About the Program
Launching in the fall of 2017 with support from the New York City Council and in partnership with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, the Restorative Justice Project will be a community-based diversion process for people arrested in the Bronx for minor offenses. The project offers a proportionate response to low-level crimes that holds participants accountable for their actions while avoiding the use of jail and the potential harms associated with going to criminal court. The process, which includes restorative circles, gives both the community and the participant a voice, the chance to be heard, and offers a more productive outcome compared to a typical court proceeding.
The Bronx Restorative Justice Project is seeking a Community Outreach Specialist to act as a liaison between the project and the larger community. Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Specialist is responsible for designing and launching a community engagement campaign to build buy-in and participation among Bronx residents. The purpose is to recruit panelists from various Bronx neighborhoods, build awareness about this new diversion program, and generate visibility for the project overall.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Assist in designing and implementing a community engagement campaign to promote awareness of the project and encourage community participation from various Bronx-based institutions, such as tenants associations, parent teacher associations, local community boards, business improvement districts, precinct councils, schools, faith-based institutions, youth groups, hospitals, senior centers;
- Recruit community members to participate in restorative justice interventions and assist with training and facilitation of community justice circles;
- Act as liaison between program staff, community organizations and members of the community;
- Attend community meetings and events as a representative of the project;
- Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with community based organizations;
- Work closely with the Program Coordinator to build a framework for discussing restorative practices within the community;
- Assist with administrative responsibilities including intakes, phone calls and written reports;
- Assist the restorative justice program team with data collection and reporting protocols.
The ideal candidate will have an associate’s degree with a minimum of two years of experience in a related area. Excellent communication skills are a must. Candidate must be skilled at building strong relationships with various community institutions. Candidate must be able to work in a fast paced environment and as part of a team. Bronx resident strongly preferred. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
As this position requires a passionate and outgoing personality, please submit a resume AND either a 60-second video (uploaded to YouTube; Vimeo, or the platform of your choosing) or a a slide presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, or the format of your choosing with a limit of 10 slides), instead of a cover letter. In this video or presentation please:
- Introduce yourself
- Describe what you most love about the Bronx
- Explain your interest in the position and why you are a strong candidate for the position
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a resume and salary requirements to Email , with Community Outreach Specialist as the subject line of the email.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Subject line: Restorative Justice Community Outreach Specialist
Attn.: Orleny Rojas, Coordinator Criminal Court Operations
Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Note: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Learn more about us at courtinnovation.org.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.