Executive Director, Office of Crime Victim ServicesLocation: 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 OFFICE OF CRIME VICTIM SERVICES: The New York City Office of Crime Victims Services (OCVS) is an initiative designed to drive system-wide efforts to assist victims and survivors of crime in New York City. Among the chief obligations for OCVS, housed within MOCJ, is to advise the mayor in planning for increased coordination and cooperation among service providers. The Office oversees the City’s crime victim services, which provide community-based and system interventions, prevention efforts, and responsive services to end crime victimization. OCVS advances three core strategies to achieve the goal of reducing victimization and addressing direct and collateral consequences thereof: 1) enhanced analytics, innovative approaches, and rigorous evaluation; 2) community engagement and culture change strategies; and 3) synergistic, strategic deployment of existing resources.
Under the supervision of the Director of MOCJ, the Executive Director of the Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) serves as MOCJ’s senior level member responsible for developing and implementing innovative solutions to address the needs of crime victims, advising the MOCJ Director on long-term survivor-supporting strategies, and ensuring that policies and programming to reduce crime are effectively implemented and advance strategic goals for meeting the needs of victims and survivors. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience managing efforts to end victimization as well as demonstrated experience building and implementing transformational strategies and innovative programs. The ideal candidate is a thought leader with strong managerial, operational and analytic capacity.
The responsibilities of the Executive Director include but are not limited to:
- Driving the vision, planning, and processes necessary for robust victimization reduction and response initiatives;
- Designing and implementing a comprehensive City-wide strategy for crime victim services;
- Creating reporting structures, milestones, and public input strategies for oversight and community engagement pertaining to OCVS programs;
- Developing and coordinating the execution of multi-agency, cross-sector strategies focused on the reduction of victimization, and improvement of services, experiences, and outcomes for victims and survivors;
- Creating models for the holistic disruption of cycles of victimization, and implementing of interventions designed to bring about behavioral and cultural change;
- Working with courts, District Attorneys, police, city agencies and others who interact with victims and survivors in order to optimize interagency coordination;
- Engaging with stakeholders, electeds, and vendors to advance and implement policy reforms;
- Facilitating high-level decision-making relating to program models, funding structures, and program efficacy in accordance with emerging best-practices o Translate innovative research into feasible operational plans;
- Overseeing the portfolio of contracts within MOCJ that relate to crime victim services;
- Managing OCVS staff members responsible for community engagement, agency coordination, and problem solving around victimization; and
- Overseeing the creation of the City’s annual report on crime victim services.
- A JD or master’s degree from an accredited university and a minimum of 5 years proven experience in program or project management, with demonstrated expertise in leading teams through complex system implementations and integrations; Knowledge of the criminal and civil legal systems;
- Knowledge of budget and oversight procedures;
- Experience with contract and procurement processes;
- Knowledge of victim services, rights, and stakeholder advocacy;
- Experience managing sustained inter-agency, cross-systems, intergovernmental projects;
- Excellent organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills, including the ability to take initiative, solve problems, and balance competing priorities in a fast-paced environment;
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including skill at conducting presentations and meetings within all levels of the organization and with a wide variety of external clients, colleagues and collaborators to present the agency’s position;
- Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage complex and interdisciplinary projects;
- Ability to think creatively and embrace new approaches; and
- Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Commensurate with experience
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.