Common Justice is seeking a hardworking, organized, enthusiastic person with excellent people skills to join its team in their Brooklyn offices.
The Outreach Department is responsible for engaging system partners, bringing in new participants into the program, and facilitating restorative justice circles.
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 restorative justice dialogue to determine appropriate agreements make things as right as possible and take the place of a prison sentence. The work includes intensive supervision and violence intervention work with people who have caused harm, wraparound support for the survivors and their loved ones, and engagement of system actors who play critical roles in the diversion of cases. We aim to meet the needs of people harmed by violence, prevent further harm, and improve the lives of people and communities impacted by violence. While we serve the full range of people harmed by crime, a significant portion of the survivors Common Justice works with are men of color, many of them young adults. Common Justice believes that all survivors 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 public safety, and meet their needs.
The Outreach Manager will be responsible for the following duties:
System Partnerships and Participant Engagement
- Support in maintaining relationships and partnerships in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office and the defense bar and advocate on behalf of the program and potential participants;
- Identify and evaluate potential cases for our victim services and alternative-to-incarceration program.
- Maintain responsibility for representing Common Justice at court appearances, including pleas
- Conduct outreach to harmed parties (survivors).
- Conduct intake with responsible parties (defendants).
- Support Outreach Team in conducting CLEs (Continuing Legal Education) and other presentations to outside partners.
Restorative Justice Circle Facilitation
- Plan, coordinate, and facilitate restorative justice circles between harmed and responsible parties.
- Facilitate rites of passage circles with responsible parties, as needed.
- Work with and support other members of the direct service team.
Team and Projects
- Work with and support the Outreach team members in the Bronx and Manhattan, as needed.
- Help support program development.
- Conduct longer-term, project-based work, as needed.
- Masters in Social Work or comparable degree; or JD required
- Strong familiarity with the day-to-day workings of the criminal legal system
- At least 2 years' experience working within the criminal legal system strongly preferred
- 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 providing trauma-informed support (need not be victim service program)
- A knowledge of restorative justice or other facilitation experience is preferred
- Experience with community engagement and working with system-involved youth and/or the criminal justice field strongly preferred
- Bilingual skills (especially English/Spanish) are highly desired
- Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply
- Serious commitment to social justice required
Frequent evening and occasional weekend work will be required.
Salary is commensurate with experience within Common Justice’s pay range of $62,500 - $68,500 for a manager 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, and cover letter indicating where you found this position to [email protected]. Please include “Outreach Manager, Brooklyn” 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 missio