Director, Community Impact and Youth Initiatives

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at $75,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline



520 8th Avenue
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.

The Center is seeking a Director of Community Impact and Youth Initiatives. Reporting to the Director of Community Development & Crime Prevention and the Director of Community Health and Safety Strategies, the Director of Community Impact and Youth Initiatives will oversee the development of an integrated strategy around youth and community engagement, with a special focus on working with youth in communities to promote healing, increase safety, and prevent violence. They will outline the Center’s principles and practices around youth and community engagement, develop practice tools to aid in their usage, and disseminate them both internally throughout the Center and externally through national technical assistance. 

The Director of Community Impact and Youth Initiatives is also responsible for working with researchers to evaluate program impacts and with working with the Center’s communication team to develop multimedia materials that illustrate the Center’s youth crime prevention work. The Director of Community Impact and Youth Initiatives will develop and oversee some of the Center’s current youth justice and violence prevention projects and new projects as they develop.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Develop a strategic vision for the Center’s youth work, with a focus on the intersections of youth development, community engagement, and violence prevention; 

·        Develop best practices and toolkits for the Center’s youth programs, particularly around trauma, community healing, and cultural responsivity; 

·        Assist with and oversee some of the organizations current youth justice and violence prevention projects and new projects as they come on-line;

·        Assist in charting a new course for the Center’s youth justice and youth violence prevention portfolio;

·        Assist with the development of practical strategies and program models around youth and community engagement;

·        Assist with strategic planning, project implementation and program development;

·        Assist with grant writing and fundraising;

·        Assist with national technical assistance in the areas of community engagement, community violence prevention, youthwork, and other key tenets of community crime prevention;

·        Work with jurisdictions city-wide and nationally to learn and evaluate youth violence preventions best practices;

·        Develop NYPD engagement strategy, manage relationship with NYPD including managing the Ceasefire partnership and the New York City Police Foundation partnership;

·        Develop strategic partnerships with city agencies to support the Center’s city-wide community violence prevention work and identify new opportunities focused on technology, placemaking, and community healing,

·        And other projects as needed.

Qualifications: This demanding position requires a creative, highly organized, aggressive self-starter who can things done in a high-paced environment. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years’ demonstrated experience (including supervisory and project management) and a well-developed understanding of the strategies needed to engage in meaningful youth justice work. 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.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample with Director of Community Impact and Youth Initiatives in the subject line to:

If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:


Center for Court Innovation

Attention: James Brodick

520 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018


(212) 397-0985

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 project of the Fund for the City of New York.