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Parent Pledge Project Coordinator

The Center for Court Innovation


Description
Reporting to the Deputy Project Director for Court Programs, the Program Coordinator is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Parent Pledge program and insuring that all program outcomes are achieved and documented. Duties will include: recruiting 150 eligible cases annually, conducting legal reviews of Parent Pledge agreements, assisting families to access support services, coordinating the scheduling of cases and mediators with NYPI, organizing training, and assisting families to file child support agreements in court. The Coordinator must review and assure that support agreements meet the requirements of the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA)

Responsibilities:

• Coordinate the enrollment and scheduling of 150 cases annually with NYPI, the Justice Center’s Help Center Coordinator and other community partners;
• Conduct community out-reach in high poverty areas, including the neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan, to market the Project;
• Conduct Parent Pledge mediations;
• Review and certify that all support agreements meet the requirements of the federal Child Support Standards Act and Family Court Act;
• Coordinate the provision of social services as needed to families through the Justice Center’s in-house social work clinic and community partners;
• Convene regular Project management meetings with the New York Peace Institute to insure that all project goals are met in a timely manner;
• Insure effective collaborative relationships with key partners and stakeholders;
• Track deliverables and provide regular required grant reports;
• Present at trainings and conferences.

Qualifications:

• Law degree required, admission to the New York Bar preferred,
• Two years of supervisory or program coordination experience is required;
• Experience with mediation or other alternative dispute resolution processes required;
• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) is highly desired;
• Knowledge of Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) requirements highly desired;
• Experience preparing a legal child support agreement document as well as the legal options and process for filing support, custody and visitation petitions as well as modification and violation petitions highly desired;
• Exceptional analytical, writing skills and presentation skills;

How TO APPLY:
Subject line: Parent Pledge Project Coordinator Attn: John Megaw Harlem Community Justice Center 170 East 121st St New York, NY 10035 Fax (212) 360-4993 E-mail: JMegaw@courts.state.ny.us Direct applicants only, no phone calls please.

About Organization:
The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a unique public-private partnership that promotes new thinking about how courts and criminal justice agencies can aid victims, change the behavior of offenders, and strengthen communities. The Center creates demonstration projects that test new approaches to problems that have resisted conventional solutions. The Harlem Community Justice Center, a project of the Center for Court Innovation, is a community-based court and resource center focused on solving neighborhood problems in upper Manhattan, including juvenile delinquency, deteriorating housing, substance abuse, and the challenges presented by ex-offenders returning from incarceration.

Child support payments comprise about 40% of household income for poor families. New York City estimates that over 200,000 children living below 150% of the poverty line are not connected to the city’s child support program. Under a grant from the New York City Human Resources Administration’s Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Harlem Community Justice Center is implementing the Parent Pledge program. The goal of Parent Pledge is two-fold: 1) to promote the payment of child support by non-custodial parents through formal child support agreements; and, 2) to help both parents work together to improve outcomes for their child(ren). This new program is a collaboration with the New York Peace Institute (NYPI) which will provide trained mediators who are experienced in child support and custody and visitation.


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