Outreach Worker

  • Brooklyn, NY

Compensation

: $126,485.00 - $83,990.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Nonprofit



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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 reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research and provides consulting services to justice innovators. Neighbors in Action, formerly known as the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, provides anti-violence programs, youth programs, and resource links to community residents. Its mission is to encourage communication and understanding, prevent future conflicts, and help foster stronger, healthier neighborhoods. S.O.S. Crown Heights is a replication of the Cure Violence program, a gun violence prevention model that aims to reduce and prevent shootings through the use of public health strategies. Neighbors in Action is seeking a full-time Outreach Worker for S.O.S. Crown Heights. Reporting to the Outreach Worker Supervisor, the Outreach Worker will serve as a mentor and peer counselor to a caseload of 10-15 high-risk individuals, redirecting them toward positive attitude, behavior, and lifestyle changes. Responsibilities related to Outreach Worker include but are not limited to: Identify and form relationships with individuals who are at high risk of involvement in shootings and killings to help them rethink the impulse to act violently and redirect their lives in more positive directions. Build and maintain a caseload of high-risk participants, and develop and implement a personalized risk reduction plan with each participant. Work with community partners and the rest of the S.O.S. team to identify and diffuse \"hot spots\" for shootings and violence Intervene in local conflicts to try to prevent an outbreak of violence, and work to prevent retaliations when violence does occur Provide clients with support and linkages to programs and opportunities in the community (e.g., job programs, GED, drug treatment, and mentoring). Conduct outreach to the community (individually and as a team member) to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses, and community groups Participate in organizing responses to shootings and increasing visibility when shootings/killings take place in the target area and surrounding target area. Report to the Outreach Supervisor and keep him/her informed of all relevant community activities Document all work including shootings and other acts of violence prevented, case notes, referrals, contacts with participants, and changes in participant's status as directed by the outreach Supervisor and Program Manager. Refer participants (as needed) to programs that are a part of the New York City \"Crisis Management System\" including therapeutic services, legal services, and employment services Plan, attend and help facilitate community and participant events Attend and participate in all mandatory staff meetings, trainings, workshops and other team meetings as required, which may include non-traditional business hours. Attend weekly supervision and keep Outreach Worker Supervisor informed of all work-related activities Qualifications: Experience working with at-risk youth and gang members, and knowledge of the street sets, crews, gangs, and or groups is a must. Candidate must be able to walk 30 blocks or more on a regular basis, pass a drug screening, and work a flexible schedule that includes late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Must be willing to work in inclement weather. Excellent communication skills, commitment to working towards positive community change, and interest in learning new skills and information are a must for this position. Reside in or have an in-depth knowledge of Crown Heights, especially the target area (Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway, Kingston Avenue to Utica). Candidates who are formerly incarcerated or have other experience in the criminal justice system are particularly invited to apply, but must have no pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence. Position Type: Full-time (Must be able to work a flexible schedule of late nights, changing hours, over-nights, holidays and weekends.) Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package. 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. 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.
Associated topics: chaplain, community participating, community service, consultant, customer service, event organizer, priest, resource worker, supportive service, vocational support/training

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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