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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 11/30/18)

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.

Recovery Care Manager, Syracuse RCOC

Recovery Care Manager, Syracuse RCOC: Support individuals who are in recovery and who may have prior criminal justice experience in their participation in the Syracuse RCOC. Screen and assess for substance use disorders, make referrals to behavioral health, health and other supportive services as needed. Monitors participant's recovery status, assist with the coordination of affiliation activities, facilitate peer leadership training modules and supervise peers in the delivery of services. Qualifications: QHP: CASAC, LMSW, LCSW, CRC, or AAMFT required. Personal experience with recovery and/or criminal justice issues strongly preferred. Valid NYS driver's license and access to registered and insured vehicle required.

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.

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.
*This position requires day, evening, weekend, and holiday rotation shifts, as assigned.

Case Manager, Freedom Commons

Case Manager, Freedom Commons: Provides direct assistance, support and care to residents residing at Freedom Commons. Responsible for ongoing client intake and assessments, implementing the individualized Service Plan, re-assessment of clients' needs, monitoring client activities, and providing additional referrals for clients to the Center for Community Alternatives and other on-site/in-community providers. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in social work or related field, preferred. At least 3 years relevant work experience, preferred; familiarity with Onondaga County community services, required. Solid computer skills required, including experience using a case management database; Microsoft Office suite including Outlook. Valid NYS driver's license and access to registered and insured vehicle required; Bilingual – English and Spanish preferred.
*Candidate must be able to work some nights and weekends as needed.


Positions in Rochester (updated 11/30/18)

Recovery Care Manager, Rochester RCOC

Recovery Care Manager, Rochester RCOC: Support individuals who are in recovery and who may have prior criminal justice experience to participate in the Rochester RCOC (Rochester/Monroe Recovery Network). Screen and assess for substance use disorder; make referrals to behavioral health, health and other supportive services as needed. Monitor participant's recovery status; assist with the coordination of affiliation activities; facilitate peer leadership training modules and supervise peers in the delivery of services. Qualifications: QHP: CASAC, LMSW, LCSW, CRC, or AAMFT required. Personal experience with recovery and/or criminal justice+-e issues strongly preferred. Valid NYS driver's license and access to registered and insured vehicle required.


Positions in New York City (updated 11/30/18)

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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