The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a unique public-private partnership that promotes new thinking about how courts and criminal justice agencies can aid victims, change the behavior of offenders, and strengthen communities. The Center creates demonstration projects that test new approaches to problems that have resisted conventional solutions. The Center’s demonstration projects include the nation’s first community court (Midtown Community Court), as well as drug courts, domestic violence courts, youth courts, mental health courts, and others. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.
The Brownsville Community Justice Center is one of the newest projects of the Center for Court Innovation. The Brownsville Community Justice Center seeks to reengineer how the justice system works in Brownsville, Brooklyn. In particular, the Justice Center is dedicated to building multiple off-ramps for young people who come into contact with the justice system by providing much-needed services to young people arrested in Brownsville. The aim is to provide the kind of support that young people need to become law-abiding members of society. The ultimate goal is to reduce crime and the use of incarceration, while at the same restoring local faith in the justice system. The Brownsville Community Justice Center is seeking a Youth Justice Social Worker to work with the Brownsville Juvenile Offender Intervention Network program.
The Youth Justice Social Worker will work as a part of an interdisciplinary team utilizing a strengths based model to engage youth ages 13-24 from Brownsville and the surrounding neighborhoods who have come in contact with the criminal justice system with the hopes of providing off ramps from future systems involvement. The Social Worker will provide holistic case management, supportive services, group programming, and pro-social opportunities to participants and their families. The Social Worker will develop and facilitate ongoing afterschool programming in collaboration with youth programs staff. A significant number of youth participants will be referred by the Brooklyn Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) and Adolescent Diversion Park (ADP) initiatives based at the Kings County Criminal Courthouse, as well as the Department of Probation and the Administration for Children’s Services.
Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Youth Justice Social Worker is primarily responsible for providing assessment, comprehensive case management, coordinated service delivery, and pro-social programming for the participants. Although the Youth Justice Social Worker will primarily operate out of the Brownsville Community Justice Center, s/he may, on occasion, be called upon to provide similar services at the Kings County Criminal Court.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Providing comprehensive case management services to court-involved youth ages 13-21 (and, where appropriate, their families);
- Conducting clinical assessments and providing recommendations for services and treatment;
- Maintaining appropriate client information in electronic databases and hard files;
- Facilitating coordinated service delivery from on-site and community-based agencies;
- Managing and monitoring participant compliance with treatment mandates
- Producing weekly written treatment updates
- Providing written and verbal participant reports to the court, probation, ACS, and other referring agencies
- Engaging families in all phases of the program and providing support and referrals as needed
- Engaging with the Brownsville community including attending community events, conducting outreach, and supporting Justice Center initiatives
- Participating in interdisciplinary treatment meetings
- Assisting with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions
- Co-facilitating youth programming, psycho- educational groups, and workshops
- Providing clinical services to youth participants of other on-site Justice Center programs
- Attending all required staff meetings and trainings.
- MSW required; candidates must either be licensed or eligible for LMSW licensure in the State of New York within 90 days.
- Candidates must be willing and able to work collaboratively with a variety of court personnel and on-site partner agencies.
- 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 be committed to using holistic and strengths-based approaches.
- Candidates must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner.
- Candidates must be committed to place based and community based work.
- Candidates must be comfortable working with adolescents and adults.
- In depth knowledge of and familiarity with the Brownsville, Brooklyn community preferred
- Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)
BCJC Youth Social Worker
444 Thomas S. Boyland Street, Suite 206, Brooklyn, NY, 11212, US