Education and Career Specialist

Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
Brooklyn, NY

The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a non-profit organization that promotes new thinking about how to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice.  The Center creates operating projects, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and Midtown Community Court, 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 Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is seeking an Education and Career Specialist.  Reporting to the Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs, the Education and Career Specialist will primarily support the Justice Community Plus (JCP) program.  Justice Community Plus is designed to serve young adults, between the ages of 16 and 24, who may be court-involved or at-risk, and have limited work experience and/or work readiness skills (e.g., soft skills, vocational skills) that impact their ability to sustain a job. The program supports participants by providing a range of work readiness opportunities including hard/vocational and soft job skills development, job search and career awareness/planning competencies, community service project implementation, and work experience placements. The specialist will work closely with program participants in Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to obtain their educational and career goals and support their learning and job-readiness experience.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist JCP team with recruitment, enrollment, and retention of a minimum of 17 participants from Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights for the JCP program
  • Assist youth with obtaining and submitting all necessary paperwork to enroll in JCP and to begin educational and/or career programs  
  • Work with participants to develop individualized service plans and support them in fulfilling these plans;
  • Co-plan and co-facilitate weekly workshops focused on soft skills and hard skills development
  • Assist participants with resume writing, interview practice, and obtaining credentials for work
  • Conduct job development and job search activities directed towards positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the population served
  • Help plan and supervise community benefits projects and other enrichment opportunities for participants
  • Maintain a caseload of young people and meet with them individually on a weekly basis to track progress and address individual needs
  • Assist participants as needed with concerns including housing, health care, violence prevention, social service and educational issues
  • Support participant’s social and emotional growth by utilizing trauma-informed and culturally competent practices through group work and individual case management
  • Maintain highly organized records, enter required data into database, and complete assessments for youth participants
  • Contribute to monthly written reports and meet all required deadlines
  • Attend and participate in relevant Mediation Center and Center for Court Innovation trainings, meetings and conferences as assigned
  • Participate in additional Mediation Center events and activities as needed

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years’ experience in youth work or community centered activities; or will have a high school diploma or high school equivalency and four years of experience in youth work or community centered activities related to the duties as described above.

  • Experience working with at-risk and/or justice involved youth and their families, including those who may be victims or perpetrators of violence, and/or street affiliated. Candidates with prior personal experience in these areas are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience with community organizing and project planning
  • Experience with college and career readiness programming and vocational training programs
  • Experience with individual case management and counseling
  • Understanding of complex trauma reactions, restorative justice, culturally competent practice, and strengths based frameworks.
  • Ability to de-escalate and mediate conflicts and to support participants in developing pro-social behavior and thinking patterns
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, be a self-starter, and excel as part of a team.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with strong planning skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Familiarity with the Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy neighborhoods is preferred
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed

Position Type:  Full-time, occasional nights and weekends

Bachelor's Degree
Salary range starts at $42k and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Deadline to Apply: 
September 8, 2017
How to Apply: 

Send a resume, a cover letter, salary requirements, and a writing sample (instructions below) to:
Subject line: Education and Career Specialist
Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Fax (212) 397-0985

Instructions for Writing Sample: Submit an original lesson plan for a 30-min activity designed for a co-ed group of 15 medium to high risk youth ages 16-22. Please select one of the following topics: “Responding to Conflict in the Workplace” or “Communication in the Work Place.” Write your lesson plan with enough detail that it could be shared with a coworker and they would be able to understand and lead it.

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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