Fatherhood Advocate/Case Manager

position Description

Organization Description

Youth Justice Network (YJN) was founded as Friends of Island Academy in 1990 to anchor, support and develop capacity among young people newly released from jail in New York City.  A pioneer in youth reentry services, YJN builds on connections developed with young people while in custody, and leverages those relationships to provide post-release, neighborhood-based supportive services.  Youth Justice Network’s mission is to break cycles of incarceration and build an equitable justice system by providing participants with individualized advocacy, mentorship, and opportunities to grow, thrive, and lead. Our model is structured on trusting relationships that drive positive outcomes forward for people whose lives intersect with the justice system. We leverage strategic touch-points along the criminal and juvenile justice process to support and facilitate positive outcomes in the community.

Position Background and Description

YJN is seeking a Fatherhood Advocate/Case Manager for its Friends 2 Fathers (F2F) program. Funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), F2F seeks to help fathers connect with their families, engage more deeply on a social and emotional level with their children, and increase their financial support.  Through a combination of group and individualized support, F2F supports fathers referred to us from various agencies and the courts, offering classes, workshops and other supports necessary for fathers who are seeking to become emotionally and financially engaged with their children; and strengthen and deepen their engagement with their families. 

Objectives of this Role

Essential Responsibilities:

Advocate, support and work with a group of between 20 to 25 fathers referred by outside agencies and stakeholders.

·         Welcome, engage, and enroll fathers on a weekly basis.  

·         Assess each father’s and his family’s needs.

·         Meet weekly one-on-one to support and guide fathers.

·         Provide counseling and referrals to needed services.

·         Provide updates and progress letters to the courts, probation and child welfare administration as needed/requested.

·         Lead and co-lead bi-weekly mentoring and co-parenting activities.

·         Maintain accurate and timely documentation in DYCD database.


Facilitate parenting, anger management, and batterers’ accountability classes for non-custodial classes

·         Teach three 20-session Parenting Classes per year.

·         As needed, teach a 26 week Batters’ Accountability class//Duluth Model.

·         As needed, teach a 10 session Anger Management class.

·         Support colleagues with coverage of classes when substitutions are necessary.


Support other F2F initiatives

·         Participate in team meetings, trainings, and planning sessions

·         Participate in agency-wide activities.

·         Support the ongoing mission and work of the program as needed.




·         Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or relevant experience working with parents.

·         Three to five years’ experience working with fathers and/or justice-involved young adults;

·         Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and an understanding and belief in strengths-based practices and youth development philosophy.

·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

·         Strong oral and written communication skills.

·         A sense of humor, integrity, flexibility and a profound commitment to the participants we serve.

·         Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred.

Youth Justice Network is privileged to have a profoundly committed and caring staff – one which believes unconditionally in our members’ ability to do right and do well.  We take our work very seriously, but we strive to make time for self-care and joy.  We look for staff from all walks of life who have integrity, humor, a strong work ethic, are passionate about our mission and work, and who are committed to address the harms caused by mass incarceration. 

Please send a resume and cover letter to careers@youthjustice.org and twornum@youthjustice.org (Tahirah Wornum, Finance and Administration Coordinator).

Salary Range: $45,000 to $50,000

Target Start Date: July 1, 2024

Benefits include competitive vacation/sick leave policy including 3 days off between Christmas and New Year's, generous health insurance.

Hours: Full Time (40 hours/week including some Saturdays)

Reports to: Program Director, Fatherhood Services

Location: 2 locations available: one Brooklyn-based and one Bronx-based.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to:


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