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Neighborhood Steward

The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.

Neighborhood Safety Initiatives (NSI), a program of the Center, is seeking Neighborhood Stewards to support the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) crime prevention grant.  Started in  2015 and led by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice/ Office of Neighborhood Safety, MAP is a comprehensive strategy to enhance public safety and strengthen community well-being in 15 public housing developments across New York City, and the BJA grant has allowed the Center to increase investments at Wagner Houses and extend the Center’s community engagement model to Jefferson and Johnson Houses in East Harlem. 

The Center is a key implementation partner in MAP’s NeighborhoodStat, a resident-driven, community organizing initiative Since 2016, citywide and community meetings have been convened to share information and data, facilitate community engagement to identify neighborhood priorities, enhance the quality of life and spur collaboration and accountability among city agencies and local stakeholders.

NSI is working to advance the advocacy process by assisting each of 17 designated communities to convene local stakeholder groups. Stakeholder team activities include collaboratively identifying community conditions, prioritizing local initiatives, accessing and analyzing data, identify and leverage resources, improve resident capacity through trainings; and implement participatory placekeeping projects and policy recommendations that address structural racism, local concerns and enhance public safety, reduce victimization, promoting healing and improves well-being. The initiative’s overarching goal is to build community agency in policy change within a social, racial, and spatial justice framework.

As an implementation partner in the City Cleanup Corps (NYC CCC), NSI  will employ Neighborhood Stewards to support beautification in MAP developments as a part of the NeighborhoodStat Action Agenda. Reporting to the Neighborhood Stewardship Supervisor, the Neighborhood Stewards will implement neighborhood beautification and stewardship efforts including: graffiti removal, community cleanups, power washing, supporting the creation and maintenance of community murals, tending to community gardens, beautifying public spaces, and working with community organizations to lead clean up campaigns, maintain community-led  projects, support outreach and evaluation efforts for events, gather neighborhood feedback for a participatory budgeting process, event production, and more. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Under supervision of the Supervisor, Neighborhood Stewardship, and working closely with the MAP Engagement Supervisor and the NeighborhoodStat team, support community beautification and stewardship efforts that may include:  
    • Local clean up (sweeping, litter removal, recycling, powerwashing);
    • Support the creation of and maintenance of community murals & graffiti removal;
    • Tend to community gardens;
    • General projects to beautify public spaces with residents;
    • Working on community campaigns to engage residents  to clean their neighborhood;
  • Maintain existing and support the creation of new community-driven projects to make safer more vibrant neighborhoods, that may include community murals, community gardens, renovated basketball courts, and more; 
  • Support programs by ensuring project site is cleaned following COVID protocols, monitoring of program, maintain inventory of supplies and more;
  • Gather neighborhood feedback for the NStat participatory budgeting process;
  • Day-of-event production support that may include ensuring the site is free of debris, setting up tents and tables, manning a sign-in table, facilitating event activities, and more; 
  • Support outreach and evaluation efforts for events; 
  • Provide event support for other participating NYCHA developments as needed;
  • Perform additional tasks as needed.


  • Lived experience and knowledge of the focus development(s) and/or surrounding community area(s);
  • Demonstrated commitment to working toward positive community change;
  • Excellent communication skills; 
  • Willing to travel within the 5 boroughs; 
  • Flexibility with working some weekends or evenings; 
  • Ability to lift at least 20 pounds; 
  • Organizing experience desired;
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred; 
  • Applicants with prior criminal justice system involvement are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:  Part-time, temporary for 6 months.

Compensation: $25/hr for up to 35 hours per week.

Location:  Respective participating development with occasional travel to sites across all 5 boroughs. Participating NYCHA developments include: Boulevard, Brownsville, Bushwick, Butler, Castle Hill, Ingersoll, Jefferson, Johnson, Patterson, Polo Grounds, Queensbridge, Red Hook, Saint Nicholas, Stapleton, Tompkins, Van Dyke, Wagner.

The Fund for the City of New York/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.

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