Full Job Description
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.
Launched in early 2020, Manhattan Justice Opportunities (Manhattan Justice) seeks to rethink justice in Manhattan and to build a justice system that is more responsive to individuals’ and communities’ needs. Manhattan Justice is a centralized, court-based screening and referral hub that provides judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys at New York County Criminal Court and Supreme Court with a wide array of social service-based sentencing options in misdemeanor and felony cases. Bringing together a consortium of service providers led by the Center for Court Innovation, Manhattan Justice offers onsite case management, psycho-educational groups, restorative justice, and other programming options. Manhattan Justice also provides referrals to community-based service providers for mental health, substance use, employment, primary health care services and more. These services are open to anyone who needs them — including court participants’ families and friends, and others affected by the criminal justice system. These services, which are both mandated and voluntary, help participants address underlying issues in their lives, build stability, and decrease their likelihood of further justice involvement.
Manhattan Justice is seeking a Restorative Justice Facilitator to provide restorative justice programming for misdemeanor and felony cases that involve harm or conflict. This programming brings together the person impacted by the harm, the person responsible, and their support people to discuss the underlying issues of the conflict, and pathways for moving forward. Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, the Restorative Justice Facilitator will be responsible for facilitating remote and onsite restorative programming, including conducting intakes, preparation sessions, and harm circles. The Restorative Justice Facilitator will also be responsible for facilitating other restorative group interventions, as well as providing one-on-one case management sessions and referrals to additional services for a caseload of mandated and voluntary participants
Manhattan Justice strongly encourages and seeks 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.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Facilitate pre-plea and post-plea restorative justice interventions for misdemeanor and felony cases from Manhattan Criminal and Supreme Court, including harm, healing, and support circles;
- Assist with identifying eligible cases, including conferencing cases with judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys;
- Prepare participants for restorative justice interventions and support them throughout the process;
- Facilitate community-building and support circles and other group programming for Manhattan Justice participants, as necessary;
- Provide comprehensive case management services to a caseload of participants to address needs such as substance use, mental health issues, housing, employment, and educational and vocational needs, as well as and other challenges in a participant’s life;
- Conduct intakes and needs-based screenings for newly mandated and voluntary participants;
- Assist with scheduling and rescheduling participants for intakes and both on and offsite services;
- Assist with outreach to participants and defense attorneys to ensure that all mandated participants are effectively engaged;
- Collaborate with onsite and community-based service providers to complete referrals and gather accurate attendance reports;
- Assist with data entry and ensure the accuracy of information in the electronic case management database;
- Monitor compliance of court-mandated services and prepare compliance reports to be submitted in court;
- Provide voluntary referrals to community-based referrals to address a variety of social service needs;
- Facilitate trainings for stakeholders on restorative practices;
- Provide trainings for Manhattan Justice colleagues on restorative practices, including harm circles and community building circles;
- Participate in all staff meetings and trainings;
- Attend evening court and community-based meetings and events, as needed;
- Perform other relevant tasks, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree or 3-4 years’ experience working in criminal justice or a related social service field required, MA or MSW preferred;
- Three years experience with restorative justice and circle facilitation strongly preferred;
- Experience managing complex conversations around a diverse set of issues including but not limited to violence, conflict, relationships, healing, and racial justice;
- Experience facilitating psychoeducational and skills development groups and developing curricula preferred;
- Experience working in a court or criminal justice setting preferred;
- Knowledge and/or lived experience related to the criminal justice system and its impacts on communities preferred;
- Strong organizational and time management skills;
- Commitment to, and experience using, holistic and strengths-based approaches, meeting participants where they are, as well as the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally responsive manner;
- Willingness and interest in engaging people (young adults and adults) with mental health and substance abuse needs;
- Ability to communicate appropriately with court staff, stakeholders, onsite partner agencies;
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills; and
- Bilingual (English-Spanish, or other languages) preferred.
Compensation: Salary range starts at $46,170 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, WageWorks, 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.
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.
As of September 9, 2021, all new hires are required to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for medical, disability or religious reasons by the Center’s Human Resources Department.
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.