Senior Social Worker, Supervised Release Program
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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit dedicated to creating a more humane and effective justice system. We operate at the cutting edge of criminal justice reform in the New York area by developing, planning, launching, and managing large-scale projects that serve thousands of justice-involved people each year. Our projects have been documented to reduce the use of incarceration and conviction, while improving public safety and increasing public confidence in government. Our projects include the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center, the Midtown Community Court, Bronx Community Solutions, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Staten Island Justice Center, and Newark Community Solutions. We also operate supervised release programs (as an alternative to bail) in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Project Reset, an early diversion program in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn; young adult courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan; and a new felony alternative-to-incarceration program in Manhattan. Our criminal justice programs work with nearly 30,000 individuals each year—with the prospect of more in the days to come. Our goal is to create a criminal justice system that offers meaningful and proportionate outcomes, that treats everyone with dignity and respect, and that strengthens communities and supports victims.
Bronx Community Solutions (BCS), Brooklyn Justice Initiatives (BJI), and the Staten Island Justice Center (SIJC) are each seeking a senior-level social worker for the Supervised Release Program. Supervised Release offers an alternative to jail, providing pretrial supervision, case management, and voluntary social services to people charged with misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses. Program participants are monitored to ensure their appearance at court dates, and they receive referrals to community-based programming such as job training, drug treatment, and mental health counseling. Following recent legislative changes in New York State that curtail the use of cash bail and pretrial detention, the Center anticipates dramatic growth in the population served through Supervised Release, offering the Senior Social Worker and other staff the opportunity to contribute to an exciting program at an unprecedented scale. As part of this expansion, the Supervised Release Program will provide services to a growing youth population and take on bail-eligible felony and misdemeanor charges, including violent felony arrests.
The Senior Social Worker will be primarily responsible for monitoring a caseload of high risk/need program participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pretrial release conditions. The Senior Social Worker will stay in regular contact with participants, including facilitating in-person case management meetings and sending them frequent court date reminders. The Senior Social Worker will also facilitate group sessions and assist program staff in the development and implementation of onsite services for participants. The Senior Social Worker will be in contact with attorneys’ offices, community-based providers, and draft memos to inform the court of participants’ compliance. Additionally, the Senior Social Worker will provide support and guidance to social workers and case managers on the team.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Complete intakes and administer risk and needs’ assessment tools to participants admitted to the Supervised Release Program (SRP);
- Provide weekly individual supervision and conduct routine case audits for SRP clinical staff;
- Assist with crisis management and intervention;
- Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to high-need participants to help address such issues as substance abuse, mental health, trauma, domestic violence, and housing; this may include communication with clients on nights and weekends;
- Perform voluntary individual counseling sessions as needed;
- Facilitate group sessions for high risk/need program participants;
- Conduct outreach to collateral sources as needed to provide supervision and court monitoring;
- Communicate with community-based service providers to facilitate, follow-up and assist participants with voluntary service referrals;
- Complete all necessary documentation and input data into computer database;
- Monitor and report compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense and district attorneys to bring program participants into compliance as needed;
- Attend staff meetings and on-going trainings as well as participate in community events;
- Provide Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) clinical services to mandated participants, as needed;
- Assist program staff with the development and implementation of on-site programming that is responsive to participants’ needs;
- Develop and facilitate trainings for staff;
- Develop partnerships and liaise with community-based service providers to facilitate programming and compliance for SRP participants;
- Assist with data collection;
- Assist with other programming as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a LMSW or have an equivalent master’s level counseling degree plus 3-4 years’ experience working with high risk populations. SIFI certification is a plus. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner is a must. Prior experience with the criminal justice system and/or justice-involved communities is preferred. Specialized experience working with youth and young adults, individuals experiencing domestic violence, mental health issues, substance abuse, and/or homelessness is a plus. Prior supervisory experience is preferred.
Position Type: Full-time, able to work nights or weekends.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.
Center for Court Innovation
- 520 Eighth Ave 18th Fl
- New York, New York 10018
- Phone: 646.386.3100