About the Program
The Midtown Community Court is seeking a part-time Youth Justice Social Worker to work in its social services clinic, in particular with its Adolescent Diversion Program. The Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP) was created to better address the needs of 17 to 20-year-olds who would typically be processed in traditional criminal court. Through ADP, youth who are arrested are served in a specialized court part dedicated to utilizing alternative sentencing and providing services to address the specific needs of young people. Reporting to the Youth Justice Coordinator, the Youth Justice Social Worker is primarily responsible for providing clinical assessments, designing and monitoring appropriate intervention plans, and providing short term individual and group counseling sessions for court-involved youth and voluntary clients.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to a caseload of short- and long-term court involved clients (and, where appropriate, their families) that address issues such as substance use, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and vocational needs
- Attend court on Adolescent Diversion Program days (Tuesdays) to help adolescents navigate court and collaborate with court staff and stakeholders
- Conduct individual counseling sessions and facilitate groups with court-mandated clients
- Maintain appropriate client information and notes in electronic databases and paper files
- Manage and monitor participant compliance with treatment mandates
- Report on progress and compliance of mandated clients to court partners (judge, defense, prosecutors)
- Assist the Youth Justice Coordinator with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions
- Make appropriate referrals to community-based organizations for additional services
- Establish and maintain linkages with community partners who can provide appropriate interventions and services to court-involved individuals
- Help to develop and/or revise curricula for a range of psychoeducational groups
- Provide clinical services as described above to adults and voluntary clients, as needed
- Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings, and off-site visits
- Participate in evening and weekend community meetings, events, and programming, as needed
The ideal candidate will have an MSW and either be currently licensed or obtain their New York LMSW licensure within 90 days of hire. A minimum of two years’ experience working in a social justice or social services setting with adolescents is strongly preferred. Experience with/or comfortability in learning to facilitate conversations related to identity, oppression, and privilege is a must. Ability to effectively work with diverse client populations, as a team member in a multiracial setting, and collaborate with on-site partner agencies and court personnel is required. Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practice strongly preferred. Candidate must excel at client engagement and be comfortable working with adolescents, adults, and families and be highly organized and excellent time management skills. A sense of humor, ability to manage high-pressure/fast-paced work environment, and openness to critical thinking are a plus.
Position Type: Part-time (3 days/week). Availability on Tuesdays, some evening and weekend hours required.
How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter and a writing sample with Social Worker, Youth Justice in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Midtown Community Court
Attn: Alexandra Haselback, Clinical Director
314 W. 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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.
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The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.