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Director, Neighborhood Safety Initiatives

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Center for Court Innovation


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At least $100,000Salary range starts at $100,000 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 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 Center is current seeking a Project Director for Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, a community program supporting the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) award. MAP, underway since 2015 and led by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), is a comprehensive strategy to enhance public safety and strengthen community well-being in 15 public housing developments across New York City. The Bureau of Justice Assistance award has expanded this model into two additional public housings developments in East Harlem with a focus on youth and gun violence.

A primary component which the Center has been contracted by MOCJ to co-design and implement is Neighborhood Stat (NSTAT), which aims to enhance safety by strengthening collaboration and capacity among community residents. Since 2016, borough-wide NSTAT meetings have been convened to 1) share information and data regarding community assets, demographics, health and safety conditions, and crime and disorder trends; 2) facilitate community engagement to identify neighborhood priorities and develop initiatives geared towards enhancing quality of life; and 3) spur collaboration and accountability among city agencies and other stakeholders to implement community safety improvements and priorities. The Bureau of Justice Assistance award pilots lessons learned from the Neighborhood Stat model within a single neighborhood at three public housing developments (Wagner, Jefferson and Johnson Houses) to build out community-driven public safety strategies and address youth and violent crime in East Harlem.

In a new phase of the effort, the Center will work to strengthen and build the capacity of the Neighborhood Stat resident teams through neighborhood needs assessments and weekly public training seminars, increase civic engagement through participatory budgeting and design frameworks, create resident-driven prototype solutions to public safety challenges (action plans), coordinate access to local resources and city policymakers, launch a citywide youth advisory board, and deepen the project’s research and fundraising strategies. 

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Crime Prevention and Community Development, the Director, Neighborhood Safety Initiatives will oversee and manage all aspects of the project including comprehensive collaboration with BJA and MOCJ, hiring and training of staff, development of policy, procedures and program materials, coordination with community justice project locations and staff, management of contracting and fiscal reporting, and representation of the Center at myriad local and citywide events, meetings, panels, and community forums.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with key Center staff, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and the Bureau of Justice of Assistance to develop, manage and advance all project tasks and timelines;
  • Direct, support, and lead a diverse team of administrative, programming, and operational staff;
  • Liaise regularly with the Mayor’s Office and Bureau regarding program implementation and to provide regular and timely project updates;
  • Collaborate closely with all relevant Center site directors and staff to plan and implement programming and objectives;
  • Ensure each Center project site has the necessary information, resources, and support for initiative operations in community locations and for ongoing data collection, reporting, and evaluation activities;
  • Convene internal operational meetings to coordinate planning, implementation, resource sharing and field operations management across Center sites and departments;
  • Liaise regularly with multiple City agencies to leverage resources and acquire the necessary support for local initiatives;
  • Ensure that local program activities are comprehensive, high-quality, and meet or exceed all expectations while adhering to city agency requirements and/or regulations;
  • Collaborate closely with the Center’s Research and Technology Departments and John Jay College to facilitate data collection, analysis, and the evaluation process; 
  • Coordinate with the Center’s Training Institute and HR Department to ensure all staff receive comprehensive training and support;
  • Coordinate with the Center’s Communication Department and other MAP partners to develop and distribute high-quality multimedia products, program descriptions, announcements, progress reports, PowerPoint overviews for various audiences, partners, and stakeholders, and materials;
  • Serve as the Center’s primary representative at all borough-wide NSTAT meetings; 
  • Prepare and deliver presentations and progress reports for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, John Jay and other key stakeholders;
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a master’s level degree or higher and at least 5 years of related experience OR a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of related experience in project management, supervision, and leadership roles. The ideal candidate will be passionate, skilled, and experienced in working with communities to promote health and safety. Other requirements include:

  • Successful personnel management experience;
  • Superior project and time management skills; 
  • Strong ability to manage and implement multiple project components simultaneously;
  • Exceptional analytical, communication, presentation, and writing skills; 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse, multi-disciplinary team;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governmental and community agencies, non-profit organizations, and community groups; 
  • Experience working with city governmental entities on public safety projects;
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify and achieve project goals, quickly, effectively, and successfully in a fast paced, high pressure environment;
  • Availability on some weekends and evenings as needed.

Position Type: Full-time, some evening/weekend hours are required.

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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

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.

Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for…

Location

New York, NY

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