Esperanza is an innovative alternative to incarceration program that seeks to reduce the number of youth who are placed outside of their homes, either through a delinquency case in family court or via an adult court case. Esperanza staff work with youth and their families in their own homes and communities, providing direct counseling services, helping to set short- and long-term goals, and facilitating connections to schools and other community-based organizations to assist youth and caregivers in establishing longer-term supportive networks.
Esperanza is seeking energetic, enthusiastic court liaison staff. Staff conduct interviews, appear in court, and must be comfortable speaking to a wide variety of people under lots of different and sometimes challenging circumstances. Court liaison staff conduct interviews with adolescents and parents/caregivers as part of the program’s intake process. These interviews are viewed as the beginning of the engagement process with potential clients, and the information that is gathered is utilized to determine whether the youths are appropriate candidates for Esperanza. Court liaisons have to be able to think on their feet in the fast-paced environment of court. For youth charged in adult court, court liaisons help identify potentially appropriate program candidates, reach out to defense lawyers and other relevant parties to describe our services and determine if Esperanza matches with the youth’s needs, and interview candidates and their family members. The information gathered is utilized to facilitate enrollment via conversations with court parties (defense counsel, prosecutors) and at court appearances. The ideal candidate will be outgoing and friendly, as introducing Esperanza’s services to parties involved with the court process, especially in adult court, is an important part of the position. This also includes facilitating positive ongoing relationships with judges, defense lawyers, prosecutors, probation officers, and detention staff. In family court, court liaisons also use the information gathered from their interviews to write acceptance letters for court on behalf of potential clients and provide testimony in court hearings when necessary. All the services of Esperanza are provided almost exclusively in the participants' communities at times convenient for clients and their families. As such, court liaisons are expected to travel extensively throughout the city and need to be able to accommodate varying schedules. Travel to courts and detention facilities throughout the five boroughs in New York City using public transportation is also required.
• Bachelor’s degree required; related work experience also desirable
• Bilingual in Spanish REQUIRED
• Experience working with court-involved youth and/or in community-based organizations desirable
• Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
• Friendly demeanor and strong oral communication skills which includes the ability to communicate effectively with adolescent youth, their families and court-related officials (including judges) in a professional manner. Ability to work in a fast paced court environment.
• Strong writing skills
• Ability to work in a team environment and flexibility a must
$38,000-40,000; excellent benefits, including health, dental, vision, and 401k benefits package
Esperanza NY, Inc
636 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
More info: www.esperanzany.org
No phone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Esperanza NY, Inc values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
Fax: (212) 964-5566
No telephone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Esperanza values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.