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. Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, the Social Worker will be responsible for monitoring a caseload of Supervised Release program participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pretrial release conditions. The Social Worker will stay in regular 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:
- Complete intakes of participants admitted to the Supervised Release Program and administering an assessment tool to determine immediate needs and assess for crises, including suicidality and homicidality;
- Provide case management services to participants including bi-weekly, weekly or monthly in-person meetings, phone calls, emails and text messages for any clients mandated to ATI or ATD
- Provide additional comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to individuals (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;
- Co-facilitate skills-based groups for participants based on presenting needs as determined by a thorough needs assessment, as needed;
- Provide voluntary referrals to community-based services, as needed;
- Conduct outreach to collateral sources to provide supervision and court monitoring, as needed;
- Coordinate with service providers to facilitate, follow-up, and assist participants with voluntary service referrals;
- Provide Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) clinical services to mandated clients;
- Assisting with other BJI intakes, screenings, and other related tasks, as needed;
- Complete all necessary documentation and inputting data into a computer database;
- Monitor and report on compliance to court stakeholders and working with defense attorneys to bring program participants into compliance, as needed;
- Participate in trainings and attending staff meetings;
- Assist with data collection and grant writing;
- 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 an LMSW. Candidates must either be licensed or eligible for LMSW licensure in the State of New York within 90 days of hire. SIFI certified or eligible preferred. 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. 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 also be comfortable working with adolescents, adults, and families. Must be detail oriented with great time management and organizational skills. Bilingual (Spanish-English) preferred.
Position Type: Full-time, able to work nights or weekends.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing sample to Email , with Social Worker, Supervised Release Program as the subject line of the email.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives
Attn: Jamie Steiner, Supervised Release Program Manager
120 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
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.