The Center for Justice Innovation (formerly the Center for Court Innovation) is a non-profit organization that works with communities and justice systems to advance equity, increase safety, and help individuals and communities thrive. The Center's goal is to identify and resolve as early as possible the challenges that bring people into the criminal and civil legal systems. It does this in a number of ways—by developing and running programs that reduce the need for incarceration and enhance economic opportunity, conducting original research to identify what works, and sharing what we learn from our programming and research with those seeking to transform the justice system around the world.
The Center is an 800-employee, $100 million nonprofit that accomplishes its vision through three pillars of work: creating and scaling operating programs to test new ideas and solve problems, performing original research to determine what works (and what doesn’t), and providing expert assistance and policy guidance to justice reformers around the world
The Center’s operating programs, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and Midtown Community Court, test new ideas, solve difficult problems, and attempt to achieve systemic change within the justice system. Our projects include community-based violence prevention programs, alternatives to incarceration, reentry initiatives, and court-based initiatives that reduce the use of unnecessary incarceration and promote positive individual and family change. Through this programming, we have produced tangible results like safer streets, reduced incarceration, and improved neighborhood perceptions of justice.
Researchers at the Center conduct independent evaluations, documenting how government systems work, how neighborhoods function, and how reform efforts change things. We believe in the “action research” model; accordingly, our researchers provide regular feedback on the results of the Center’s own operating programs. The Center has published studies on topics including youth in the sex trade, reentry, gun violence, and drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration. Our researchers have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Policy & Expert Assistance
The Center provides hands-on, planning and implementation assistance to a wide range of jurisdictions in areas of reform such as problem-solving courts (e.g., community courts, treatment courts, domestic violence courts), tribal justice, reducing incarceration and the use of fines/fees and reducing crime and violence. Our current expert assistance takes many forms, including help with analyzing data, strategic planning and consultation, policy guidance, and hosting site visits to its operating programs in the New York City area.
The Staten Island Justice Center (SIJC; 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’s Alternatives to Incarceration programming 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.
The Staten Island Justice Center is seeking a Case Manager, Diversion Programs. Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, the Case Manager will be responsible for the monitoring and case management of program participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pre-plea and post-plea conditions. The Case Manager will stay in regular contact with participants, including facilitating in-person case management meetings. The Case Manager will also facilitate groups and assist in development of onsite services for participants. Additionally, the Case Manager will be in communication with attorneys’ offices, community-based providers, and draft memos to keep the court informed of participants’ compliance. The Case Manager will work closely with an interdisciplinary team providing adult case management services.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Facilitate a range of on-site groups for program participants;
- Provide comprehensive case management services to a caseload of short- and long-term mandated clients;
- Provide voluntary service referrals to individuals, to help address issues such as substance use, mental health, trauma, domestic violence, housing, and vocational needs;
- Coordinate with service providers to facilitate, follow-up, and assist participants with voluntary service referrals;
- Maintain appropriate client and group information in electronic databases and hard files;
- Connect with and maintain relationships with outside service providers to increase referral sources for clients;
- Monitor and report on compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense and district attorneys to bring program participants into compliance;
- Participate in individual and group supervision, department staff meetings, interdisciplinary meetings, and on- and off-site trainings;
- Assist with administrative responsibilities, including data management, grant reporting and compliance monitoring;
- Assist with other Justice Center intakes and assessments, as needed;
- Attend Staten Island Justice Center's events after hours, as needed;
- Attend all required staff meetings and trainings;
- Assist the Director with the development and implementation of new policies, programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
- Perform other duties as necessary to support the Staten Island Justice Center and department activities; and
- Additional relevant tasks, as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or 3-4 years experience working in case management as an equivalency. Bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred. Excellent written skills are a must. Seeking a highly organized candidate with an ability to multi-task, and work in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to provide service in a strengths-based manner and understand the importance of meeting clients where they are. Willingness and interest in engaging individuals (youth and adult) with mental health and substance abuse needs. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-responsive manner required. Candidate must have professional demeanor and ability to communicate appropriately with building stakeholders. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and writing skills required.
Compensation: The compensation range for this position is $26.18 - $31.87 per hour based on a 35-hour work week and is commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for overtime at 1.5x the hourly rate above 40 hours per week. The Center for Justice Innovation offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive healthcare with a national network, free basic dental coverage, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts including commuter FSA. We prioritize mental health care for our staff and offer services like Talkspace and Ginger through our healthcare plans. We offer a 403(b) retirement plan with a two-to-one employer contribution up to 5%.
The Center for Justice 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.