Director Of Training

Common Justice is working nationally to expand the application of restorative justice to serious violence as an alternative to incarceration through a combination of replication of its New York City-based model, deep-dive support of aligned interventions, and training for movement partners.

Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, the project operates the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, it leverages the lessons from its direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, Common Justice builds practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.

Common Justice operates a restorative justice-based alternative to incarceration and victim service program for serious and/or violent felony cases such as assault, burglary, and robbery. The project brings 16 to 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, minimize the unnecessary use of incarceration, and improve people’s experience of justice.

Common Justice is seeking an experienced, hard-working, organized, enthusiastic person with excellent people skills to join its team.


The Director of Training will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Thoroughly document Common Justice’s current intervention, outreach and trauma support models through manuals, videos, and other creative methods, including areas related to underlying philosophy and team culture
  • Determine which elements of the model can be shared in discrete pieces with partners who are not implementing the intervention in its entirety
  • Develop training materials for Common Justice New York City staff, new branch sites as they develop, and partners operating aligned diversion interventions
  • Develop and deliver trainings on restorative justice applications to violence for emerging restorative justice and violence intervention programs
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with a cadre of co-trainers as appropriate
  • Develop quality assurance and feedback measures for Common Justice and partner sites
  • Develop and implement methods to learn from partner sites and integrate those lessons into our service and training practices
  • Work closely with the Director of Partnerships and partnerships and replication team to coordinate all aspects of Common Justice’s work in this area
  • Supervise additional staff as the project expands over time.


Candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • At least 5 years experience in restorative justice and violence intervention work;
  • Extensive experience in curriculum development;
  • Extensive experience training large and small groups in a variety of settings;
  • Experience working with people responsible for and harmed by violence strongly preferred;
  • Ability to develop fluency in the Common Justice model rapidly;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience in developing and maintaining long-term organizational partnerships strongly preferred;
  • Strong group facilitation skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Experience leading teams and supervising staff preferred;
  • Serious commitment to social justice;
  • Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply

To Apply

Salary is commensurate with experience within Common Justice’s pay range of $128,000 - $134,000 for a Director level position. A competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life, long-term disability insurance, retirement 401(k), and substantial vacation.

Please submit a resume, writing sample(s), and cover letter indicating where you found this position to [email protected]. Please include “Director of Training” in the subject line of your email.

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 educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Careers 2021-10-25 10:40:51 -0400