Coordinator, Youth Initiatives

Bronx, NY
Full Time
Bronx Community Justice Center
Mid Level

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.

Operating Programs
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 Bronx Community Justice Center (BxCJC; Justice Center), one of the Center's newest projects, works to create a safer, more equitable Bronx through community-driven safety initiatives, violence prevention, youth opportunity, and economic development efforts. 

The Bronx Community Justice Center seeks a Coordinator, Youth Initiatives. Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, Youth Initiatives, the Coordinator will support a range of interest and project-based youth programs, as well as alternative to incarceration programming. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with the Senior Program Manager to support the youth initiatives department, including developing the department vision, program planning, systems implementation, project oversight, and grant reporting;
  • Develop arts and project-based youth internship programming, including working with teaching artists and community partners;
  • Develop and implement youth enrichment activities including field trips, retreats, academic enrichment and employment readiness programming;
  • Coordinate and manage recruitment strategies for youth programs;
  • Manage youth alternative to incarceration programs, including referrals, court reporting, and maintaining relationships with criminal justice partners;
  • Provide administrative support to the program department team, including assisting with data entry, stipend payments, and contracts;
  • Assist with grant writing, fundraising, and grant implementation, ensuring all reporting requirements and deliverables are met;
  • Meet with community stakeholders and staff to provide updates, troubleshoot issues and identify potential referrals to educational/vocational services;
  • Represent the Justice Center at community events and meetings;
  • Develop systems and provide oversight for data tracking, reporting, and fiscal operations;
  • Maintain a work culture conducive to innovation and team building;
  • Develop training and support systems for supervisees and subcontractors;
  • Model and facilitate creative problem solving and youth development strategies for supervisees and subcontractors;
  • Additional relevant tasks, as needed. 

Qualifications: B.A. (or higher) in urban planning, human services field + 2-3 years of related experience OR equivalent experience. The candidate will have at least 4 years of experience working with youth and/or other relevant program administration experience. Administrative experience, experience facilitating group programming and commitment to using holistic and strengths-based approaches required. Candidate must have an in-depth knowledge of best practices in youth work including leadership development, youth-led practices, and healing-centered approaches. Additional qualifications include:

  • Experience working with criminal justice agencies;
  • Experience with anti-violence program development strongly preferred;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to facilitate and effectively manage team projects and initiatives;
  • Ability to set and adhere to firm timelines;
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills;
  • Candidates must be willing and able to work collaboratively with a variety of community stakeholders and partner agencies;
  • Candidate must have experience in community outreach and organizing and must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally responsive manner; 
  • Candidates must be committed to place based and community-based work;
  • Candidates must be comfortable working with youth and young adults;
  • Deep connection to and familiarity with the South Bronx;
  • Commitment to social justice and anti-oppressive practices;
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.

Position Type: Full-time (must be able to work a flexible schedule that includes late evenings, overnight, weekends, and holidays). 

Compensation: Salary range starts at $51,300 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, WageWorks, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.

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.


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