Project Director, Bronx Community Solutions
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.
Operating out of the centralized criminal courthouse, Bronx Community Solutions provides meaningful early diversion, and post-conviction sentencing options to participants, in lieu of traditional outcomes. By participating in one of Bronx Community Solutions programs, participants are connected to an array of onsite staff, including social workers, case managers, and group facilitators, with the goal of addressing underlying social service needs and connecting participants to an array of community-based organizations, using the arrest as a window of opportunity to change the direction of an individual’s life and avoid unnecessary incarceration. Bronx Community Solutions offers the Bronx Community Solutions Project Director and staff the opportunity to contribute to an exciting program at an unprecedented scale.
Reporting to the Deputy Director, Reginal Programs, the Bronx Community Solutions Project Director will primarily be responsible for executing and implementing numerous initiatives, including pre-trial supervision, alternatives to incarceration and community-based programs. The Project Director will be responsible for the daily operations of the project, the supervision of personnel, the implementation and accountability of the program model, monthly reporting on program intakes and outcomes, proposal writing, program effectiveness and public relations. The Project Director will also be responsible for coordinating consistent protocols and practices across the Project, including supporting the hire and training of a large and diverse staff, as well as communicating and collaborating with a broad range of criminal justice, city government, and treatment community stakeholders
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Vision and Strategic Project Development:
- Lead the strategic planning and implementation of all alternative to interaction (ATI) and other community-based programming and services;
- Manage the day-to-day budget by establishing quarterly and yearly budget goals;
- Ensure all programs, which includes, pre-trail supervision, felony and misdemeanor adult ATI initiatives, Bronx HOPE, Project Reset, Youth Impact and community Engagement are meeting or exceeding program goals;
- Develop and maintain relationships with funders, government officials, as well as court and community stakeholders;
- Foster a work culture conducive to innovation, operational excellence, team building and respect;
- Approve, develop, maintain, and track social media and marketing materials;
Policy and Protocol Implementation:
- Ensure court-based and community-based staff are providing the highest quality case management, education, training, internship, and employment services for program participants;
- Ensure program models and evidence-based practices are implemented with fidelity;
- Participate in meetings with staff and partnering agencies to review program protocols and policies, as well as identifies practices that impact program operations and outcomes;
- Work with other Bronx-based projects, including sister-sites, to ensure seamless cross-site collaborations;
Operations and Personnel Management:
- Directly supervise senior staff at all project sites;
- Work with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, other court administrators, and community leaders and agencies to ensure program operations run smoothly;
- Oversee the quality of program data and materials, refining and improving workflow and case processing when necessary;
- Devise and implement strategies for improving department cohesiveness and interdepartmental communication;
Data Management and Reporting:
- Coordinate project research, planning, and reporting activities with DAAR team;
- Oversee quality assurance and program performance initiatives with DAAR team assistance;
- Assist the Center’s Development team in grant management and writing, including monthly and quarterly reporting to funders and opportunities for new initiatives;
- Develop procedures and protocols to track and meet grant deliverables;
- Facilitate conversations with senior staff to identify, sustain, and explore new funding sources, and to develop and coordinate new initiatives;
- Assist other Center administrative and leadership responsibilities as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred. Relevant experience (lived or professional) may be substituted in lieu of an advanced degree. A minimum of five (5) years of experience is required in any combination of fields such as the criminal justice, pretrial services, court administration, Alternatives to Detention or Alternatives to Incarceration programs, diversion or bail reform. Additionally, a minimum of five (5) years in progressive management including supervising/directing programs, services and staff is required. Additional qualifications include:
- Experience leading an organization/program and/or large team through significant change or development;
- Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally competent manner;
- Extensive supervision experiences a plus, preferably supervising multiple people of different disciplines simultaneously;
- Must show a demonstrated interest and ability to integrate equitable practices in court and community spaces;
- Must be able to articulate a commitment to racial equity and how they integrate practices into their work and supervision of staff that build equity and inclusion;
- Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse working teams;
- Experience establishing and maintaining effective and collaborative working relationships;
- Strong knowledge of evidence-based practices related to implementation and evaluation of pretrial release programs;
- Knowledge of the alternative to incarnation landscape, key stakeholders and current issues and trends;
- Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to present to large groups;
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills required;
- Excellent written skills required.
Compensation: Salary range starts at $108,000 and is commensurate with experience. Center for Court Innovation offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, free basic dental coverage, vision insurance, short-term and long term disability, and life insurance. All healthcare benefits are effective on the date of hire. Paid time off includes 20 days of paid vacation per year, 15 paid sick days, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, commuter FSA and offers a 10% employer match on the 403(b) retirement plan.
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.