Community Justice Worker - Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton

Oct 05, 2020
Brampton, Ontario

The Community Justice Worker (Peel & Dufferin) will be responsible for providing front-line service to Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton Justice Programs – Community Justice Worker (Peel & Dufferin), Community Service Order (Dufferin), and the Stop Shop Theft Program (Peel & Dufferin). The successful incumbent will work 33.75 hours per week for a duration of a one year contract. 

The Community Justice Worker Program (CJW) is an alternative to prosecution for those affected by the criminal justice system and have been charged with minor offenses. The Program accepts referrals that have been screened by the Crown as eligible to participate in a community-based alternative to the court process. This includes accused persons being held accountable for their behaviour and assigning appropriate and meaning sanctions. Ultimately, this program provides diversion options and assists individuals who comply with the program to not receive a criminal record.

The Community Service Order (CSO) Program provides an opportunity for community service – a court-imposed sanction whereby offenders are required to perform a specific number of hours of unpaid work for the community within a specific period as a condition of their Probation / Condition Sentence Order. The CSO Program enables the community to play a role in the Criminal Justice System, providing worthwhile experience for the offender as well as a tangible benefit to the community. The Caseworker provides suitable work placement for someone who has a Probation / Condition Sentence Order, and monitors the progress throughout the Order while providing support and encouragement.

The Stop Shop Theft Program (SSTP) is intended to serve as a resource and guide for facilitators to lead group participants through psychoeducational groups, as they’ve been brought before the courts facing charges involving theft from retail stores. SSTP consists of one 3-hour structured session, leading participants through a process of self-evaluation, and education.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Accepts referrals from the Crown Attorney for those recommended for the program
  • Facilitates SSTP groups on scheduled dates, and reports to the Community Justice Worker successful (or non-successful) completion of the program, prior to the client’s return court date
  • Conducts intake appointments and arranges sanctions based on any special circumstances (i.e. location, first language, client demeanor) and with consideration given to the offence, the victim and the clients’ needs; makes arrangements with other service providers for the clients if appropriate
  • Reviews and explains conditions of the program with the clients to ensure thorough understanding of their responsibilities
  • Monitors the completion of the assigned sanction and formally reports back to court personnel
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date documentation, as well of statistical information for reference and recording purposes
  • Ensures that the confidentiality of all client records and information is maintained
  • Responds to inquiries from program participants, external stakeholders, and/or community members
  • Develops and maintains positive and professional relationships with stakeholders and community partners
  • Recruits and maintains students and/or volunteers to ensure consistent and supportive service levels
  • Keeps abreast of trends, community resources and developments in the youth care profession by participating in workshops, conferences, and continued professional development.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Manager or designate.

Successful candidates will have:

  • A degree and/or diploma from a University or College in a related field with experience working with vulnerable populations; prior experience working within a judicial setting is considered an asset
  • The ability to maintain and encourage confident assessment, counselling and program facilitation skills in order to engage, support, and interact with clients using a trauma-informed approach
  • Knowledge of the judiciary and court systems and their high-level procedures and protocols, as well as the roles of court personnel
  • Strong community development and collaboration skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; proven leadership skills and strong knowledge of community resources
  • Diagnostic and interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse client group in a diplomatic and non-judgmental manner
  • Practical knowledge and experience administering gender-specific and responsive programming
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well and collaborate with diverse community groups and other stakeholders (i.e. court personnel, external community agencies and other key supports in the community)
  • Problem solving and leadership skills, with the ability to judiciously handle crisis situations with clients
  • Valid First Aid / CPR certification
  • A clear criminal background check
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license

How to Apply:

If you are a compassionate, highly motivated and results-oriented individual, with a passion to support a charity organization, please send your updated letter and cover letter to Caitlin Watts, Human Resources Manager at cwatts@efrypeelhalton.ca by August 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

For internal applicants (staff, students, and/or volunteers), please indicate the Internal Applicant and the Position Title/Program] in the subject line of your email job application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton. Only qualified candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please note that the selected candidate will be required to submit to submit a Vulnerable Sector Search prior to the commencement of the position.

Accessible Hiring Practices

At the Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton, we are committed to developing an inclusive workplace to better serve our communities. We believe that it is paramount to create space where all folks have the opportunity to actualize their professional capacity, build strong relationships, celebrate diversity, collaborate with one another, and find success. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those who may need accommodation, to apply to join our team.

Upon request, accommodation for applications with disabilities is available. If you are applying for this position and require accommodation, please contact cwatts@efrypeelhalton.ca and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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