About the Program
The Staten Island Justice Center offers an array of programming for both youth and adults in Staten Island, focusing on engaging those with current or past justice involvement. Current initiatives include court-based programming and mentoring for juveniles, pretrial supervision for adults, alternative to incarceration services, and community-based programming. By providing meaningful pre-trial supervised release and post-conviction sentencing options, the Staten Island Justice Center seeks to use an arrest as a window of opportunity to change the direction of the defendant’s life and to avoid the harmful effects of incarceration.
The Staten Island Justice Center is seeking a Peer Mentor for its Supervised Release Program, which serves adult clients with cases pending in criminal court. Reporting to the Director of Court Operations and working closely with a team of social workers, the Peer Mentor will use motivational and peer support techniques to engage participants and assist them in successfully attending supervision reporting appointments and court appearances. As part of the Supervised Release team, the Peer Mentor will also assist with intakes, needs assessments, and service planning. The Peer Mentor’s role will also involve escorting clients to community-based programs and appointments as needed. The Peer Mentor will provide services within the framework of the core principles of recovery, self-determination, and public safety.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Assist participants in identifying immediate goals (housing, family, income support, vocational, employment, care coordination, social, cultural and recreational) and resources in the community that can support those goals;
- Provide services using motivational interviewing and peer support to participants with behavioral health needs, substance use problems, mental illness, trauma histories, and involvement in the criminal justice system;
- Assist pretrial team in immediate (within 24-48 hours of release) needs assessments, supervision track assignment, and service planning process;
- Assist participants in attending all supervision appointments, court appearances, and in supporting engagement with community-based treatment and other services as needed;
- Facilitate an onsite groups for Supervised Release clients;
- Conduct outreach visits in the community as needed to engage participants in fulfilling mandated supervision requirements;
- Respond to crisis situations as needed;
- Participate in case reviews with the Supervised Release team;
- Enter appropriate case information into the program database in accordance with confidentiality regulations and in a timely fashion;
- Meet monthly supervision, case management contact, and outreach goals as established by supervisory staff;
- Provide all services in a manner that is strengths-based, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed, and that adheres to the core principles of risk-need-responsivity;
- Provide culturally competent services in accordance with CCI policies and practice;
- Any other duties as required by the Project Director and supervisory staff.
The ideal candidate will have a high school degree with related work experience. Graduates of recognized peer specialist training programs such as the Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy and Training Center Forensic Peer Specialist Program are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous experience working in human services with individuals with substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and involvement in the criminal justice system preferred. Seeking an individual with a strong knowledge of wellness, recovery, and self-help. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Email , with Peer Mentor as the subject line of the email.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Attn.: Alyssa Calandra
Staten Island Justice Center
60 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
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.