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 Bronx Community Justice Center, one of the Center's newest projects, works to create a safer, more equitable Bronx through community-driven safety initiatives, violence prevention, youth opportunity, and economic development efforts. Save Our Streets South Bronx is a replication of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention’s evidence-based Cure Violence program, a cutting-edge gun violence prevention model that aims to reduce and prevent shootings through the use of public health strategies.
The Bronx Community Justice Center is seeking a Program Manager, Community Safety. Reporting to the Project will manage day-to-day operations of the Save Our Streets South Bronx program and support additional violence prevention efforts and new initiatives.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Manage day-to-day operations of the Save Our Streets South Bronx gun violence prevention program including supervision of a team of Outreach Workers and Violence Interrupters;
- Build community support for the program (including faith-based community leaders, residents, businesses, and community organizations that provide services needed by program participants);
- Coordinate, lead, and support regular mobilization and public education activities and organize a minimum of one anti-violence community event in the service area per month that brings residents together and discourages the acceptance of violence as a normal part of life;
- Take a lead role in organizing community responses for all shooting incident and violent incidents (where applicable) that occur in the service area within 72 hours of receipt of notice of the incident;
- Assure systematic recordkeeping on program performance indicators, participant caseload and program highlights;
- Maintain data integrity and accuracy, submitting timely and complete monthly program reports via prescribed tool/mechanism;
- Create internal protocols for reporting staff and participant incidents;
- Maintain supervision of front-line staff with the Outreach Worker Supervisor, and other staff as needed (e.g., Violence Interrupters, Hospital Responders), to check in on the week’s plans for program activity, staff performance, needs and challenges;
- Document supervision and next steps;
- Attend monthly program manager meetings, monthly calls, and any ad hoc meetings and required trainings;
- Attend community-based meetings in primary service area;
- Serves as a representative of the organization and program, as needed;
- Additional relevant tasks, as needed.
Position Location: South Bronx
Position Type: Full-time, evenings and weekends. Schedule may be flexible, changing, and include late nights.
Qualifications: Candidates who are formerly incarcerated or have other experience in the criminal justice system are particularly invited to apply, but must have no pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, energetic self-starter with a passion for preventing gun violence. The ideal candidate will have significant lived experience, program management experience and community organizing abilities including one year of supervisory experience OR a Bachelor's degree and 5 years of relevant experience. Knowledge of violence prevention, community engagement and organizing, and youth engagement and support strategies. The candidate should reside in or have an in-depth knowledge of Morrisania or Mott Haven. Experience working with at-risk youth and gang members, and knowledge of the street sets, crews, gangs, and or groups is a must. Candidate must be able to walk 30 blocks or more on a regular basis, pass a drug screening, and work a flexible schedule that includes late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Must be willing to work in inclement weather. Excellent communication skills, commitment to working towards positive community change, and interest in learning new skills and information are a must for this position.
Compensation: The compensation range for this position is $66,490 to $79,390 and is commensurate with experience. 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. We offer a 403(b) retirement plan with a two-to-one employer contribution up to 5%.
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.