The JDAI Coordinator is responsible for providing direct program support in connection with the JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative). The JDAI Coordinator maintains a flexible, organized and efficient work schedule and is subject to work more than a normal work day and be on-call to facilitate program services.
- Become an expert in the purpose and use of secure detention and detention alternatives, as well as in the principles and language of juvenile detention reform to help understand and anticipate the barriers to reform.
- Work actively and collaboratively with Local JDAI Steering Committees and the JJC’s (Juvenile Justice Commission) Office of Local Programs & Services to help facilitate the implementation of the JDAI.
- Participate on the Local JDAI Steering Committee and its Subcommittees, attending and facilitating meetings, providing information and guidance regarding JDAI strategies and detention best-practices, and working to develop local policy
and practice that achieve the goals of the JDAI.
- Collect and analyze extensive data regarding juvenile justice processes and the population of youth in the juvenile detention system over time, including those referred to detention, those in secure detention, and those placed in detention
alternatives. Tasks include, but are not limited to, contributing to the
development of appropriate methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative),
developing research instruments, reviewing court, detention, and program files,
interviewing juvenile justice personnel, and developing, maintaining, and
- Prepare and present analytical reports and related information regarding the use,
efficiency, and effectiveness of the local detention system; draw conclusions
and explain results; help Local Steering Committee identify where improvement
is needed and the appropriate strategies for making those improvements.
- Help monitor the progress of the JDAI. Document and track policies and practices implemented; evaluate whether strategies implemented achieve intended outcomes; prepare related reports; make appropriate recommendations.
- Serve as liaison between the Local Steering Committee, the JJC’s Office of Local Programs & Services, and the State Steering Committee, sharing information, addressing questions, and reporting progress.
- Train/educate staff and juvenile justice personnel in the principles of JDAI via one-on-one discussions, group presentations, and participation at JDAI conferences.
- A Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice or related field.
- One year of experience working in juvenile justice, social justice, youth-serving, or similar field, and/or conducting research in the above.
- Knowledge of and experience working with SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences).
- Knowledge of various research methods and statistical techniques, both quantitative and qualitative.
- Experience with data collection, data analysis, and preparing analytical reports.
- Ability to interpret and explain research results and data findings.
- Strong writing skills.
- Ability to think critically, analytically, and independently, as well as communicate
effectively, in order to contribute to and lead discussions regarding
strategies for justice-system reform, and to help plan for and implement those
- Ability to work productively and proactively without constant, direct supervision, and to manage time effectively.
- Ability to work cooperatively, collaboratively, and diplomatically with a variety of keyactors, and to facilitate challenging discussions and problem-solving.
- Experience with other analytical software helpful (SAS, Microsoft Access).