Director of Programs

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.

The project seeks an experienced, committed leader to join its team and lead its direct service programs.

Responsibilities

The Director of Programs is responsible for managing and developing the direct service component of Common Justice’s work, and as such holds the lead responsibility in the team for managing Common Justice’s alternative to incarceration and victims service work.

The Director of Programs supervises the direct service staff across two sites (in Brooklyn and the Bronx), including the intervention and trauma support managers and direct service-oriented interns.  The Director of Programs plays a core role in the Common Justice executive team. They are responsible for the day-to-day management of the program, engaging in crisis intervention with participants, representing Common Justice in regular appearances in court to provide updates on participants’ progress, being a creative thought partner to the direct service staff, facilitating case conferences, leading the training and professional development of direct service staff, contributing to grant proposals and reports, and representing Common Justice publicly.  They are also responsible for the ongoing development of Common Justice’s model for both harmed and responsible parties, including but not limited to its violence intervention curriculum, accountability model, healing work for both harmed and responsible parties, and more.

Qualifications

  • Eight or more years of experience supervising staff
  • Extensive experience working with system-involved youth and/or adults strongly preferred
  • Extensive experience working with victims of crime/survivors of trauma strongly preferred
  • Experience in program development and implementation
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in violence intervention strongly preferred
  • Experience in restorative justice welcomed but not required
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to work individually and part of a team
  • Flexibility, creativity, and ability to manage multiple responsibilities effectively
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • M.S.W. or other relevant degree preferred
  • Passion for social justice required
  • Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply
  • Some evening and some weekend hours will be required

Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter to: jobs@commonjustice.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.