About the Program
The Center is seeking a Social Worker as part of new pilot program that will operate out of the New York County Supreme Court. The Manhattan Felony Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Court seeks to forge a new response to individuals charged with felonies, by linking individuals to a full range of wrap-around services, including, but not limited to, community-based social services, evidence-based interventions and vocational services. This pilot will be the first of its kind, providing a model for other jurisdictions seeking to develop and implement meaningful post-conviction sentencing options for felony defendants. This pilot is a partnership between the Center for Court Innovation, Office of Court Administration, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York County defense bar, and several community and social service organizations.
Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, the Social Worker is responsible for providing intakes and assessments, providing comprehensive trauma-informed case management, facilitating psychoeducational groups for high need individuals, and compliance monitoring for individuals with open felony cases. The Social Worker will work collaboratively with the New York County Supreme Court, specifically, the Felony ATI court team including the judge, clerk, and resource coordinator. The Social Worker may also be called upon to assist with other Center initiatives.
The pilot is anticipated to launch in mid-January 2019.
About the Position
- Conduct detailed risk-need profiles and clinical assessments for potential ATI participants;
- Develop treatment recommendations for services for potential ATI participants to court stakeholders (judge, defense counsel, prosecutor and court staff);
- Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to felony defendants to help address issues such as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing and vocational needs, and other challenges in client’s life (e.g. new arrests, family court cases and other civil legal issues);
- Carry a case load of active clients and perform all necessary case management responsibilities;
- Establish and maintain linkages with community partners who can support program work;
- Make appropriate community-based referrals for a variety of social service needs;
- Manage and monitor compliance with treatment mandates, including care coordination with providers, and providing written treatment updates for court stakeholders for all court-involved participants;
- Coordinate with court stakeholders on any non-compliance issues and assist clients in getting back into compliance, including re-engaging clients, arranging return on warrants, and implementing graduate responses to encourage future compliance;
- Facilitate and help to develop and/or revise curricula for a range of on-site psychoeducational groups and conducing individual case management sessions;
- Maintain appropriate client information in electronic databases and hard files;
- Assist with toxicology testing and reporting;
- Attend court on calendar days, as needed, to help clients navigate court and collaborate with court staff and stakeholders;
- Provide ongoing crisis intervention and de-escalation, as needed;
- Provide voluntary referrals to community-based services, as needed;
- Participate in regular interdisciplinary case conferences with court stakeholders;
- Assist the Clinical Coordinator with the development and implementation of new initiatives; including best clinical practices, and appropriate evidence-based interventions;
- Participate in required staff meetings and trainings, which may include non-traditional business hours;
- Assist with data collection and grant writing and reporting;
- Assist with administrative responsibilities, as needed; and,
- Perform other duties as assigned by Clinical Coordinator.
The ideal candidate will have an MSW and a minimum of 2 years in a related area. Recent MSW graduates are encouraged to apply. Candidates must either be currently licensed or obtain the New York LMSW licensure within 90 days of hire. Experience in a court or criminal justice setting 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. Highly organized, excellent time management skills, and strong writing ability required. 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. Candidates must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner. Candidates must excel at client engagement. Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed and strength-based approaches strongly preferred. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
How to Apply
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Attn: Jessica Kay, Clinical Advisor
Center for Court Innovation
520 8th Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10018
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.