Center for Restorative Justice Associate Director of Criminal-Legal System Capacity Building

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Center for Restorative Justice:

The Center for Restorative Justice (CRJ) at Suffolk University was founded to foster collaborative partnerships to institutionalize restorative approaches to community building, response to harm, problem-solving and violations of legal and human rights.  Since 1997 Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice has served as a regional/national/international thought-leader in restorative justice policy and practice development.

The mission of the CRJ is to serve as a bridge between the academy, professionals, and communities through institutions such as public education, training, technical assistance, research, evaluation and scholarship.  As a community-engaged academic center, CRJ fosters restorative approaches to community building, resolving conflict and harm in justice systems, schools and communities.

Associate Director of Criminal-Legal System Capacity Building

The Associate Director of Criminal-Legal System Capacity Building furthers the CRJ mission for restorative justice by overseeing and managing the internal operations of CRJ’s criminal legal system work including coordinating ongoing training and curriculum development, client management, and marketing, in collaboration with training staff.  CRJ criminal-legal system operations include but are not limited to the:  Open Enrollment training program; client training contracts; Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice Practice and other special projects.  

The Associate Director of Criminal-Legal System Capacity Building will report to the CRJ Executive Director and Senior Director of Operations. S/he/they will also work collaboratively with CRJ directors and with full and part-time staff as needed to manage the criminal legal system operations and evaluation of projects and programs.

The Associate Director of Criminal-Legal System Capacity Building is responsible for the development of all CRJ work with criminal legal clients at any point along the criminal legal system from social services through re-entry after incarceration – to train, coach, strategically plan and facilitate their restorative justice whole system development. The Associate Director of Criminal-Legal System Capacity Building will help build the capacity of others to accomplish implementation of restorative justice practices. S/he/they will lead collaborative work with other CRJ staff to design, hone and offer restorative justice training to criminal legal system focused individuals, institutions and organizations, as well as provide more comprehensive supports to those systemic areas.

The Associate Director of Criminal-Legal System Capacity Building will, from time to time plan and deliver trainings, as well as implementation coaching and support of criminal legal system Restorative Justice Leadership Teams (including coordination with system level leaders or site coordinators; facilitating communication among all stakeholders; troubleshooting with criminal legal stakeholders in coordination with CRJ directors).


The ideal candidate: is savvy, thinks strategically and systemically and has substantial experience with restorative justice practices in one or more of the following settings; organizational development experience in criminal legal system, urban schools, and/or social service settings.  S/he/they have experience building, maintaining and managing teams, clients, working with adult professional development; cultural acuity and cultural humility; and is able to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team.


  • In alignment with the CRJ directors manages most internal criminal legal system focused operations. This includes, but is not limited to:

○        Building and managing CRJ criminal legal system client base, scheduling of trainings, and coaching relationships

○        Building and managing the Certificate program

○        Coordinating, managing and supervising criminal legal system operational issues with the directors

○        Coordinating with the directors on criminal legal system marketing and website development

○        Establishing regular internal criminal legal system team development and supervisory structures

  • Leads criminal legal system staff internal professional development in restorative justice, provides guidance on growth as CRJ practitioners. Works with criminal system staff on external trainings development
  • Assigns staff to responsibility for specific clients (e.g. work with the Department of Corrections, for in carceral work, community-based organizations, and/or governmental departments of social services, etc.) – to plan, coach and support implementation of whole institution or whole organization restorative justice development
  • In alignment with CRJ directors, leads criminal legal system staff, including setting and reviewing short- and long-term goals; performance evaluations, supervision of scheduling
  • Works with CRJ directors and other university staff (e.g. admissions and special projects) to manage and monitor Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice Practices program marketing, recruitment and program evaluation
  • Leads and participates in trainings as needed, frequency to vary based on other responsibilities and CRJ growth
  • Is responsible for criminal legal system client contracting in close coordination with CRJ directors


CRJ Team Engagement:

  • Participates regularly in all CRJ planning, CRJ team meetings and meetings with CRJ partners
  • Collaborates with other CRJ staff (and consultants) on specific project design and delivery
  • Oversees all project-related communication with assigned partners and institutions


 Administrative/Reporting Functions:

  • In coordination with the CRJ directors, development and maintain a system for tracking criminal legal system client interactions, contracts, and training and coaching notes
  • Act as primary liaison between CRJ partner organizations and institutions and the CRJ
  • Acts as primary liaison between project partners at the institution level
  • Provides timely reports and records
  • Administers, analyses, and reports on all programmatic evaluations
  • Facilitates team and project communication processes via meetings, reports, email, etc.
  • Represents the work of CRJ and partners to media and community members
  • Represents the work of CRJ positively in meetings with other agency personnel, community members, partnering organizations/agencies and stakeholders



  • Min. BA/BS. Advanced degree in related field preferred
  • Experience, knowledge and abiding commitment in restorative justice
  • Experience and knowledge in criminal legal settings and/or urban educational settings
  • Experience working in diverse settings/and demonstrated cultural acuity and cultural humility
  • Ability to work effectively with adults and youth
  • Highly organized, detail oriented with excellent writing and computer skills
  • Public speaking skills and ability to present ideas persuasively
  • Marketing in various media and in social media


SALARY AND BENEFITS- Commensurate with experience plus full benefits package

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