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 Staten Island Justice Center (SIJC or "Justice Center") offers an array of programming for both youth and adults in Staten Island, focusing on engaging those with current or past justice involvement. The Justice Center provides judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys with alternative community sentencing options that hold individuals accountable in a way that is meaningful, proportionate, and restorative. The goal is to provide participants with individual and group services that help them to avoid future contact with the justice system and promote swift case resolutions that bolster public confidence in justice.
The Staten Island Justice Center is seeking a Coordinator, Family Engagement for the Family Enrichment Center (FEC). Reporting to the FEC Program Manager, the Family Engagement Coordinator is responsible for contributing to the day-to-day operation of the Family Enrichment Center by building connections with other staff, local residents, and community partners; co-designing and delivering relevant programming and activities; providing advocacy and making referrals for participants; and creating a warm and inviting gathering place for families and individuals using the protective factors model to support community resilience.
FECs build on family and community strengths, are guided by the community’s interests, dreams, goals, and desires, and do so without being intrusive or using a case management approach. FECs do not follow a traditional social service delivery approach. They are 100% voluntary, safe spaces that welcome all, and respect each person’s privacy and their ability to decide how, when, and how often to interact with an FEC.
The Justice Center strongly encourages and seeks applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ community members, as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Convene, support, and collaborate with a team of local parents, subject experts, and other residents to deliver monthly events and activities held at the FEC;
- Recruit, welcome, and orient community residents, volunteers, and participants and ensure they are valued members of the FEC team;
- Engage groups of local community members of all ages comfortably, and guide them through the co-designed activities and programming at the FEC;
- Work collaboratively with local public school staff to engage the participation of families in developing, implementing, and attending FEC programming;
- Provide advocacy, outreach, and referrals to connect participants to service providers and other programs that have resources to offer;
- Promote cooperation between participants and engage the buy-in and commitment of community stakeholders in the activities of the FEC;
- Manage the FEC website to communicate with and engage members and manage enrollment and attendance at offerings and events;
- Promote opportunities for youth, families, and community residents to engage and participate in FEC offering planning and implementation;
- Organize opportunities for community members to work and celebrate together in order to foster a sense of belonging, pride and mutual responsibility;
- Provide referrals related to health, school, employment, housing, and food security, as needed;
- Participate in SIJC all-staff meetings, committees, and staff development activities;
- Attend SIJC/FEC events or community meetings after hours or on weekends, as needed;
- Additional relevant tasks, as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will either have a Bachelor's Degree and 3-5 years of experience, or exceptional life experiences that qualify them for the position. Candidate will have experience providing community-based engagement and outreach services as well as demonstrated experience coordinating programs, facilitating, supervising staff, and designing successful activities to engage community members. Candidate must be able to work in non-hierarchical multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships and connections using a warm, engaging, and enthusiastic communication style. Strong knowledge of community resources in the North Shore of Staten Island is a plus. Good judgment, problem-solving ability, and excellent communication, planning, organizational and multitasking abilities are a must for this role. The ideal candidate will have a strong ability to balance participation in a collaborative work environment with independent work. Candidate must not have any pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence. A car and driver’s license are a plus. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with technology and video platforms such as Zoom. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
Position Type: Full-time in-person. Must be able to work nights or weekends, as needed.
Location: Staten Island, NY
Compensation: The role is hourly, non-exempt. The hourly rate is $30.50 per hour and is commensurate with experience. Center for Court Innovation offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, free basic dental coverage, vision insurance, short-term and long term disability, and life insurance. All healthcare benefits are effective on the date of hire. Paid time off includes 20 days of paid vacation per year, 15 paid sick days, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, commuter FSA and offers a 10% employer match on the 403(b) retirement plan.
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.