Coordinator, Next Steps Program

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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 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 Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court, hearing criminal, housing and family matters under one roof with a single judge.  The Justice Center’s mission is to solve community problems, strengthen families, assist at-risk youth, prevent evictions, address crime when it occurs and work to prevent crime before it takes place.  

The Red Hook Community Justice Center seeks a Coordinator to lead the Next Steps program in Red Hook. Next Steps is an intensive, 9-month transformative mentoring program through the New York City Department of Probation that engages young people from the Red Hook Houses in group and one-on-one  mentoring sessions to encourage and engage youth to be their best selves through interactive journaling, and achieving personal goals. 

Next Steps is housed within the Youth Impact and Community Initiatives Department whose mission is to promote self-sufficiency, resiliency, educational achievement and economic mobility for young people and other community members in Red Hook and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods. Through a range of paid opportunities in restorative justice, skill-building, mentorship, entrepreneurship and the arts, we build up our young people to be engaged civic leaders and agents of change within the community while channeling their talents, lived experience, passion and energy toward issues that directly impact their lives and futures.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Youth Impact and Community Initiatives, the Coordinator, Next Steps will oversee all aspects of the program and is responsible for supervising three staff mentors, recruiting participants, providing one-on-one support to participants, ensuring high quality service delivery, planning and designing daily program activities, ensuring compliance with contract deliverables, and grant reporting.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Train and support staff mentors through individual and group supervision, training and collaborative work processes;
  • Recruit and enroll participants into Next Steps programming;
  • Facilitate intakes, enrollments, pre-assessments and orientation for all new participants;
  • Conduct regular one-on-one sessions with participants;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with community partners, organizations, and stakeholders, mentors and program participants;
  • Identify and connect youth with resources and opportunities around education, financial empowerment, vocational training, mental health, and housing stability;
  • Provide one on one sessions with participants and focus on building on the youths’ strengths and interests. Including referrals and connections to any additional services youth may need including housing, benefits, school re-enrollment, and job training;
  • Conduct regular community outreach and participate in community events to promote the program;
  • Provide support and supervision to mentors surrounding mentoring sessions and one-on-one check-ins on a weekly basis;
  • Submit monthly data and narrative reports to the Department of Probation;
  • Ensure accurate and timely tracking of all program and participant data in the DOP Connect system;
  • Track program attendance and submit required documents and data for payrolls;
  • Distribute MetroCards and ensure disbursement of stipends and incentives;
  • Support other youth programs initiatives and events;
  • Additional relevant tasks, as necessary.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in human services or a relevant field), or at least five years of relevant, on-the-job experience. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about the Red Hook community and skilled in youth engagement and group facilitation. They will have demonstrated experience managing programs, supervising staff, and designing successful interventions to engage gang-involved and/or at-risk youth. This exciting position requires a creative self-starter who can accomplish tasks in a fast-paced environment. This position requires a flexible schedule that will include regular evening and weekend hours. Programming occurs two to three evenings per week and most Saturdays. Candidates must be comfortable navigating interdisciplinary settings and must be willing to roll up their sleeves and be actively involved in day-to-day operations. Experience with restorative justice is a plus.  

Compensation: Salary range starts at $50,000 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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Brooklyn, NY 11231, US

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