Project Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at 80K, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline:



New York
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 reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research and provides consulting services to justice innovators.  

Created by the Center for Court Innovation, the Queens Youth Justice Center serves young people involved with, or at risk of involvement with, the juvenile justice system. Operating out of Jamaica, Queens, the Youth Justice Center seeks to reduce crime by investing in young people. By providing young people with pathways to a positive future, the Youth Justice Center seeks to build a stronger, safer community. 

Located on Jamaica Avenue, the Youth Justice Center houses several different programs. An alternative-to-detention program provides community-based supervision, case management, and ongoing support to young people (and their families) facing delinquency charges in Family Court.  A youth court adopts a restorative approach to low-level offenses, training young people to handle real-life cases involving their peers. A leadership program engages young people in civic matters in their own communities. Gender-responsive programming for young women and men promotes goal-setting, personal empowerment, peer support, and healthy decision making. A parent peer mentoring program provides one-on-one coaching to families involved in the juvenile justice process, helping caregivers make more informed decisions. A trauma-informed skill-building program helps young people to build new ways to manage emotions and behavior. Community benefits projects help participants address local problems and make a positive contribution to their community.  

The Center for Court Innovation seeks a dynamic and skilled project director to lead the Queens Youth Justice Center. Reporting to the Director of Community Crime Prevention, the project director will lead all day-to-day operations; support, mentor and motivate a dedicated staff; strengthen justice system and community partnerships; create new and innovative programs; and seek out opportunities for growth and expansion through community partnerships, network building, and fundraising.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Direct and manage all day-to -day operations at the Queens Youth Justice Center;
  • Provide high quality supervision and support for a team of 10-12 youth developers, peer mentors, social workers, and interns;
  • Maintain and expand key partnerships with the Family Court, the New York City Law Department, the defense bar, the New York City Department of Probation, New York City Children’s Services and a range of community based organizations, elected officials, service providers, education institutions and youth serving organizations;
  • Seek out and leverage new opportunities and partnerships to expand programming and services to better address unmet and/or burgeoning needs;
  • Broaden the Justice Center’s service networks across the borough to serve clients and families more comprehensively;
  • Spearhead staff development and growth by promoting opportunities for staff skill building;  
  • Build and sustain comprehensive data collection and analysis procedures to ensure programming is effective, performance measures are met and services have the desired outcomes;
  • Lead fundraising efforts through opportunity-seeking, grant writing, and partnership development; 
  • Coordinate contract and budgetary management and provide ongoing leadership and vision for staff and partners to drive program growth, expansion and excellence. 
  • Coordinate regularly and closely with key Center for Court Innovation departments including Fiscal and Administration, Human Resources, General Counsel, Technology, Development, Communications and Strategic Partnerships to ensure smooth, effective operations and administration for all office functions;
  • Serve as the primary ambassador for the Justice Center in a host of settings including conferences, forums, workshops and other events; prepare and offer presentations at community events, conferences, and meetings with elected officials;
  • Ensure that all program written materials, reports, social media and web content are up-to-date, engaging and accurately illustrate program accomplishments and achievements;
  • Participate and interact with the Center for Court Innovation including attendance at monthly staff meetings, quarterly project director meetings, regular project performance discussions, as well as a range of other leadership and issue-driven councils and working groups.
  • Other activities and duties, as needed.


Qualifications:   The ideal candidate will be an energetic self-starter with at least 5 years of experience working with justice-involved youth and families; must have considerable knowledge and experience regarding the needs, dynamics and service networks for youth involved in the juvenile justice system; must have three years of successful leadership experience supervising staff and managing complicated projects; must have exceptional writing, communication and presentation skills; and must demonstrate a high level of capacity for community outreach, network building, partnership development and fund raising. 


  • Masters’ degree or above in social work, law, or related field is preferred but not required;
  • At least five years of experience in juvenile justice and youth development;
  • At least three years of successful experience in program management and effective staff supervision;
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Exceptional community engagement and outreach skills and experience;
  • Experience and knowledge in data-driven management techniques including data collection, data analysis and the development of and adherence to project metrics and performance measures;
  • Experience in fundraising including successful partnership and network development, grant writing and contract management;
  • Demonstrated success in administrative, time and project management skills;
  • Must be able to work weekday program hours of 11 am – 7 pm, plus occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays for special events.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is highly desired. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in English and Spanish is highly desired. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to:

    Subject line: Queens Youth Justice Center Project Director Position

    Center for Court Innovation

520 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018

Fax (212) 397-0985


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.

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The Center for Court Innovation is a project of the Fund for the City of New York. 

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.