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Date Added: Thu 10/06/2021

Social Worker

Brooklyn, NY, US
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

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 Red Hook Community Justice Center (the Justice Center) is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court, hearing criminal, housing and family matters under one roof with a single judge. The Justice Center’s mission is to solve community problems: strengthening families, empowering youth, preventing evictions, addressing crime when it occurs, and working to prevent crime before it takes place.

The Justice Center seeks a Social Worker who is bilingual in either Spanish-English or Mandarin-English to work with both voluntary and mandated clients. Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Social Worker is responsible for providing assessments, comprehensive counseling, and case management services to individuals with ongoing cases in Criminal Court or Family Court proceedings, as well as community members coming to the Justice Center on a walk-in basis.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct clinical assessments and provide recommendations for services and treatment;
  • Provide comprehensive clinical services (in English and Spanish or Mandarin) to clients (and where appropriate, their families) that address issues such as trauma, substance use, mental health, intimate partner violence and housing for both mandated and voluntary/walk-in clients;
  • Establish and maintain linkages with community partners who can support program work, as well as make referrals to appropriate providers for a variety of social service needs;
  • Manage and monitor compliance with treatment mandates, including advocacy and care coordination with providers, and providing written treatment updates to the court for all court-involved participants;
  • Facilitate and help to develop and/or revise curricula for a range of on-site psychoeducational groups;
  • Proactively engage in efforts to build capacity within the department and the Justice Center as a whole, including the launching of new initiatives or programs to meet the needs of clients;
  • Work collaboratively with a variety of Justice Center personnel and on-site partner agencies, serving as a resource for other departments within the building through case management and/or case consultations, including the housing resource center, peacemaking, legal services, or youth/community programs;
  • Maintain appropriate client information in electronic database and hard files;
  • Participate in department and staff meetings, interdisciplinary treatment meetings, and on- and off-site trainings;
  • Assist with data management and grant reporting, compliance monitoring, and courtroom coverage when needed;
  • Participate in community engagement efforts, including attending community events and meetings on behalf of the Justice Center;
  • Other relevant duties, as assigned.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a LMSW (or be eligible for licensure in the State of New York within 90 days of hire) with two years of experience in a related area. Other qualifications include:

  • Candidate must be able to effectively work with diverse client populations as a team member in a culturally and racially diverse setting, as well as collaborate with on-site partner agencies and court personnel;
  • Experience with trauma-informed healing practice, and working with individuals facing intimate partner violence, mental illness and/or substance use strongly preferred;
  • Experience in a court or criminal legal setting or with community-based healing work preferred;
  • Expertise in navigating the NYC shelter system, supportive housing, and Section 8 housing a plus;
  • Ability to manage high-pressure/fast-paced work environment, and openness to critical thinking;
  • An anti-racist analysis and practice with a serious commitment to social justice and self-reflection is critical;
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish or English-Mandarin) required;
  • SIFI certification preferred;
  • People who are formerly incarcerated or those with experience in the legal system are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: Salary range starts at $52,000 and 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.


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