed Master’s in Social Work (LMSW), or eligible for license within six months of hire.
- 2+ years post-Masters social work experience with youth.
- Demonstrated experience developing and implementing trauma-informed curriculum, approaches to care, facilitation, social service, etc.
- Demonstrated experience working with young people one-on-one and in group settings. Experience with 16–25-year-olds who have been court-involved is preferred.
- Ability to conduct responsibilities in Spanish is a plus.
- Strong commitment to social justice. Cultural competence to effectively work with youth of color and an understanding of over-policing and systemic racism within the criminal legal system.
- Knowledge of restorative justice. Interest in the criminal justice system, court processes, and alternative-to-incarceration services. Interest or competency with art-based approaches to restorative justice and trauma-informed facilitation.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, and analytical skills.
- Ability to work effectively independently and in a multidisciplinary restorative justice team with teachers, teaching artists, and peer mentors.
- Must uphold "people first" value and positively demonstrate equity and inclusion.
- Positive “can do” attitude—YNY is a growing organization and priorities change rapidly from day to day.
- Contributes to a culture of excellence by giving one’s best, receiving feedback well and incorporating it in future work, and leading by example.
- Excellent computer, Internet, and database skills and ability to prioritize tasks on short- and long-term levels.
The position will entail:
- Working at YNY’s office and at locations across New York City
- Taking public transportation to events, programs, meetings, etc.
- Working overtime and occasional weekends
- Working at a desk/computer and standing for long periods of time
- Working with diverse populations of youth, young adults, and adults in group and one-on-one settings
- Working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma
- Shifting priorities and job responsibilities depending on YNY’s programming and projects