Planner (Pretrial Operations and Programming)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with Experience




New York
United States



Our work seeks to reduce jail overcrowding and unnecessary detention in New York City.  

  • Are you a criminal justice professional with experience in program planning and implementation?
  • Are you solutions driven with a knack for ideation and innovation?
  • Are you a relationship builder who fosters mission driven collaboration? 

Join our team of Pretrial Professionals working to support criminal justice reform 


The Planner would be responsible for supporting CJA’s ambitious institutional reform efforts, including playing a key role in two initiatives with potentially far-reaching impact on New York City’s criminal justice system (implementing the Revised Pretrial Release Assessment), as well as guiding the roll-out of CJA’s strategic initiatives.

The Planner is a well networked and resourced professional in the Criminal Justice arena who seeks to build and increase relationships that improve organizational capacity through external funding opportunities and partnerships.


In partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) is the City’s main pretrial services agency, combining operations, demonstration projects, and research under one roof. CJA provides pretrial services to the courts and about 200,000 persons arrested annually in New York City. Information collected about these arrestees and subsequent case processing is maintained in the agency’s internal and externally shared database systems, which are used to conduct descriptive and evaluation research on arrestee characteristics, case processing and court outcomes, and on issues in criminal justice policy. CJA operates in the criminal courts and detention facilities within the 5 boroughs of NYC, employing 230 employees, citywide. 


Managing key planning functions critical to meeting the agency’s contractual obligations with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Services, the Planner will work closely with the Operations, Research and IT departments to refine operational processes, implement agency-wide training, incorporate technology and engage staff in various phases of program planning, audit and evaluation.


Providing continuous oversight of multiple projects to ensure on-time completion, fiscal responsibility and quality output. Efficiently and effectively documenting and communicating project plans, schedules, decisions, status, potential risks, and appropriate corrective actions.

Interacting and communicating clearly and concisely with project team members and stakeholders, internal and external partners and city leaders.

Coordinating operations across the system related to the bail expediting program efforts and other strategic initiatives. Designing and implementing pilot initiatives that work to improve efforts in the pretrial system on topics including but not limited to the agency’s new release recommendation system for criminal courts, procedural justice, client engagement, and pretrial release efforts.


Building and developing partnerships with other pretrial service organizations, government agencies, professional associations and educational institutions to promote the agency’s work, replicate best practices, and create opportunities for organizational growth.


Communicating and presenting organizational plans to a wide variety of stakeholders, including city officials, board of directors, community and business partners. Leading the content development and design of agency-wide communication tools, which can include quarterly newsletters, monthly webinars and other long-distance learning opportunities. Writing status reports on program development, implementation plans and drafting proposals for outsourced services.


  • Minimum requirements BA/BS; Advanced Degree preferred 
  • 3-5 years of experience in planning, or project management in pretrial, diversion, ATI/ATD field or other non-profit sector
  • Experience in criminal justice program management, administration or development, including pretrial services, ATD or ATI programs, court administration, diversion or bail reform
  • In-depth understanding of the NYC criminal justice system including current issues and stakeholders in pretrial services
  • Strong writing and communications skills with the ability to present to large groups

SALARY: Commensurate with Experience


CJA offers a very generous benefit plan including health, dental and vision insurance, 4 weeks' vacation, paid holidays and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree