Associate Director, Youth & Community Programs

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Published 23 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 Harlem Community Justice Center (HCJC) is an operating project of the Center for Court Innovation and serves as a community court in East Harlem. HCJC includes a NYC housing court and offers a range of programs to address community needs and issues, including services to increase housing stability, eviction prevention, as well as innovative youth and community-based programming.

The Harlem Community Justice Center is seeking a Associate Director, Youth and Community Programs. Reporting to the Deputy Project Director, the Associate Director will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of Harlem’s youth and community-based programs. The Associate Director will support the growth and performance of existing programs through developing best practices, providing operational and administrative support and oversight of program data management, reporting and evaluation. The Associate Director will also support the Justice Center's fundraising efforts by assisting the Deputy Director with grant writing, program implementation and development of new and existing community-based programs at the Justice center. The Associate Director will also play an integral role in the Justice Center’s outreach and community engagement efforts.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the strategic planning and development of the Justice Center’s youth and community-based programs;
  • Provide ongoing clinical supervision and professional development to youth and community services staff, coordinators, managers, social workers, and interns;
  • Facilitate case conferencing meetings with case management staff;
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Director to manage onsite onboarding process for new hires, interns, volunteers, which includes, new staff orientation, processing of employee ID cards, coordinating computer and telephone access and working with HR to schedule trainings for new hires and existing staff;
  • Oversee and manage the process for stipends and incentives for all program participants;
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Director to develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with funder and agency requirements for program expenditures and purchases, process invoices, vendor payments;
  • Manage Justice Center, communications, social media, website etc.;
  • Participate in community outreach efforts to engage and inform residents, local representatives, law enforcement agencies and other community stakeholders;
  • Create and maintain a strong network of community organizations, stakeholders and partner agencies for collaboration, referrals and community engagement and outreach;
  • Establish and maintain strong partnerships with key justice and community stakeholders including but not limited to area schools, community-based organizations, community boards, city agencies, judges, the New York City Law Department, defense attorneys, social service providers, drug treatment programs, civic groups, ACS, and the NYPD;
  • Collaborate with the CCI research team to support program development, data collection and management,
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Director and Project Director on fundraising efforts, program development, conducting research, leading pre-proposal brainstorm meetings, drafting/organizing of proposals and progress reports;
  • Attend community events and meetings as needed, including evenings and weekends;
  • Develop quality assurance practices to ensure that Justice Center programs meet or exceed contract deliverables and performance measures;
  • Collaborate with Deputy Director / Project Director on City, local, and state lobbying efforts;
  • Develop and implement new and innovative youth programs, and community-based programming;
  • Oversee all youth and community program event planning;
  • Provide oversight of program related purchases, coordination and use of program supplies, equipment, and the use of the agency van, ensuring that drivers are authorized, submitting monthly vehicle maintenance reports and coordinating needed maintenance and repairs with CCI Central office;
  • Other relevant duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will be a LMSW or equivalent licensed master's level clinician in a related field with at least five years of relevant program administration experience. At least 4 years of experience working with youth required. Other qualifications include:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required and a proficiency in grant writing is preferred;
  • The ideal candidate must be able to thrive in a multicultural working environment, be committed to the mission and values of the Justice Center and be sensitive to the needs of the populations served by the Justice center;
  • A background in trauma-informed services, restorative practices and evidence based practices is preferred;
  • The candidate must be also be a strong relationship builder with experience and comfort working in and leading diverse teams;
  • The ideal candidate will be creative and tech savvy with the ability to multi-task, be highly organized and possess excellent attention to detail;
  • The ideal candidate must also be able to function independently without the need for excessive supervision, and able to use sound judgement, and demonstrate initiative to define and resolve problems;
  • The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a thorough knowledge of best practices in youth work including leadership development, strengths-based practices, and trauma informed approaches;
  • SIFI certification preferred.

Position Type:  Full-time, some evening hours are required.  

Compensation: Salary 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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