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’s Gender and Family Justice (GFJ) team is rooted in researching, developing, and implementing evidence-based best practices for the handling of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, stalking, exploitation and trafficking cases. GFJ staff aligns its work with six core values: 1) Responsive: Every community is different and, as such, the work is customized to suit the resources and goals of a jurisdiction. 2) Collaborative: Effective responses to gender-based violence depend on strong relationships among community partners. GFJ staff foster inclusive collaboration across systems. 3) Reflective: Analyzing challenges and solutions from multiple angles requires in-depth reflection by systems on their impact and the communities they serve. 4) Creative:GFJ staff work with the existing resources in a community and leverage them to ensure safe outcomes for survivors. 5) Realistic: GFJ staff focus on immediate and incremental progress that evolves and expands over time. 6) Research-Informed: Accurate up-to-date research in the field of gender-based violence can help everyone make better, more informed decisions.
The Gender and Family Justice program is seeking a Senior Program Associate for its DV RISC (Domestic Violence Resource for Increasing Safety and Connection) initiative. DV RISC is a national resource center designed to help jurisdictions across the country with their domestic violence homicide prevention efforts. Reporting to the DV RISC Program Managers, the Senior Associate will assist with the ongoing development of an e-learning platform and national clearinghouse of resources, promising practices, guidelines and materials; community engagement and implementation of readiness tools; and liaison with subject matter trainers/experts, to address domestic violence homicide prevention. The Senior Associate will also assist in managing the provision of training and technical assistance to the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women grantees, sub-grantees, and potential grantees who are implementing and sustaining domestic violence homicide prevention interventions such as risk and lethality assessments.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Liaise with and coordinate work with project partners and stakeholders;
- Organize meeting agendas and summaries, product descriptions, and other documents, as needed;
- Create and send monthly e-newsletters to the DV RISC listserv;
- Assist with submitting conference proposals and planning and attending conferences;
- Co-facilitate strategic planning meetings, interviews, focus groups and training workshops;
- Collect, review and analyze existing domestic violence homicide prevention materials and tools;
- Assist with planning and implementing community readiness activities for OVW grantees;
- Assist with the continued design and management of the DV RISC website and clearinghouse;
- Research content and assist with the development of e-learning training materials;
- Assist with all grant reporting and project logistics;
- Maintain organization of shared platforms, including a shared Google Drive;
- Other program related activities, as necessary.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of experience working with issues related to domestic violence. Knowledge/understanding of domestic violence lethality and recidivism assessments is a plus. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must, as well as strong project management skills. Familiarity and comfort with using various technology tools and platforms is strongly desired, and knowledge of or desire to learn WordPress is a plus. Candidates must be creative, flexible, detail-oriented, organized, and able to assist in managing and overseeing a growing, complex, multidisciplinary grant-funded project in collaboration with multiple partner agencies. Candidates must also be able to work in a multidisciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community.
Position Location: Remote or hybrid (for NYC candidates). Some national travel will be required.
Compensation: The compensation range for this position is $55,410 - $66,300 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.