Director, Problem-Solving Justice Technical Assistance

Center for Court Innovation | New York, New York


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 around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison.  Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.

Job Summary

The Center is seeking a director to oversee its provision of technical assistance to problem-solving justice programs. Reporting directly to the Center's Executive Director, the Director for Problem-Solving Justice Technical Assistance will be responsible for helping to lead the Center's efforts to promote justice reform both nationally and internationally. This includes being a spokesperson at conferences, managing relations with federal funders, and working directly with dozens of criminal justice innovators across the country. The Director for Problem-Solving Justice Technical Assistance will lead a dynamic and talented department of professionals that provide training and consulting services to drug courts, community courts, prosecutor-focused initiatives, procedural justice, tribal justice, and other innovative justice initiatives. The Director for Problem-Solving Justice Technical Assistance is a central player in the Center's efforts to improve safety, reduce the use of incarceration, and promote public trust in justice. 


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the Center for Court Innovation's delivery of expert assistance to individual jurisdictions interested in drug courts, community courts, prosecutor-focused initiatives, procedural justice, tribal justice, and other innovative justice initiatives
  • Develop and maintain relationships with justice practitioners, subject matter experts, technical assistance provider organizations, and funders (both government and private)
  • Lead fundraising efforts to support the work of the department
  • Host structured site visits to the Center's relevant operating programs in the New York City region
  • Travel to other jurisdictions to provide on-site expert assistance
  • Speak at national conferences and other public events about innovative justice initiatives
  • Coordinate training events, roundtables and other department activities
  • Manage the research and writing of Center reports, proposals, publications and other documents on relevant topics
  • Identify emerging issues in the field of criminal justice and help the Center stay at the cutting edge of innovative practice
  • Oversee the Center's responses by phone or email to requests from practitioners for expert assistance in relevant areas
  • Work to establish new areas of business, and new potential clients
  • Ensure that the Center's assistance is of the highest possible quality and meets the needs of clients
  • Work with the Center's Executive Director and fellow team members to forge and implement department strategy
  • Work in close collaboration with other managers of the Center's expert assistance, research and operating programs
  • Develop a strong sense of team spirit among members of the department; look to foster the continued development of staff at all levels of the department
  • Perform other duties as necessary to manage the Center's expert assistance activities in relevant areas


The ideal candidate will have a minimum of seven years' experience in a related area.  An advanced degree is preferred. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work in multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations. The ideal candidate must also have strong management, fundraising, project management, and organizational development skills. Travel is required for this position. 


Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

How to apply:  Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to:

Subject line: Director, National Problem-Solving Justice
Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Fax (212) 397-0985

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.

Center for Court Innovation


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations