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.
The Center's research teams are staffed with social scientists, data analysts, and lawyers who are academically-trained or have lived experience and who conduct research in the U.S. and globally on diverse criminal-legal system and justice issues. Their work includes evaluating programs and policies; conducting exploratory, community-based studies; and providing research translation and strategic planning for system actors. The Center has published studies on topics including court and jail reform, intimate partner violence, restorative justice, gun violence, reentry, sixth amendment rights, and progressive prosecution. The research teams strive to make their work meaningful and actionable to the communities they work with, policymakers, and practitioners.
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.
Neighbors In Action (NIA) is a unique neighborhood institution that works to improve community problem solving, collaboration, and inter-group relations in Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Operating out of a storefront since 1998, Neighbors in Action provides anti-violence programs, youth programs, and resource links to community residents. Its mission is to encourage communication and understanding, prevent future conflicts, and help foster stronger, healthier neighborhoods. Save Our Streets (S.O.S. Brooklyn) operates one site in Crown Heights and one site in Bed-Stuy. S.O.S. is a replication of the Cure Violence program, a gun violence prevention model that aims to reduce and prevent shootings through the use of public health strategies.
Neighbors in Action is seeking three Outreach Workers for the Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights program. Reporting to the Outreach Worker Supervisor, the Outreach Workers will serve as a mentor and peer counselor to a caseload of 10-15 high-risk individuals, redirecting them toward positive attitude, behavior, and lifestyle changes.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Identify and form relationships with individuals who are at high risk of involvement in shootings and killings to help them rethink the use of violence and redirect their lives in more constructive directions;
- Build and maintain a caseload of high-risk participants, and develop and implement a personalized risk reduction plan with each participant;
- Work with community partners and co-workers to identify and diffuse “hot spots” for shootings and violence;
- Intervene in local conflicts to try to prevent an outbreak of violence, and work to prevent retaliations when violence does occur;
- Provide program participants with support and linkages to programs and opportunities in the community (e.g., job programs, GED, substance abuse, and mentoring);
- Conduct community outreach (individually and collectively) to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses, local groups, and community stakeholders;
- Participate in organizing responses to shootings and other trauma related community crises;
- Increase programmatic visibility when shootings/killings take place in the target area and surrounding target area;
- Keep supervisor(s) informed of all relevant community activities;
- Document all work including shootings and other acts of violence prevented, case notes, referrals, contacts with participants, and changes in participants’ status as directed by the Outreach Worker Supervisor and Program Manager;
- Refer participants to programs that are a part of the New York City “Crisis Management System” including therapeutic services, legal services, and employment services, as needed;
- Plan, attend and help facilitate community engagement and participant events;
- Attend and participate in all mandatory staff meetings, trainings, workshops, local community meetings, and other team meetings as required, which may include non-traditional business hours;
- Participate in weekly supervision/check ins and keep Outreach Worker Supervisor informed of all work-related activities; and
- Additional relevant tasks, as needed.
Position Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Position Type: Full-time, evenings and weekends. Schedule may be flexible, changing, and include late nights.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma as well as a minimum of 2 years’ experience OR the equivalent in a related area, knowledge of mental health illness and understanding of psychosocial triggers, strengths and personal needs. The candidate should reside in or have an in-depth knowledge of Crown Heights, especially the target area (Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway, Kingston Avenue to Utica Avenue). Experience working with at-risk youth and members of street organizations, and knowledge of the street sets, crews, and or groups is a must. 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. Candidates 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 $25.58 - $32.40 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.