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Senior Planner



Posted: 10/05/2017


The New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) is a not-for-profit service and research organization, operating under a contract with the City of New York. CJA provides pretrial services to over 200,000 persons arrested annually in New York City. Information collected about these arrestees and subsequent case processing is maintained in the agency’s internal and externally shared database systems, which are used to conduct descriptive and evaluation research on arrestee characteristics, case processing and court outcomes, and on issues in criminal justice policy in New York City. CJA’s programs operate in the criminal courts and detention facilities within the 5 boroughs of NYC, employing over 230 employees, citywide.



The Senior Planner would be responsible for supporting CJA’s ambitious institutional reform efforts, including playing a key role in initiatives focused on reducing jail population rates as well as guiding the roll-out of CJA’s newly formed strategic plan.

The Senior Planner is a well networked and resourced professional in the Criminal Justice arena who seeks to build and increase relationships that improve organizational capacity through external funding opportunities and partnerships.



Managing key planning functions critical to meeting the agency’s contractual obligations with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Services, the Senior Planner will work closely with the Operations, Research and IT departments to refine operational processes, implement agency-wide training, incorporate technology and engage staff in various phases of program planning, audit and evaluation.



Working closely with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and other project partners to support concurrent planning for strategic initiatives that affect detention and incarceration rates. Implementing and overseeing CJA’s strategic plan, driving strategic initiatives and taking direct ownership of several activities from planning to implementation. Improving the agency’s capacity to meet contractual obligations or performing work reflective of the trends or unmet needs in pretrial service delivery.


Providing continuous oversight of multiple projects to ensure on-time completion, fiscal responsibility and quality output. Efficiently and effectively documenting and communicating project plans, schedules, decisions, status, potential risks, and appropriate corrective actions. Interacting and communicating clearly and concisely with project team members and stakeholders, internal and external partners and city leaders.


Evaluating the operational effectiveness of CJA’s programs; coordinating with the Research and IT departments to assess program performance.


Keeping abreast of best practices and the evidence base on what works in pretrial justice, in order to assist the integration of relevant research into current operations. Building and developing partnerships with other pretrial service organizations, government agencies, professional associations and educational institutions to promote the agency’s work, replicate best practices, and create opportunities for organizational growth.


Communicating and presents organizational plans to a wide variety of stakeholders, including city officials, board of directors, community and business partners.

Writing status reports on program development, implementation plans and drafts proposals for outsourced services, including nonprofit grant writing.


  • Minimum requirement BA/BS; Advanced Degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience Planning or Project Management in pretrial, diversion, ATI/ATD field or other non-profit sector; PM Certification, a plus
  • Experience in criminal justice program management, administration or development, including pretrial services, ATD or ATI programs, court administration, diversion or bail reform
  • In-depth understanding of the NYC Criminal Court system including current issues and stakeholders in pretrial services
  • Strong writing and communications skills with the ability to present to large groups
  • Experience with grant writing and report writing preferred

SALARY:       Commensurate with Experience

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to: 

BENEFITS: CJA offers a very generous benefit plan including health, dental and vision insurance, 4 weeks' vacation, paid holidays and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions



The New York City Criminal Justice Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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