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Director - National Center for Juvenile Justice



Director, National Center for Juvenile Justice

Application Deadline: February 28, 2023

Salary Range: $130,000 – $158,000 per annum, DOE
FLSA Status: Exempt

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), a national non-profit organization, is seeking applications to fill the position of Director, National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ). This position will build on the NCJFCJ’s exceptional 86-year record of improving courts and systems practice and raising awareness of the core issues that impact the lives of many of our nation’s children and families. As a leader in continuing education opportunities, research, publication development, technical assistance, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the NCJFCJ is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide. View the NCJFCJ’s current initiatives at:

The mission of the NCJFCJ is to provide all judges, courts, and related agencies and practitioners involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice. The NCJFCJ values team members who are independent, creative, tenacious, resourceful, dependable, and passionate about their work. NCJFCJ team members work collaboratively in a team setting to achieve this mission.

The National Center for Juvenile Justice, NCJFCJ’s research division, works toward effective justice for children and families through research and technical assistance. Research is a vital component of the NCJFCJ’s efforts to improve the lives of children and families. Since its inception 50 years ago, the NCJJ ( has been a resource for statistics and independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of juvenile justice. The NCJJ offers a collaborative work environment in a modern riverside location on Pittsburgh’s rapidly developing South Side.

This full-time Director, National Center for Juvenile Justice position is located in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information on the Pittsburgh area please visit

The successful candidate for the Director, National Center for Juvenile Justice position should be a strategic and dynamic leader with the ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives and maintain a working relationship with the Board of Directors as well as partners and other organizations.

The successful candidate for the Director, National Center for Juvenile Justice position will need the following skills:

  • Ability to foster professional relationships within the organization and with partners
  • Uphold the quality and integrity of the NCJJ’s work, including a commitment to and knowledge of the work of juvenile and family courts and related research, teamwork, professionalism, effective communication, and commitment to staff development and diversity
  • Design, manage, and direct research or technical assistance projects
  • Provide strategic leadership for the direction and administration of research programs (e.g., strategic planning and organizing, personnel and staffing, budgeting, and fiduciary oversight)
  • Target and develop diverse resources and funding streams necessary to financially support operations and projects (e.g., writing grant applications and developing funding proposals)
  • Conduct data analysis using a variety of tools/methods (e.g., SPSS, R, NVivo, etc.)
  • Conduct professional site visits and field work
  • Prepare information dissemination materials, including written reports, infographics, and websites
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance for juvenile justice, child welfare, and domestic violence practitioners
  • Respond to inquiries from policy makers, justice professionals, and others concerning child dependency, juvenile justice, domestic violence, and the activities of juvenile and family courts nationwide
  • Give presentations and represent the NCJFCJ at conferences and training sessions
  • Translate current research to practice for juvenile and family law professionals

The key desirable and preferred requirements for this position include:

  • Graduate degree from an accredited university in behavioral or social science or similar relevant areas of study (Ph.D. degree preferred)
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in child welfare, juvenile justice, and family court systems research, in a non-profit or public organization with sufficient ability and background to design and lead complex research projects and with demonstrated success in leadership, management, and development skills; or
  • Equivalent combination of training, education, and experience in a relevant field
  • Leadership experience in the juvenile justice field and in seeking grant/foundation funding; overseeing and managing research projects preferred
  • Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research/scholarly publications commensurate with career stage, and a demonstrated understanding of the peer-review process and strategies for meaningful dissemination of quality research to stakeholders
  • Passion or preference for working in a non-profit or grant-funded environment

For more information regarding the work experience, educational requirements, and essential job functions, please refer to the Director, National Center for Juvenile Justice job description attached.

The NCJFCJ’s current benefit package includes medical/dental/vision/prescription coverage for full-time employees and their dependents. Life insurance, and retirement savings plan with employer match after one year of employment. If you are a dynamic and professional individual who appreciates demanding yet gratifying work, we invite you to submit your completed application materials.

FOR FULL CONSIDERATION, applicants must submit the following no later than Tuesday, February 28, 2023:

  • Tailored Letter of Interest
  • Résumé or CV
  • Writing Sample

~ NCJFCJ is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer ~

Director – National Center for Juvenile Justice

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