About the Program
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, one of the Center’s newest projects, seeks to forge a new response to misdemeanor defendants in Kings County, New York. Operating out of Kings County Criminal Court, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is staffed by a team of court-based social workers, case managers, and resource coordinators. By providing meaningful pre-trial supervised release and post-conviction sentencing options, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives seeks to use an arrest as a window of opportunity to change the direction of a defendant’s life and avoid the harmful effects of incarceration.
Reporting to the Supervising Resource Coordinator, the Resource Coordinator will facilitate the program referral process for pretrial release shortly before or after a defendant is arraigned. They will review all available information about each potentially eligible defendant to determine whether they are suitable for the program. Once participants are enrolled in the program, the Resource Coordinator will provide written and verbal updates to the court including defense attorneys, Assistant District Attorneys, and Judges on a regular basis. The Resource Coordinator is also responsible for providing court coverage to various Criminal and Supreme Court parts, including specialized court initiatives and conducting screenings and assessments for alternative to incarceration cases. The Resource Coordinator will also provide written and verbal compliance reports to the court and other court staff on a daily basis, and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Working closely with defense attorneys to identify participants who will likely have bail set at arraignments;
- Screening appropriate misdemeanor and non-violent felony defendants at arraignments to determine risk level and program eligibility;
- Communicating with prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other court staff about eligible defendants’ suitability for programs;
- Advocating for pretrial release of eligible potential program participants;
- Ensuring that all defendants who are released to pretrial supervision are connected with a case manager;
- Providing written and verbal case updates to the court and other court staff as needed including compliance reporting;
- Serving as a liaison in the Brooklyn arraignment court parts, and all other court parts, to determine eligibility for all operating programs;
- Communicating with prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other court staff about eligible defendants’ suitability for the all programs;
- Completing intakes and screening for mandated defendants and assist with scheduling and rescheduling mandated defendants for both on and offsite groups and community service;
- Maintaining appropriate client information in electronic databases and hard files, including court assessment, screening, and outcome information;
- Assisting the Director of Court Operations and the Director of Pre-Trial Services with the development and implementation of new programs, protocols, initiatives, and/or interventions;
- Assisting with data collection and management;
- Assisting with toxicology testing and reporting;
- Providing weekend day and night arraignment coverage on a rotating basis.
- Attending all required staff meetings and trainings, which may include non-traditional business hours; and
- Attending Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ events after hours, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- At least one year of experience working in a criminal court setting and/or human service field strongly preferred
- Highly organized, excellent communication skills, and strong writing ability required
- Candidates must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner
- Professional demeanor and ability to communicate appropriately with judges and other court personnel required
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing sample to Email , with Resource Coordinator as the subject line of the email.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Subject line: Supervised Release Resource Coordinator
Attn.: Amanda Levering, Pre-Trial Services Director
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives
120 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Note: 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.