Program Associate, Youth Justice Board

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at 43k and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline:



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.

The Center for Court Innovation is seeking a Program Associate. Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Associate will support the work of the Youth Justice Board, an after-school program that brings together 15-20 teenagers from across New York City to study and devise policy recommendations on an issue affecting youth in the city. Members acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources to develop credible policy recommendations and have direct access to adult stakeholders in the field. Over the course of the program cycle, Board members conduct extensive research on a selected issue, develop and publish informed policy recommendations, and present them to policymakers and key stakeholders. The Board then works to implement select recommendations by piloting initiatives, campaigning directly to officials at key agencies, and collaborating with stakeholders.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Manage and execute program administration, including: program records, participant attendance, use of facilities, purchases, and stipends;

·        Assist Program Manager with curriculum development and facilitation planning;

·        Assist Program Manager with facilitating Youth Justice Board sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM;

·        Manage program’s social media presence and campaigns;

·        Assist with the planning and development of Youth Justice Board publications, presentations, and other products;

·        Support alumni engagement through newsletter production and distribution, communications, and event planning;

·        Coordinate and execute Youth Justice Board events such as retreats, field trips, and graduations; and

·        Other duties as required.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and one to two years of experience, or three or more years of directly applicable professional experience, such as teaching, group facilitation, or youth work. Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks, and solve problems creatively required. Proficiency with MS Office required. Must be experienced in working with groups of youth. Experience working with high school-aged youth preferred. Candidate will have a collaborative approach to problem-solving and project management. The ideal candidate values the importance of youths’ lived experiences in policy development, and is eager to develop their professional skills to both teach and listen when engaging teens on policy issues.

Position Type: Full-time, must be available to work from 11 – 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year and occasional nights and weekends as necessary.

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: YJB Program Associate

    Center for Court Innovation

520 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018

Fax (212) 397-0985


For more information, and to access recent Youth Justice Board products and reports, please visit

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.