Director, Community Justice Programs

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Center for Court Innovation
Staten Island, NY
Published 16 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 Staten Island Justice Center (SIJC or "Justice Center") offers an array of programming for both youth and adults in Staten Island, focusing on engaging those with current or past justice involvement.  The Justice Center provides judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys with alternative community sentencing options that hold individuals accountable in a way that is meaningful, proportionate, and restorative.  The goal is to provide participants with individual and group services that help them to avoid future contact with the justice system and promote swift case resolutions that bolster public confidence in justice. 

The Justice Center is seeking a Director, Community Justice Initiatives. Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Director will oversee day to day operations of SIJC’s community justice focused initiatives. This portfolio includes a reentry program, community based pre-trial supervised release, and other justice related problem solving initiatives that focus on community engagement and resident voice. The Director will be responsible for developing protocols and practices, including program implementation and overall day to day management; supporting the hiring and training of a diverse staff; and communicating and collaborating with a broad range of community stakeholders. The Director will be primarily responsible for creating meaningful ways to support recruit participants by creating connections within communities and building with families who have loved ones returning home or engaged in the local criminal justice system.  

The Justice Center strongly encourages and seeks applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ community members, as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.    

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Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Oversee creation and implementation of all components of reentry programming, including familial support, job readiness and retention, peer mentorship and life coaching, restorative practices, and psychoeducational and clinical support; 

  • Supervise and support a team consisting of social workers, an employment specialist, engagement specialists, and other support staff; 

  • Prepare grant progress reports and additional program reports;  

  • Oversee data collection protocols, ensuring that intake and case managers maintain detailed case notes that capture all client work and milestones;  

  • Develop, strengthen, and manage relationships with criminal justice stakeholders, subcontractors, and community-based social service providers; 

  • Work with the SIJC Court Operations department to develop and implement community based services for the Supervised Release Program;  

  • Proactively engage in program design, development and implementation of new training modules, curricula and activities; 

  • Coordinate with various internal departments to support program operation and troubleshoot challenges; 

  • Participate in stakeholder efforts and projects led by CCI’s NeighborhoodStat Initiative at Stapleton Houses; 

  • Attend community-based events and meetings after hours, as needed; 

  • Additional relevant tasks, as needed. 

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have a Master's degree OR equivalent experience with an additional 3-5 years of relevant supervisory experience. Experience with project management, developing internal policies, allocating resources, and managing staff towards deadlines and performance goals required. The ideal candidate will have a track record of engaging in on-the-ground community-based work and must be strongly interested in restorative practices, trauma-informed practices, and building support systems for staff with varying roles and experiences. Must display sensitivity to the needs of the populations served by the Justice Center and will have client engagement skills reflective of a strengths-based approach. Strong management, interpersonal, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills are required. A demonstrated willingness to serve as a culturally responsive leader and the ability to constructively engage legal stakeholders and navigate differing and, at times, competing perspectives in a multidisciplinary environment is required. Additional preferred qualifications include: 

  • MSW and SIFI certification; 

  • Experience supervising and supporting credible messengers; 

  • Knowledge and/or lived experience related to the criminal justice system and its impact on communities; 

  • Strong knowledge of community-based resources in Staten Island. 

Position Type:  Full-time. Must be able to work nights or weekends, as needed.

Compensation:  Salary range starts at $70,000 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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