Program Associate, Youth Court

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at mid-30ks and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline:



New York
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 improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.

One of the Center’s newest projects is the recently launched Bronx Youth Court.  The Center’s Youth Courts handle cases involving young people, ages 10 to 18, who have been cited for low-level offenses such as vandalism, fare evasion, assault, and truancy. Teen volunteers lead hearings or restorative justice circles, assign sanctions, and provide mentoring to youth offenders. The Center’s Youth Courts receive referrals from schools, the New York City Police Department, the New York City Department of Probation, Family and Criminal Courts, and local District Attorney's offices.

The Bronx Youth Court is seeking a Program Associate. Reporting to the Youth Court Coordinator, the Program Associate is responsible for peer-led restorative justice programming, including assisting with all aspects of youth court operations, restorative circles, community service and community benefits projects.  The Program Associate is responsible for the recruitment, training, and selection of youth court members, as well as the facilitation, documentation and management of all youth court referrals and sanction compliance. The associate is also responsible for developing and sustaining partnerships with community and justice system stakeholders.


·        Assist in the daily operation of the Youth Court;

·        Assist with the recruitment of participants for Youth Court training and membership;

·        Assist with the training of members and, together with the Youth Court Coordinator, facilitate and organize the 40-hour youth court member training;

·        Conduct outreach to parents and youth who are referred to the Youth Court;

·        Assist in developing and coordinating community service projects for respondent youth;

·        Monitor and track compliance of respondent youth and prepare compliance reports for referring agencies;

·        Assist in the scheduling of Youth Court hearings and training for Youth Court members;

·        Manage administrative needs, including purchasing, record keeping, communications and stipends;

·        Support youth court members during trainings and hearings;

·        Assist in the coordination and planning of special events;

·        Assist in conducting outreach to community based organizations to support the function and growth of the program;

·        Perform other supportive tasks and functions as assigned by the Youth Court Coordinator.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience. Must have ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks, and solve problems creatively.  Must be a dynamic facilitator who feels comfortable working with youth. Strong written skills are a must. Strong attention to detail and demonstrated ability to be responsible for administrative tasks preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office required. Conversational Spanish skills required. Professional and/or personal knowledge and familiarity of the Bronx communities preferred. Experience working with high school-aged youth highly preferred.  Familiarity with restorative practices preferred, but not required.

Position Type: Full-time. Applicants must be available to work from 11:00am – 7:00pm two days a week (TBD), and occasional nights and weekends as necessary.

Level of Language Proficiency

Conversational Spanish skills required.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to:

Subject line: Youth Court Program Associate

Attn.: Jordan Otis, Planner

Center for Court Innovation

520 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018


Note:  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.  

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.