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Team Leader Discharge Planner
The Fortune Society
Title: Team Leader Discharge Planner
Reports to: Rikers Island Operation Supervisor
Status: Full Time; Regular; Non - Exempt
Job Code: TBD
Location: Rikers Correctional Facility, Manhattan Detention Center, and Long Island City
Days/Hours: 5 days/35 hours a week, which may include weekends and/or evenings
Date Prepared: January 13, 2017
Responsible for supporting the Rikers Island Operations Supervisor by ensuring proper daily collection and reporting of data, preparation of calendars, recruitment of participants, coordination of events, coverage of groups, as well as providing continuity of services for city sentenced individuals being released from Rikers Island in need of transitional services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Support the Rikers Island Operations Supervisor by reporting daily on Discharge Planners numbers and collecting data for reporting purposes in a timely manner;
• Conduct interviews, agency intakes, and needs assessments of clients in the correctional facilities and develop a discharge plan;
• Obtain and prepare the necessary documents to enable people in the pre-release phase to obtain entitlements soon after their release;
• Conduct individual and group counseling sessions at Rikers Island as needed to engage each individual, support him/her during incarceration, and establish a lasting bond that will contribute to meaningful discharge, successful transition, and continued post-release contact;
• Establish and maintain strong relationships with NYC DOC correctional staff and service providers that have a presence at Rikers Island;
• Work closely with clients to ensure that they understand their individual correction plan and facilitate clients' progress toward achieving the stated goals in the plan;
• Continuously seek new resources and opportunities to sustain and/or add any necessary services to satisfy the growing needs of clients;
• Attend and participate in scheduled staff activities, meetings and trainings; and
• Perform other duties as needed.
Responsibilities include supporting Rikers Island Operations Supervisor with interviewing, training employees, planning, assigning, and directing work, as well as appraising performance; rewarding and engaging employees; addressing employee relations and problem solving. Carry out these responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
• Ability to obtain correctional facility clearance and work within the constraints of facility guidelines which can include lock downs, screening of personal items including food and clothing restrictions, which can be changed at the discretion of the Department of Corrections;
• High school diploma or GED/HSE required. Some degree of higher education preferred;
• At least 2 years of experience in counseling and group facilitation of criminal justice involved individuals required;
• Experience working on Rikers Island or other correctional facility preferred;
• Excellent computer skills, including the ability to write reports and enter data into a database;
• Strong administrative, organizational, and leadership skills;
• Strong written and verbal communications skills, including presentation and public speaking skills;
• Adept group facilitator;
• Bilingual English/Spanish a plus;
• A commitment to working with a diverse group of individuals involved with the criminal justice system;
• Ability to maintain composure and patience in challenging circumstances;
• Excellent team player;
• Flexibility to meet the needs of the program, such as moving between facilities or between agency and Rikers Island throughout the day; and
• We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission. Relevant personal experience is a plus.
Travel Requirements: Frequent travel between Rikers, MDC and Long Island City office. May require travel to our Harlem office.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.
Posted on 01/19/17; CVMHA ID #10650