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The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Through innovative and pioneering services as well as the research, public advocacy and training of its Justice Strategies division, CCA fosters individual transformation and reduced reliance on incarceration, and advocates for more responsive juvenile and criminal justice policies.

The Center for Community Alternatives 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.

The Center for Community Alternatives encourages individuals to apply who have successfully made the transition from incarceration and/or substance abuse into a stable, productive lifestyle in the community.

All positions require demonstrated cultural competency and a commitment to work on behalf of people involved in the criminal/juvenile justice system. Bilingual: English/Spanish a plus.

Positions in Syracuse (updated 09/06/18)

REINTEGRATION SERVICES

Reentry Specialist (DCJS)

Reentry Specialist (DCJS): Responsible for outreach, recruitment, program eligibility assessment, delivery of a recidivism risk assessment, and enrollment of participants in the DCJS-funded Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) program while at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility (OCCF). Facilitates CBI training groups. Assists with development of individualized transitional reentry plans, guiding the participant's successful community reintegration. Makes appropriate referrals to facility, CCA and community services, including health, mental health, housing, recovery support, employment and education. Qualifications: Experience in working with adults with diverse cultural backgrounds who are involved with the criminal/juvenile justice system, preferred; BA/BS in public administration, health, social work, criminal justice preferred; personal experience with recovery and/or criminal justice issues preferred; Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus; training in COMPAS and/or "Thinking for a Change" a plus; excellent communication, writing and computer skills, required; valid NYS Driver's License, access to registered and insured vehicle, and transporting participants in own vehicle, required; occasional travel to out of town/state conferences and meetings, required; ability to gain clearance to OCCF, required. This position is available immediately.

NEW! SAMSHA-funded Reentry Services

The purpose of the new SAMSHA-funded reentry services is to expand treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adults with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, who are returning to their families and community from incarceration at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility in Jamesville NY. Treatment Services will be provided by Crouse Chemical Dependency Treatment Services (CCDTS). All services will be coordinated closely with existing Reintegration Services programs, CCA's Recovery Community and Outreach Center and Freedom Commons. New hires are likely to commence in early to mid-October.

Project Director, Reintegration Services

Project Director, Reintegration Services: Responsible for day-to-day management of all SAMHSA-funded services including supervision of program staff and coordination with collaborating agencies (including Crouse Chemical Dependency Treatment Services – CCDTS) and other CCA programs. Ensures the achievement of program goals and objectives consistent with agency mission and contracts. Oversees program direction, policy and procedures development, development of curricula, coordination of staff training, and grant management. Contributes to development of continued funding applications, budgets and funder reporting. Coordinates closely with the Associate Director, Reintegration Services to ensure all Reintegration Services programs and services are delivered seamlessly. Qualifications: Experience in working with adults with diverse cultural backgrounds who are involved with the criminal justice system, preferred; Master's degree in public administration, health, social work or criminal justice preferred; personal experience with recovery (5 years or more of sustained sobriety) and/or criminal justice issues preferred; training in "Thinking for a Change" a plus; Bi-lingual (English/Spanish a plus); CASAC required; excellent management, supervisory, communication, writing and computer skills, required; valid NYS Driver's License, access to registered and insured vehicle, and transporting participants in own vehicle, required; occasional travel to out of town/state conferences and meetings, required; ability to gain clearance to OCCF, required.

Reentry Specialist (SAMHSA)

Reentry Specialist (SAMHSA): Responsible for outreach, recruitment, program eligibility assessment and enrollment of participants in the SAMHSA-funded program while at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility (OCCF). Conducts an initial substance use disorder (SUD) evaluation and a recidivism risk assessment on all participants. Co-facilitates Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) groups. Assists with development of individualized transitional reentry plans, guiding the participant's successful community reintegration. Makes appropriate referrals to facility, CCA, Crouse Chemical Dependency Treatment Services (CCDTS) and community services, including health, mental health, housing, treatment, recovery support, employment and education services. Provides post-release supports and services as appropriate. Qualifications: Experience in working with adults with diverse cultural backgrounds who are involved with the criminal justice system, preferred; BA/BS in public administration, health, social work, criminal justice preferred. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish), a plus; personal experience with recovery and/or criminal justice issues, preferred; training in "Thinking for a Change", a plus. CASAC or CASAC-T, required; excellent communication, writing and computer skills, required; valid NYS Driver's License, access to registered and insured vehicle, and transporting participants in own vehicle, required; occasional travel to out of town/state conferences and meetings, required; ability to gain clearance to OCCF, required.

Case Manager (SAMHSA)

Case Manager (SAMHSA): Responsible for providing post-release services and some pre-release services for participants in the SAMHSA-funded program. Assists with program recruitment and enrollment at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility (OCCF.) Co-facilitates Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) groups. Develops individualized transitional reentry plans prior to release, guiding the participant's successful community reintegration. Works with participants to implement transitional plans upon release; connects participants to CCA, Crouse Chemical Dependency Treatment Services (CCDTS) and other community services, including health, mental health, housing, treatment, recovery support, employment and education services. A special capacity in housing services will be a priority. Regularly follows-up with participants and service providers, updating the reentry plan as needed. Qualifications: Experience in working with adults with diverse cultural backgrounds who are involved with the criminal justice system, preferred; BA/BS in public administration, health, social work, criminal justice preferred; Bi-lingual (English/Spanish), a plus; personal experience with recovery and/or criminal justice issues, preferred; training in "Thinking for a Change", a plus. CASAC or CASAC-T, a plus; excellent communication, writing and computer skills, required; valid NYS Driver's License, access to registered and insured vehicle, and transporting participants in own vehicle, required; occasional travel to out of town/state conferences and meetings, required; ability to gain clearance to OCCF, required.


Freedom Commons

NEW! Freedom Commons is an affordable green housing development on the near south side of the City of Syracuse at 450 Burt Street. The mission of the project is to address broad community needs related to quality, health-supporting affordable housing while providing housing and services for justice involved individuals and their families in an effort to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. The project is a partnership between CCA and the Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA). The mixed emergency, supportive and affordable green housing design is the country's first replication of the housing model started by the Fortune Society in New York City. The new hire is likely to commence between early-October and early-November.

Project Director, Freedom Commons

Project Director, Freedom Commons: Responsible for the day-to-day management of all Freedom Commons programs including delivery and coordination of services, program staff supervision, collaboration with partner agencies, SHA and other CCA programs as needed. Initiates program development and evaluates program delivery. Ensures the achievement of project goals and objectives consistent with agency mission and contracts. Oversees program direction, policy and procedures development, coordination of staff training, and grant management. Contributes to development of continued funding applications, budgets and reporting to funder(s). Qualifications: BA/BS in public administration, health, social work, criminal justice preferred; personal experience with recovery and/or criminal justice issues preferred; minimum 3 years' experience working with housing/homeless/criminal justice involved population, required; excellent management, supervisory, communication, writing and computer skills, required; valid NYS driver's license and access to registered and insured vehicle required; occasional travel to out of town/state conferences and meetings, required. On-call responsibilities and some evening hours, required.


Positions in Rochester (updated 09/06/18)

No positions at this time.


Positions in New York City (updated 09/06/18)

Court Advocate, Court Services

Court Advocate, Court Services: responsible for conducting initial client screening and assessment, background investigation including making home visits, interviewing family members and collecting background documentation to support alternative to incarceration placement. Serves as program liaison to the court; writes and submits reports representing client progress, needs and concerns. Work in concert with program staff. Qualifications: Master's degree preferred, Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work or related field required and experience working in criminal justice system and with at risk youth. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Substance Abuse Case Manager, Treatment Services

Substance Abuse Case Manager, Treatment Services: provide case management services to adults with substance use and criminal justice histories including referrals to community based organizations and facilitating education and chemical dependency support groups. Assist with quality assurance activities including client record and treatment plan review and QHP authorization. Maintain OASAS compliant case files and assist with monthly progress reports for submission to court, probation, and parole. Qualifications: CASAC or CASAC-T and demonstrated experience with OASAS documentation required.


Case Manager, Youth Services

Case Manager, Youth Services: Responsible for direct service to court involved youth including development of client specific service plans, advocacy, support and supervision of youth in the community, and liaison with family, school and other service providers with the goal of helping clients achieve and maintain productive lives. Assist senior case manager with chart compliance review Qualifications: Commitment to and experience in working with adults and youth with diverse cultural backgrounds who are involved, or at risk of involvement, with the criminal/juvenile justice system, HIV/AIDS, or substance abuse. Bachelor's degree in human service field. Strong written/oral communication and advocacy skills with the ability to negotiate multiple service delivery systems and agencies. Computer literacy (word processing, e-mail, internet research, data entry) required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.


Instructions for Submitting Resumes

Send cover letter  indicating position applying for and a resume to (for position in NYC):
Center for Community Alternatives 
ATTN: HR, 25 Chapel Street, 7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11201
or fax to:  718-858-9670
or email (in MS Word format) to nycjobs@communityalternatives.org

Center for Community Alternatives (for position in Syracuse and Rochester)
115 E. Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
fax: (315) 471-4924
email: jobs@communityalternatives.org

We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission. Relevant personal experience is a plus.

No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Comprehensive Benefit Package

Paid Vacation and Sick Time
11 paid holidays
Medical and Dental Insurance
Medical and Dependent Care Pre-Tax Flexible Spending
403(b) Retirement Plan
Life Insurance and Supplement Life Insurance
NYS Disability Insurance
Employee Referral Bonus
Employee Assistance Program
Direct Deposit
Transportation Savings program (NYC) 
Parking provided (SYR)

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