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Bail Coordinator

Position Description
Reporting to the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, the Bail Coordinator will coordinate bail postings for the Justice Study in the Omaha and Lincoln area. The Bail Coordinator will recruit and enroll participants in the study, send court reminders, conduct research surveys, and follow the court process to completion to help decrease barriers in the pre-trial process.

The Justice Study is being conducted by researchers at the Harvard Access to Justice Lab, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. The Study will rigorously evaluate the short and long-term effects of pretrial incarceration and is expected to contribute significantly to criminal justice system policies in Nebraska, as well as other jurisdictions. This position will be a critical part of the study’s implementation in Nebraska.

About RISE
RISE is the largest nonprofit organization in Nebraska focused solely on habilitative programming in prisons and reentry support. At RISE, transformation starts pre-release and continues post-release. Our inside/out model bridges incarceration to the community and considers all the critical steps in that journey. We prepare and train people for each phase through intensive character development, employment readiness, job creation through entrepreneurship, family programming and case management. We transform people in the community by building awareness and empathy that leads to support and opportunity.  These connections heal families, create employment pathways and lower recidivism. The mission of RISE is to break generational cycles of incarceration.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with the research team to retrieve booking reports to help identify eligible candidates to participate in the study
  • Conduct interviews, advise people of their rights and enroll participants in the study
  • Conduct study surveys at intake, as well as follow-up surveys for participants who remain incarcerated at the planned survey time
  • Regularly meet with the research team to help track research activities, such as study enrollment and surveying and review the usage/return of bail funds
  • Develop an initial release support plan; document needs assessment and contact information for follow up with a case manager
  • Post bail for eligible participants and scan/record appropriate documentation to appropriate databases
  • Document all appropriate participant information in the database (i.e contact information, intake details, support services referrals, etc..)
  • Provide court date reminders and follow up with non-responsive enrolled participants to confirm attendance at upcoming court dates
  • Follow court cases to update outcomes, next court appearances, and bail refund/forfeiture information
  • File for and process bail refunds from enrolled participants and turn in for accounting purposes
  • Reply to participants’ requests or direct them to the appropriate staff for follow-up to ensure support for the best outcomes and returning to court  
  • Keep database updated, review weekly for missing data
  • Work closely with a RISE case manager to ensure timely and seamless continuity of service to participants
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with service providers and organizations in the community to meet the needs of participants
  • Update and add new partners and service providers in the database
  • Under the direction of the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, seek out opportunities and partnerships with key stakeholders to provide education/presentations about the impact of money bail on poverty and advance policy and advocacy goals towards bail/pretrial reform
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people 
  • Strong research, written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through
  • Demonstrated experience in taking initiative with the ability to be flexible in a fluid and fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite or other comparable office software
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends, and willingness to travel to Omaha, NE and Lincoln, NE as necessary.
  • Some knowledge of the Nebraska criminal justice system preferred (but not required)
  • High School Diploma or GED preferred
  • Basic computer skills preferred
  • Commitment to the RISE vision that “all people will find freedom from cycles of incarceration”
  •  Scrappy, adaptable, entrepreneurial and innovative
  •  Openness to feedback, coachable, with a dedication to continually learn and improve
  • Willingness to learn Apricot database and commit to the importance of data entry and updates
  • Exceptionally high level of honesty and integrity as well as being friendly, flexible, adaptable, self-aware and confident
  • Willingness to cultivate superb time management and organizational skills

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