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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 06/06/19)

Job Coach, Reintegration Services

Job Coach, Reintegration Services: Responsible for providing case management and employment/education services to released participants from CCA’s jail-based programs at OCCF as well as to individuals who walk-in to CCA. Provides in-facility services such as: co-facilitation of CBI groups, recruitment, and development of individualized transitional reentry plans/post-release transportation. Connects with CCA and partner programs including health, mental health, housing, treatment, recovery support, education, vocational training as per their transitional reentry plan. Qualifications: BA/BS in public administration, health, social work, criminal justice preferred; workforce development experience, 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; 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. Experience in working with adults with diverse cultural backgrounds who are involved with the criminal justice system, preferred.

Resident Aide, Freedom Commons

Resident Aide, Freedom Commons: Responsible for the day-to-day activities of operations at Freedom Commons. Provides direct assistance, support and care to residents of Freedom Commons. Supports and assist residents and ensuring the safe and positive atmosphere of Freedom Commons. Serves as the liaison in the facility. Provides security and safety for all residents, staff, and guests. Qualifications: High school diploma/equivalent and at least 2 years applicable work experience is preferred. Comparable work and life experience will be considered. Solid computer skills preferred, including experience using a case management database and ability to use 2-way devices, is required (training provided). Microsoft Office suite including Outlook. Certified CPR and First Aid a plus. Previous Security/ Fire EMS experience a plus. Bilingual – English/Spanish preferred.

Reentry Specialist, Reintegration Services

Reentry Specialist, Reintegration Services: 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.


Positions in Rochester (updated 06/06/19)

No positions at this time.


Positions in New York City (updated 06/06/19)

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.

Court Advocate, Court Advocacy

Court Advocate, Court Advocacy: 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: JD or 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.

Development and Communications Associate, Development Department

Development and Communications Associate, Development Department: Responsible for developing and maintaining a portfolio of corporate and foundation funders including conducting prospect research and managing the proposal development process from start to submission in conjunction with management, fiscal and program staff (50%). The position is also responsible for communications including developing website content, managing social media, and drafting press releases and promotional materials, such as participant stories and photos that document the work of the Center for Community Alternatives (50%). The position is based in Brooklyn, New York, with occasional travel to Syracuse, Rochester and Albany. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Experience managing websites and social media. Prior experience in non-profit fundraising/grant writing and/or communications preferred. Candidates should feel comfortable socializing and networking (both online and through more traditional methods) as well as in assertively advocating for funding to support programs and services for youth, adults and families involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system.

Mitigation Specialist, Mitigation Services

Mitigation Specialist, Mitigation Services: The Mitigation Specialist works closely with individuals charged with criminal offenses and their defense attorneys to tell the client’s story via a mitigation report, which their attorney will use to advocate for an appropriate plea and/or sentence; and develop a client specific release plan ensuring access to vital social services and supports. The Mitigation Specialist conducts psychosocial history investigations, family interviews, records requests, and sociological academic research. The Mitigation Specialist also provides case management by making referrals and continuing communication with clients and service providers to promote rehabilitation and reentry. Qualifications: Commitment to and experience in working with adults and youth from diverse cultural backgrounds who are involved with the criminal/juvenile justice system. Bachelors’ degree required, JD or masters preferred. Excellent writing, listening, social and advocacy skills, attention to detail, and computer literacy (word processing, email, internet research, data entry) required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) and a background in criminal justice or social work preferred. Ability to gain clearance to correctional facilities required. Criminal Justice background a plus.

Sexual Health Educator, Health Education

Sexual Health Educator, Health Education: Responsible for providing evidence-based, reproductive health interventions and health screenings to justice-involved youth and youth disconnected from school, living in New York City. Educators will work in community-based organizations, public schools, juvenile detention centers and non-secure detention facilities to ensure all New York City youth have equal access to sexual health resources and education. Collaborate with the Project Director, Coordinator, and Senior Health Educator to develop plans to meet grant goals. Qualifications: A driven, experienced individual with a strong knowledge of and commitment to sexual, reproductive and social justice. Bachelor's degree in public health, health education, psychology, social work, counseling or other related fields preferred. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, STD's/STI's, teen pregnancy and family planning.

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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