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The Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ) seeks a full-time Program Intensive Case Manager for its Juvenile Gun Violence Intervention Program, Student Warriors Against Guns & Gangs (SWAGG). The full-time intensive case manager will be responsible for delivering intensive case management services in the community to students released from Ferris School for Boys (Level V detention facility), who are enrolled in the Juvenile Gun Violence Intervention Program (SWAGG). This program seeks to reduce incidences of gun violence among juveniles in the state of Delaware by providing intensive education, support groups in the community, and intensive case management.


The Delaware Center for Justice, Inc. is a non-profit United Way agency, dedicated to creating a safer, more secure Delaware by seeking to achieve and preserve a high quality of justice. DCJ provides an extensive range of programs and services for youth and adults as well as public education, research and advocacy on issues that impact on our clients' lives. To meet our commitment to creating a safer Delaware, DCJ focuses on issues and actions related to several areas of concern in our criminal justice system. These include:

Conditions of confinement
Alternatives to incarceration
Reentry initiatives for incarcerated populations
More cost-effective and efficient use of limited corrections resources
Legislative reform as it pertains to creating a higher quality of justice
Meeting the needs of victims of crime
Crime prevention programs


The Juvenile Gun/Gang Violence Reduction Program known as SWAGG (Student Warriors Against Guns & Gangs) will provide evidence-based education regarding gun/gang violence that incorporates skill-based learning for students at the Ferris School for Boys, a level V facility. This program includes intensive case management/after-care components for adjudicated youth charged in Delaware's Gun Court. Juveniles sentenced through Gun Court who live in New Castle County and who are placed at Ferris School for Boys will be automatically enrolled in the Juvenile Gun/Gang Violence Reduction Program known as SWAGG. The Juvenile Gun/Gang Violence Reduction Program consists of three main components: evidence-based education within the facility, after-care support groups with a community service component, and intensive case management.

The first component of the program is education within Ferris School for Boys. The Phoenix Curriculum will be taught at Ferris School for Boys to adjudicated youth involved with Gun Court and other adjudicated youth who pose a threat to the safety of the community. The Phoenix Curriculum is a core, evidence-based gang prevention program that is tailored to the needs of the specific population which includes grade level, age, and type of intervention--a range of coping options for avoidance, escape, refusal, gang resistance, and violence prevention. The Phoenix Curriculum is appropriate for residential programs and incorporates the Stages of Change (TTM) Model and relapse prevention models. The curriculum is delivered using the following therapeutic interventions and modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Aggression Replacement Therapy, Role Playing (Behavioral Rehearsal), Skill building for aggression, and Motivational Interviewing. The classes will run on a quarterly basis at Ferris School for Boys and will be facilitated by an instructor who is trained on the therapeutic modalities and skills listed above. The Phoenix Curriculum is listed as a promising program by the National Gang Center/OJJDP/Bureau of Justice Assistance (Department of Justice) and is cited for use of highly successful and innovative evidence-based resources.

The second component of the program will be the after-care community based support group that includes a community service project for students sentenced through Gun Court who live in the City of Wilmington and New Castle County. Juvenile offenders involved in Gun Court will be required by probation (will need to work out agreement/logistics) to attend a certain number of SWAGG community support groups and potentially receive credit for attending these sessions (ex. five hours of community service per session). These support groups will include visits/talks from informal mentors and/or former gang members, along with supplemental Phoenix Curriculum after-care modules. Classes will be held once a week in the community, preferably at a community center, and will be taught by the same instructor who teaches the Phoenix Curriculum at Ferris School for Boys. The class will be taught at the same time each week on the same day of the week. Participants will have a forum to discuss the challenges of reintegrating into the community and will have support from peers facing the same challenging situations. In addition, community service projects will be encouraged and facilitated by the instructor. These community services projects can include starting an entrepreneurial venture that benefits the community through messaging, products, or services; organizing a community event that promotes health and wellness, and/or conducting research in the community. In addition, students can earn community service hours for proposed projects.

The third component of the program involves intensive case management for juvenile offenders returning to the City of Wilmington and New Castle County who are scheduled in Gun Court. A full-time community-based case manager will be hired to assist individuals with employment, education, mental health and substance abuse issues, and accessing community resources and supports. The community-based case manager will begin cultivating relationships with students while they are committed to Ferris School for Boys by attending weekly educational classes and will provide intensive case management once the participants return to the community. The hope is that the transition plan will be shared with the SWAGG Program community-based case manager at the transition meeting/exit meeting from either Ferris School for Boys or Mowld's Cottage. The transition plan devised at Ferris School for Boys and/or Mowld's Cottage will be incorporated into the "Individualized Re-entry Plan (IRP)." The IRP will include goals and objectives gathered through the administration of a comprehensive needs assessment of both the individual participants and their families and will include conditions from Juvenile Probation and the sentencing Judge. The objectives for including families in the assessment and treatment of the juvenile offenders are to increase family cohesion and engage families in the rehabilitation process. Juvenile offenders will meet with case managers on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in the community and will also work to increase community engagement by encouraging business and organizations to hire youth and provide internships with the goal of exposing youth to various opportunities in Delaware. The community-based case manager will be responsible for assisting juvenile offenders gain human and social capital via gainful employment, reengagement in education, and accessing resources and community supports that are conducive to productive and healthy lifestyles. Participants will remain in the program until goals on "Individualized Re-entry Plan" are met, resulting in successful engagement in activities that support healthy individual growth/development and safer communities. Data will be collected on students at the three month, six month, and one year intervals and will include DELJIS Data on re-arrests for weapons charges within that time frame.

The community-based case managers will serve as a support to probation officers and will coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with probation officers in order to avoid duplication of services. This will allow probation officers to focus on the safety and security of the community and will allow for additional support. The case manager will work intensively with juvenile offenders and their families to delve into deeper issues underlying delinquency, substance abuse, violence, and gang involvement. The Delaware Center for Justice, Inc., will take a holistic approach to rehabilitating juvenile offenders while providing additional support to the Juvenile Justice System, working collaboratively and effectively to reduce violent crimes in Delaware.


The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications:

Must have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and 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
Applicants possessing a Master's Degree in Social Work, Masters in Education, or Masters in Counseling will be given preference; Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Education, Psychology, or a similar social science field is required
At least two years case management experience; five years of experience in a social setting
Knowledge and experience with program development and developing processes, procedures, and policies
Some experience working in clinical or educational settings, especially with children or youth
Knowledge of social work methods (particularly motivational interviewing) and human growth/development relating to children and youth
Experience working with one or more at-risk populations such as homeless individuals, runaway youth, at-risk children and youth, low-income communities, incarcerated youth or adults, alternative educational programs, etc. (applicants who have academic knowledge of and/or professional experience working with truant youth will be given preference)
Strong communication skills (both oral and written) and meticulous follow-up and record keeping skills
Strong and demonstrated advocacy skills
Strong organizational skills
A positive attitude with clients and co-workers and the ability to work independently
Ability to work flexible hours (some daytime and some evening hours); must have a reliable vehicle and a valid driver's license
Experience with collecting and analyzing data, and managing data systems


Duties and responsibilities may include:

Attend SWAGG classes in the facility at least twice per week to become familiar with evidence-based curriculum and students involved in the program
Conduct psycho-social assessments to assess risk and need of student population
Devise Re-Entry Case Plans for students based on needs outlined in assessment that focus on housing, employment, education, transportation, community supports, family reunification etc.
Meet with students in the community AT LEAST once per week to work on goals outlined in Case Plans
Attend Community Support Groups with Program Coordinator/Educational Instructor
Network in the community with community members, local businesses, educational institutions, and community supports/resources
Engage family members of youth in educational opportunities on the subject of gun violence/violence in the community
Follow stringent evaluation processes to demonstrate program outcomes
Attend community events and events at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families (DSCYF) to advertise program and garner support from families and the community
Communicate and coordinate with the DSCYF Education Unit and DSCYF Youth Rehabilitative Services on a weekly basis regarding student participation and challenges to participation
Teach students basic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Skills and using motivational interviewing techniques during individual sessions
Meet regularly with program supervisor to improve service delivery and to discuss program fidelity
Link students to community-based support groups & communicate directly with probation officers
Provide and/or coordinate advocacy trainings for students and their families
Manage database and client records, conduct quarterly reports and strong dedication to continuous monitoring of program outcomes and desire for continuous improvement


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, and disability insurance. DCJ offers free parking and reimburses staff for on-the-job vehicle mileage.


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter (containing salary requirements and available start date) and resume to Isaac Dunn, Program Coordinator/Educational Instructor at Please write SWAGG Intensive Case Management Position in subject line of email. No fax or mail applications, please. Applications must be submitted by May 21, 2014.

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