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Managing Director of National Initiatives & Research

Center for Court Innovation
New York, United States
$225,000.00 - $250,000.00
Closing date
Aug 27, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Advocacy, Community Development, Legal Services, Other Fields, Research, Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Center for Court Innovation is committed to reducing crime and incarceration, addressing violence, supporting survivors, and building communities while strengthening public trust in justice. The Center seeks justice for marginalized groups, bringing an equity lens – particularly a racial and gender equity lens – to its work. For 25 years, the Center has worked to foster justice and equity to create safe, healthy, and thriving communities and, ultimately, to transform the justice system.

The Center is an 800-employee, $100 million nonprofit that accomplishes its vision through three pillars of work: creating and scaling operating programs to test new ideas and solve problems, performing original research to determine what works (and what doesn’t), and providing expert assistance and policy guidance to justice reformers around the world.

Operating Programs

The Center’s operating programs, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and Midtown Community Court,  test new ideas, solve difficult problems, and attempt to achieve systemic change within the justice system. Our projects include community-based violence prevention programs, alternatives to incarceration, reentry initiatives, and court-based initiatives that reduce the use of unnecessary incarceration and promote positive individual and family change. Through this programming, we have produced tangible results like safer streets, reduced incarceration, and improved neighborhood perceptions of justice.


Researchers at the Center conduct independent evaluations, documenting how government systems work, how neighborhoods function, and how reform efforts change things. We believe in the “action research” model; accordingly, our researchers provide regular feedback on the results of the Center’s own operating programs. The Center has published studies on topics including youth in the sex trade, reentry, gun violence, and drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration. Our researchers have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Policy & Expert Assistance

The Center provides hands-on, planning and implementation assistance to a wide range of jurisdictions in areas of reform such as problem-solving courts (e.g., community courts, treatment courts, domestic violence courts), tribal justice, reducing incarceration and the use of fines/fees and reducing crime and violence. Our current expert assistance takes many forms, including help with analyzing data, strategic planning and consultation, policy guidance, and hosting site visits to its operating programs in the New York City area.


The Center is seeking a Managing Director of National Initiatives & Research to lead and expand the Center’s research, expert assistance, policy offerings and impact (currently 100 team members and a $16 million budget). Reporting to the Executive Director, this inaugural position will be part of the Center’s nine-person executive team, partnering with the Executive Director and other organizational leaders to transform systems through research, policy, and expert assistance that results in safer homes and streets, reductions in incarceration, and improved neighborhood perceptions of justice in communities both nationally and internationally.


Strategic Growth and Oversight

  • Develop and oversee a cohesive strategic vision for broadening and deepening the Center’s research, policy, and expert assistance footprint at the federal level and with state and local justice policy reform actors across the country
  • Align existing work of the research, policy, and expert assistance, working together to increase the Center’s national footprint through strategic deployment of resources
  • In collaboration with the Center’s Director of Development, create a fund development strategy that supports strategic growth; play a key role in implementation of the fund development strategy
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships that create opportunities for revenue-generating lines of business/service
  • Oversee the development of issue-oriented campaigns and events to advance the Center’s national program, policy, and/or research agenda

Thought Leadership

  • Serve as a leading voice of the Center and thought leader in the field of justice reform at the cutting edge of innovative practice and research, identifying emerging issues and staying abreast of new developments
  • Advance the Center’s position as an expert on criminal justice reform, continuing to position the organization as the “go to” for policy expertise, research, and innovative programming at the federal, state, and local level
  • Amplify the Center’s work and ensure it contributes to the national and international dialogue about justice reform
  • Convene and host justice reform actors from across the country

Network/Partnership Development

  • Develop and steward meaningful relationships with local, state, and federal policymakers and judicial advocates (including those in advocacy organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions), working collaboratively with a range of constituencies from governors to district court judges and researchers to advocates
  • Scale the Center’s programming by working collaboratively with state and local leaders across the country, primarily those outside of New York and New Jersey, on applying Center programs and best practices in their jurisdictions

Leadership and Management

  • Lead, manage, and support a group of seasoned, expert directors leading the research, policy, and expert assistance arms of the Center’s work
  • Develop and implement a plan for strategic expansion that aligns with overall strategy to broaden and deepen the Center’s policy, reform, research, and expert assistance footprint at the federal level and with state and local policy justice reform actors across the country
  • Oversee and build an Office of the National Initiatives & Research, providing consultation and guidance on direct reports’ decisions related to personnel, finance, and programming  

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree with a minimum of 12 years of demonstrated success in leadership, managerial, problem-solving, and strategic planning capabilities as a senior executive in the nonprofit and/or public sectors. Must have a demonstrated commitment to the Center’s mission and values as well as a working knowledge of and credibility in criminal and/or civil justice and broader social justice matters. Exceptional writing abilities together with outstanding oral presentation and public speaking skills are required. Candidate must be an outgoing, proactive, skilled communicator able to establish and maintain strong relationships with a range of stakeholders and have a zest for collaboration.

Compensation: Salary range is $225,000 - $250,000. The Center for Court Innovation offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive healthcare with a national network, free basic dental coverage, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts including commuter FSA. We prioritize mental health care for our staff and offer services like Talkspace and Ginger through our healthcare plans. The Center offers 4 weeks of vacation and 3 weeks of sick leave each year with carryover options. Our generous 403(b) plan focusses on making retirement accessible to all staff; all employees can contribute anywhere from 1-5% and receive a two-to-one employer contribution. Any contribution an employee makes to their retirement fund up to 5% will be doubly matched. The Center also proactively assists all employees in completing their certification for public service loan forgiveness.

Location: Remote work with regular trips to the New York office; Washington, DC; and partner jurisdictions.

The Center seeks to attract diverse and committed individuals to advance its mission as well as to provide meaningful careers in the public sector.

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