About the Program
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives seeks to reengineer the experience of criminal court in Brooklyn, New York by providing judges and attorneys meaningful alternatives to bail, fines, and jail sentences. Operating out of Kings County Criminal Court, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is a team of social service providers, court-based resource coordinators, and others who seek to improve the quality of justice. 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 participant’s life and avoid the harmful effects of incarceration.
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is seeking a Social Worker, whose primary focus will be working with individuals who engage in Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programming. The Social Worker will also be expected to provide coverage for services for an array of court-based programs also operated by Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. This includes a human trafficking intervention program, pre-trial supervised release program, and mental health diversion programming, providing both pre and post-plea opportunities for individuals charged with misdemeanors or non-violent felonies. Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Social Worker is primarily responsible for conducting assessments, assisting with intakes, providing comprehensive case management, and facilitating individual and group sessions. The Social Worker may be called upon to assist with community-based events and attend offsite Brooklyn Justice Initiatives/CCI events.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to young adult and adult participants (and, where appropriate, their families) that address issues such as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and educational/vocational needs;
- Conduct clinical assessments and providing recommendations to court parties for services and treatment;
- Provide case management and individual counseling services to a caseload of short- and long-term court-involved clients;
- Provide case management services to ATD participants including bi-weekly, weekly or monthly in-person meetings, phone calls, emails and text messages, as needed;
- Maintain appropriate client information in electronic databases and paper files;
- Assist in providing coverage to ATD clinical staff when needed;
- Make appropriate referrals to community-based organizations for additional services;
- Facilitate coordinated service delivery from on-site agencies and community-based agencies;
- Manage and monitor participant compliance with service mandates;
- Establish and maintain linkages with community partners who can provide age-appropriate interventions and services to court-involved individuals;
- Produce accurate, written service updates to be presented in court;
- Provide written and verbal participant reports to the court and other court staff (e.g. prosecutors, defense attorneys), as needed;
- Participate in interdisciplinary treatment meetings;
- Assist with toxicology testing and reporting;
- Facilitate and develop a range of on-site psychoeducational groups and conducting individual case management sessions;
- Assist the Clinical Director with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
- Assist the Clinical Director with administrative responsibilities, as needed;
- Assist the Clinical Director with data collection and management;
- Assist with grant reporting requirements, as needed;
- Provide clinical services as described above to program participants on a voluntary basis post-mandate;
- Attend all required staff meetings and trainings; and
- Attend Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ and community-based events after hours, as needed.
A Master’s degree in Social Work is required. 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. 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. 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. Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, adolescent development, trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches preferred. 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. Highly organized, excellent time management skills, and strong writing ability required. Bilingual Spanish-speaking preferred.
Position Type: Full-time, may be required to work a rotating schedule, which includes day and some evening hours, as needed for BJI operations.
How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter and a writing sample with ATI Social Worker in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.)
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives
120 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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.
Learn more about us at www.courtinnovation.org.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.