Director, International Interventions

National Network for Safe Communities
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 10

Position description

NNSC is seeking a full-time, New York City-based Director to oversee our international violence reduction work. NNSC’s International portfolio was officially launched in 2017. In a short period of time, the International team has established multi-year partnerships in Mexico and Sweden. The IIT has also completed analytic work in El Salvador and has a range of ongoing exploratory conversations with countries as diverse as Australia, Colombia, Brazil and South Africa. The National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NNSC) focuses on supporting cities implementing proven strategic interventions to reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communities, and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Director is responsible for leading engagement in international locations from inception through to regular support and management. The position is a member of the NNSC senior leadership team, led by David Kennedy. Major duties and responsibilities include: 

  • Guide NNSC’s emerging partnerships by providing technical leadership on the direction of and support to our partners. This includes reconceiving NNSC’s technical approaches to the country or cultural context, guiding foreign nationals and other staff, liaising regularly with donor partners and monitoring quality of implementation and partnership; and, providing direct advising to partner sites.
  • Represent NNSC’s International portfolio to external actors, including donors, policy makers, community leaders, law enforcement, and academic partners.
  • Determine methods through which to measure progress against specific goals and outcomes; and, report outcomes, challenges, and innovation opportunities.
  • Set the vision for strategic planning, fundraising, budgeting, and identifying areas for programmatic improvement across the International portfolio.
  • Continuously review operational data to achieve desired public safety outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence.
  • Push out commentary on the international work through written material, including op-eds, newsletter content, website and social media material.
  • Hire, supervise and develop a high performing staff and manage projects at international locations
  • Support and participate in all aspects of senior management within the NNSC


We are looking for a highly-organized individual with experience setting strategic direction. The ideal candidate is experienced and well established in the violence prevention, peace-building or criminal justice field. This includes having a demonstrated network, professional background, and an established reputation in the field of international violence reduction. The ideal candidate is able to lead strategic planning for the program and staff growth and development. They are also able to develop policies, processes, procedures and practices that contribute to the direction, health and well-being of the NNSC. The ideal candidate is able to work collaboratively, give and receive feedback and constructive criticism, and be flexible and adaptable. They have a proven commitment to supporting peaceful, healthy communities. They also have a proven track record of and interest in working with a diverse range of actors and demonstrated success in organizing and leading new projects in partnership with other stakeholders. This experience includes effectively managing international projects, interdisciplinary teams and coordinating among multiple collaborative structures. Excellent written and oral communication skills and being detailed oriented, persistent, and optimistic are also important.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of 10 years demonstrating progressive responsibility.
  • Significant experience working collaboratively on highly sensitive matters of violence or community safety in the international context.
  • Expert knowledge of criminal justice or violence prevention, actors, and trends.
  • Experience working with law enforcement (police, military, prosecutors, etc.) agencies, communities, government officials, and social service agencies.
  • Experience providing direct supervision and/or management.
  • An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in criminal justice, political science, international relations, public policy or related field is highly desirable.

Other Requirements

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Flexibility to travel, both nationally and internationally (appx. 30% of the time)
  • Bilingual Fluency (with preference for fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish)

Our generous benefits package including:

  • Insurance: Health, dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • Time Off: 16 paid holidays, 15 days of annual leave, 4 personal days, 20 sick days.
  • Retirement: 8% employer contribution after 1 year of employment; employees are vested in the employer contribution after 3 years of employment; no employee contribution required.
  • CUNY Tuition Reimbursement: Reimbursement of credits for courses taken at any CUNY institution after 1 year of employment.
  • Other Benefits
  • Summer Fridays from July 4th through the end of August.
  • Voluntary one-day-a-week remote work option.
  • $1,000 per year available to support independent pursuit of professional development opportunities.
  • Free New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Application instructions

Please submit a resume and letter of interest to the attention of David Kennedy at Your one page letter of interest should describe your interest in and qualifications for this position, how you learned of this vacancy, and your salary requirements.

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on

follow us on Twitter