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 Staten Island Justice Center (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’s pretrial supervised release program provides regular monitoring and referral services to defendants whose cases are pending Criminal and Supreme Court. The goal of the program is to provide community-based supervision for individuals who would otherwise be detained pretrial on low bail amounts.
The Staten Island Justice Center is seeking a Compliance Specialist. Reporting to the Compliance Manager, the Compliance Specialist will ensure adherence to compliance protocols. The Compliance Specialist will assist with providing daily written and verbal case updates to the court staff. This position is responsible for ensuring that programmatic goals are being met and policies are being executed. The Compliance Specialist is also responsible for working with the Director of Pre-Trial Services, Clinical Director, Data Analytics and Applied Research team (DAAR), and Compliance team to oversee the accuracy of internal data and practices.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide written and verbal case updates to the court and court staff including compliance reporting, as needed;
- Track cases and manage multiple court room assignments;
- Maintain appropriate client information in electronic databases and hard files, including court assessment, screening and outcome information;
- Maintain good relationships with all participants and partners;
- Assist the Compliance department with audits, compliance concerns, and data collection;
- Provide coverage for intakes and assist with administrative tasks, when needed;
- Assist with onboarding initiatives for program staff and new hires;
- Work closely with the Center for Court Innovation's Data Analytics & Applied Research team;
- Review and analyze internal trends and practices to support programmatic evaluation;
- Assist defendants with court reminders and provide relevant information about upcoming court dates;
- Act as a community liaison for the Staten Island Justice Center by developing and maintaining thriving relationships with community partners and attending community meetings and events which may take place in evenings and on weekends;
- Provide coverage and support to department as needed;
- Participate in SIJC all-staff meetings, events, committees, and staff development activities;
- Other activities and duties, as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 1 year in a related area, preferably as a criminal justice practitioner or 3-4 years’ experience in the criminal justice field as an equivalency. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are required. Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work in multi-disciplinary settings and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community. Candidate must also enjoy working with a diverse population and be a team player. Court-based work is a unique and demanding area of practice, and candidates must be open to constructive engagement with other professionals who have differing and, at times, competing perspectives.
Compensation: The compensation range for this position is $28.48 - $34 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.