Social Worker- SDNY


The Federal Defenders of New York seeks an LMSW or LCSW social worker with at least three years post-masters experience for the SDNY Manhattan and White Plains offices. We are looking for someone with an interest and/or experience in working on federal criminal cases including capital cases.

Capital mitigation duties include:

  • Compiling exhaustive, multi-generational psychosocial histories by gathering records and documenting evidence as well as interviewing witnesses.
  • Establishing rapport and on-going relationships with clients, family members and witnesses to overcome barriers those individuals may have against the disclosure of sensitive information
  • Obtaining and analyzing anecdotal and documentary evidence relevant to the client’s life history, including but not limited to: medical and psychiatric history; trauma history; educational history; employment history; military history; social service and child protective service contacts with the family; genetic disorders and vulnerabilities; prior adult and juvenile correctional experience; religious, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, racial, cultural and community influences; and socio-economic, historical and political factors

Non-capital mitigation duties include:

  • Maintain individual client caseload and provide intensive clinical and client-centered case management and crisis intervention; advocate for clients in various settings and systems; facilitate referrals around vocational and educational development, criminal justice and supervision involvement, community integration, substance abuse and mental health treatment, family and interpersonal relationship support, and health and trauma counseling
  • Prepare clinical needs assessments, mitigation materials and reports, biopsychosocial evaluations and re-entry plans for court proceedings around sentencing; propose alternatives to incarceration where appropriate
  • Meet with clients in the office, in the community, in the jails and at court for supportive counseling and service referrals; will be expected to divide time between Manhattan and White Plains offices
  • Develop and maintain professional relationship with community treatment providers, probation officers, psychologists and psychiatrists, attorneys and Federal Bureau of Prisons staff
  • Assist in data collection, program development and program evaluation initiatives

Qualifications: The candidate will serve as a clinician and advocate, and must have an understanding of the intersectionality of the criminal justice system and the lived experiences of our clients. They will embrace the significance of providing advocacy and support using a social justice framework, recognizing the diverse needs of criminal justice involved populations.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated and organized self-starter with excellent communication, writing and advocacy skills. We are looking for an individual who can communicate well with clients, attorneys, prosecutors, judges, experts, BOP staff and community providers. Experience with addiction and mental health treatment, trauma and social service systems a plus. The ability to work both independently and in an interdisciplinary legal setting and to relate well to incarcerated individuals, formerly incarcerated individuals, and their families is critical. Candidate should be comfortable with public speaking and training. Travel to prisons in NYC and Westchester County area required. Candidate will also be expected to visit clients in the community, and establish an ongoing relationship with community based programs. Bilingual in Spanish highly desired.

Salary starts at $68,666 commensurate with experience; Federal Defenders provides excellent benefits. Qualified persons should e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample by December 8, 2017 to Please put Social Worker Position in the subject line. Find us online at Federal Defenders is an equal opportunity employer. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls.