The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) at Harvard Law School is a multidisciplinary public defender clinic that provides zealous defense to indigent adults and juvenile clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in Boston area criminal courts. The social work program works closely with student attorneys and clinical instructors while they complete case investigation, trial court work from arraignment to disposition, and interlocutory appellate representation in the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. The clinic also represents clients in compassionate release proceedings, as part of CJI's Medical Parole Project, which seeks to find pathways to release from prison for those with debilitating medical conditions. The social work team supports CJI's student attorneys as they learn to provide client-centered representation, developing their advocacy skills to help their clients both in and out of the court room.
Reporting to CJI's Managing Attorney, the Full-Time Social Worker will work closely with clinical instructors, student attorneys, and social work graduate student interns on adult and juvenile cases in the trial courts to address social and legal needs of CJI clients. In addition, the Social Worker will lead the clinical and macro social work components of CJI's Medical Parole project, including release planning, advocacy concerning access to medical care in prison, and working to reduce systemic barriers to compassionate release.
As a Social Worker, you will:
Work closely with clinical instructors, student attorneys, and social work graduate student interns on adult and juvenile cases in the trial courts to address social and legal needs of CJI clients.
Prepare needs and/or psychological assessments; develop mitigation, alternative sentencing, and diversionary plans; coordinate appropriate social services for clients; provide brief focused counseling interventions; build relationships with communities, social service providers, government agencies, schools, etc., to obtain and provide intervention and rehabilitative services; conduct pre-trial release planning and advocacy; advocate for client's rights in other systems (DSS, DYS, DMH, DOC, etc.); collaborate with stakeholders to pursue and support administrative and legislative change.
Lead the clinical and macro social work components of CJI's Medical Parole project, including release planning, advocacy concerning access to medical care in prison, and working to reduce systemic barriers to compassionate release.
Train and supervise social work graduate students placed at CJI.
Maintain existing social services resource directory.
Participate in orientation and training of student attorneys.
For FY22, the salary range for Grade 57 is $69,100-$116,100. More information regarding salary ranges is available at: https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges. This position includes a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Tentative/preferred start day is August 16, 2021.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
MSW and LICSW plus 5 years of work in the criminal legal field, or with substance use disorders and mental health; or
Graduate degree and other state licensure plus 7 years of similar work experience
We are looking for people who have:
Experience and demonstrated ability working with people in the criminal and/or juvenile court systems, and people experiencing poverty, homelessness, substance use, and mental illness.
Commitment to transformational change of the criminal legal system.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the workplace, and a record of valuing all individuals and respecting differences with regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstances.
Excellent communication and written skills required, and flexibility in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
Interest in training student attorneys and social work interns.
Experience collaborating and advocating in legal settings and with community agencies, as well as program development experience.
Bilingual skills preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54510BR
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