Senior Facilitator, Restorative Justice

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Center for Court Innovation
Far Rockaway, NY
Published 29 days ago

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 by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.

The Center for Court Innovation’s Department of Restorative Practices, in conjunction with the Queens Community Justice Center - Far Rockaway, is piloting The Family Healing Project to offer people returning home from prison, and their families (biological or chosen), sustained emotional and logistical support throughout their first year of release. The process aims to provide meaningful opportunities for families to surface: the interpersonal and systemic harms that have transpired after decades of incarceration; the innate capacity of the family and its members to offer support for healing and practical needs; to identify those needs that cannot be met from within and support the family to make decisions that uplift the well-being of each being and of the whole. In doing so, we aim to improve housing stability and decrease the likelihood of homelessness for those returning home.

The Family Healing Project is seeking a full-time Senior Facilitator who will be housed at the Queens Community Justice Center - Far Rockaway but will likely work city-wide. Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, the Senior Facilitator will coordinate, plan, and facilitate restorative justice circles for families who are reuniting after long periods of incarceration and will play a supportive role in the Queens Community Justice Center - Far Rockaway. The Facilitator’s primary responsibility will be to the Family Healing Project. In this role, they will review applications to the project and conduct outreach to interested participants, which may include visits to correctional facilities, and host restorative justice circles for families for up to one year. The Senior Facilitator will also assist in the planning and implementation of restorative justice training for community members interested in supporting families returning home. This position will also require outreach to reentry organizations and other providers to build a robust network of services to support participants. In the Queens Community Justice Center - Far Rockaway, the Facilitator will support a community-based hub for crime prevention and youth services, assisting in community events and other programming there as needed. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Respond to initial inquiries by potential participants and conduct outreach to determine the willingness of participants;
  • Talk with all family members about the harm of incarceration and the needs that they have;
  • Conduct preparatory meetings and face-to-face (remote or in-person) dialogue amongst families who are welcoming someone home from at least 10 years of incarceration;
  • Coordinate referrals and following up with participants, as needed;
  • Conduct outreach and building relationships with community-based service providers to facilitate, follow-up and assist participants with voluntary service referrals;
  • Manage a caseload of 10-15 families at one time;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with community partners and relevant organizations;
  • Identify opportunities for and conducting outreach to promote the project;
  • Document detailed notes on each case; 
  • Participate in peer-led groups to identify challenges, celebrate successes, give and receive feedback and hold one another accountable as we do this work;
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of a training for people directly impacted by incarceration to become Peacemakers and join our effort;
  • Support programming at the Queens Community Justice Center - Far Rockaway;
  • Other relevant duties, as assigned.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have at least three years of relevant experience (paid or unpaid). Other qualifications include:

  • Candidate should be a deep listener and skilled communicator who easily connects with people and views conflict as an opportunity for transformation;
  • Curiosity about creating something new and ability to respond flexibly to needs as they arise is essential;
  • Commitment to creating, promoting, and maintaining a respectful, inclusive, and anti-oppressive work environment required;
  • A commitment to living one’s values while knowing we all fall short is welcome;
  • Basic computer skills are required and proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft Suite and Google Suite is desirable;
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred;
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required;
  • Travel within New York State may be required when it is safe to do so;
  • Clearance to enter DOCCS facilities desirable but not required;
  • Formerly incarcerated people and those on parole are highly encouraged to apply. 

Position Location: Far Rockaway, Queens with travel within New York City and possibly within New York state.

Compensation: Salary starts at $60,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.

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 non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Far Rockaway, NY 11435, US

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