Director of Community Programs-Staten Island Youth Justice Center

Posted by: Center for Court Innovation

New York, NY, US

The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a non-profit organization that promotes new thinking about how to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice. The Center creates operating projects, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and Midtown Community Court, that have been documented to improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.

The Staten Island Youth Justice Center offers an array of programming for both youths and adults in Staten Island, focusing on engaging those with current or past justice involvement, and those at-risk for justice involvement. Current initiatives include a teen-led youth court, an alternative to placement program for juveniles, a job readiness program, a supervised release program, alternatives to incarceration, and other community and court-based programming.

The Staten Island Youth Justice Center is seeking a Director of Community Programs. Reporting to the Project Director, the Director of Community Programs is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the Community Programs Department, which includes an alternative to placement intensive mentoring program which works with justice involved youth, a youth court, and a job readiness program, as well other community-based programming. Responsibilities will include supervision of staff; coordination and supervision of interns; oversight and development of program protocols, policies and procedures; ongoing evaluation of training needs and service gaps; maintaining relationships with community stakeholders; designing and implementing community projects; managing program data collection for monthly/quarterly reporting; and ensuring that programs meet performance outcomes. The Director of Community Programs will be called upon to occasionally work evening/weekend hours.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising operations of the Staten Island Youth Court, Neighborhood Youth Justice Council, Justice Community Plus Program, and AIM mentoring program;
  • Directly supervising day-to-day operation of the AIM alternative to placement program, which may require visits to participant’s homes, schools, and community;
  • Developing, enhancing, and implementing an array of onsite psychoeducational groups;
  • Providing ongoing supervision to a multidisciplinary staff consisting of an employment readiness coordinator, restorative justice coordinator, interns, and three mentors, as well as clinical supervision, as needed;
  • Working closely with the Project Director to hire, train, and supervise program staff;
  • Establishing and maintaining strong partnerships with key justice and community stakeholders including but not limited to area schools, community-based organizations, community boards, city agencies, judges, the New York City Law Department, defense attorneys, social service providers, drug treatment programs, civic groups, ACS, and the NYPD;
  • Overseeing coordination of written and verbal compliance updates, as needed;
  • Community project planning and implementation;
  • Providing crisis management, as necessary;
  • Overseeing and updating proper data collection and management systems;
  • Assisting the Project Director with the development and implementation of new programs, initiatives, and/or interventions;
  • Facilitating and/or attending required meetings, sometimes offsite;
  • Coordinating and facilitating site visits and meetings with funders, grant managers, auditors, and senior Center for Court Innovation Staff, as necessary;
  • Helping prepare grant progress reports and other program reports, as needed;
  • Collaborating closely with the Director of Court Operations to ensure that the collective mission and goals of the Justice Center are met and that all programming and operations run smoothly and in an integrated and coordinated fashion.


  • LMSW or LMHC required; LCSW preferred; SIFI certification preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a related area preferred, preferably in Positive Youth Development.
  • Bilingual Spanish-speaking preferred.
  • Experience with drug/alcohol treatment, mental health services, co-occurring disorders, adolescent development, trauma-informed and strength-based approaches preferred.
  • Familiarity with Staten Island communities preferred.
  • Candidate must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner. Candidates must also be comfortable working with adolescents, adults and families.
  • Highly organized, excellent time management skills, and strong writing ability required.
  • Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community.

Position Type: Full-time

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package.

Location: Staten Island, NY

Note: 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.

Date Posted: December 15, 2016

Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2017

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The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.

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