The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research and provides consulting services to justice innovators.
Launched in 1993, the award-winning Midtown Community Court is one of the country’s first problem-solving courts. It provides alternatives to fines and jail as a response to low-level crime. Seeking to reduce crime and incarceration and increase public trust in justice, the Midtown Community Court works with neighborhood stakeholders to improve Midtown Manhattan. The court responds to low-level offending, seeking sentences that are restorative to the victim, defendant, and community. The court’s onsite social services clinic and fatherhood and workforce development program are open to everyone—court participants as well as community members. Always growing in its reach, the court currently hears cases that originate in four NYPD precincts, and serves as Manhattan’s Adolescent Diversion Part, Human Trafficking Intervention Court, and Overdose Avoidance and Recovery part.
The Midtown Community Court is seeking a Clinical Director. Reporting to the project’s Deputy Director, the Clinical Director is responsible for supervising the design, delivery, and overall management of the Court’s onsite social service programs and referrals to community-based providers. The Clinical Director will also work collaboratively with court stakeholders, including the Judge, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court staff, as well as community-based service providers.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Lead all clinical practices at Midtown Community Court including, but not limited to, assessments, social service recommendations to the court, alternative to incarceration and voluntary programming, compliance monitoring, and group curricula;
- Supervise the clinic team, made up of social workers and other professionals and interns;
- Directly provide and oversee staff provision of individual and group counseling, trauma-informed case management, and psychosocial assessments and recommendations for criminal defendants and other clients;
- Design and support social services programming based on latest research and practice;
- Actively participate in Center’s working groups and other initiatives around cutting edge clinical practice, interventions, and treatment modalities, and incorporate findings into clinic and court practices;
- Ensure thorough and accurate recording and reporting on progress and compliance of mandated clients to court stakeholders (including judges, defense, prosecutors);
- Work with Judges and Center staff to develop new social service programming and policies and procedures;
- Troubleshoot clinical issues as they arise, including providing crisis interventions;
- Develop, strengthen, and manage relationships with court stakeholders, community residents, businesses, community organizations, police, and other criminal justice agencies, in representation of Midtown Community Court;
- Develop, strengthen, and manage relationships with a network of community-based social service providers, including developing MOUs and policies for referrals and reporting;
- Provide ongoing oversight and quality assurance for both onsite programming and services offered by community-based service providers;
- Participate in regular interdisciplinary case conferences and meetings with court stakeholders;
- Play a central role amongst senior management team in developing and implementing new initiatives;
- Represent the court and the Center at conferences, community meetings, site visits, and other events;
- Support Midtown Community Court and the Center in funding applications, grant reporting, and managing budgets for the clinic department;
- Participate in, and at times facilitating, staff meetings, trainings, and on- and off-site visits;
- Participate in evening and weekend meetings, events, and programming, as needed;
- Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
- LMSW or LCSW and a minimum of 2 years of relevant supervisory experience in the criminal justice field required, SIFI certification preferred;
- Ability to manage and support a diverse workforce;
- Strong management, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills required;
- Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health, co-occurring disorders, and trauma-informed approaches and knowledge of community-based resources throughout New York City required;
- Experience and/or comfort working with both adolescents and adults required;
- Commitment to and experience using, holistic and strengths-based approaches, as well as the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner required. Court-based social work is a unique and demanding area of practice, and candidates must be open to constructive engagement with differing and, at times, competing perspectives;
- Strong organizational and excellent time management skills required;
- A creative self-starter, who is comfortable working in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary environment required;
- Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
Position Type: Full-time, some evening hours are required.
Compensation: Salary range starts at $65,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
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.