About the Program
The Center is seeking an energetic self-starter to join its Research-Practice Strategies team. Research-Practice Strategies spans the Center’s three primary areas of work: research, operating programs, and expert assistance. The Research-Practice Strategies team focuses on a range of criminal justice initiatives, and projects seek to improve justice system responses to both defendants and victims, and to promote racial justice.
Reporting to the Deputy Director of Research-Practice Strategies, the Coordinator, Criminal Defense Initiatives (Coordinator) will be primarily responsible for providing on-site and remote consultation to partner jurisdictions through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Sixth Amendment Initiative. Currently providing technical assistance and research support to ten jurisdictions across the country to improve and enhance Sixth Amendment rights, the Initiative will expand to include an additional five within the next year. The Coordinator will have the opportunity to advise jurisdictions in their development of innovative approaches to reform across a broad range of areas, including pre-trial, right to counsel, case processing, alternative sentencing, and jail reform.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Assist the Deputy Director of Research-Practice Strategies in overseeing the Sixth Amendment Initiative, which marries research and practice (e.g., data-driven approaches to justice system reform).
- Coordinate technical assistance to sites focused on the right to counsel and constitutional provisions under the 6th Amendment.
- Manage a portfolio of multiple partner jurisdictions engaged in reform efforts, including tracking project goals, timelines, and deliverables, and monitoring and reporting to funding agencies on project milestones.
- Identify and develop strategies to assist sites in implementing reform projects.
- Work closely and collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders (e.g., defense attorneys, court staff, jail staff, research partners, community leaders, police, prosecutors, judges, etc.) in sites across the country.
- Assist team members in the planning, implementation, project management, and review of new and ongoing department initiatives.
- Prepare and facilitate presentations and trainings for diverse audiences.
- Draft progress reports, grant proposals and policy-oriented products (e.g. white papers, presentations, web content, fact sheets) related to right to counsel initiatives.
The ideal candidate will have a J.D. as well as experience as a criminal justice system practitioner – preferably as a former public defender. Candidate should also have prior experience with project management, including initiating, planning, and guiding team members in the execution of a project or a new venture and experience working on cross-agency reform efforts. Candidate must have the ability to identify, design, and implement consulting strategies for stakeholders and facilitate and engage participants in large group discussions and presentations. Experience developing strong relationships across a varied group of stakeholders. Excellent time management skills, along with strong oral and written communication skills and willingness to travel frequently are a must. We are looking for someone who is committed to criminal justice reform, systems change work, and social justice. Candidate will have a fill-the-gap mentality and a willingness to take ownership of and solve problems. Must be able to be autonomous, with a passion for driving even the most challenging efforts forward. Collaborative and supportive with team members. Committed and open to learning and engaging in healthy debate with team members. Sense of humor, critical thinking skills, and ability to manage a fast-paced work environment are a huge plus.
How to Apply
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Note: The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
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.
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The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.