About the Program
The Midtown Community Court seeks a Fatherhood Support Specialist(FSS) to serve as a case manager and facilitator for UpNext, a family engagement and workforce development program for non-custodial fathers, many of whom have had previous involvement with the criminal justice system. The FSS plays an important role at UpNext in both the classroom and with fathers individually. In leading group facilitation, the FSS engages participants in conversations about culture, what it means to be a man, navigating co-parenting challenges and other topics focused on encouraging stronger skills in parenting and promoting healthy self-awareness.
As a case manager, the FSS works with fathers as a connector and mode of support as they work individually on meeting goals that impact themselves and their families. Additionally, the FSS will have the opportunity to engage UpNext alumni after program graduation in keeping them engaged with current programming and opportunities. The FSS will report to the UpNext Program Coordinator.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide one-on-one case management and support services to participants (service plan, referrals, and follow up)
- Facilitate fatherhood sessions focused on healthy masculinity, positive childhood development, and healthy co-parenting relationships
- Work with the Program Coordinator in organizing and facilitating a peer support group
- Maintain alumni mentorship program which includes organizing events and meetings, and maintaining data of alumni volunteers
- Ensure thorough and accurate file-keeping and reporting on progress and compliance of clients
- Input data to ensure proper tracking of clients and measure program success
- Participate in regular staff meetings to coordinate program needs and objectives
- Provide coverage for all program sections including employment workshops when necessary
- Provide enrollment and administrative coverage when necessary
- Attend evening and weekend community events when necessary
- Assist in special events and collaborate on larger Midtown projects as necessary
- Perform other duties as assigned by Program Coordinator and Midtown Senior Management
The ideal candidate will have either a Bachelor’s degree or 3-5 years facilitation and case management experience. Experience in reentry and fatherhood/family support services preferred. Bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred. An interest in restorative practices and procedural justice a plus. Excellent written and verbal communication and computer skills required. Seeking an extremely outgoing, personable and professional individual who can think creatively and critically about their approach in engaging a marginalized population; a detail-oriented, self-starter who takes initiative and can get things done in a high-paced environment, and who is sensitive to working with people who have criminal backgrounds.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to Email , with Fatherhood Support Specialist as the subject line of the email.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Attn.: Awinna Martinez
Midtown Community Court
314 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019
Note: 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.
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 Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.