The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit dedicated to creating a more humane and effective justice system. We operate at the cutting edge of criminal justice reform in the New York area by developing, planning, launching, and managing large-scale projects that serve thousands of justice-involved people each year. Our projects have been documented to reduce the use of incarceration and conviction, while improving public safety and increasing public confidence in government. Our projects include the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center, the Midtown Community Court, Bronx Community Solutions, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Staten Island Justice Center, and Newark Community Solutions. We also operate supervised release programs (as an alternative to bail) in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Project Reset, an early diversion program in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn; young adult courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan; and a new felony alternative-to-incarceration program in Manhattan. Our criminal justice programs work with nearly 30,000 individuals each year—with the prospect of more in the days to come. Our goal is to create a criminal justice system that offers meaningful and proportionate outcomes, that treats everyone with dignity and respect, and that strengthens communities and supports victims.
Bronx Community Solutions (BCS) and the Staten Island Justice Center (SIJC) are each seeking intake specialists for the Supervised Release Program. Supervised Release offers an alternative to jail, providing pretrial supervision, case management, and voluntary social services to people charged with misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses. Program participants are monitored to ensure their appearance at court dates, and they receive referrals to community-based programming such as job training, drug treatment, and mental health counseling. Following recent legislative changes in New York State that curtail the use of cash bail and pre-trial detention, the Center is anticipating dramatic growth in the population served through Supervised Release, offering intake specialists and other staff the opportunity to contribute to an exciting program at an unprecedented scale. As part of this expansion, the Supervised Release Program will provide services to a growing youth population and take on bail-eligible felony and misdemeanor charges, including violent felony offenses.
The Intake Specialist will provide intake and scheduling services for an array of court-based programs, including alternative to incarceration programming, providing services both pre- and post-plea for people charged with misdemeanors and/or felonies. The Intake Specialist will be primarily responsible for assisting with daily intake and assessment operations at the program offices.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Conduct intakes and needs-based screenings for newly mandated participants;
Explain program requirements and expectations to participants;
Assist with scheduling and rescheduling mandated participants for intakes and a variety of onsite and off-site services;
Provide voluntary referral information for participants;
Manage the flow of referrals to in-house interventions and programming sites;
Ensure program participants are scheduled properly;
Maintain appropriate paper files;
Assist the Clinical Director, Senior Social Worker, or Court Operations team with data entry;
Ensure accuracy of information input into electronic client database, including attendance lists from classes and community service sites;
Assist with court coverage, as needed;
Attend project events, community events, and meetings after hours, as needed;
Greet participants and other visitors in the reception area, as needed;
Attend all staff meetings and trainings as scheduled;
Assist with other programming and administrative tasks, as necessary.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of an associate's degree. Candidates with a bachelor's degree and at least one year of experience working in a criminal court setting and/or human service field or 3-4 years' experience working in a criminal court setting and/or human service field are strongly preferred. Must be highly organized with an ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidates will have a willingness and interest in engaging individuals (youth and adult) with mental health and substance abuse needs. Candidates experienced in Motivational Interviewing is a plus. 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, adults, and families and be able to communicate appropriately with stakeholders. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication and writing skills required. Bilingual (English/Spanish, or other languages) preferred, especially for our Bronx location.
Position Type: Full-time, able to work nights or weekends.
Compensation: Salary 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.
Timeline to Apply: The Center is accepting applications on a rolling basis. We anticipate that initial hires will join us in November 2019, with additional hires to continue through January 2020. We encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.