Deputy Executive Director of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood SafetyLocation: New York, New York
The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor on criminal justice policy and is the Mayor’s representative to the courts, district attorneys, defenders, and state criminal justice agencies, among others. The office designs, deploys, and evaluates citywide strategies to drive down crime, reduce unnecessary arrests and incarceration, and improve the system’s fairness. MOCJ works with law enforcement and city agencies, non-profits, foundations, and others to implement data-driven strategies that address current crime conditions, prevent offending, and build the strong neighborhoods that ensure enduring safety. The Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, a comprehensive initiative to reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods in and around the 15 New York City Housing Authority developments that account for 16 percent of all violent crime in the City’s public housing.
MOCJ is seeking a dynamic, intellectually curious deputy who can act both deliberately and creatively in a fast-paced, action-oriented environment to shape and execute one of MOCJ’s most ambitious and complex initiatives, The Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety. The initiative is a comprehensive approach to reducing crime and strengthening neighborhoods in and around the 15 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments that account for 16% of all violent crime in the City’s public housing. The Deputy Executive Director must be a proven manager and thought leader and demonstrate a substantial capacity for independent initiative while at the same time working creatively with a diverse assortment of City agency leaders, non-profit directors, community representatives, and external contractors. The Deputy Executive Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Operational management and implementation of innovative strategies to build stronger neighborhoods through new crime reduction strategies, changes in the built environment, enhanced community engagement, and expanded programming for residents in and around the NYCHA housing developments most plagued by high rates of violence.
- Substantial project management of multiple and fast-expanding project components at different levels simultaneously, including coordinating cooperation among a body of City agencies; orchestrating operations at multiple neighborhood sites where residents are actively engaged in planning operations with external experts and City agency representatives; creative support in the development of a plan to transform the physical space to support resident-based neighborhood data collection projects within an apprenticeship environment that seeks to train “citizen planners;” and, dynamic facilitation of a forum where residents and City agencies periodically meet to monitor and brainstorm responses to information about the complex conditions that contribute to crime and the state of many and diverse interventions being implemented by MOCJ and its partners.
- Working closely with MOCJ’s research staff to develop a pragmatic data communications suite that tracks, analyzes, and presents key data and indicators to fast track progress in achieving program goals and to engage constituents (ranging from NYCHA residents to City agency Commissioners) through visually compelling formats. This neighborhood-based process will access an unprecedented scope of cross-sector City data and advanced analytics to identify geographically specific populations most at risk of getting caught up in the criminal justice system, and matching positive interventions to help prevent criminal involvement.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS
- A baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited college;
- Three years of managerial, administrative, or supervisory experience;
- Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail;
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment;
- Extensive experience working with community organizations or other neighborhood-based constituencies;
- Familiarity with criminal justice systems and processes;
- Expertise in urban planning, community development, or related professional fields;
- Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision;
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with a diverse array of constituencies;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences;
- Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment.
Commensurate with experience
- cover letter
- three references
New York City Residency is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment.
The City of New York and the Office of the Mayor are Equal Opportunity Employers.