The SMART Program is a new collaboration between Housing Works and the NYC Department of Corrections (DOC) aimed at reducing the likelihood of recidivism for detainees in the custody of DOC. Specifically, the SMART program provides individual and group services to detainees at the Manhattan and Brooklyn Detention Centers, provides assistance with transition from jail to the community, and offers community based services to help stabilize participants, including connection to health care, housing, case management and vocational support services. The target population for this project is adult males (22 years and older).
Weekday Group Facilitators will work as part the SMART team to deliver the jail based component of the SMART program. Under the supervision of the Clinical Coordinator and in coordination with DOC staff, the Group Facilitator will engage detainees in group level evidence-based group curriculums aimed at helping detainees develop skills needed to engage in positive behavior change in areas of decision making, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships and communications, with the goal of improving successful personal outcomes and reducing recidivism. Facilitators, working with Community Navigators, may also work with detainees to develop discharge action plans that provide detainees with a course of action to take upon release to the community.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong commitment to social justice and to working with criminal justice involved individuals. He/she will have experience with group facilitation, will be able to deliver established group curriculums, and be able to establish rapport with detainees and engage participants in the group curriculums. Candidates must feel comfortable working in a secure jail-based setting and be able to work collaboratively with Department of Correction staff.
- Engage detainees in group services
- Deliver established group curriculums in challenging environment with inevitable distractions
- Assist with the development of discharge action plans
- Work collaboratively with Housing Works and DOC staff to promptly address problems or service challenges
- Work with SMART Team Navigators to develop assessments and discharge action plans
- Participate in supervision trainings and meetings as needed.
- Maintain a professional but engaging demeanor
- Adhere to policies as set by Housing Works and NYC DOC
- Collaborate with NYC DOC to evaluate and enhance curriculums
- Promote Housing Works’ core values in day to day activities.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters Preferred (MSW, Counseling, Psychology)
- Bilingual (English/Spanish)
- Experience with criminal justice involved population, substance use and mental health issues
- Experience with group facilitation
- Ability to provide onsite support to staff in Manhattan and Brooklyn detention centers
- Ability to obtain DOC clearance
- Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel, required
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