Chief Operating Officer - Common Justice

Common Justice

About the organization

Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, we operate the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim-service program in the United States that focuses on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing, and justice for survivors and their communities.


Strategy and Planning:

Lead the design and development of Common Justice’s next strategic plan.
Collaborate with the CEO in setting and driving organizational vision, operational strategy, and hiring needs.
People and Culture:

Oversee all aspects of human resources administration, ensuring that Common Justice offers an inclusive and equitable work environment, in which team members can show up as their authentic selves and actively participate in the continued evolution of Common Justice.
Ensure the effectiveness of the talent life cycle - including recruiting, onboarding, professional development, performance management, promotions, and retention - by centering transparency, equity, and accountability in all systems and processes.

In partnership with an external consultant, design and oversee the process for creating multi-year financial forecasting and a participatory budgeting process for departments, ensuring long term financial stewardship.
Determine internal infrastructure for in-house or outsourced financial and accounting support.

Oversee facilities and security management for both the Bronx and Brooklyn offices and workplace planning.
Oversee IT and technology, including organizational adaptations in response to COVID-19.
Maintain and build trusted relationships with key stakeholders, clients, partners, and vendors.
Oversee risk and legal/compliance, including proactive risk management, and all contracting.


Key Qualifications:

Demonstrated commitment to social justice through prior professional experience Nuanced race equity analysis and understanding of intersectionality.
Ten years in a senior leadership position, with specific experience in leading through growth, infrastructure building, and/or change.
Experience leading a strategic planning process, and articulating strategic plans into work streams and tactics
Significant experience leading a talent management function including oversight of culture and engagement, recruitment, performance management, and professional development.
Sophisticated knowledge of finance, budgeting, and accounting principles.
Highly seasoned team manager who manages teams to results through strong performance management, goal setting, delegation and prioritization.
Experience promoting the growth and development of individuals through empowering, advocating, and differentiated support.
Experience engaging colleagues and stakeholders collaboratively and building rapport and consensus.



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