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.
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives (BJI) seeks to reengineer the experience of criminal court in Brooklyn, New York by providing judges and attorneys meaningful alternatives to bail, fines, and jail sentences. Operating out of Kings County Criminal Court, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is a team of social service providers, court-based resource coordinators, and others who seek to improve the quality of justice. By providing meaningful pre-trial supervised release and post-conviction sentencing options, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives seeks to use an arrest as a window of opportunity to change the direction of a participant’s life and avoid the harmful effects of incarceration.
Brooklyn Justice Initiatives is seeking a Felony Alternatives to Incarceration Resource Coordinator. Reporting to the Felony Alternatives to Incarceration Clinical Coordinator, the Resource Coordinator will facilitate the program referral process for BJI’s Felony Alternative to Incarceration programming. They will review all available information about each potentially eligible participants to determine their specific suitability for all BJI programming. Once participants are enrolled in programming, the Resource Coordinator will provide written and verbal updates to the court including defense attorneys, assistant district attorneys, and judges on a regular basis. The Resource Coordinator is also responsible for providing court coverage to various Supreme Court parts, including specialized court initiatives, as well as coordinating off-calendar case conferences with defense counsel and assistant district attorneys. Specific responsibilities include conducting screenings and assessments with participants for all programming, facilitating participant releases and other processes with court stakeholders, and troubleshooting any issues that arise.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Serve as a coordinator in the Brooklyn ATI Calendar part as well as outer Supreme Court parts, to determine eligibility for BJI Alternative to Incarceration programming;
- Manage Supreme Court calendars, compliance reporting, and court appearances for BJI Felony ATI participants;
- Provide verbal case updates and advocacy with stakeholders in multiple court parts;
- Assist Clinical Coordinator in reviewing compliance reports and preparing for court appearances;
- Communicate with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court staff about eligible individuals’ suitability for specific BJI Felony Alternative to Incarceration programming;
- Coordinate and attend off-calendar case conferences with prosecutors, defense attorneys, and participants;
- Assist with scheduling and rescheduling mandated participants for both onsite services and community-based programming;
- Assist with outreach and scheduling regarding participant compliance requirements;
- Ensure that all participants who are mandated to services are connected with their assigned case manager;
- Execute crisis intervention protocols to ensure participant safety and connection to appropriate services during court appearances;
- Maintain appropriate participant information in electronic databases and hard files, including court assessment, screening, and outcome information;
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of BJI’s programming, policies, and referral procedures.
- Assist senior staff with the development and implementation of new programs, protocols, initiatives, and interventions;
- Assist with data collection and management;
- Provide training to participants for overdose response as needed;
- Attend required staff meetings and trainings;
- Other relevant responsibilities.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of experience working in a criminal court setting and/or human service field or 3-4 years of equivalent experience. Ability to communicate appropriately with varying levels of stakeholders. Highly organized, excellent communication skills, and strong writing ability with the capacity to be detail-oriented within a fast-paced, dynamic environment highly desired. Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft and Google Suites, and be able to use Zoom Cloud Meetings and Microsoft Teams. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-responsive manner, and work independently and collaboratively, both in-person and remotely. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
Position Type: Full-time schedule of day (9:00am-5:00pm) shifts.
Compensation: The compensation range for this position is $29.15 to $33.29 per hour based on a 35-hour work week and is commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for overtime at 1.5x the hourly rate above 40 hours per week. 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.