Grant funded position for one year. Statewide not for profit seeks two full‐time Project Liaisons for a cross‐ systems project to enhance court strategies and interventions for families in the child welfare system affected by substance use disorder. The strategies and interventions to be pursued in selected pilot counties across New York State include but are not limited to:

  • Implementing an evidence based screening tool that is used in all child welfare investigations to provide for early identification of families impacted by substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Implementing a bench card designed to apply the principles of family drug courts to a broader population of child welfare cases with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) component
  • Implementing evidence based practices for this specific population (specifically, via the introduction of two evidence based practices: Motivational Interviewing and Celebrating Families!)
  • Strengthening existing family treatment courts to bring them to capacity and improve the outcomes for the families they serve
  • Developing local strategies to enhance timely service delivery to and successful treatment for the priority population

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Coordinating local and regional activities, including working with: other liaisons; both family court and child welfare stakeholders; existing Family Treatment Court Coordinators; and training and treatment providers
  • Coordinating and attending trainings
  • Identifying and working with local resources to sustain the Project's efforts
  • Providing a consistent presence for the Project to assist in raising visibility and implementing systemic changes on the local level
  • Reviewing and presenting relevant local, statewide and national data
  • Providing additional support as requested

Qualifications for the position include:

  • Thorough working knowledge of the family court and family treatment courts, child welfare system operations, family law and child welfare policy
  • Thorough knowledge of identification and treatment of substance use disorders
  • Ability to travel statewide as project needs dictate
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Meeting facilitation and project management skills desired

Salary Range: $60,000 ‐ $68,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package, including membership in NYS Retirement System.

Location: One position will serve Western and Central New York, and one will serve the Capital District and Hudson Valley. Staff will be located in offices of the NYS Unified Court System.

Email cover letter and resume by November 16th to: Darlene Ward, WRI Executive Director at