The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.
The Staten Island Justice Center (SIJC; Justice Center) offers an array of programming for both youth and adults in Staten Island, focusing on engaging those with current or past justice involvement. The Justice Center's Alternatives to Incarceration programming provides judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys with alternative community sentencing options that hold individuals accountable in a way that is meaningful, proportionate, and restorative. The goal is to provide participants with individual and group services that help them to avoid future contact with the justice system and promote swift case resolutions that bolster public confidence in justice.
Reporting to the Director of Criminal Justice Programs, the Social Worker will be responsible for the monitoring and case management of program participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pre-plea and post-plea conditions. The Social Worker will stay in regular contact with participants, including facilitating in-person case management meetings. The Social Worker will also facilitate groups and assist in development of onsite services for participants. Additionally, the Social Worker will be in communication with attorneys' offices, community-based providers, and draft memos to keep the court informed of participants' compliance. The Social Worker will work closely with an interdisciplinary team providing adult case management services.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Facilitate a range of on-site psychoeducational groups and conduct individual counseling sessions;
- Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to a caseload of short- and long-term mandated clients;
- Conduct clinical assessments and provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services and service referrals to individuals, to help address issues such as substance use, mental health, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and vocational needs;
- Maintain appropriate client and group information in electronic databases and hard files;
- Conduct outreach to outside service providers to increase referral sources for clients;
- Monitor and report on compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense and district attorneys to bring program participants into compliance;
- Participate in individual and group supervision, department staff meetings, interdisciplinary meetings, and on- and off-site trainings;
- Assist with administrative responsibilities, including data management, grant reporting and compliance monitoring;
- Provide clinical services as described above to voluntary clients, if needed;
- Assist with other Justice Center intakes and assessments, as needed;
- Attend Staten Island Justice Center's events after hours, as needed;
- Attend all required staff meetings and trainings;
- Assist the Director of Criminal Justice Programs with the development and implementation of new policies, programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
- Perform other duties as necessary to support the Staten Island Justice Center and department activities; and
- Perform additional relevant duties, as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a LMSW or possess an equivalent Master's level counseling degree with two years' of experience in a related area. Bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred. Excellent written skills are a must. Seeking a highly organized candidate with an ability to multi-task, and work in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to provide service in a strengths-based manner and understand the importance of meeting clients where they are. Willingness and interest in engaging individuals (youth and adult) with mental health and substance abuse needs. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-responsive manner required. Professional demeanor and ability to communicate appropriately with building stakeholders. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and writing skills required.
Position Type: Full-time; the standard work week is 35 hours, Monday through Friday.
Compensation: The salary is $58,500 and is commensurate with experience. Center for Court Innovation offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, free basic dental coverage, vision insurance, short-term and long term disability, and life insurance. All healthcare benefits are effective on the date of hire. Paid time off includes 20 days of paid vacation per year, 15 paid sick days, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, commuter FSA and offers a 10% employer match on the 403(b) retirement plan.