Youth Justice Social Worker

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 Midtown Community Court’s mission is to respond constructively to quality-of-life crime and to work to prevent further crime before it occurs. It accomplishes these goals by sentencing persons arrested for misdemeanors in Times Square, Chelsea, Clinton and the Upper West Side to a range of community service and social service sentences, including drug treatment.

Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, the Youth Justice Social Worker is primarily responsible for providing clinical assessments, designing and monitoring appropriate treatment plans, and facilitating individual and group counseling for both court mandated and voluntary young people. While this position’s primary focus will be on working with young people, the Youth Justice Social Worker will be called upon to provide similar clinical services for adult clients depending on case volume.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting clinical assessments and providing recommendations for services and treatment;
  • Maintaining appropriate client information in electronic database and hard files;
  • Making appropriate referrals;
  • Facilitating coordinated service delivery from on-site agencies and community-based agencies;
  • Managing and monitoring compliance with treatment mandates;
  • Facilitating a range of on-site psychoeducational groups;
  • Planning, designing, and implementing new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
  • Preparing compliance updates;
  • Participating in staff meetings, in-service trainings, and off-site visits;
  • Assisting with toxicology testing;
  • Providing clinical services as described above to adult clients when needed.


  • Candidates must be willing 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, and preferably have experience using trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches.
  • Candidates must have an MSW to apply; LMSW strongly preferred.
  • SIFI-certification preferred.
  • Candidates must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner. Candidates must also be comfortable working with adolescents and adults.
  • Spanish fluency and knowledge of community-based resources in Manhattan preferred.
  • Previous experience working with at-risk and/or court-involved young people is strongly preferred.

This position requires a creative, aggressive self-starter who can successfully be part of a diverse workforce and get things done in a fast-paced environment.

How to apply

Send cover letter & resume to:
Youth Justice Social Worker Search
Elise White
Midtown Community Court
314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.

New York City, New York
The Center for Court Innovation
Elise White

314 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019, US