Court Advocate
Job Details

Title:                           Court Advocate

Unit:                           Court Advocacy

Reports to:                 Project Manager

Status:                        Full Time; Regular; Non-Exempt

Location:                    Riker’s Island, East Elmhurst, NY

Days/Hours:               Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


Position Summary:

Responsible for working in the Parole Restoration and Violation Prevention Project (PRVP). Will primarily work in the Judicial Center on Riker’s Island to assess, screen and advocate for individuals incarcerated on a violation of parole to be revoked and restored back to parole and attend programming at Fortune Society.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Screen violation paperwork and  court related documents to identify eligible candidates for Fortune’s PRVP
  • Liaise with defense attorneys, parole specialists and administrative law judges for parole restoration of their clients
  • Interview prospective clients, currently incarcerated on Riker’s Island
  • Advocate at parole hearings  for the release of clients to Fortune’s programming
  • Present written and verbal advocacy at parole hearings regarding client’s eligibility to participate in Fortune’s programming
  • Collaborate with Fortune’s counselors, case managers, and other staff to encourage and assist clients in achieving productive long-term and short-term goals
  • Record accurate information on all parole proceedings related to clients’ parole matters
  • Provide information to all parties regarding Fortune’s services
  • Establish collaborative relationships with defense attorneys, administrative law judges, and parole specialists
  • Perform other duties as needed.
  • Ability to get access to Riker’s Island through Department of Corrections clearance;
  • High school diploma or GED/HSE required;
  • Previous court advocacy experience preferred;
  • Experience with databases for entering client information;
  • Knowledge of the structure and procedures of the Criminal Justice and Community Supervision system and its legalese required;
  • Experience with ATD and ATI programs a plus;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills required;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus; and
  • We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission.  Relevant personal experience is a plus.


Travel Requirements:

Requires travel to Riker’s Island and to our Long Island City and Harlem offices.


Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.