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Project Director

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Center for Court Innovation | New York, NY

Center for Court Innovation

Published 29 days ago

Application Deadline

October 11, 2019


Salary range starts at $100k and is commensurate with experience.

The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system. We operate at the cutting edge of criminal justice reform in the New York area by developing, planning, launching, and managing large-scale projects that serve thousands of justice-involved people each year. Our projects include the award-winning Midtown Community Court, Red Hook Community Justice Center, Bronx Community Solutions, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Staten Island Justice Center, and Newark Community Solutions. We also operate supervised release programs (as an alternative to bail) in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Project Reset, an early diversion program in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn; young adult courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan; and a new felony alternative-to-incarceration program in Manhattan. Our criminal justice programs work with nearly 30,000 individuals each year—with the prospect of more in the days to come. 

Established in 1993 Midtown Community Court’s mission is to respond constructively to low-level crime and address underlying individual and community issues, while creating a more fair and just system. It accomplishes these goals by offering persons arrested for misdemeanors in Times Square, Chelsea, Clinton, and the Upper West Side a range of community service and social service sentences, including drug treatment and job training. Midtown Community Court is home to the UpNext Fatherhood and Workforce program and Manhattan Project Reset and works on a range of community engagement initiatives in collaboration with local stakeholders.

Midtown Community Court seeks a Project Director to lead its operations. Reporting to Center for Court Innovation’s Associate Director of Criminal Justice, the Midtown Community Court Project Director is responsible for leading the Midtown Community Court team and overseeing all of its long-range planning, new initiatives, and day-to-day operations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supervise and manage staff of approximately 30 professionals, including a deputy director, clinical director, early diversion program manager, associate director of community programs, director of facilities, and director of intake;
  • Coordinate court operations, community service, and social services in collaboration with partners including the presiding judge, attorneys, court staff, and onsite and offsite nonprofit and government agencies;
  • Develop policies and procedures to improve diversion and sentencing practices and maximize participant compliance;
  • Maintain and establish relationships with local community leaders and criminal justice agencies;
  • Design, plan, and implement new initiatives, working with Center for Court Innovation and Midtown Community Court staff;
  • Ensure that staff are connected to the Center for Court Innovation and its other operating projects and are regularly involved in Center-wide initiatives;
  • Work closely with the Center for Court Innovation’s Criminal Justice team, seeking guidance and support on key issues and collaborating to ensure the success of Midtown’s operations and long-term sustainability that allows for the programming and staff to thrive and respond to new criminal justice practices;
  • Oversee facility, including coordination with court staff, city agencies, and contractors;
  • Manage Midtown Community Court non-court community and diversion programs, including Project Reset and the UpNext workforce development and fatherhood program; 
  • Coordinate regularly and closely with the Center for Court Innovation’s departments including fiscal, human resources, general counsel, technology, development, communications and strategic partnerships;
  • Manage project’s annual budget, all contracts and grants, including ensuring deliverables are achieved;
  • Serve as Midtown Community Court’s primary ambassador to conferences, forums, workshops, community events and meetings with elected officials, private and public sector partners and visitors;
  • Oversee ongoing evaluation and research of court operations and coordinate efforts with Center for Court Innovation leadership; and
  • Other activities and duties, as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, such as a law degree or Master’s, supervisory experience and a minimum of five years in a related area, preferably as a criminal justice practitioner. High emotional intelligence, strong interpersonal, verbal, and written skills are a must. Candidate must be skilled communicator able to work in multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community. The candidate should have strong organizational skills and analytical ability, as well as a commitment to creativity and innovation. Initiative and orientation towards problem-solving are essential.

Position Type: Full-time, including some nights and weekends

The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system. We operate at the cutting edge of criminal justice reform in the New York area by developing, planning, launching…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required


Excellent benefits package.

Excellent benefits package.

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New York, NY

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