Program Manager, Youth & Community Programs

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline



50 Belmont Avenue
New York
United States


The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research and provides consulting services to justice innovators.

The Brownsville Community Justice Center seeks to re-engineer how the justice system works in Brownsville, Brooklyn. In particular, the Justice Center is dedicated to building multiple off-ramps for young people who come into contact with the justice system by providing much-needed services to young people arrested in Brownsville. The aim is to provide the kind of support that young people need to become law-abiding members of society. The ultimate goal is to reduce crime and the use of incarceration, while at the same restoring local faith in the justice system.

The Brownsville Community Justice Center is seeking a Program Manager to oversee the Justice Center’s youth programming and justice initiatives. This includes community based transformative justice initiatives, interest-based youth programming, social work services, and alternative to incarceration programming. Reporting to Director of Youth and Community Programs, the Program Manager will be responsible for the development and oversight of new community initiatives and programming, alternative to incarceration work, and transformative justice projects.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Work closely with the Program Director to support the youth and community programs department, including developing the department vision, program planning, systems implementation, project oversight, and grant reporting 

·        Develop arts and project based youth internship programming, including working with teaching artists and community partners

·        Develop and implement youth enrichment activities including field trips, retreats, academic enrichment and employment readiness programming

·        Oversee the Brownsville Girls Collaborative program including individual support, group programming, curriculum building and internship coordination

·        Coordinate and manage recruitment strategies for youth programs

·        Manage youth alternative to incarceration programs, including referrals, court reporting, and maintaining relationships with criminal justice partners 

·        Provide administrative support to the program department team, including assisting with data entry, stipend payments, and contracts.

·        Oversee staff development and training 

·        Provide clinical supervision to a team of social workers, case managers and youth programs staff 

·        Assist with grant writing and fund raising 

·        Oversee grant implementation, ensuring all reporting requirements and deliverables are met 

·        Routinely meet with community stakeholders and staff to provide updates and troubleshoot issues; Identifying potential referrals to educational/vocational services

·        Represent the Justice Center at community events and meetings

·        Develop systems and provide oversight for data tracking, reporting, and fiscal operations.

•       Actively maintain a work culture conducive to innovation and team building;

•       Develop training and support systems for supervisees and subcontractors;

•       Model and facilitate creative problem solving and youth development strategies for supervisees and subcontractors;

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree in social work or related field with at least three years of relevant program administration experience. At least 4 years of experience working with youth required. This demanding position requires a creative, highly organized, aggressive self-starter who can get things done in a high-paced environment. Candidates must be comfortable navigating interdisciplinary settings and must be willing to roll up their sleeves and be actively involved in day-to-day operations. Candidate must possess in-depth knowledge of best practices in youth work including leadership development, strengths-based practices, and trauma informed approaches. Additional requirements include:


·        Candidate must have administrative experience, experience facilitating group programming and must be committed to using holistic and strengths-based approaches.

·        Experience working with criminal justice agencies

·        Experience with anti-violence program development strongly preferred

·        Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

·        Excellent communication, organizational and administrative skills

·        Ability to facilitate and effectively manage team projects and initiatives

·        Ability to set and adhere to firm timelines

·        Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a variety of community stakeholders and partner agencies

·        Experience in community outreach and organizing and must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally competent manner.

·        Commitment to place based and community-based work.

·        Must be comfortable working with youth and young adults

·        In depth knowledge of and familiarity with the Brownsville, Brooklyn community preferred

·        Commitment to social justice and anti-oppressive practices

·        Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish).

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample with Program Manager in the subject line to:

If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:


Brownsville Community Justice Center

50 Belmont Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11212


(212) 397-0985

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.


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The Center for Court Innovation is a project of the Fund for the City of New York.