About the Program
Bronx Community Solutions offers court- and community-based alternatives to criminal justice throughout the borough. One of Bronx Community Solutions’ newest projects is the recently-launched Bronx Youth Court. The Center’s youth courts take cases involving young people, ages 10 to 18, who have been cited for low-level offenses such as vandalism, fare evasion, assault, and truancy. The Bronx Youth Court uses a restorative justice model to resolve cases. Teen volunteers lead restorative justice circles, assign sanctions, and provide mentoring to youth participants. The Bronx Youth Court receives referrals from schools, the New York City Police Department, the New York City Department of Probation, Family and Criminal Courts, and local District Attorney's offices.
Bronx Community Solutions is seeking a Youth Court Coordinator. Reporting to the Restorative Justice Program Manager, the Youth Court Coordinator is responsible for peer-led restorative justice programming, including assisting with all aspects of youth court operations, restorative circles and youth-led community benefits projects. As such, the Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the recruitment, training, and selection of youth program members as well as the facilitation, documentation and management of all referrals and compliance for youth programming. The Coordinator is also responsible for sustaining partnerships with community and justice system stakeholders.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Supervise and manage youth court staff, youth participants and adult volunteers;
- Develop and implement arts and youth internship programming, including working with teaching artists and community partners;
- Develop and implement youth enrichment activities including field trips, retreats, academic enrichment, employment readiness and Bronx Youth Court programming;
- Lead in the recruitment for all youth programs;
- Organize and execute community service and community benefit projects with youth participants;
- Serve as a liaison with community partners such as local schools, police precincts, community members, social service agencies;
- Perform administrative duties with data entry, stipend payments, and contracts;
- Schedule Youth Court hearings and training for Youth Court members;
- Generate and sustain community support for the Youth Court and other youth programming through presentations, public events, and stakeholder engagement including community board meetings and precinct council meetings;
- Train and lead facilitation of a 40-hour training course for youth court members and weekly workshops;
- Schedule and supervise youth-led restorative circles both with youth court and within the community;
- Generate case referrals and conduct intakes for respondents and families;
- Conduct outreach to parents and youth who are referred to the Youth Court and other youth programs;
- Perform other supportive tasks and functions as necessary.
The ideal candidate will be a self-directed, dynamic facilitator who is passionate about youth work and comfortable collaborating with a wide range of people, including community-based providers and criminal justice agencies. Other qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education or experience in social work, social sciences, human services or related field
- Experience in youth development or leadership programming
- Experience working with high school-aged youth
- Familiarity with trauma-informed practices and restorative justice practices preferred
- Excellent writing skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office
- Conversational Spanish skills required; bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency preferred
- Professional and/or personal knowledge and familiarity of the Bronx preferred
Full-time. Applicants must be available to work from 11:00 am–7:00 pm and weekends as necessary.
How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and a writing sample with Youth Court Coordinator in the subject line to: BronxYCJobs@courtinnovation.org
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.
Learn more about us at www.courtinnovation.org.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.