Family Peer Advocate, Vibrant Emotional Health Initiative

Staten Island, NY
Full Time
Staten Island Justice Center
Entry Level

THE ORGANIZATION
The Center for Court Innovation is committed to reducing crime and incarceration, addressing violence, supporting survivors, and building communities while strengthening public trust in justice. The Center seeks justice for marginalized groups, bringing an equity lens – particularly a racial and gender equity lens – to its work. For 25 years, the Center has worked to foster justice and equity to create safe, healthy, and thriving communities and, ultimately, to transform the justice system.


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.


Operating Programs
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.


Research
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 OPPORTUNITY

The Staten Island Justice Center (SIJC) offers an array of programming for both youth and adults in Staten Island, focusing on engaging those with current or past justice involvement. SIJC operates two mentorship programs—the Advocacy, Intervene and Mentor (AIM) Program and Next STEPS—which utilize an individualized and trauma-informed approach to assist young people in re engaging in education, work and community. AIM is a six- to nine-month court-mandated community-based mentoring program that provides one-on-one and group mentorship. Next STEPS’s programming is rooted in principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy. It utilizes one-on-one and group mentoring to young people ages 16-24 who reside in the Stapleton NYCHA housing development. 

SIJC is seeking a Family Peer Advocate who will provide support and guidance to the youth who will receive specialized services through our Vibrant Health Service Initiative. Reporting to the Coordinator, Family Support, the Family Peer advocate will facilitate support programming including intakes, assessments, support groups, on-going case management, family team meetings, and restorative practices. The Family Peer Advocate will work with the Youth Peer Advocate to support the needs of our Youth & Family Program families.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist families to set, work toward, and achieve goals based on identified needs, strengths, and challenges;
  • Provide parents/caregivers a range of formal and informal family support services based on family’s goals;
  • Document and track demographic data of parent/caregiver participants, family goals, and all services provided to parent/caregiver;
  • Participate in professional development, training and quality improvement activities, as required for the Vibrant Emotional Health Initiative;
  • Work collaboratively with the Youth Peer Advocate to develop and maintain a strong family systems model for health and restoration;
  • Provide coverage and support for other SIJC youth programming, as needed; 
  • Participate in staff meetings and staff development activities at SIJC, as required; 
  • Perform other duties as necessary to support the Staten Island Justice Center and department activities;
  • Perform additional relevant tasks, as needed.

Position Type:  Full time; Monday through Friday with varying shifts. Flexibility with scheduling is required. Please note, this position requires in-person work. 

Location:  Staten Island, NY

Qualifications:   The ideal candidate will be a parent or caregiver of a child who has experienced social, emotional, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges and has lived experience navigating multiple child serving systems on behalf of their child(ren). Family Peer Advocates are required to complete trainings recommended and offered by the Center as well as the FPA credentialing process within 18 months of being hired. High school diploma plus 2 years of relevant professional experience preferred. Candidate must have basic computer skills and knowledge of office applications. Strong knowledge of community resources in the North Shore of Staten Island is a plus. Candidate must not have any pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence. Candidates must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner and be able to provide crisis management as needed.

Compensation:  The role is hourly, non-exempt. The hourly rate is $24.40 per hour and is commensurate with experience. Center for Court Innovation offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, free basic dental coverage, vision insurance, short-term and long term disability, and life insurance. All healthcare benefits are effective on the date of hire. Paid time off includes 20 days of paid vacation per year, 15 paid sick days, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, commuter FSA and offers a 10% employer match on the 403(b) retirement plan.

The 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.

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.

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