8 Nov 2011

Family Social Worker

Ian ThomasNew York, New York, United States

Job Description

The Harlem Community Justice Center seeks a Family Social Worker who will work with parolees who have been imprisoned for violent and non-violent offenses and are making the transition from life in prison to responsible citizenship and their families. The Family Social Worker will be part of a team of reentry specialists, including Parole Officers and case managers, to provide assessments, service planning, service referrals and linkages, compliance monitoring, and ongoing collaboration with staff from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (formerly Parole) and community partners. The success of the Reentry program relies in part on family engagement and the program participant’s family involvement and support.  Often, family members are grappling not only with the circumstances surrounding the return of the family member, but also with a multitude of psychosocial and environmental stressors.  Supporting family members is essential to ensuring a parolee’s continued participation and compliance in the program.  As a member of the Reentry team, the Family Social Worker will provide clinical expertise, conduct assessments and make recommendations, facilitate family group conferences and provide referrals to enhance family support.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct in-reach and assessments with clients, aged 18-26,  incarcerated in New York State Correctional Facilities;
  • Maintain a case load of between 25-30 parolees;
  • Outreach clients’ family members pre-release to assist them in preparing for their loved one’s return to the community;
  • In consultation with parole officers and clients, assist in the creation of a supervision plan that addresses the conditions of the client’s release and family unification;
  • In ongoing individual and group counseling sessions with clients and their families, address family dynamics with the goal of supporting the client’s successful community reintegration;
  • Make referrals to social service agencies for family members;
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed;
  • Participate in case management team meetings;
  • Attend Reentry Court sessions;
  • Maintain records of all case management meetings and regularly update the reentry database;
  • Provide reports and recommendations to the Reentry Team regarding clients’ progress in all treatment and service areas;
  • Participate in the preparation of progress reports and grant proposals as necessary.



The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in social work and a minimum of two years experience working with individuals and their families with drug/alcohol problems and/or a history of incarceration. Excellent written and oral communication skills a must. Fluency in Spanish preferred. Additional qualifications include:

  • LMSW required
  • Expertise in providing clinical and therapeutic services to youth and families – particularly those involved in the criminal justice system;
  • Knowledge and experience working with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision;
  • Ability to conduct home visits;
  • Additional hours for family sessions to be determined;
  • A strength based, client-centered philosophy;
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing and Thinking for Change highly desired;
  • Familiarity with the COMPAS assessment tool highly desired;
  • Must be available some evenings and weekends as needed.

How to apply:

Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

 Ms. Debbie Boar

Deputy Project Director

Harlem Community Justice Center

170 East 121st Street

New York, N.Y. 10035

Fax: (212) 828-7416 or [email protected]


No phone calls please.

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