Young New Yorkers is an innovative arts and criminal legal organization entering its seventh year. We are currently seeking our third staff member. Applicants should thrive in a collaborative start-up environment and have a commitment to delivering extremely high-quality restorative arts diversion programs with the ultimate goal of transforming the criminal legal system.
Position is full-time, salaried, with benefits.
YOUNG NEW YORKERS
Young New Yorkers (YNY) is committed to bringing positive systemic change to the ways that teens and young people are prosecuted in New York City’s criminal legal system. We provide Restorative Arts Diversion Programs for court-involved teenagers being prosecuted as adults and otherwise facing jail time. First, YNY programs provide a pathway for teenagers to swiftly exit the criminal legal system, without incurring a lifelong criminal record. Second, YNY programs provide a platform for teenagers to advocate for themselves and for their visions for a transformed criminal legal system. Participants design and host public art exhibitions that explore the criminal legal issues that affect them, and invite the very judges, prosecutors, and court actors involved in their own cases to attend. This humanizes the culture of the courtrooms that engage directly with YNY, the members of which possess discretionary power with each and every young person’s case.
Our programs include 8-Week Arts Diversion Programs; Women’s 4-Week Arts Diversion Programs; 1-Day Arts Diversion Programs; Community Programs; and Graduate Programs. In addition, YNY offers paid opportunities for our program graduates as Peer Mentors and Ambassadors.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for a Coordinator who will set a culture of excellence around Restorative Arts Diversion Program delivery at YNY. This person will thrive when working in partnership with YNY’s founder and executive director, and in collaboration with program teachers, assistants, social workers, peer mentors, and other criminal legal partners, but most importantly with the participants themselves. It is through this partnership that YNY staff create space for participants to express their ideas, share their experience, and step into leadership roles in the organization and beyond.
WHO YOU ARE
You are passionate about YNY’s mission and believe in all of NYC’s young people. You are a people-person and also detail oriented, impeccable, and a problem solver – leading by example and, through your supervision, setting up a culture of excellence around programs.
You have a soft spot for court-involved young people and have a generous-spirit and graciousness with young people who may be nervous and on the defensive, especially when they are first in contact with the program. You know each young person has a story and that YNY is a place where a young person can choose to share it.
You are a warm and present person who enjoys meeting new people, building relationships, and is as comfortable interacting with court-involved young people as you are engaging with judges, prosecutors, police officers, and politicians. You feel at home in an office and in the field— including in courts, police precincts, art museums, and government agencies. You enjoy being an ambassador for the causes and organizations in which you believe. You deeply value diversity and inclusion and have experience working with underrepresented minorities.
You have a love for social practice and visual arts. You are detail-, process-, data-, and systems-oriented, with excellent organizational skills. You are a self-starter that excels in fast-paced environments, enjoys solving problems, thrives when working independently and within teams, and will not hesitate to roll up your sleeves to do what needs to get done. You have excellent interpersonal communication skills, sound judgment, and a diplomatic nature.
You have experience working with court-involved and/or underserved youth and young adults from ages 16-25 in one-on-one and group settings. You are highly skilled at program coordination, group facilitation, building trust, and presenting and communicating information.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
· Build and maintain productive relationships with referring partners who use YNY as a sentencing option.
· Promote YNY programs with referring partners and recruit participants.
· Conduct participant screening interviews; enter screening and intake information into secure program database.
· Inform eligible defendants of what it means to become participants in the YNY program in terms of the criminal-legal mandate and YNY ground rules.
· Serve as YNY community ambassador to raise awareness of YNY’s program and impact, garnering community support through volunteering, financial support, etc.
· Promote and market YNY programs to the larger public through social media, press releases, emails etc.
· Write a variety of organizational communications, including program descriptions, meeting and event invitations, thank you notes, etc.
· Manage outreach to YNY’s graduate community, connecting them with opportunities with YNY and with the larger community.
Program Coordination, Delivery, and Group Facilitation
· Deliver YNY Restorative Arts Diversion Program curricula for 1-Day, 4-Week, and 8-Week programs in collaboration with YNY staff, guest speakers, and co-teachers/co-facilitators. YNY delivers 2-3 programs per week, each running from 4-7pm, and serves 300+ young people per year. YNY curricula cover a range of topics from restorative justice to know-your-rights to art advocacy.
· Support and implement the Executive Director’s creative direction on the restorative art components of the curriculum.
· Plan and coordinate program delivery, including logistics, scheduling, educational/program materials, etc.
· Coordinate teaching staff, classroom roles, assign curriculum sections to program staff and guest speakers.
· Lead program briefing and debriefing with program staff and guests before and after sessions.
· Create impeccable classroom environment and adhere to YNY standards for program set-up and execution.
· Facilitate group sessions and maintain a safe and empowered classroom environment.
· Coordinate and facilitate graduate programs and paid graduate opportunities.
Participant Support and Advocacy
· Contact participants, and/or their parents as appropriate, prior to program commencement to build an early rapport and build a strong relationship; take steps to ensure that they attend the first program, particularly young adults that may be nervous and/or on the defensive.
· Check in one-on-one with participants in between program sessions via phone, email, text etc. to support program success and completion.
· Report participant program compliance and attendance information to required court partners.
· Present written testimonials and participant artworks at subsequent court dates to support good case outcomes for participants.
Public Art Projects and Event Planning
· Support the creative direction of the Executive Director around public art projects and event planning.
· Assist with staging public art exhibitions and projects related to YNY programs.
· Coordinate volunteers; purchase supplies; create and distribute invitations to criminal justice partners involved in participants’ sentencing, etc.
· Assist with event planning for other YNY events, including fundraising events.
· Engage YNY’s volunteer community.
Staff Training and Support
· Coordinate program staff training and development; introduce YNY protocols to new staff, including program graduates.
· Observe and inquire into program staff wellbeing in connection to program delivery. Connect staff to wellness opportunities as requested.
· Implement YNY existing evaluation framework and collaborate on the development of new evaluation strategies.
· Manage program staff responsible for data entry, etc.
· Support new initiatives to further the strategic direction of the organization.
· Support YNY’s development work by assisting with grant writing and fundraising.
Grant and Budget Management
· Ensure all grant deliverables are met and proceed on schedule.
· Manage resources within budget.
Skills and Qualifications
· Demonstrated experience working with young people, particularly those with court-involvement ages 16-25.
· 3+ years working in a clinical and/or educational capacity and/or Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Education, or related are preferred.
· Knowledge of and interest in arts-based transformative justice and/or restorative justice. Knowledge of the criminal legal system, court processes, and alternative-to-incarceration services. Strong commitment to social justice.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
· Excellent computer, Internet, and database skills and ability to prioritize tasks on short- and long-term levels.
· Process-oriented with a strong ability to build efficient systems for information management.
· Facility with graphic design, facility with other artistic practices, and Spanish language fluency are preferred but not required.
Young New Yorkers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Young New Yorkers complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Please send a resume and cover letter providing more information about your academic, professional, and volunteer experience to Kelsey Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also provide information about your interests, and why you feel you would be a good fit for our program. We recommend that you visit our website, www.youngnewyorkers.org.
People of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. YNY is committed to an inclusive workplace.