Advisor, Field Innovations

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


The National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) at John Jay College seeks a full-time Advisor to support its Field Innovations (FI) team. FI is responsible for developing emerging strategies and programs that support the NNSC’s work in over 50 jurisdictions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, and increase trust between law enforcement and the public. For over 20 years, we’ve invented and implemented original solutions to important public safety problems; made those solutions available for evaluation, replication, and advocacy; and shaped the public discourse based on new facts on the ground.

Field Innovations currently supports a number of new initiatives, the largest being the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice (NI). The NI seeks to improve relationships between communities and the criminal justice system. It also aims to advance the public, practitioner, and scholarly understandings of the successful approaches to improving those relationships. NI interventions are designed around three “pillars” that hold great promise for concrete, rapid progress: procedural justice, implicit bias, and reconciliation. The National Initiative is active in six cities across the country, and is primarily focused on building trust between police and marginalized communities including, but not limited to: African-American communities, new immigrants, Native Americans, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, youth, and the LGBTQIA community. The NI cities include Birmingham, AL; Ft. Worth, TX; Gary, IN; Minneapolis, MN; Pittsburgh, PA; and Stockton, CA.


  • Advance FI’s strategies and interventions by providing day-to-day field advising to the National Initiative’s six pilot sites.
  • Develop and guide the implementation of strategies designed to build trust and increase public safety in marginalized communities, including but not limited to LGBTQIA, Native Americans, and youth & adolescents.  
  • Provide operational development and strategic advising to other FI strategies.
  • Build technical capacity of local stakeholders to implement, measure and sustain interventions.
  • Develop and maintain assessment tools to guide, organize, and analyze key metrics of strategy implementation.
  • Guide program design and continuously review operational data to achieve outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence.
  • Liaise with high-level government, community and law enforcement leaders, partner organizations, and academics.
  • Work cross-team and independently to design and execute working sessions, peer-exchanges and other events to support the development of FI’s strategies.
  • Draft and develop written materials such as proposals, progress reports, case studies, call notes, etc.
  • Draft grant proposals and budgets for submission to both government agencies and private foundations.
  • Develop PowerPoint presentations, practitioner materials and other materials as needed.  
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of all required grant reports, including progress, quantitative and qualitative performance, annual and final reports.
  • Produce regular site reports and maintain site information on internal project management systems.


We are looking for an entrepreneurial, highly-organized individual with experience providing technical assistance or high-level advising; experience managing and monitoring large-scale projects; and an established knowledge of proven strategies that reduce violence and improve public safety. Understanding of procedural justice, implicit bias, and reconciliation concepts is strongly desired.

  • Bachelor’s degree required along with 3-5 years of related industry experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and experience working with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Willingness to travel extensively for site support.
  • Strong knowledge of criminal justice issues, actors, and trends, and deep commitment to addressing injustices thereof: e.g. the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, the police-community trust deficit, and disproportionate state and community violence. 
  • Experience and ability to work with law enforcement (police, military, correction/probation staff, etc.) agencies, communities, government officials, and service agencies to implement multi-disciplinary initiatives.
  • Knowledge about policy review, data collection, statistical evaluation of data, and strategies for conveying results to practitioners.
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple complex projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively.
  • Understanding of program design and evaluation.
  • Flexibility to meet multiple and changing demands.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and team working skills—enthusiasm and humor are advantages.
  • Organized and detailed-oriented, with demonstrated initiative, persistence, and optimism—this work can be immensely rewarding and immensely taxing.
  • Expert level of experience with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint and Outlook; proficiency in Microsoft Excel also required.
  • Ability to make independent decisions regarding planning, organizing and scheduling work.


  • Benefits: Health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

  • Retirement: 8% employer contribution after 1 year of employment; employees are vested in the employer contribution after 3 years of employment; no employee contribution required.

  • Time Off: 16 paid holidays, 15 days of annual leave, 4 personal days, 20 sick days, Summer Fridays from July 4th through the end of August, and a voluntary one-day-a-week remote work option.

  • Professional Development: $1k per year available to support an employee’s independent pursuit of professional development opportunities.

  • CUNY Tuition Reimbursement: After 1 year of employment, NNSC employees are eligible for a CUNY tuition reimbursement program which can reimbursement course credits for classes taken while employed with NNSC.

  • Misc. Discounts: Free New York Times and Wall Street Journal subscriptions.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Visit to apply. Cover letter and resume in a single PDF required. Salary commensurate with experience.

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act e-verified employer.