Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.
In its direct service work, Common Justice operates a victim service program and restorative justice- based alternative to prison for serious and/or violent felony cases such as assault, burglary, and robbery. The project brings 16-26-year-olds responsible for crimes together with those they have harmed and their support people in a facilitated dialogue to determine appropriate sanctions to take the place of a prison sentence. The project engages and prepares all parties, convenes the dialogues, and provides supervision and support to both those harmed and those responsible for crime. It aims to meet the needs of people harmed by crime, prevent further violence, and improve satisfaction with the justice system. While we serve the full range of people harmed by crime, a full 70% of the victims Common Justice works with are men of color, many of them young adults. Common Justice recognizes that despite many popular misperceptions, the person most likely to be harmed by violent crime both nationally and in New York City is a 16 to 24-year-old black man. And yet current victim services policies and programs all too often fail to meet the needs of this group when they are harmed by crime. Common Justice believes that victims deserve more options that resonate with their sense of justice, safety, and respect, and that communities deserve programs that help halt cycles of violence, improve the public safety, and meet their needs.
Common Justice seeks a well-organized, culturally attuned and anti-racist professional with excellent people skills and a commitment to helping people recover and heal to join the team for this innovative organization. The Outreach Manager will be responsible for identifying potential cases, serving as a liaison to the courts, providing short-term support to victims of crime, conducting intake with both victims and defendants, working with partners in the district attorney’s office, defense bar, and community to manage referrals, and contributing to program development. The Outreach Manager will be part of a Brooklyn-based team responsible for partnerships, advocacy, and outreach in the Brooklyn office, and will also work with the Bronx-based Common Justice staff. They will also be responsible for facilitating restorative justice circles for participants. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required.
- Strong familiarity with the criminal justice system
- Ability to build and navigate professional networks and relationships
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Experience working with survivors of violence and trauma (need not be victim service program)
- Masters in Social Work or JD strongly preferred
- Experience with community engagement and working with system-involved youth and/or the criminal justice field strongly preferred
- Restorative justice or other facilitation experience preferred
- Bilingual skills (especially English/Spanish) highly desired
- Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply
- Serious commitment to social justice required
Salary: Commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits.
Please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Common Justice is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status. Common Justice values diverse experiences, including regarding educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.