Social Worker, Center for Carceral Communities (Hybrid Eligible)
University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




Social Worker, Center for Carceral Communities (Hybrid Eligible)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Social Worker, Center for Carceral Communities (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Social Worker

Job Description Summary
The School of Social Policy and Practice's Center for Carceral Communities (CCC), a prison abolitionist and harm reduction agency, seeking a Social Worker to manage and implement programs that address the psychosocial needs of people with a history of incarceration. Under the supervision of the Center Directors and the Reentry Diversion Coordinator (RDC), the Social Worker will meet weekly with clients in clinical case management sessions, where they will conduct psychosocial assessments, connect them with services, and engage them in ongoing one-on-one and group sessions. Responsibilities include making a collaborative psychosocial plan with each client, monitoring client's appointments with service providers, supporting them in accessing resources around their legal and psychosocial needs, conducting ongoing psychosocial assessments, supporting the RDC in meetings with City officials and community service providers, and supporting research initiatives at the Center. Interested applicants should be aligned with CCC's prison abolitionist orientation and have experience with the criminal justice system in some capacity.

* All SP2 staff are required to participate in convocation and graduation ceremonies as needed.

Position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

Psychosocial service provision under the supervision of the Center Directors and the Reentry and Diversion Coordinator (RDC): Meet weekly with a caseload of about 30 clients, conduct psychosocial assessments using validated assessment tools, assess client needs based on these measures, connect clients with services, and engage them in ongoing one-on-one and group sessions. The Social Worker will draw on Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing modalities to meet one-on-one and in group with clients to address their psychosocial needs. They will support clients in engaging with external service providers in order to address clients' psychosocial needs.

Referral Development and Expansion: Under the general supervision of Center Directors, and the Diversion and Reentry Coordinator (RDC), develop and expand a list of referrals of community partners who provide housing, employment, education, childcare, and parental support. Help RDC to develop protocols to disseminate this list to service providers and clients. Support RDC's outreach efforts to community service partners by attending meetings with them to establish service relationships.

Community Outreach and Partnership: Meet weekly with educational counselors, GED program officers, employers, legal aid providers, and housing providers to suggest and discuss assess possibilities of developing and implementing collaborative programs; present program ideas and suggestions to Center Directors for their review and approval.

Support RDC in advocacy and information-sharing activities: Support RDC in meetings with Judges, City Offices/Officers such as the District Attorney's Office, parole and probation officers, and city re-entry service officers: Support and help DRC in presentations on Center activities, and in preparing reports for funders, and conferences.

Research activities including participate in data collection from program attendees and Center clients using instruments and methods provided by Center's research investigators to support the analysis and evaluation of the success/effectiveness of Center programs and initiatives, and to support the creation and implementation of program changes and the development of new programs. Help in drafting Center reports for, and participate in the presentation of research results to, funders.

Supportive administrative oversight of peer outreach workers. Responsibilities include supporting RDC in meeting with outreach workers, helping them to maintain contact with clients, helping RDC to prepare trainings for them.

Perform additional duties as assigned, including participation in convocation and graduation ceremonies as needed.

Qualifications: An MSW degree, with 1-2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Experience working with people who have been incarcerated, group facilitation experience, and experience working with other marginalized communities required. Interested applicants should be aligned with CCC's prison abolitionist orientation and have experience with the criminal justice system in some capacity.

Working Conditions: Office, library, computer room.

Physical Effort: Typically sitting at a desk or table, Occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less, Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Social Policy and Practice

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay


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