Center for Court Innovation
The Center for Court Innovation creates operating programs to test new ideas and solve problems, performs original research to determine what works (and what doesn't), and provides expert assistance to justice reformers around the world.
The Center conceives, plans, and operates programs that test new ideas, solve difficult problems, and attempt to achieve systemic change within the justice system. Its 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. Some of its projects are big, serving thousands of people each year. And some are small, working intensively with a few dozen people at a time. No matter the size or the topic, its approach is always the same: thoughtful planning, an emphasis on creativity, and the rigorous use of data to document results. Its efforts have produced tangible results like safer streets, reduced incarceration, and improved neighborhood perceptions of justice.
Key to the Center's work is the idea of collaboration. To get things done, the Center partners with a broad range of government, nonprofit, and community agencies. The Center has a strong relationship with government in New York—especially the state court system, for which it provides ongoing strategic advice and programming.
Researchers at the Center conduct independent evaluations, documenting how government systems work, how neighborhoods function, and how reform efforts change things. The Center has performed multiple randomized controlled trials. Its researchers have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. And the Center has published much-cited studies that have looked at such topics as youth in the sex trade, reentry, and drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration. The Center believes in the "action research" model; accordingly, its researchers provide regular feedback on the results of the Center's own operating programs. The Center disseminates information about justice reform through books, videos, podcasts, social media, and other vehicles.
The Center for Court Innovation provides hands-on, expert assistance to reformers around the world, including judges, attorneys, justice officials, community organizations, and others. Having launched dozens of innovative justice initiatives, the Center knows firsthand the nuts-and-bolts of how to get a new project off the ground. Experts from the Center are available to help plan, implement and evaluate new policies, practices, and technologies. Its assistance takes many forms, including help with analyzing data, facilitating planning sessions, and hosting site visits to its operating programs in the New York City area.
The Center for Court Innovation seeks a strategic, committed leader to serve as its Executive Director. After a successful twenty-five year tenure - and significant planning and reflection - the Center's Executive Director will be stepping down. The incoming Executive Director will step into an organization in strong financial and strategic health with an exceptional team. The incoming Executive Director will have the opportunity to work with a robust array of partners at every level of the justice system in New York as well as key national and international stakeholders.
The Center's Executive Director serves as the organization's most senior external advocate and fundraiser, overseeing the organization's projected growth. The Executive Director will also oversee organizational strategy, enabling the Center to continue to deliver consistent, high-quality operating programs, research, and expert assistance in pursuit of justice reform.
As the organization's primary leader, the Executive Director will support the Center's leadership team and staff to achieve exceptional results and impact at scale. In addition, the Executive Director will help chart the Center's course into the future, leading strategic planning about where the organization should go next.
The Center for Court Innovation has a special relationship with the New York State Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, two agencies that helped give birth to the organization. The Center functions as the New York court system's independent research and development partner, helping to identify chronic and emerging problems and propose solutions. The Center is administered as a project of the Fund for the City of New York, which provides fiscal and administrative support to the agency.
The Executive Director will directly manage a senior leadership team and an organization of over 520 staff. The search for the new Executive Director is being led by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.
This is an ideal opportunity for a committed leader to help create a more effective and humane justice system and build stronger and healthier communities. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
The Center for Court Innovation/Fund for the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status.
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