Adolescent Social Worker- MSW
Queens Supervised Release Program
YOUTH 16-19-YEARS OLD
Are you an experienced social worker or mental health professional committed to helping youth in the court system?
We're looking for resourceful and knowledgeable professionals to advocate for court involved youth to connect them with community support systems.
Do you consider yourself and advocate for justice and proponent of alternatives to detention for youth in our court system?
Join our multi-disciplinary team of professionals making a difference in the lives of a young person.
The New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) is a not-for-profit service and research organization, operating under a contract with the City of New York. CJA provides pretrial services to over 200,000 persons arrested annually in New York City. Information collected about these arrestees and subsequent case processing is maintained in the agency’s internal and externally shared database systems, which are used to conduct descriptive and evaluation research on arrestee characteristics, case processing and court outcomes, and on issues in criminal justice policy in New York City. CJA’s programs operate in the criminal courts and detention facilities within the 5 boroughs of NYC, employing over 230 employees, citywide.
This is a great opportunity for a dynamic, knowledgeable and experienced individual with a social service, psychology, clinical or legal background to help make an impact on the ever changing role of the court system and alternative initiatives aimed at reducing detention and crime rates in the City.
CJA is the NYC’s original pretrial service agency, providing services and solutions to reduce jail overcrowding and unnecessary detention in New York City. A non-profit agency funded through the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, CJA is uniquely positioned to provide the City’s Criminal Justice leaders, policy-makers and stakeholders with information, technical expertise and research about people arrested within the 5 boroughs of NYC.
· We are committed to being active partners in criminal justice reform through initiatives and creative problem-solving that evaluates different methods and strategies for alternatives to detention.
· We are guided by fairness and the presumption of innocence for those who are detained and work with integrity and without bias to protect the privacy and interest of court-involved people and their families.
· We value curiosity as a driving force to lead the way in pretrial services. We use innovative techniques in research, pilot programs, and engaging justice-involved communities to execute our mission of reducing unnecessary pretrial detention.
The Adolescent Social Worker’s functions include:
- Reviewing with our adolescent participants, the conditions of release, program agreement, and consents for disclosure
- Conducting the intake/assessment interview to identify the needs of 16-19 year old participants, including possible mental health and/or substance abuse problems, and making appropriate referrals
- Verifying participant contact information, applicable activities and responsibilities to assign adolescent participants to a designated level of supervision
- Maintaining face-to-face and telephone contact with participants, monitoring re-arrests, and preparing written progress reports for court
- Facilitate therapeutic groups for adolescents released to the program using a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approach.
- Provide supportive counseling to clients and their families/support systems.
- Work with the family unit to ensure that client’s needs are met through engagement and case management support.
- Conduct field visits to provide support to clients in their communities (home, school, medical appointments, etc.)
- Maintaining communication with defense attorneys, and referral agencies until transfer or completion of reporting responsibilities
- Updating computerized case management files accordingly to produce periodic reports on participant compliance
- Appearing and advocating in court regarding participants’ compliance as necessary
- MSW required with + 3 years of related experience
- Mental Health Counseling, Creative Arts Therapy with at least 3 years of related experience, also considered.
- Knowledge of NYC Court Operations, preferred
- LMSW, a plus
The successful candidate will possess a combination of the following knowledge, skills, and experiences:
- Familiarity with the Alternative to Detention (ATD), Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) or other adolescent advocacy program models.
- Knowledge of and experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with adolescents in individual and group settings.
- Knowledge of best-practices when delivering services in the field.
- Working knowledge of treatment programs (substance abuse, mental health, etc.) and other support services (GED, job training, YIP, etc.) for referrals
- Ability to exercise sound and quick judgment
- Excellent communication and writing skills
- Excellent time management skills
- Computer literate with the ability to quickly adapt to changing technology.
- Bilingual skills strongly preferred
- Must be willing to work evening and weekend hours
- CASAC or CASCT encouraged to apply
SALARY: Commensurate with experience (Please note your salary requirements in the application)
BENEFITS: CJA offers a very generous benefit plan including health, dental and vision insurance, four weeks’ vacation, paid holidays and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions.
The New York City Criminal Justice Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Note: Only those candidates being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.