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Esperanza is an innovative juvenile justice program that seeks to reduce the number of incarcerated youth. Our direct services program is a home-based, community-focused sentencing option for youth who would otherwise be placed outside their homes, either through a delinquency case in family court or via an adult court case. Esperanza works with youth and their families in their own homes and communities, providing direct counseling services, helping to set short- and long-term goals, and facilitating connections to schools and other community-based organizations to assist youth and caregivers in establishing longer-term supportive networks.
Esperanza is seeking an Intake Interviewer to conduct interviews with adolescents and parents as part of the program’s intake process. These interviews are viewed as the beginning of the engagement process with potential clients, and the information that is gathered is utilized to determine whether the youths are appropriate candidates for Esperanza. For family court referrals Intake Interviewers use the information gathered from these interviews to write acceptance letters for court on behalf of potential clients and provide testimony in court hearings when necessary. For youth charged in adult court, the information is utilized to facilitate enrollment via conversations with court parties (defense counsel, prosecutors) and at court appearances. Facilitating relations with other parties involved with the court process, including judges, defense lawyers, prosecutors, probation officers, and detention staff, is also required. As all the services of Esperanza are provided almost exclusively in the participants' communities, at times convenient for clients and their families, intake interviewers are expected to travel extensively throughout the city and need to be able to accommodate varying schedules. Travel to detention facilities and courts throughout the five boroughs in New York City using public transportation is also required.
•Bachelor’s degree required; related work experience desirable
•Experience working with court-involved youth and/or in community-based organizations desirable
•Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
•Strong writing skills
•Strong oral communication skills which includes the ability to communicate with adolescent youth, their families and court-related officials (including judges) in a professional manner is necessary
•Ability to work in a team environment
•Bilingual in Spanish a plus
Salary: $32,000; excellent benefits (We offer an excellent health, dental, vision, and 401k benefits package)
No phone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Esperanza NY, Inc values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.