Vice President of Programs

About Our Work:

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 our 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.

About This Role:

The Vice President of Programs will bring seasoned program and administrative leadership expertise, a nuanced understanding of violence and criminal justice and a sophisticated analysis of racial oppression to lead our direct service work.  Reporting directly to the Executive Director and part of a four-person executive team, The VP of Programs is charged with ensuring model fidelity and effectiveness, developing and strengthening organizational systems to support cross functional collaboration and growth, representing the organization publicly, coaching program leaders who support case managers and partnering with the leadership team on overall organization building and strategy.  

The scope of the work is wide ranging, equally “on the ground” and high level, from interfacing with the District Attorney’s office and thought partnering with our Executive Director on expansion and metrics, to editing court reports and ongoing problem solving with Assistant Director’s on on-the-ground issues with participants.

Ideal Profile & Qualifications:

Ideal candidates bring a unique cross-set of experiences and skill sets, including:

  • demonstrable passion for our mission and model, and social justice in general
  • a minimum of eight years organizational or program leadership experience with strengths in administration & operations
  • subject matter expertise in criminal justice, violence, restorative justice, and/or trauma, healing and victims’ services
  • a nuanced and sophisticated analysis of multiple forms of oppression, intersectionality and white supremacy
  • systems and culture building in support of organization building, program expansion and/or model enhancement and fidelity
  • well-developed people management and coaching skills, ideally with experience supporting case workers or directly impacted staff
  • credibility and strong relationship building capacity with wide range of constituents
  • survivors of violence, formerly incarcerated, and family members of incarcerated people strongly welcomed

Key Responsibilities:

Day to Day Program Management:

  • Effectively manage and support the Assistant Directors in Brooklyn and the Bronx who directly manage the intervention and trauma support direct service programs; build capacity of direct service teams
  • Effectively manage and support the outreach team, which coordinates with participants, impacted parties and the court system
  • Develop and strengthen structures to ensure model fidelity and enhance integration across teams
  • Effectively engage in and problem solve in crisis intervention with participants and creatively thought partner with direct service staff on a wide range of issues

Organizational Building, Strategy & Expansion:

  • As part of the 4-person executive team, co-lead the development of structures and practices to support the organization’s overall development, management and culture
  • Partner with the Executive Director on strategy for further replication and metrics
  • Lead the development of programmatic approach to survivors; ongoing development of the overall model

External Relationships:

  • Hold relationships with and liaise with the DA’s office and leaders within the court system on matters concerning participants
  • Appear regularly in court on behalf of participants and the organization
  • Represent the organization publicly as part of city- and statewide committees and at public events

To Apply:

This search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners.  Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position and their interest in our mission specifically to:

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.