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Associate Director- Young New Yorkers

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Brooklyn Defender Services | Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Defender Services

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About Young New Yorkers

Young New Yorkers (YNY) is committed to bringing positive systemic change to the ways that teens and young people are prosecuted in New York City's criminal legal system. We provide Restorative Arts Diversion (RAD) Programs for court-involved 16 to 25-year-olds facing jail time or adult sanctions. First, YNY programs provide a pathway for teenagers to swiftly exit the criminal legal system, without incurring a lifelong criminal record. Second, YNY programs provide a platform for teenagers to advocate for themselves and for their visions for a transformed criminal legal system. Participants design and host public art exhibitions that explore the criminal legal issues that affect them, and invite the very judges, prosecutors, and court actors involved in their own cases to attend. This humanizes the culture of the courtrooms that engage directly with YNY, the members of which possess discretionary power with each and every young person’s case. Our RAD programs include an 8-week: Women’s 4-week; 1-Day; as well as Arrest-Diversion programs and paid Graduate Leadership Programs. For more information please visit:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Since its inception in 2012, YNY has grown from a single program serving 8 youth to multiple programs serving over 300 youth annually and expecting to generate almost $1 million in revenue in Fiscal Year 2019. The Associate Director is a senior management position, created to partner with YNY's Executive Director – also its founder and creative lead - in instilling structure and operational diligence to the growing programs and team.

The position will have day-to-day responsibility for the efficient running of YNY operations. The Associate Director should thrive in a collaborative start-up environment and have a commitment to delivering extremely high-quality restorative arts diversion programs with the ultimate goal of transforming the criminal legal system.

Responsibilities will include:

Organizational Management

  • In close collaboration with YNY’s fiscal sponsor, Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS), develop systems for efficient operations in a variety of areas, including but not limited to, facilities, human resources, accounting, legal, communications, data management, development and IT.
  • Develop policies and procedures to ensure clear and consistent execution of programs and operations.
  • Identify where technology can improve operations. Research, select and implement technology solutions.

Program Operations and Evaluation

Support the creative direction of the Executive Director, and oversee the Program Coordinator to:

  • Conduct outreach to (i) promote YNY’s programs, (ii) recruit, screen, onboard, and support participants, and (iii) maintain contact with program graduates.
  • Conduct scheduling, planning, and logistics for programs.
  • Develop program evaluation tools and implement full assessment program.
  • Track all necessary program data and present outcomes assessments.
  • Ensure program staff are collecting required data.
  • Build partnerships with assessment experts, including in academic institutions, and integrate merging models into the YNY system.

Human Resources and Staff Training

Act as the primary liaison between BDS Human Resources and the YNY team to:

  • Interview, recruit and onboard new staff.
  • Devise and implement a staff development program.
  • Conduct staff performance reviews.
  • Provide coaching and performance improvement guidance to direct reports.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director in managing YNY staff.

Fundraising and Communications

  • Develop and maintain an awareness of potential funding organizations relevant to YNY’s work. Monitor funding opportunities and assess YNY’s eligibility and suitability.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with current and potential funders.
  • Write grants and manage the submission and application process.
  • Manage grants and contracts: Ensure YNY meets all requirements, including timely and accurate reporting.
  • Plan and implement YNY events e.g. for fundraising, outreach and public art projects.
  • Develop and maintain YNY website and social media presence. Write and distribute external communications e.g. newsletters. Attend and speak at public events.


  • Represent the Executive Director when she is unavailable.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

The Associate Director shall possess and demonstrate the following qualifications, skills, and personal characteristics.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required:
  • Postgraduate degree in business, law, social work, psychology, visual arts, or education, or equivalent experience, preferred.
  • The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in most of the following areas:
  • 2-5 years managing staff, hiring and building teams; handling human resource matters; coaching staff.
  • Wiring and managing government and foundation grants.
  • Project management.
  • Program evaluation.
  • Developing and managing budgets.
  • Basic accounting knowledge and able to read non-profit financial statements. Experience relating to and working with diverse populations and individuals who have experience trauma.
  • Knowledge of and interest in arts-based transformative justice and/or restorative justice.
  • Knowledge of the New York City criminal legal system, court processes, and alternative-to-incarceration services.


  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills.
  • Strong ability to work with colleagues with different skillsets and working styles, to influence others to adapt to different ways of working, and to be willing to adapt own style where needed.
  • Excellent technology skills, ideally with experience of software selection and implementation.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; ability to balance a varied workload and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to build efficient systems for information management.
  • Ability to assess technology solutions to maximize operational efficiencies.
  • Process mapping.

Personal Characteristics

  • Strong commitment to social justice.
  • Commitment to excellent and impeccability in work performance.
  • Upholds “people first” value and prioritizes equity and inclusion.
  • Culturally competent.
  • Self-starter with high level of accountability and initiative.
  • Process-oriented.
  • High level of emotional intelligence.

Good to Have

  • Personal experience with the criminal legal system.
  • Education or experience related to education, social work, visual arts, and/or the criminal legal system.

Working Conditions

The position will entail the following conditions. Reasonable accommodations can be considered. People with disability are encouraged to apply.

  • Working at YNY’s office and at locations across New York City.
  • Working at a desk/computer as well as standing for long period of time.
  • Local travel.
  • Lifting 40+ pounds, climbing stairs, transporting materials and supplies, constructing art displays and exhibitions.
  • Working with diverse populations of youth, young adults, and adults.
  • Working with individuals who have experienced trauma
  • Shifting priorities and job responsibilities depending on YNY’s programming and projects.

Young New Yorkers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Young New Yorkers complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

About Young New Yorkers

Young New Yorkers (YNY) is committed to bringing positive systemic change to the ways that teens and young people are prosecuted in New York City's criminal legal system. We provide Restorative Arts Diversion (RAD…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Christina Wallace at Please include Associate Director position in the subject line.

Please send resume and cover letter to Christina Wallace at Please include Associate Director position in the subject line.


177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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