The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.
Neighborhood Safety Initiatives (NSI;initiative), a program of the Center underway since 2015, is a comprehensive strategy to enhance public safety and strengthen community well-being in 15 public housing developments across New York City. The initiative aims to enhance safety and overall quality of life by strengthening collaboration and capacity among public housing residents. Since 2016, citywide meetings have been convened to share information and data, facilitate community engagement to identify neighborhood priorities, enhance the quality of life and spur collaboration and accountability among city agencies and local stakeholders.
NSI works to advance the advocacy process by assisting each of 15 designated communities to convene local stakeholder groups. Stakeholder team activities include collaboratively identifying community conditions, prioritizing local initiatives, accessing and analyzing data, identifying and leveraging resources, improving resident capacity through trainings, and implementing participatory placekeeping projects and policy recommendations. These placekeeping projects and policy recommendations address structural racism and local concerns, enhance public safety, reduce victimization, promote healing, and improve well-being. The initiative’s overarching goal is to build community agency in policy change within a social, racial and spatial justice framework.
Neighborhood Safety Initiatives is seeking multiple Program Managers, Neighborhood Equity to serve designated NYCHA sites across Brooklyn, Harlem and the Bronx. Each hire will be assigned to 1-2 NYCHA sites within a borough. Reporting to the Associate Director, the Program Managers will lead the planning and implementation of NSI at their designated site. The Program Managers will support a resident-driven community organizing initiative in partnership with the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP).
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Organizing and Direct Action:
Referral Support and Mutual Aid Network:
Project Development and Management:
Research and Evaluation:
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in a related area, preferably community engagement/organizing and/or community development. The ideal candidate will be passionate, skilled and experienced in working with communities to promote health and safety. Other requirements include:
Compensation: Salary range starts at $65,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.
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