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COURT ADVOCACY - Clinical Director

The Bronx, NY, USA Req #172
Monday, August 8, 2022
The Fortune Society, Inc. (Fortune) has been working for over 54 years in service to our mission: to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. The organization has evolved into one of the nation’s preeminent reentry and justice-informed service organizations, providing formerly-incarcerated people with the skills and wrap-around services needed to break the cycle of crime and incarceration and to build productive lives in their communities. Fortune has a highly specialized skill set to serve this population, with over 54 years of experience serving formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City and over 20 years of experience managing supportive housing. 

Title:                                      Clinical Director
Unit:                                      Supervised Release Program -- Court Advocacy
Reports to:                            Senior Director of Programs
Status:                                   Full-Time; Regular; Exempt
Location:                               Bronx Criminal Courthouse, 215 E. 161st Street, & 502 East 163rd Street, Bronx      

Position Summary:

Supervised Release offers an alternative to jail, providing pretrial supervision, case management, and voluntary social services to people charged with misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses. Program participants are monitored to ensure their appearance at court dates, and they receive referrals to community-based programming. Under the Supervised Release Program (SRP), the Clinical Director (Director) will have direct oversight over all program-related operations as well as direct supervision and guidance of all program staff as well as clinical supervision to LMSWs. The Director will work alongside the Director of Court Operations, Director of Compliance and other internal and external parties, to ensure all programming is provided in a timely and effective manner. The Director will supervise, evaluate and support the development of staff within the Program Operations Unit, including maintaining regularly scheduled supervision sessions and overseeing day to day job performance, ensuring program goals are met.


Mission, Culture and Fit

The Director needs to match the mission and culture of Fortune, including, meeting a client there they are at; engaging participants with a non-judgmental, inclusive attitude; holding space for trauma associated with criminal justice involvement and incarceration; and helping them to believe in their power to change.



The Director must be able to communicate effectively with internal departments and with external stakeholders, where participants will receive voluntary services. The Director must understand the role of each of these stakeholders and how to communicate with all.


Time Management

This initiative will serve a large number of individuals with many needing high level services. The Director must be able to manage their supervises, ensuring quality service provision and data entry, while also being the front face of the programming of SRP. Managing time and effort for the above is imperative in being able to manage the work and do it effectively.


Problem Solving

The Director must demonstrate how to evaluate situations and find effective solutions. SRP will be fast paced and at times overwhelming, with potential problems arising. The Director must anticipate these problems and be able to strategize ways to remedy such problems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide weekly supervision to clinical supervisors and other senior staff;
  • Provide clinical supervision to LMSW staff;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders;
  • Ensure  all services rendered are documented in data management system as required by the agency and by funding sources;
  • Ensure timely and accurate internal reporting, including playing an active role in development and implementation of new reports as needed to assess program effectiveness and achievement of desired outcomes;
  • Plan, develop, conduct and/or arrange in-service training to maintain and improve staff competencies and optimal service delivery;
  • Develop and implement corrective action plans as needed;
  • Clearly communicate unit and agency priorities and ensure that priorities set are carried out;
  • Assess, recommend, develop and implement accountability systems and best practice strategies to ensure compliance with programmatic requirements while producing maximum client outcomes;
  • Provide both formal and informal staff assessment, and recommend hiring, firing, promotional and disciplinary decisions concerning staff members to the Senior Director of Programs;
  • Render client assessments; conduct psych-social interviews and write narratives as needed;
  • Provide short-term crisis intervention as needed and make appropriate referrals for appropriate services;
  • Chair case conferences and other programmatic services as directed;
  • Participate as an active member of the data review to ensure targets are met;
  • Ensure timely processes and documentation for admissions and discharges;
  • Develop, monitor and conduct quality improvement to ensure program goals/objectives are achieved; and
  • Perform other related duties as needed.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly oversee program staff; carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and engaging employees; addressing employee relations and resolving problems.



  • Master’s degree in social work or mental health counseling required;
  • LCSW or LMHC preferred;
  • Three or more years preferred of full-time management experience, in  the field of substance use, mental health and/or criminal justice with clientele similar to that served by the program(s) and with experience supervising counselors/social workers;
  • One year minimum of supervisory experience;
  • Computer literate; advanced skills such as Excel and database applications are a plus;
  • Team-oriented, anticipatory self-starter working style; a strong work ethic, and the ability to think strategically required; and
  • We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission.  Relevant personal experience is a plus.


Travel Requirements: may require travel to community-based sites.


Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a qualified disability or sincerely held religious belief or other legal basis). Applicants should not provide medical or genetic information in their applications.

The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, citizenship status, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.

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  • The Bronx, NY, USA