The Center for Court Innovation is committed to reducing crime and incarceration, addressing violence, supporting survivors, and building communities while strengthening public trust in justice. The Center seeks justice for marginalized groups, bringing an equity lens – particularly a racial and gender equity lens – to its work. For 25 years, the Center has worked to foster justice and equity to create safe, healthy, and thriving communities and, ultimately, to transform the justice system.
The Center is an 800-employee, $100 million nonprofit that accomplishes its vision through three pillars of work: creating and scaling operating programs to test new ideas and solve problems, performing original research to determine what works (and what doesn’t), and providing expert assistance and policy guidance to justice reformers around the world.
The Center’s operating programs, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and Midtown Community Court, test new ideas, solve difficult problems, and attempt to achieve systemic change within the justice system. Our projects include community-based violence prevention programs, alternatives to incarceration, reentry initiatives, and court-based initiatives that reduce the use of unnecessary incarceration and promote positive individual and family change. Through this programming, we have produced tangible results like safer streets, reduced incarceration, and improved neighborhood perceptions of justice.
Researchers at the Center conduct independent evaluations, documenting how government systems work, how neighborhoods function, and how reform efforts change things. We believe in the “action research” model; accordingly, our researchers provide regular feedback on the results of the Center’s own operating programs. The Center has published studies on topics including youth in the sex trade, reentry, gun violence, and drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration. Our researchers have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Policy & Expert Assistance
The Center provides hands-on, planning and implementation assistance to a wide range of jurisdictions in areas of reform such as problem-solving courts (e.g., community courts, treatment courts, domestic violence courts), tribal justice, reducing incarceration and the use of fines/fees and reducing crime and violence. Our current expert assistance takes many forms, including help with analyzing data, strategic planning and consultation, policy guidance, and hosting site visits to its operating programs in the New York City area.
The Center is seeking a Managing Director of National Initiatives & Research to lead and expand the Center’s research, expert assistance, policy offerings and impact (currently 100 team members and a $16 million budget). Reporting to the Executive Director, this inaugural position will be part of the Center’s nine-person executive team, partnering with the Executive Director and other organizational leaders to transform systems through research, policy, and expert assistance that results in safer homes and streets, reductions in incarceration, and improved neighborhood perceptions of justice in communities both nationally and internationally.
Strategic Growth and Oversight
Leadership and Management
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree with a minimum of 12 years of demonstrated success in leadership, managerial, problem-solving, and strategic planning capabilities as a senior executive in the nonprofit and/or public sectors. Must have a demonstrated commitment to the Center’s mission and values as well as a working knowledge of and credibility in criminal and/or civil justice and broader social justice matters. Exceptional writing abilities together with outstanding oral presentation and public speaking skills are required. Candidate must be an outgoing, proactive, skilled communicator able to establish and maintain strong relationships with a range of stakeholders and have a zest for collaboration.
Compensation: Salary range is $225,000 - $250,000. The Center for Court Innovation offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive healthcare with a national network, free basic dental coverage, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts including commuter FSA. We prioritize mental health care for our staff and offer services like Talkspace and Ginger through our healthcare plans. The Center offers 4 weeks of vacation and 3 weeks of sick leave each year with carryover options. Our generous 403(b) plan focusses on making retirement accessible to all staff; all employees can contribute anywhere from 1-5% and receive a two-to-one employer contribution. Any contribution an employee makes to their retirement fund up to 5% will be doubly matched. The Center also proactively assists all employees in completing their certification for public service loan forgiveness.
Location: Remote work with regular trips to the New York office; Washington, DC; and partner jurisdictions.
The Center seeks to attract diverse and committed individuals to advance its mission as well as to provide meaningful careers in the public sector.
The 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.
As of September 9, 2021, all new hires are required to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for medical, disability or religious reasons by the Center’s Human Resources Department.
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 committed to reducing crime and incarceration, addressing violence, supporting survivors, and building communities while strengthening public trust in justice. The Center seeks…