Case Manager/Fatherhood Advocate

position Description

YJN has an immediate opening for a Fatherhood Advocate/Case Manager within Friends to Fathers (F2F), a discrete project which supports Bronx-based fathers to engage more deeply with their children on a social and emotional level and to build their capacity to financially support them. A majority of our fathers are referred by the Administration of Children’s Services or by the courts, often as a result of domestic violence charges or other custodial issues.  Funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the Fatherhood Advocate/Case Manager will work directly with fathers through a combination of one-on-one mentoring and group classes.  In our work with fathers we seek to help them reflect on their approaches to parenting, expose them to a broad array of ideas about child development, and provide opportunities for them to engage in activities together with their children.

 

Objectives of this Role
  • Individual and group supportive services
  • Engage newly referred fathers
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment to understand father and his family’s needs to determine relevant F2F support and referrals to community partners/services;
  • Meet weekly one-on-one to support fathers and maintain a caseload of fathers;
  • Provide updates and progress letters to the courts, probation and child welfare administration as requested;
  • Develop and facilitate bi-weekly mentoring and co-parenting activities;
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation in DYCD database and F2F electronic records.
  • 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 Batterers’ Accountability class based on the Duluth Model;
  • As needed, teach a 12 session Anger Management class;
  • Cover colleagues’ 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.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or relevant experience working with families;
  • Three to five years’ experience working with fathers and/or justice-involved youth and adults;
  • Strong group facilitation and 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 a plus;
  • Individuals with prior criminal justice involvement are encouraged to apply.
  • Youth Justice Network is privileged to have a profoundly committed and caring staff – one which believes unconditionally in our youth 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 young people and committed to address the harms caused by mass incarceration.  
  • Benefits include competitive vacation/sick leave policy including 3 days off between Christmas and New Year, generous health insurance, 403b employer match.
  • Salary Range:  $45,000 - $50,000
  • All staff must be fully vaccinated at time of hire.
  • Email careers@youthjustice.org with a cover letter and resume to apply.

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

careers@youthjustice.org
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