Monmouth Vicinage JDAI Family Engagement Peer Support Project Coordinator

Monmouth Vicinage JDAI Family Engagement Peer Support Project Coordinator

Overview of Family Engagement Peer Support Project Coordinator

The Family Engagement Peer Support Specialists will provide peer-to-peer support services to parents, guardians and families of court-involved youth in Monmouth County’s juvenile court waiting area. This position will be overseen by the Family Engagement Coordinator and Family Division Manager. This is for one contracted position whereby compensation is made based on service-hours billed, up to 1750 hours per year (35 hours per week), for the duration of the grant. The starting rate of pay is $26 per hour.

The Monmouth County Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement (CJJSI) has developed a comprehensive, multi-prong approach to engage families of youth involved in the juvenile justice system in Monmouth County. The goal of the proposal is to involve families in special projects, the delivery of services and the crafting of programmatic options, thereby preventing further penetration into the juvenile justice system.

The primary work location for this position is at the Monmouth County Courthouse and, at times, will likely include additional sites throughout Monmouth County where Family Engagement events and activities are hosted.

The anticipated start date is Monday, March 4th, 2019.

Position Requirements:

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University, prefer areas of study in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology or related field.

Note: Applicants may substitute an Associate Degree with 6+years professional experience.

EXPERIENCE: Knowledge of-and experience with the juvenile-criminal justice system, court proceedings and practices, experience providing peer-support services and family engagement practices At least three years professional experience providing peer support services in a community-based and/or non-profit organization. Experience with event/conference planning. Personal experience as a parent/caregiver/loved-one of a child who has been involved with the court. Bi-Lingual in Spanish is a plus!

JOB SPECIFICS: Cultivates specific family engagement skills and tools to increase the quality of interactions with families. Oversee and monitor the Youth Peer Leader position’s interactions and quality of interventions with youth on probation. Emphasizes autonomy, the value of mutually respected partnerships with families and solicits family input via satisfaction surveys/focus groups. Support and educate parents of youth in detention in their efforts to advocate for their child and strengthen relationships. Develop and oversee the parent advisory group on juvenile justice system improvement and assist in advancing family friendly court practices and policies.

DRIVER’S LICENSE: A valid driver’s license and use of personal vehicle is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

AUTHORIZATION TO WORK: US citizenship is not required. Selected candidate must be authorized to work in the US according to the Department of Homeland Security, US citizenship and Immigration Services Regulations.

SPECIAL NOTE: Selected candidate must agree to a thorough background check that will include fingerprinting. All data received will be kept in strict confidence except to inform the individual of the findings and what action will be taken as a result of this information. ****Reply to the Monmouth County Department of Human Services: [email protected] by submitting a cover letter (indicating in the subject line “JDAI Family Engagement Peer Support Project Coordinator”) along with a Resume and the names and contact information of at least two references. Accepting applications between January 25th 2019 – February 15th 2019. Only completed applications from individuals who meet the educational and experience requirements will be considered****