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Counselor, Supervised Release Program

Center for Court Innovation

This is a Full-time position in Fort Collins, CO posted May 11, 2022.

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 by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally.

The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.The Staten Island Justice Center (the Justice Center) offers an array of programming for both youth and adults in Staten Island, focusing on engaging those with current or past justice involvement.

The Justice Center provides judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys with alternative community sentencing options that hold individuals accountable in a way that is meaningful, proportionate, and restorative.

The goal is to provide participants with individual and group services that help them to avoid future contact with the justice system and promote swift case resolutions that bolster public confidence in justice.Staten Island Justice Center is seeking a Counselorfor its Supervised Release Program.

Supervised Release offersan alternative to jail, providing pretrial supervision, case management, and voluntary social services to people charged with misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses.

Defendants are monitored to ensure appearance at their court dates, and they receive referrals to community-based programming such as job training, drug treatment, and mental health counseling.

Following 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 it will serve through Supervised Release, offering social workers and other staff the opportunity to contribute to an exciting program expansion 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 Counselorwill be responsible for monitoring a caseload of program participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pretrial release conditions.

The Counselorwill stay in regular contact with participants, including facilitating in-person case management meetings and sending frequent court date reminders.

The Counselor will also facilitate groups and assist in development of onsite services for participants.

Additionally, they will be in communicationwith attorneys’ offices, community-based providers, and draft memos to keep the court informed of participants’ compliance.Responsibilities include but are not limited to:Complete intakes of participants and administer risk and need assessment tool; Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to participants including regular in-person meetings and phone calls; this may include communication with clients on nights and weekends; Perform voluntary individual counseling sessions as needed; Facilitate group sessions for program participants; Conduct outreach to collateral sources as needed to provide supervision and court monitoring; Communicate with community-based service providers to facilitate, follow-up and assist participants with voluntary service referrals; Complete all necessary documentation and input data into computer database; Monitor and report compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense and prosecution to bring program participants into compliance as needed; Attend staff meetings and on-going trainings as well as participate in community events; Assist with thedevelopment of on-site programming that is responsive to participants’ needs; Assist with data collection; Assist with other programming as needed; Attend Staten Island Justice Centers’ events after hours, as needed; andAdditional relevant tasks, as needed.Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s in Social Work or an equivalent Master’s level counseling degree.

Candidates must either be currently licensed or obtainlicensure in New York State within 90 days of hire.

Excellent written skills are a must.

Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community.

Prior experience with the criminal justice system and/or justice-involved communities is a plus – in particular, experience working with youth and young adults, individuals experiencing domestic violence, mental health issues, substance use disorder, and/or homelessness.Position Type: Full-time, able to work nights or weekends, as needed.Compensation: Salary range starts at $54,800and is commensurate with experience and licensure.Excellent benefits packageincluding comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation,paid sick time, WageWorks, Flexible Spending Account plans for healthand dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.HPAPP