Assistant Clinical Director - LCSW


CJA's work seeks to reduce jail overcrowding and unnecessary detention in New York City.

Join our team of multi-disciplined professionals!



The New York Criminal Justice Agency (CJA), a non-profit organization under contract with the City of New York to provide pre-trial and research services to the courts.  The Queens Supervised Release Program is the first program launched by the City of New York’s Supervised Release Initiative in 2009 and is the model for which Supervised Release Programs have evolved citywide.

The program, which operates during day and night court in Queens, screens targeted defendants for release at criminal court arraignment or release following detention at Rikers Island.  Program participation takes into account the varied needs of the client such as substance abuse and mental health. Potential clients must also agree to program monitoring of court appearances and re-arrests with the goal of successful reconnection to community, subject to specific conditions. Client participation requirements include maintaining face-to-face and/or telephone contact with a case manager, participating in group support with peers, and possible engagement in a community-based program to support an identified need. 

This is a great opportunity for a dynamic, knowledgeable and experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a desire and demonstrated ability to supervise, support and lead a professional team of both experienced and entry-level case managers in providing the best possible care to their clients while adhering to a standard of quality for tracking client data and compliance.



This person will work alongside the Clinical Director, an experienced Clinician, to provide clinical direction to staff and ensure adherence to screening, intake and service provision protocols and will assist case managers to provide appropriate service to clients with a variety of complex mental health, social, educational and emotional needs. In doing so he/she will be responsible for:

  • Establishing a rapport with staff and clients alike to contribute to a safe, supportive and structured setting that encourages self-expression and personal growth
  • Clinical supervision of case managers/social workers, peer specialists and court staff
  • Ensure that staff maintain timely and accurate clinical records
  • Provide training and support to direct service providers around goal setting, with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism
  • Provide crisis intervention services and oversee the daily delivery of care in order to ensure the appropriateness and effectiveness of mental health assessments
  • Provide intervention as necessary to address complex client issues and provide supportive counseling to clients
  • Regularly conduct case conferencing to address legal and ethical treatment and service issues with staff
  • Ensure compliance with screening, assessment, and referral criteria, agency policies and procedures for client services, or regulatory requirements for the provision of mental health services
  • Provide case management and supportive counseling to a small caseload of clients
  • Identification of gaps in service delivery system and recommending improvements in processes or assessment tools
  • Representing the Agency at meetings, conferences and public forums
  • Professional development, including monitoring and review of, service productivity, and case management outcomes
  • Facilitation, development or identification of appropriate case management training to promote staff development and ensure case management staff have core competencies


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (must have valid NYS Credentials)
  • 2-3 years year of supervisory experience including the planning, scheduling, assigning, evaluating, training and directing the work of professional staff
  • Must have mental/behavioral health experience preferably with high-risk clients involved in the criminal justice system
  • Knowledge of NYC Criminal Court Operations
  • Bilingual Skills, 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 advocacy program models
  • Working knowledge of treatment programs (substance abuse, mental health, ) and other support services (GED, job training, YIP, etc.) for referrals
  • Ability to exercise sound and quick judgment
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Superb time management skills
  • Computer literate with the ability to quickly adapt to changing technology
  • Must be willing to work evening and weekend hours


CJA is 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 guided by these values in our work:

Commitment: 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.

Fairness: 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.

Innovation: 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.


SALARY: $80,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience

BENEFITS:  CJA offers a very generous benefit plan including health, dental and vision insurance, a comprehensive mental health and wellness (EAP) plan, four weeks’ vacation, paid holidays and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions.  CJA is also strongly committed to professional learning and development for its staff members and offers staff varied opportunities for learning and development through partnerships and vendor services for web based, in-person professional development training, as well as in-house job training and development.

NOTE: Only those candidates being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.


The New York City Criminal Justice Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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