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COURT ADVOCACY - Court Advocate

Long Island City, 2976 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, New York, United States of America Req #30
Wednesday, November 30, 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:                 Court Advocate
Unit: Court Advocacy
Reports to: Director of Court Advocacy
Status: Full Time; Regular; Non-Exempt
Location: Brooklyn Court, NY
Days/Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


Position Summary:


Responsible for working with court stakeholders to assess and screen, and advocate for individuals to be placed in Fortune’s Alternative to Detention (ATD) or Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs, and report to the court regarding clients’ participation in programming.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Screen court calendars and court related documents to identify eligible candidates for Fortune’s ATD/ATI programs;
  • Liaise with defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges;
  • Interview prospective clients, both currently incarcerated and in the community;
  • Advocate before the court for the release of clients to Fortune’s ATD/ATI programs;
  • Present written and verbal reports to the court regarding client’s participation in ATD/ATI programming;
  • Collaborate with Fortune’s counselors, case managers, and other staff including clinical team, to assist clients in achieving long and short-term goals;
  • Record accurate information on all activities including court proceedings related to clients’ court cases;
  • Provide up to date information regarding Fortune’s ATD/ATI service to all external stakeholders;
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with defense attorneys, judges, and prosecutors that engender confidence in Fortune; and
  • Perform other duties as needed.


Qualifications:

  • Ability to get access to the courts through an Office of Court Administration Secure Pass;
  • High school diploma or GED/HSE required; MSW or LMSW, preferred
  • Previous court advocacy experience preferred;
  • Experience with databases for entering client information;
  • Knowledge of the structure and procedures of the Criminal Justice System and its legalese required;
  • Experience with ATD and ATI programs a plus;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills required;
  • 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; 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:

Requires travel around NYC boroughs and to our Long Island City site office.


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.


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, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.

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.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $50,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $50,000.00
Location on Google Maps
  • Long Island City, 2976 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, New York, United States of America