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We are expanding our team! We are on the lookout for talented individuals who embody our values of being person-centered, solution-focused, and collaborative. If you are passionate about making a meaningful impact and working in a brave space, then we encourage you to explore the opportunities we have to offer. Discover the exciting positions we have available and start your journey with us today! Bridges of Colorado is a State of Colorado employer.

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Bridges is hiring approximately 60 Court Liaisons across the state to support justice involved individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. 

Position Purpose

Legislation creating Bridges of Colorado speaks to the disparities typically experienced by individuals with significant mental and/or behavioral health challenges, including mental health disabilities, who are also involved in the criminal justice system and tasks the program with promoting positive outcomes for participants. Court liaisons are generalists, boundary spanners, and creative problem solvers who work to identify needs and help connect participants to appropriate services, in part by addressing the multitude of complex barriers that exist for participants. Court liaisons are assigned by district or region of the State and support Bridges participants in gaining access to meaningful services and resources with a person-centered, trauma-informed, and socially just approach.

This critical role also liaises with the relevant criminal justice, behavioral health, and support service entities to support decision-making and actions that take into consideration the participants’ behavioral health best interests.  Court liaisons function as court-appointed experts, providing a broader base of information for legal problem-solving and decision-making.  They inform courts and attorneys of participant needs, available community-based services, and individual and systemic barriers and related solutions.  While liaisons are neutral in legal proceedings, they advocate for the best interests of the participant’s behavioral health both in and out of the court setting. 

Position Location and Travel Requirements

This position works in a hybrid, work-from-home base blended with regular regional and/or state travel, depending on the particular assignment. This position will be responsible for providing court liaison services to a specifically assigned region in Colorado.  Applicants will have the opportunity to select the region(s) for which they are applying upon application.  The court liaison may be assigned to a specific district within the region, or they may be assigned to provide coverage (see more information in the Other Responsibilities section below) throughout the region. The court liaison is expected to travel and work within the area(s) they support as needed on a weekly and often daily basis. Occasional travel to the Bridges office in Denver is to be expected. Reliable transportation is required.

Essential Functions

Person-Centered

  • Provide ongoing, personalized engagement with participants through person-centered, solution-focused case management. 
  • Identify and address the needs of participants, including their behavioral health history and needs, social determinants of health needs, and cultural considerations.
  • Determine appropriate, meaningful, and culturally responsive referral and treatment options. Identify existing programs, community agencies, and payor sources (such as Medicaid) to support participant engagement with the most appropriate services.
  • Make direct connections to, and support engagement with, a wide range of services for participants, including, but not limited to, inpatient, outpatient, and out-of-custody competency evaluations and/or restoration services, case management services, behavioral health services or psychiatric services or supports, and employment, housing, and other social supports. 
  • Actively support participant engagement with these services, including addressing barriers, adapting initial case plans to meet any changing needs of the participant, engaging family and other support systems when relevant, and providing advocacy when necessary.
  • Track activity on cases through accurate and timely case noting and recording of information in the Bridges case management system and other related systems, including relevant outcomes.
  • Identify, through a variety of mechanisms, individuals who have not been appointed a court liaison but for whom an appointment to Bridges may be beneficial and make recommendations to the Court for appointment of a court liaison.
  • As needed, continue to serve participants for up to 90 days after final disposition of the case for which the court liaison was appointed.
  • Engage in all aspects of work in ways that humanize participants, including practicing trauma-informed care, culturally competent responses, and providing advocacy when participant well-being is at significant risk.
  • Approach all responsibilities with participants, families, stakeholders, and team members according to the values, models, standards, and best practices of Bridges of Colorado.
  • Support Bridges team culture and values.

Solution-Focused

  • Inform judicial officers and attorneys (via reports to the court and appearances at court hearings) in a timely manner about participant needs regarding mental health, social determinants of health, and equitable access to related services, including community-based services.
  • Inform judicial officers and attorneys in a timely manner about:
    • Available and appropriate behavioral health services and supports, competency evaluations, restoration to competency services, and other relevant decisions, barriers, and issues facing individuals with behavioral health conditions who are involved with the criminal justice system.
    • Available community-based services for the participant in a case, and, if applicable, case planning for possible release from custody.
    • Other criminal or juvenile justice diversion programs for participants, which may include alternatives to competency services, prosecution, and custody or confinement; if a participant is convicted, alternatives to sentences to confinement that continue to promote public safety and participant stability; and other diversion-oriented programs, including problem-solving courts, competency dockets, treatment, sober, or supportive housing, and peer mentor programs.
  • Act as a resource for Court and Parties to the case.  (The court liaison shall not be an independent party in a case nor serve in a role intended to monitor compliance with a court order by a Party or other person associated with a case.)
  • Submit all required reports to the court on time and attend hearings as necessary or requested.
  • Provide data as requested by the Bridges leadership team promptly.
  • Identify gaps or areas of need in the local or state network of behavioral health services and work with Bridges leadership to pursue solutions.
  • Participate in onboarding, education, communities of practice, team meetings, and professional development opportunities as recommended or required by Bridges leadership.
  • Advocate for the behavioral health best interests of participants with judicial officers and attorneys by engaging the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and legal neutrality.

Collaborative

  • Foster collaboration and communication between behavioral health and criminal justice systems in ways that promote positive outcomes and ensure participants are treated fairly and humanely, regardless of their behavioral health history or mental state.
  • Work with judicial officers, attorneys, jails, hospitals, and service providers to address system gaps and barriers and promote positive outcomes for participants in assigned cases.
  • Coordinate with behavioral health (including the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health) and other providers to ensure continuity of care and address barriers to successful engagement for participants. 
  • Coordinate with hospitals and jail-based behavioral health providers to ensure continuity of care and service delivery at both entrance and exit for participants, striving to problem-solve gaps and barriers as necessary.
  • Provide non-case-specific consultation to criminal justice personnel regarding behavioral health and community treatment options.
  • Identify and strengthen relationships and referral processes with existing community resources. 
  • Coordinate with service providers, including the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health and jail-based behavioral health providers, to ensure continuity of care and service delivery and in a manner that avoids duplication and bifurcation of services.
  • Provide informal and non-case-specific consultation, education, and advocacy with all stakeholders in order to address systemic barriers across both the behavioral health and criminal justice systems.
  • As needed, assist with formal judicial and attorney education within assigned district(s).
  • Advocate for the behavioral health best interests of participants across systems by engaging the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and legal neutrality.

No direct supervisory duties.

Other Responsibilities

This is a dynamic position where the scope of responsibilities and duties will evolve, and the incumbent should anticipate fulfilling other duties as assigned that are reasonable and necessary to fulfill the Bridges mission. The ideal candidate for this role will not only possess the ability to fulfill the outlined duties but will also be a proactive, adaptable, and capable contributor to the development of the role's scope and responsibilities, aligning them with the evolving needs of the Office.

Coverage Court Liaison Responsibilities

A coverage court liaison serves a critical function in the overall liaison operations by supporting their assigned regions when there is a temporary need due to employee absences, leaves, vacancies, specific needs, or high caseloads. They will carry a high level of knowledge about regional resources and support other court liaisons and the Regional Manager in situations needing coverage in a geographical area.  Duties of the coverage liaison differ slightly from the essential functions listed above in the following ways:

  • Provide court liaison essential functions across multiple districts in a region in accordance with regional team priorities as identified by the Regional Manager.
  • Carry participant caseloads in a designated region, to provide coverage during vacancies, extended leave, or to support liaisons with specific needs or high caseloads.
  • May support district-assigned court liaisons by working directly with participants who require a high level of engagement and partnering with assigned court liaison.
  • Relationships with participants will differ from district-assigned court liaisons in that they may be short-term in nature.
  • Relationships with judicial officers and attorneys will differ from district-assigned court liaisons in that they may be short-term in nature.
  • May accompany other court liaisons on home visits as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate is passionate about working to improve the systems of care for those caught in the intersection of behavioral health and the criminal justice system along with the following:

  • Fluency in the professional language, best practices, and processes of both systems.
  • Person-centered, solutions-focused, and collaborative and are deeply committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Value individualized solutions and responses that are meaningful to the participant and their well-being.
  • Knowledge and experience of interpersonal trauma-informed approaches and systems of care, specifically understanding the importance of being person-centered, solutions-focused, and collaborative in this work.
  • Able to communicate and collaborate with varying levels of positions of power and manage conflict proactively and responsively with professionalism, confidentiality, clarity, and effectiveness.
  • Creative, self-motivated, and able to work and make decisions independently in a decentralized environment without close supervision.
  • Client-driven and values-driven.
  • Aligned with Bridges’ culture and passionate about supporting it throughout the organization.
  • Capable of, and enjoys, thriving in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment with thoughtful decision-making skills.
  • Emotional intelligence; able to create and sustain helpful, professional work relationships thoughtfully and responsively with empathy, respect, and collaboration.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in social justice, social work, sociology, criminology, or a related field.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of three (3+) years’ experience in criminal justice, behavioral health, or related field.
  • Demonstrated professional alignment with Bridges values, culture, and principles of justice and equity throughout the organization.

OR

  • At least one (1+) year as an employee or contractor with Bridges may substitute for the minimum qualifications above, with additional specialized training that may be required upon hire.
  • Certain education, volunteer experience, or internship experience in a related field may be considered in lieu of part of this requirement, as well as successful completion of the Bridges Liaison-in-Training program. 

Don’t meet the qualifications above, but feel you are a good fit for Bridges? Learn about our Liaison-in-Training program. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in social justice, social work, sociology, criminology, or a related field.
  • Five or more (5+) years’ experience in criminal justice, behavioral health, or related field.
  • Demonstrated continuing education, advocacy, or volunteer work in DEI, JEDI, or social justice principles. Lived experience will also be considered.
  • Spanish speaking is a plus, and levels of proficiency will be considered in an employee’s pay.
  • Work experience in both criminal justice and behavioral health, including experience with the competency system.

Work Environment

Outside the home workspace, the noise level in the work environment is variable. This position is subject to varying and unpredictable situations; may handle emergency or crisis situations; is subject to many interruptions; may handle multiple calls, emails, and verbal inquiries simultaneously.

Accommodations

The Bridges Office is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Jori Dovey, People & Culture Manager, jori.dovey@judicial.state.co.us.

Compensation

We are proud of our equity-conscious pay scale for all positions, providing livable wages, robust benefits, and meaningful time-off policies.

This position's initial hiring pay range is $72,261 to $83,100. For equity, the pay for this position (and all Bridges positions) is based upon the cost of living adjustment for the Denver metro area. Actual compensation offered will be determined based on prior experience, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the position. As a person grows in this role, the full pay range is currently $72,261 to $97,552.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage for spouses, families, and domestic partners; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance and short and long-term disability insurance; Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) benefits; family and parental leave benefits; generous paid time off. Get further information about State of Colorado employee benefits. 
We also offer professional and career development opportunities, including clinical supervision toward relevant licensure. A cell phone will be provided, along with a hybrid work arrangement when feasible for your position’s responsibilities. Each employee will receive a laptop for their home office or travel for work. All employees will also receive exclusive parking at a discounted rate in the Ralph Carr Judicial building for easy access to the in-person meetings in Denver.

How to Apply

You will be required to provide the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • A list of three references with contact information (2 of 3 must be professional)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications will not be accepted unless you are instructed to do so. Please direct any additional inquiries or questions to bridges@judicial.state.co.us.

If you are offered employment, the following are the conditions of employment:

  • Be a current resident of the State of Colorado or become a resident of the State of Colorado within 30 days of the hire date;
  • Have reliable transportation to meet your position’s travel requirements; 
  • Ability to work remotely, in an office setting, and travel throughout Colorado or region, depending on the position’s responsibilities; 
  • Be willing to submit to a routine background investigation, including a criminal history check; 
  • If hired, the Immigration Reform and Control Act requires you to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) workdays of your start date.

Bridges of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion of all voices in the workplace. We consider applicants equally and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, social class, national origin, marital or parental status, pregnancy, disability status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or political affiliation. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and an environment of representation of diversity. We highly encourage individuals of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply.

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Bridges is hiring approximately 10 Senior Court Liaisons across the state to support justice involved individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. 

Position Purpose

Legislation creating Bridges of Colorado speaks to the disparities typically experienced by individuals with significant mental and/or behavioral health challenges, including mental health disabilities, who are also involved in the criminal justice system and tasks the program with promoting positive outcomes for participants. Court Liaisons are generalists, boundary spanners, and creative problem solvers who work to identify need and help connect participants to appropriate services, in part by addressing the multitude of complex barriers that exist for participants.  Court Liaisons are assigned by district or region of the State and support Bridges participants in gaining access to meaningful services and resources with a person-centered, trauma-informed, and socially-just approach.

This critical role also liaises with the relevant criminal justice, behavioral health, and support service entities to support decision-making and actions that take into consideration the participants’ behavioral health best interests.  Court Liaisons function as court-appointed experts, providing a broader base of information for legal problem-solving and decision-making.  They inform courts and attorneys of participant need, available community-based services, and individual and systemic barriers and related solutions.  While liaisons are neutral in legal proceedings, they advocate for the best interests of the participant’s behavioral health both in and out of the court setting.  

A Senior Court Liaison will carry a specialized caseload, provide a lead function to other Court Liaisons on their regional team, carry a high level of knowledge about regional and statewide Participant resources, and support other Court Liaisons and the Regional Manager in high-need/complexity situations, educational efforts, and community-based initiatives in a specialty or geographical area.

Reports to Regional Manager.

Position Location and Travel Requirements

This position works in a hybrid, work-from-home base blended with regular regional and/or state travel, depending on the particular assignment.  This position will be responsible for providing court liaison services to a specifically assigned region in Colorado.  Applicants will have the opportunity to select the region(s) for which they are applying upon application.  The court liaison may be assigned to a specific district within the region, or they may be assigned to provide coverage throughout the region. The senior court liaison is expected to travel and work within the area(s) they support as needed on a weekly and often daily basis. Occasional travel to the Bridges office in Denver is to be expected. Reliable transportation is required.

Essential Functions

Person-Centered

  • Provide ongoing, personalized engagement with participants through person-centered, solution-focused case management. 
  • Identify and address the needs of participants, including their behavioral health history and needs, social determinants of health needs, and cultural considerations.
  • Determine appropriate, meaningful, and culturally responsive referral and treatment options. Identify existing programs, community agencies, and payor sources (such as Medicaid) to support participant engagement with the most appropriate services.
  • Make direct connections to, and support engagement with, a wide range of services for Participants, including, but not limited to, inpatient, outpatient, and out-of-custody competency evaluations and/or restoration services, case management services, behavioral health services or psychiatric services or supports, and employment, housing, and other social supports. 
  • Actively support Participant engagement with these services, including addressing barriers, adapting initial case plans to meet any changing needs of the Participant, engaging family and other support systems when relevant, and providing advocacy when necessary.
  • Track activity on cases through accurate and timely case noting and recording of information in the Bridges case management system and other related systems, including relevant outcomes.
  • Identify, through a variety of mechanisms, individuals who have not been appointed a court liaison but for whom an appointment to Bridges may be beneficial and make recommendations to the Court for appointment of a court liaison.
  • As needed, continue to serve Participants for up to 90 days after final disposition of the case for which the court liaison was appointed.
  • Engage in all aspects of work in ways that humanize Participants, including practicing trauma-informed care, culturally competent responses, and providing advocacy when Participant well-being is at significant risk.
  • Approach all responsibilities with Participants, families, stakeholders, and team members according to the values, models, standards, and best practices of Bridges of Colorado.
  • Support Bridges team culture and values.

Solution-Focused

  • Inform judicial officers and attorneys (via reports to the court and appearances at court hearings) in a timely manner about Participant needs regarding mental health, social determinants of health, and equitable access to related services, including community-based services.
  • Inform judicial officers and attorneys in a timely manner about:
    • Available and appropriate behavioral health services and supports, competency evaluations, restoration to competency services, and other relevant decisions, barriers, and issues facing individuals with behavioral health conditions who are involved with the criminal justice system.
    • Available community-based services for the Participant in a case, and, if applicable, case planning for possible release from custody.
    • Other criminal or juvenile justice diversion programs for Participants, which may include alternatives to competency services, prosecution, and custody or confinement; if a Participant is convicted, alternatives to sentences to confinement that continue to promote public safety and Participant stability; and other diversion-oriented programs, including problem-solving courts, competency dockets, treatment, sober, or supportive housing, and peer mentor programs.
  • Act as a resource for Court and Parties to the case.  (The court liaison shall not be an independent party in a case nor serve in a role intended to monitor compliance with a court order by a Party or other person associated with a case.)
  • Submit all required reports to the court on time and attend hearings as necessary or requested.
  • Provide data as requested by the Bridges leadership team promptly.
  • Identify gaps or areas of need in the local or state network of behavioral health services and work with Bridges leadership to pursue solutions.
  • Participate in onboarding, education, communities of practice, team meetings, and professional development opportunities as recommended or required by Bridges leadership.
  • Advocate for the behavioral health best interests of Participants with judicial officers and attorneys by engaging the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and legal neutrality.
     

Collaborative

  • Foster collaboration and communication between behavioral health and criminal justice systems in ways that promote positive outcomes and ensure Participants are treated fairly and humanely, regardless of their behavioral health history or mental state.
  • Work with judicial officers, attorneys, jails, hospitals, and service providers to address system gaps and barriers and promote positive outcomes for Participants in assigned cases.
  • Coordinate with behavioral health (including the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health) and other providers to ensure continuity of care and address barriers to successful engagement for Participants. 
  • Coordinate with hospitals and jail-based behavioral health providers to ensure continuity of care and service delivery at both entrance and exit for Participants, striving to problem-solve gaps and barriers as necessary.
  • Provide non-case-specific consultation to criminal justice personnel regarding behavioral health and community treatment options.
  • Identify and strengthen relationships and referral processes with existing community resources. 
  • Coordinate with service providers, including the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health and jail-based behavioral health providers, to ensure continuity of care and service delivery and in a manner that avoids duplication and bifurcation of services.
  • Provide informal and non-case-specific consultation, education, and advocacy with all stakeholders in order to address systemic barriers across both the behavioral health and criminal justice systems.
  • As needed, assist with formal judicial and attorney education within assigned district(s).
  • Advocate for the behavioral health best interests of Participants across systems by engaging the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and legal neutrality.

No direct supervisory duties.  May provide formal mentorship, coaching, and education to individuals in the Bridges Leadership-in-Training program.

Additional Senior Court Liaison Responsibilities

  • Carry participant caseloads that will typically be smaller and with higher levels of mental health acuity or case complexity.
  • Accompany other court liaisons on home visits as needed.
  • Engage in specific projects/assignments to support Bridges team culture and values.
  • Along with coverage liaisons, may provide coverage during vacancies, extended leave, or support liaisons with high caseloads/waitlists.
  • Function as a resource expert across the assigned district(s) and region.
  • Provide lead function, mentoring, shadowing, or explaining work instructions to other court liaisons across assigned district(s) or region. 
  • Provide court liaison essential functions across multiple districts in a region in accordance with regional team priorities as identified by court liaison regional manager.
  • Support regional manager in providing judicial and attorney education across districts in a region with education materials, strategies, and priorities identified by Bridges leadership.
  • Support court liaison regional manager in addressing community-based gaps, barriers, problem-solving, and initiating needs-based projects and solutions across districts in a region in alignment with education materials, strategies, and priorities identified by Bridges leadership.

This is a dynamic and new position where duties will evolve, and the position should anticipate fulfilling other duties as assigned that are reasonable and necessary to fulfill the Bridges mission.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in the professional language, best practices, and processes of both systems.
  • Clinical understanding of the behavioral health needs/complexities, aligned approaches, and impacts of symptoms on individuals operating at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice systems.
  • Ability and experience with where/how/when to connect relevant behavioral health services and resources to support individual participants' behavioral health needs.
  • Thorough understanding of Bridges best practices and a proven ability to following them in daily work. 
  • Ability to discern when questions or situations arise that need to be vetted with a supervisor and a demonstrated willingness to complete the proper vetting by collaborating with both direct reports and up to leadership.
  • Working experience navigating competency evaluations, restoration to competency services, and other relevant decisions, barriers, and issues facing individuals with behavioral health conditions who are involved with the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of related criminal or juvenile justice diversion programs, which may include alternatives to competency services, prosecution, and custody or confinement; if a participant is convicted, alternatives to sentences to confinement; and other diversion-oriented programs, including problem-solving courts, competency dockets, treatment, sober, or supportive housing, and peer mentor programs.
  • Person-centered, solutions-focused, and collaborative and are deeply committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Value individualized solutions and responses that are meaningful to the participant and their well-being.
  • Value individualized solutions and responses that are meaningful to the participant and their well-being.
  • Knowledge and experience of interpersonal trauma-informed approaches and systems of care, specifically understanding the importance of being person-centered, solutions-focused, and collaborative in this work.
  • Able to communicate and collaborate with varying levels of positions of power and manage conflict proactively and responsively with professionalism, confidentiality, clarity, and effectiveness.
  • Creative, self-motivated, and able to work and make decisions independently in a decentralized environment without close supervision.
  • Client-driven and values-driven.
  • Aligned with Bridges’ culture and passionate about supporting it throughout the organization.
  • Capable of, and enjoys, thriving in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment with thoughtful decision-making skills.
  • Emotional intelligence; able to create and sustain helpful, professional work relationships thoughtfully and responsively with empathy, respect, and collaboration.
     

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in social justice, social work, sociology, criminology, or a related field.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of four (4+) years’ experience in criminal justice, behavioral health, or related field.
  • Demonstrated professional alignment with Bridges values, culture, and principles of justice and equity throughout the organization. 

OR

  • At least two (2+) years as an employee or contractor with Bridges may substitute for the minimum qualifications above, with additional specialized training that may be required upon hire.
  • Certain education, volunteer experience, or internship experience in a related field may be considered in lieu of part of this requirement, as well as successful completion of the Bridges Liaison-in-Training program. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in social justice, social work, sociology, criminology, or a related field.
  • Six or more (6+) years’ experience in criminal justice, behavioral health, or related field.
  • Hold a current license in Colorado as an LCSW, LMFT, LPC, and/or LAC.
  • Demonstrated continuing education, advocacy, or volunteer work in DEI, JEDI, or social justice principles. Lived experience will also be considered.
  • Spanish speaking is a plus, and levels of proficiency will be considered in an employee’s pay.
  • Work experience in both criminal justice and behavioral health, including experience with the competency system.

Work Environment

Outside the home workspace, the noise level in the work environment is variable. This position is subject to varying and unpredictable situations; may handle emergency or crisis situations; is subject to many interruptions; may handle multiple calls, emails, and verbal inquiries simultaneously.

Accommodations

The Bridges Office is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Jori Dovey, People & Culture Manager, jori.dovey@judicial.state.co.us.

Compensation

We are proud of our equity-conscious pay scale for all positions, providing livable wages, robust benefits, and meaningful time-off policies.

This position's initial hiring pay range is $79,391 to $91,300. For equity, the pay for this position (and all Bridges positions) is based upon the cost-of-living adjustment for the Denver metro area. Actual compensation offered will be determined based on prior experience, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the position. As a person grows in this role, the full pay range is currently $79,391 to $107,178.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage for spouses, families, and domestic partners; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance and short and long-term disability insurance; Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) benefits; family and parental leave benefits; generous paid time off. Get further information about State of Colorado employee benefits.

We also offer professional and career development opportunities, including clinical supervision toward relevant licensure. A cell phone will be provided, along with a hybrid work arrangement when feasible for your position’s responsibilities. Each employee will receive a laptop for their home office or travel for work. All employees will also receive exclusive parking at a discounted rate in the Ralph Carr Judicial building for easy access to the in-person meetings in Denver.

How to Apply

You will be required to provide the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • A list of three references with contact information (2 of 3 must be professional)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications will not be accepted unless you are instructed to do so. Please direct any additional inquiries or questions to bridges@judicial.state.co.us.

If you are offered employment, the following are the conditions of employment:

  • Be a current resident of the State of Colorado or become a resident of the State of Colorado within 30 days of the hire date;
  • Have reliable transportation to meet your position’s travel requirements; 
  • Ability to work remotely, in an office setting, and travel throughout Colorado or region, depending on the position’s responsibilities; 
  • Be willing to submit to a routine background investigation, including a criminal history check; 
  • If hired, the Immigration Reform and Control Act requires you to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) workdays of your start date.

Bridges of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion of all voices in the workplace. We consider applicants equally and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, social class, national origin, marital or parental status, pregnancy, disability status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or political affiliation. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and an environment of representation of diversity. We highly encourage individuals of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply.

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Position Purpose

To support the Bridges mission of equitable access to resources for participants by administering the Bridges Participant Servies Fund, including coordinating, distributing, and accounting for these publicly allocated funds. This position also responds to gaps in services and funding and identifies individual and program-level solutions.

Position Location and Travel Requirements

This position works in a hybrid, work-from-home base blended with occasional state and regional travel. Occasional travel to the Bridges office in Denver may be expected.
Reliable transportation is required.

Essential Functions 

Person-Centered

  • Responsible for the timely and effective management of and accounting for the Participant Services Fund, using adherence to fiscal rules, use of fiscal best practices, and a holistic and trauma-informed lens, to meet the needs of Bridges participants.
  • Responsible for distributing, reviewing, and approving applications to ensure participant service and resource needs are addressed in a timely, fiscally responsible, and efficient manner. Work with staff to make corrections where needed (e.g., ensure funding request applications are complete and accurate).
  • Educate staff on application request practices that are both fiscally responsible and person-centered.
  • Assist in purchasing or acquiring services and resources for participants. Provide consultation and assistance to staff to problem-solve hard-to-find items or services requested through the Participant Services Fund.
  • Track applications, application decisions and their rationale, participant data, requestor data, and any other pertinent information regarding management of and accounting for use of funds.
  • Use accounting best practices to track and reconcile funding requests with actual distribution of funds.
  • Design reports and presentations to communicate the participant-centered lens and human storytelling of the data. Communicate both qualitative and quantitative data via reports, presentations, and requests.

Solution-Focused

  • Responsible for oversight, management, and review of strategies, internal policies and procedures, and reporting related to the Participant Services Fund.
  • Responsible for accounting, documentation, and reporting of the Participant Services Fund, with accuracy, attention to detail, and firm fiscal accountability of public funds.
  • Ensure that the funds are implemented equitably and according to the operational and financial needs of the organization.
  • Implement mixed-funding opportunities to meet long-term services and resource needs of participants. This could include submitting required grant reporting, including tracking and reporting data related to grant goals and outcomes.
  • Use Participant Services Fund data, and other available information sources, to enhance internal and external understanding of met or unmet funding needs and the impact of both on participants. Evaluate the effectiveness of the fund and guide additional responses to the changing needs of participants and courts.
  • Document, track, and report on the fund, its historical use, and forward-looking resource development.

Collaborative

  • Serve as the knowledge lead on matters related to the Participant Services Fund and collaborate with internal and external partners to implement and enhance partnerships that improve access to services and resources.
  • Communicate with the leadership team regarding the overall usage trends, balances, and barriers met or unmet of the Participant Services Fund.
  • Support the administrative efforts of the Service and Resource Equity Director and Executive Director as they relate to the fund.
  • Prepare and share trends, fund account summaries, and recommendations as part of regular reporting. Prepare fund usage reports for Bridges Commission and the Colorado Joint Budget Committee.
  • Collaborate with staff, community partners, and participants on service and resource needs, barriers, and viable solutions.
  • Develop collaborative and efficient partnerships with outside vendors and service providers to support participant needs.
  • Initiate formal agreements and establish effective working relationships with vendors and service providers.
  • Coordinate with Service and Resource Equity Director and other leadership team members on design and communication of data and reporting.

May supervise up to 3.0 full-time employees (FTE).

Other Responsibilities

This is a dynamic and new position where the scope of responsibilities and duties will evolve, and the incumbent should anticipate fulfilling other duties as assigned that are reasonable and necessary to fulfill the Bridges mission. The ideal candidate for this role will not only possess the ability to fulfill the outlined duties but will also be a proactive, adaptable, and capable contributor to the development of the role's scope and responsibilities, aligning them with the evolving needs of the Office.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate is passionate about working to improve the systems of care for those caught in the intersection of behavioral health and the criminal justice system.

  • Person-centered, solution-focused, collaborative, and deeply committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Client-driven and values-driven.
  • Demonstration of professional alignment with Bridges values, culture, and principles of justice and equity throughout the organization, and passionate about supporting them throughout the organization.
  • Capable of, and enjoys, thriving in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment with thoughtful decision-making skills.
  • Creative, self-motivated, and able to work in a decentralized environment without close supervision.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with varying levels of positions of power and manage conflict proactively and responsively with confidentiality.
  • Emotional intelligence; able to create and sustain helpful, professional work relationships thoughtfully and responsively with empathy, respect, and collaboration.
  • Strong financial accounting, data collection and reporting acumen.
  • Ability to look through a person-centered lens in funding needs or trends and communicate those in ways others can comprehend and act upon equitably.
  • Knowledge or experience with financial resource processing and management.
  • Competent in community advocacy and influence skills to meet service and resource needs for our participants, especially in urgent scenarios.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat with DocuSign, and shared drive applications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in finance, accounting, judicial administration, public administration, business administration, or related fields. Equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a position that includes processing funding requests, managing distribution of financial resources, and accounting for fund usage. This may include demonstrated experience in grant administration.
  • Proficient in accounting tools and the application of financial standards.
  • Experience procuring services with vendors and managing vendor payments.
  • Demonstrated use of excellent customer service skills in a fast-paced environment.

OR

  • At least two (2) years as an employee or contractor with Bridges may substitute for the minimum qualifications above, with additional specialized training that may be required upon hire.
  • Years of relevant work experience may substitute for the educational requirement with the exception of any required licenses, certifications, or accreditations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in finance, accounting, judicial administration, public administration, business administration, or related fields.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a position that includes processing funding requests, managing distribution of financial resources, and accounting for fund usage. This may include demonstrated experience in grant administration.
  • Grant administration.
  • Experience working with behavioral health and justice-involved populations.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed approaches and systems of care.
  • Continuing education, advocacy, or volunteer work in DEI, JEDI, or social justice principles.

Work Environment

Outside the home workspace, the noise level in the work environment is variable. This position is subject to varying and unpredictable situations; may handle emergency or crisis situations; is subject to many interruptions; may handle multiple calls, emails, and verbal inquiries simultaneously.

Accommodations

The Bridges Office is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Jori Dovey, People & Culture Manager, jori.dovey@bridgesofcolorado.gov.

Compensation

We are proud of our equity-conscious pay scale for all positions, providing livable wages, robust benefits, and meaningful time-off policies.

This position's initial hiring pay range is $79,130 to $91,000. For equity, the pay for this position (and all Bridges positions) is based upon the cost of living adjustment for the Denver metro area. Actual compensation offered will be determined based on prior experience, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the position. As a person grows in this role, the full pay range is currently $79,130 to $106,826.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage for spouses, families, and domestic partners; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance and short and long-term disability insurance; Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) benefits; family and parental leave benefits; generous paid time off. Click here for further information about State of Colorado employee benefits.

We also offer professional and career development opportunities, including clinical supervision toward relevant licensure. A cell phone will be provided, along with a hybrid work arrangement when feasible for your position’s responsibilities. Each employee will receive a laptop for their home office or travel for work. All employees will also receive exclusive parking at a discounted rate in the Ralph Carr Judicial building for easy access to the in-person meetings in Denver.
 

Position Purpose

To support the Bridges mission of promoting positive outcomes for participants by managing, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting organizational-wide and cross-systems data and outcomes. This position drives data strategic design and planning for the organization, including conducting relevant research, mission-aligned data collection, and program outcomes reporting.

Position Location and Travel Requirements

This position works in a hybrid, work-from-home base blended with occasional state and regional travel. Occasional travel to the Bridges office in Denver may be expected. Reliable transportation is required.

Essential Functions 

Person-Centered

  • Ensure mission-aligned data collection to assess the overall impact of our work on those we serve.
    Educate staff on timely, ethical, and person-centered data collection practices for entry into the case management system.
  • Communicate data entry and collection needs with staff to ensure data integrity and completeness.
  • Conduct surveys, focus groups, and/or individual interviews with participants, to ensure the voices of those directly affected by service delivery are represented in relevant research and information collection.  
  • Monitor participant trends and characteristics, as they relate to desired outcomes.
  • Ensure that the data management system fields use clear and person-centered language.
  • Perform cross-systems cost-benefit analyses to determine the systemic impact of our work on participants.
  • Function as the narrator in detail-oriented research and reporting on participant experiences and outcomes using mixed information (e.g. participant interviews, survey responses, and case management data).
  • Interpret data to identify trends, conduct root cause analyses, and suggest areas for process improvement that will lead to enhanced participant outcomes.
  • Present engaging content with visuals (as appropriate) and share quantitative and qualitative findings using understandable and human storytelling approaches for various audiences.
  • Assist in developing and delivering relevant learning modules (e.g., case management system techniques or ethics of data-sharing) tailored to the needs of various audiences.

Solution-Focused

  • Develop and execute an ongoing data evaluation plan to assess organizational impact and ongoing areas for enhancement.
  • Use computer applications to clean and process data and produce or aid in producing reports from the case management system and other sources, and to identify patterns within the data.
  • Review data to understand it and make corrections where needed to ensure data integrity, including auditing of internal data.
  • Oversee day-to-day management of the case management system to ensure required data is being entered for quality control and to prevent future data collection or integrity concerns.
  • Drive external research and information collection as it relates to program outcomes.
  • Responsible for data analysis, summaries, and reporting, that meet organizational and legislative reporting requirements.
  • Identify and recommend solution-focused opportunities, applying strong analytical thinking skills and statistical knowledge.
  • Use software applications and online resources to gather, analyze, and organize data effectively.
  • Compile and report on predictive analysis for forecasting trends and identifying participant, organization or systems needs.
  • Responsible for data and subject matter specialty on data systems and data approaches within the organization.
  • Identify data-related learning needs and design an agency-wide learning strategic plan to develop and deliver.

Collaborative

  • Serve as the lead authority and central point of contact within the organization for programmatic data, evaluation, and research.
  • Collaborate with team members and leadership regarding data trends and data integrity.
  • Discover and share trends, findings, and recommendations, as part of regular data and analysis reporting or upon request, including preparing all data requests for annual and intermittent reporting to the legislature.
  • Work closely with the contracted case management system administrating agency to request and implement timely changes within the unique case management system.
  • Support accompanying administrative efforts, as they relate to organizational data monitoring and outcomes.
  • Provide project oversight and collaborate on partnerships with universities, colleges, and other research institutions for third-party evaluation and research opportunities.
  • Oversee and assist in research and program evaluation initiatives with third-party evaluators.
  • Provide internal and external recommendations to support data-driven decision-making with external parties.
  • Work closely with staff to ensure timely and reliable data collection and entry into the case management database.
  • Collaborate with the administrative director and executive director for guidance on existing and future data collection and reporting to meet legislative requirements.
  • Integrate research and quantitative and qualitative data from multiple sources (internal and external). Ensure data accuracy and integrity, and update data as needed.

May supervise up to 6.0 full-time employees (FTE).

Other Responsibilities

This is a dynamic and new position where the scope of responsibilities and duties will evolve, and the incumbent should anticipate fulfilling other duties as assigned that are reasonable and necessary to fulfill the Bridges mission. The ideal candidate for this role will not only possess the ability to fulfill the outlined duties but will also be a proactive, adaptable, and capable contributor to the development of the role's scope and responsibilities, aligning them with the evolving needs of the Office.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate is passionate about working to improve the systems of care for those caught in the intersection of behavioral health and the criminal justice system.

  • Person-centered, solution-focused, collaborative, and deeply committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Client-driven and values-driven.
  • Demonstration of professional alignment with Bridges values, culture, and principles of justice and equity throughout the organization, and passionate about supporting them throughout the organization.
  • Awareness of trauma-informed approaches and systems of care.
  • Capable of, and enjoys, thriving in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment with thoughtful decision-making skills.
  • Creative, self-motivated, and able to work in a decentralized environment without close supervision.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with varying levels of positions of power and manage conflict proactively and responsively with confidentiality.
  • Emotional intelligence; able to create and sustain helpful, professional work relationships thoughtfully and responsively with empathy, respect, and collaboration.
  • Ability to synthesize complex data and research from a variety of sources into clear and cohesive written and visual products.
  • Experience translating data across various platforms.
  • Capable of delivering training, guidance and support to internal staff on data standards and expectations. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to listen and articulate concepts and ideas clearly.
  • Expert-level proficiency in applications such as Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio), Adobe Acrobat with DocuSign, and shared drive applications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, statistics, mathematics, business intelligence, or related fields. Equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in local and cross-systems data analysis, reporting, or other relevant experience.
  • At least two (2) years of direct employee supervision.
  • The above years of work and supervisory experience may overlap.
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and problem-solving quantitative and qualitative questions and proposed concepts.
  • Experience in case management databases, high-performance computing, and information filtering.
  • Experience utilizing data visualization tools to prepare and present data, trends, and findings to various internal and external stakeholders.

OR

  • At least two (2) years as an employee or contractor with Bridges may substitute for the minimum qualifications above, with additional specialized training that may be required upon hire.
  • Years of relevant work experience may substitute for the educational requirement, with the exception of any required licenses, certifications, or accreditations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, statistics, mathematics, business intelligence, or related fields.
  • Seven or more (7+) years of experience in local and cross-systems data analysis, reporting, and other relevant experience.
  • Advanced knowledge, experience, or training in statistical modeling or inferential statistics.
  • Experience with longitudinal data collection and translating.
  • Experience working with behavioral health and justice-involved populations. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of systemic disparities and adverse outcomes, applying a DEI, JEDI, or social justice data framework to promote equity.

Work Environment

Outside the home workspace, the noise level in the work environment is variable. This position is subject to varying and unpredictable situations; may handle emergency or crisis situations; is subject to many interruptions; may handle multiple calls, emails, and verbal inquiries simultaneously.

Accommodations

The Bridges Office is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Jori Dovey, People & Culture Manager, jori.dovey@judicial.state.co.us.

Compensation

We are proud of our equity-conscious pay scale for all positions, providing livable wages, robust benefits, and meaningful time-off policies.

This position's initial hiring pay range is $101,391 to $116,600. For equity, the pay for this position (and all Bridges positions) is based upon the cost of living adjustment for the Denver metro area. Actual compensation offered will be determined based on prior experience, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the position. As a person grows in this role, the full pay range is currently $101,391 to $136,878.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage for spouses, families, and domestic partners; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance and short and long-term disability insurance; Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) benefits; family and parental leave benefits; generous paid time off. Click here for further information about State of Colorado employee benefits. 

We also offer professional and career development opportunities, including clinical supervision toward relevant licensure. A cell phone will be provided, along with a hybrid work arrangement when feasible for your position’s responsibilities. Each employee will receive a laptop for their home office or travel for work. All employees will also receive exclusive parking at a discounted rate in the Ralph Carr Judicial building for easy access to the in-person meetings in Denver.
 

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Other Opportunities

Be part of a visionary program transforming lives at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice.

Bridges of Colorado seeks applicants for an opening for a “lived experience” commissioner. As an integral member of the organization’s 11-member commission, the Lived Experience Commissioner provides support of the Bridges vision and mission to continue advancing Bridges as a national leader of programs at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. Commissioners are appointed to serve three-year terms and meet quarterly. While Bridges commissioners are not paid positions, this position will be reimbursed for time spent away from their primary employment to serve on the commission if that time is not paid by their employer. 

Who Should Apply

Individuals who have a passion for the vision and mission of Bridges and who wish to support that work by serving on the commission. Applicants must be Colorado residents who have lived experience at the intersection of criminal justice and mental health. This position is open immediately.

What You Will Do

Work cooperatively with the director to provide guidance to the office; provide fiscal oversight of the general operating budget of the office; participate in funding decisions relating to the provision of program services; and assist with the duties of the office concerning Bridges program training and public outreach, as needed. For more about the commission, see pages 6-9 of SB23-229.  

How to Apply

Email bridges@bridgesofcolorado.gov with your story and background regarding your lived experience in the criminal justice and mental health systems. Be sure to include why you’re interested in serving on the commission. Please also include a resume or summary of relevant professional experience, if that also applies. 

Deadline

Applications received before June 21, 2024, will be given first consideration, with the position remaining open until filled. 

About Bridges of Colorado 

For more information, visit bridges.colorado.gov