About the Program
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives 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 court liaisons. 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.
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is seeking a Senior Social Worker. Reporting to the Pre-Trial Services Director, the Senior Social Worker is responsible for providing task and clinical supervision of the Supervised Release youth pilot staff. Additionally, they are responsible for monitoring a caseload of program participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pretrial release conditions. The Senior Youth Social Worker will maintain contact with participants, including facilitating in-person case management meetings and sending frequent court date reminders. Additionally, they will draft memos to keep the court informed on participants’ compliance and will work with program staff to notify court parties if a participant is non-compliant with their supervision model.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide task and clinical supervision for SRP youth pilot staff members;
- Complete intakes of participants admitted to the Supervised Release Program and administering an assessment tool;
- Provide comprehensive case management services to participants including bi-weekly, weekly or monthly in-person meetings, phone calls, emails and text messages;
- Provide additional comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to individuals with mental illness (and, where appropriate, their families) to help address such issues as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing and vocational needs;
- Perform voluntary individual counseling sessions, as needed;
- Provide voluntary referrals to community-based services, as needed;
- Conduct outreach to collateral contacts to provide supervision and court monitoring, as needed;
- Communicate with service providers to facilitate, follow-up, and assist participants with voluntary service referrals;
- Collaborate with program staff to engage family members, as appropriate;
- Plan and facilitate circle meetings to increase cross-agency collaboration and avoid duplication of services;
- Provide graduated responses to compliance and non-compliance with the program requirements;
- Complete all necessary documentation and inputting data into a computer database;
- Accompany client to community based appointments, as needed;
- Conduct relentless outreach in the community for any missed appointments, groups and phone call;
- Facilitate group sessions for program participants;
- Conduct visits and sessions in the community, as appropriate;
- Provide graduated responses to non-compliance with requirements of the Supervised Release program;
- Collaborate with the Young Adult Court Part (APY2) staff and Clinical Director to coordinate services;
- Monitor and report on compliance to court stakeholders and working with defense attorneys to bring program participants into compliance, as needed;
- Assist with data collection and grant writing;
- Assist BJI management with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
- Assist with other Brooklyn Justice Initiatives intakes, screenings, and other related tasks, as needed;
- Attend Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ events after hours, as needed.
The ideal candidate will be a LMSW. Candidates must either be licensed or eligible for LMSW licensure in the State of New York within 90 days of hire. Experience in a court or criminal justice setting preferred. Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, adolescent development, trauma-informed and strength-based approaches preferred. Candidates must be willing and able to work collaboratively with a variety of court personnel and on-site partner agencies in a high-pressure/fast paced work environment. Candidates must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner. Candidates must also be comfortable working with adolescents, adults, and families. Court-based social work is an incredibly unique and demanding area of practice, and candidates must be open to constructive engagement with differing and, at times, competing perspectives. Highly organized, excellent time management skills, and strong writing ability 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 Senior Youth Social Worker as the subject line of the email.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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.
Learn more about us at courtinnovation.org.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.