Deputy Project Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at $85,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline:



120 Schermerhorn Street
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.

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, one of the Center’s newest projects, seeks to forge a new response to misdemeanor and non-violent felony defendants in Kings County, New York. Operating out of Kings County Criminal Court, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is staffed by a team of court-based social workers, case managers, and court liaisons. By providing meaningful pre-trial supervised release and post-conviction sentencing options, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives seeks to use an arrest as a window of opportunity to change the direction of a defendant’s life and avoid the harmful effects of incarceration.  

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is seeking a Deputy Project Director. Reporting to the Project Director, the Deputy Project Director is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and assisting with the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the project’s goals and objectives. The Deputy Project Director assists the Project Director in supporting a growing staff and programming by overseeing a team of senior staff and directors and ensuring operational efficiency. The Deputy Director will assist in leading other new and current projects as requested by the Project Director.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing clinical, behavioral health, court operations, and potentially other departments;
  • Supervising senior staff and a range of professionals including social workers, case managers, attorneys, interns, and researchers;
  • Coordinating efforts of resource coordinators, intake and clinical staff to maximize effectiveness of alternative to detention and incarceration programming, including social services and compliance monitoring for criminal justice involved populations;
  • Maintaining and establishing relationships with court players, community-based social service programs and other criminal justice agencies and partners;
  • Working with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other court administrators to ensure program operations run smoothly;
  • Overseeing day-to-day program management and development;
  • Overseeing the quality of program data and materials, refining and improving workflow and case processing when necessary;
  • Devising and implementing strategies for improving department cohesiveness and interdepartmental communication;
  • Assisting in coordinating research, planning, and reporting activities;
  • Assisting the Project Director and the Center’s Development team in grant management and writing, which includes monthly and quarterly reporting to funders and opportunities for new initiatives;
  • Developing procedures and protocols to help track and meet grant deliverables;
  • Helping facilitate conversations with senior staff to identify, sustain, and explore new funding sources, and to develop and coordinate new initiatives;
  • Hosting funders and site visitors to Brooklyn Justice Initiatives and the Brooklyn Criminal and Supreme Courthouses;
  • Coordinating and leading special task forces and working groups on relevant issues;
  • Assisting Project Director with administrative responsibilities as needed;
  • Attending Brooklyn Justice Initiatives’ events after hours as needed.


·        The ideal candidate will hold an advanced degree in law, public administration, social work, or a related discipline and have at least five years of post-graduate experience;

·        At least five years of supervisory experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system required;

·        Highly organized, ability to multi-task

·        Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner;

·        Professional demeanor and ability to communicate appropriately with judges and other court personnel;

Excellent public speaking, communications, interpersonal, and writing skills required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to apply: Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and a writing sample to:


Subject line: BJI Deputy Project Director

Attn: Jonathan Monsalve, Project Director

Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


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.