About the Program
One of the Center’s newest projects is the recently launched Bronx Youth Court. The Center’s youth courts handle cases involving young people, ages 10 to 18, who have been cited for low-level offenses such as vandalism, fare evasion, assault, and truancy. Teen volunteers lead hearings or restorative justice circles, assign sanctions, and provide mentoring to youth offenders. The Center’s youth courts receive 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 Bronx Youth Court Coordinator. Reporting to the Bronx Restorative Justice Circles Program Coordinator, the Youth Court Coordinator is responsible for peer-led restorative justice programming, including all aspects of youth court operations, restorative circles, community service and community benefits projects. As such, the coordinator is responsible for the recruitment, training, and selection of youth court members, as well as the facilitation, documentation and management of all youth court referrals and sanction compliance. The coordinator is also responsible for developing and sustaining partnerships with community and justice system stakeholders.
About the Position
- Supervise and manage youth court staff, youth participants and adult volunteers;
- Recruit youth court members;
- Facilitate a 40-hour training course for youth court members;
- Supervise youth-led hearings and circles;
- Generate case referrals and conduct intakes for respondents and families;
- Ensure a high sanction completion rate by coordinating, monitoring and tracking sanction quality and participant compliance;
- Organize and execute community service and community benefit projects with youth court members and participants;
- Establish and sustain community-based partnerships;
- Serve as a liaison with community partners such as local schools, police precincts, community members, social service agencies;
- Generate and sustain community support for the youth court, through presentations, public events, and stakeholder engagement;
- Oversee program evaluation, statistical reporting, and administrative office management; and
- Assist in planning and implementation of related-youth programs and services.
Bachelor’s degree, experience in youth development or leadership programming required, Master of Social Work degree, or a related field, preferred. The ideal candidate will be a self-directed, dynamic facilitator who feels comfortable work with a wide range of people, including youth, service providers and criminal justice agencies. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies. Proficiency with Microsoft Office are required. Conversational Spanish skills required. Professional and/or personal knowledge and familiarity of the Bronx communities preferred. Experience working with high school-aged youth and supervising staff preferred. Familiarity with trauma-informed practices preferred, but not required. Familiarity with restorative practices preferred, but not required.
Note - Position Type: Full-time. Applicants must be available to work from 11:00am – 7:00pm two days a week (TBD), and occasional nights and weekends as necessary.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Email , with Youth Court Coordinator as the subject line of the email.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Attn.: Jordan Otis, Planner
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.