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We currently serve both adults and youth who are justice-involved, transforming the delivery of justice in Delaware and implementing programs that facilitate fresh starts for victims of crime, youth at risk, and the incarcerated. We are a diverse staff with one vision–to continue the legacy of making a difference in Delaware. We are always looking for passionate people to help us listen, amplify, and act for justice.

We have full-time, intern, and volunteer positions available and would love to hear from anyone who is passionate about seeing real change for those affected by the legal system in Delaware.

upcoming events

We run lots of events throughout the year to provide insights into our work and to educate the community on justice-related issues. Please click below to see upcoming events in your area.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering with the Delaware Center for Justice, please fill out this Google form and we will reach out to you if/when an opportunity arises that matches your skills and interests. Please note that due to the nature of our work, volunteer opportunities are limited. Thanks so much for your interest!

Internships

DCJ offers an internship experience that will provide meaningful opportunities for experiencing the professional non-profit office setting, to learn and practice administrative skills, to observe programming in action, and to learn about the role and services offered by our organization.  Pending office needs, DCJ will offer both program-specific internships allowing an individual a specialized experience as well as agency-wide internships allowing an individual to learn about a variety of DCJ programs and operations. Applicants should indicate areas of interest when applying in order to facilitate appropriate placement.

Proposed activities and tasks may include:

  • Performing administrative tasks for the office (preparing for meetings, organizing administrative spaces, assisting in preparation of mailings and informational packets)
  • Providing administrative assistance & support to front desk
  • Assisting the organization with managing inmate correspondence
  • Attending meetings with program staff
  • Meeting with staff to discuss DCJ’s programs
  • Assisting DCJ with the planning and execution of fundraising and public education events (including the Annual Celebration and the Visions of Justice forum)
  • Researching best practices in the field and preparing issue briefs and reports
  • Other tasks as identified by management and staff

Deadlines:
DCJ will accept interns three times annually. DCJ may occasionally accept project-specific interns on a rolling basis.

September-December Internship: Applications due August 1

Employment Opportunities

We are currently have multiple open positions:

Case Manager (Full Time)
Community Services Reintegration Program (CRSP)

The Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ) is seeking a full-time Case Manager for its Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP). The Case Manager will be located at the New Castle County, Hares Corner Probation Office and work in partnership with existing staff in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex County. The Case Manager will be responsible for providing intensive case management services to a caseload of adults on probation as well as those newly reentering the community.

Duties & Responsibilities
Duties will include-
• Manage a caseload of individuals who have recently exited prison and are currently on probation or in the community
• Provide in-depth, wrap-around case management services to individual clients referred through the Probation Department
• Perform needs assessment with each client and create appropriate case plan
• Conduct individual case management sessions with clients, both at intake and at regular intervals while cases remain active
• Utilize a variety of interventions such as TCU Mapping, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to support client wellbeing and target criminogenic risk factors.
• Coordinate services and actively place clients at relevant job training programs, housing sites/programs, employment sites/programs, social service programs, or substance abuse and mental health treatment services
• Assist in client’s resource utilization by accompanying or transporting clients to off-site programs, job sites, and social service providers
• Provide frequent client follow-up contact and support via phone, off-site visits, or office visits
• Assist with workforce development and employment lab at Probation & Parole locations
• Assist participants with building skills to manage daily stressors, improve impulse control and reduce negative behaviors.
• Communicate with the courts and probation and parole and advocate during court proceedings when needed
• Assist with creating program marketing materials and digital infographics
• Maintain and foster relationships with community partners
• Serve as a program representative as needed at community meetings
• Assess and report on client progress and participation at regular intervals
• Track and update client information using database program
• Generate monthly, quarterly reports and year-end reports to Dept. of Corrections and Management
• Coordinate, re-stock, and maintain documents for on-site food pantry.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
o Must have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and good sense of humor
o Must express a basic belief that people can change in positive ways
o Documented history of work experience involving at-risk service areas, such as justice-involved people, homelessness, behavioral health, and impoverished communities.
o Master’s degree in human services / social work and or licensure preferred. A Bachelor’s degree with significant relevant work experience will be considered.
o Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational and writing skills are essential
o Ability to motivate and establish therapeutic alliance with clients
Knowledge of, and demonstrated skills in, clinical counseling such as motivational interviewing and strengths-based case management, as well as training in conducting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
o Five years experience performing intensive social service case management is desirable
o Computer literacy required (ability to compose and send emails, draft client case notes, use an internet-based database system, compose documents in Microsoft Word, and perform basic internet research)
o Ability to work independently and as part of a team
o Ability to multi-task and effectively manage work at different sites (in-office and off-site)

Compensation & Benefits
This position is offered as a full-time exempt position (37.5 hours per week). DCJ offers a competitive package of employment benefits including health insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance. DCJ offers free parking and reimburses staff for on-the-job vehicle mileage.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter (providing available start date) and resume to the Director of Reentry Services, Jessica Alicea, at jalicea@dcjustice.org. Please write Case Manager Position in subject line of email. No fax or mail applications, please. Applications must be submitted by December 3, 2021.

Case Manager (Full Time)
Adult Victims Services

The Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ) seeks a full time Case Manager for its Adult Victim Services (AVS) Program. The Case Manager will be responsible for providing case management services to victims of crime who are fifty and above.

About the Full-Time Case Manager position

The Adult Victim Services Program at the Delaware Center for Justice, Inc. provides comprehensive and intensive case management support to victims of crime who are age 50 and above. The program conducts home visits, provides transportation and accompaniment to court, law offices, and medical appointments. The services also include professional short- and long-term supportive counseling, assistance with attaining civil orders of protection, and other services as needed and are appropriate. The program also provides outreach and educational seminars to service providers who work with the aging population, criminal justice professionals, churches, senior centers and other community organizations concerning crime prevention, safety strategies, the dynamics of power and control within relationships, and the resources available for seniors who are being victimized by personal or stranger crime, abuse and neglect, and/or domestic abuse. For more information about this program, please visit DCJ’s website.

Qualifications
The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications:
•Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in human services, social work, or a related field.
•Must have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and a good sense of humor.
•Must express a basic belief that people can change in positive ways.
•Demonstrated ability and desire to offer marginalized individuals a high quality of service.
•Documented history of serving victims of crime preferred.
•Documented history of working with clients who have issues with clients impacted by mental health and/or substance abuse issues preferred.
•Demonstrated knowledge of care issues related to aging, abuse, and trauma.
•Strong interpersonal, communication (including public speaking), organization, and writing skills are essential.
•Knowledge of and demonstrated skills in supportive counseling and building trust with clients.
•Computer literacy required (ability to compose and send emails, draft client case notes, use internet-based database system, compose documents in Microsoft Word, and perform basic internet research)
•Ability to work independently and as the leader of a team
•Ability to multi-task and effectively manage work at different sites (in-office and off-site) 

Duties & Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
•Report regularly to the AVS Program Director, including supervision meetings and case reviews.
•Create client services plan with case-appropriate goals and objectives.
•Provide intensive and specialized case management services to AVS program clients through linkages and referrals to counseling, safe housing, food assistance, utility bill assistance, etc.
•Meet with clients in the office and in their homes, and provide transportation/accompaniment to court and pertinent appointments.
•Assist clients in navigating the criminal justice system, including but not limited to: securing police reports; providing accompaniment to court/trial; pursuing Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders, and applying to the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP).
•Maintain high standards of service delivery, including but not limited to timely turnaround of referrals (two business days or less), timely response to client concerns (same day whenever possible), and making oneself available to program clients.
•Demonstrate a strengths-based, victim-centered, and trauma-informed approach to the work, accessing additional training as needed.
•Communicate and coordinate with referral agencies to ensure wraparound care.
•Maintain client records and case notes in accordance with AVS program and DCJ policy.
•Provide reports as requested and required by funding sources and participate in program evaluations as directed.
•Provide education/outreach to the community and stakeholders on issues faced by victims of crime.

Compensation & Benefits
This position is offered as a full-time position (37.5 hours per week). DCJ offers a competitive package of employment benefits including health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and retirement. DCJ offers free parking and reimburses staff for on-the-job vehicle mileage.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter (containing salary requirements and available start date) and resume to AVS Program Director Gloria Smith at GSmith@dcjustice.org. Please write Full Time AVS Case Manager in subject line of email. No fax or mail applications, please. Applications must be submitted by January 30, 2021.

January-May Internship: Applications due November 15

May- August Internship: Applications due April 1

To apply, complete this application and send, along with a resume, to krichards@dcjustice.org by the appropriate deadline.

Our Work

Our primary role in Delaware is to offer a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment that encourages and supports the vulnerability of our clients. We listen, amplify, and act to move towards justice for all Delawareans. Click below to learn more about the work we do.