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 improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.
The Strong Starts Court Initiative is seeking a Clinical Coordinator. The Strong Starts Court Initiative (SSCI) is a special Infant Focused Court Model with an emphasis on supporting Family Court involved families with subject children under the age of 3. Goals of SSCI include reducing times to permanency, increasing communication and collaboration between all parties, creating family-need-specific service plans that promote success and well-being, while keeping the infant’s needs, and voice, at the center of planning. __________________________________________________________________________________
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Complete clinical and developmental screenings and comprehensive assessments of infants’ development and social-emotional status
Provide comprehensive screenings and psycho-social assessments of caregiver and family needs
Provide on-going assessment of parent-child attachment/relationship; capacity, strengths and deficits
Develop family specific service plans in collaboration with other case planners, including evidenced based infant interventions and adult interventions
Facilitate referrals to high quality services based on assessment in collaboration with ACS or Foster Care Case Planners
Track and monitor referral status, client progress and barriers to treatment
Coordinate and provide leadership of monthly Infant/Family focused Clinical Conferences and provide infant focused feedback to Court Team to ensure that infants’ needs are expressed and being met
Prepare monthly reports for the Judge and Court Team based on on-going assessment and outcomes of monthly Clinical Conferences
Provide infant development/infant mental health expertise to the Judge and Court Team by way of formal trainings and day-to-day consultation
Attend all Court Conferences and multi-disciplinary meetings with ACS/Foster Care Agency and Community Partners
Engage community based service providers and government systems serving infants and families with on-going outreach in order to form meaningful relationships, collaborate and support family’s treatment, and to include community resources in the Court process so they can in turn support families with a higher knowledge of court practices and expectations
Convene and lead bi-monthly meetings of SSCI Steering Committee
Assist with data collection and participate in program evaluation and quality improvement
Provide training in infant development and infant mental health to the wider Court community and a variety of child welfare system stakeholder groups
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:
Master’s degree (or higher) in social work, psychology, child development or related field, a minimum of five years’ experience working with infants and families, with a strong background in infant mental health including attachment theory and research.
Background in trauma and trauma-informed interventions
Knowledge of local infant/family serving systems and organizations including Early Intervention, Early Head Start, home visiting programs, parent-child dyadic therapeutic models and services
Ability to work collaboratively with, and provide leadership to, a multidisciplinary practitioner group
Ability to engage and support court-involved parents
Knowledge of screening assessment tools for infants and caregivers
Knowledge of issues related to child abuse/neglect
Knowledge of systems that interface with court involved families and how to navigate these systems
Excellent written skills are a must.
Knowledge of Family Court, ACS and/or foster agency practice
Experience with systems change and community building
Trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy
Location: New York City Family Court
How to apply:
Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to:
Note: 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.
Deadline to Apply: 7/3/2018
Visit our website at www.courtinnovation.org.
The Center for Court Innovation is a project of the Fund for the City of New York. The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.
Internal Number: 0023
About Center for Court Innovation
The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a non-profit organization that promotes new thinking about how to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice. The Center creates operating projects, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and Midtown Community Court, that have been documented to improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.