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Director of Capacity Building & Learning

Status: Full-Time

Location: Brooklyn, NY (Hybrid)/Remote

Reports to: Executive Director

About NBWJI. The National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI) aims to eliminate racial and gender disparities in the U.S. criminal-legal system that are responsible for its disproportionate impact on Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people. We engage in rigorous research and capacity building in order to transform the current system and promote policy change that centers and uplifts the voices and experiences of system-impacted Black women and girls. Through our work, we seek to dismantle the punitive paradigm driving the U.S. criminal-legal system and build in its place pathways to healing and opportunity. At NBWJI, we envision a society where healing—not punishment—is upheld as justice.

What you’ll do. The National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI) seeks a director of capacity-building and learning who is passionate about building the knowledge, skills, and practice of individuals and systems that affect the lives of directly impacted Black women and girls. The director of capacity building and learning will be responsible for implementing NBWJI’s core capacity-building strategies, including developing and facilitating trainings, creating educational resources and tools, and providing technical assistance. The person in this role must be adept at translating complex data and concepts into accessible, engaging, and actionable information and resources for practitioners in the field.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative leader whose approach to capacity-building is rooted in partnership. They have expertise in criminal/juvenile legal system reform and/or the criminalization of Black women and girls. This person also has experience co-creating educational resources in collaboration with directly impacted people.


  • Overseeing the development, execution, and expansion of NBWJI’s capacity-building projects and initiatives, including refining NBWJI’s approach and strategy

  • Developing curricula, trainings, and workshops for educators, organizational leaders, criminal/juvenile legal system actors etc. to equip them with knowledge and skills to create and implement policies and practices that advance healing-centered justice

  • Developing educational resources, including practitioner guides, toolkits, etc. promoting best and promising practices in the field

  • Facilitating trainings and workshops

  • Collaborating with NBWJI leadership to develop new projects grounded in NBWJI research, evaluation, and data analysis

  • Convening and supporting advisory committees of directly impacted Black women and girls

  • Building partnerships with leaders and organizations in the field

  • Serving as point person for technical assistance/capacity-building projects

  • Co-leading communities of learning and practice alongside NBWJI’s director of research & advocacy

  • Establishing key performance measures to monitor and evaluate NBWJI’s capacity-building initiatives and projects, including preparing summary reports for internal and external audiences

  • Representing NBWJI publicly, as necessary

  • Assisting with grant writing and reporting


  • 7+ years of experience working in criminal/juvenile legal system reform and/or related fields

  • Expertise in developing educational resources, including curricula, trainings, practitioner guides, etc.

  • Experience assisting organizations and institutions that impact the lives of directly impacted Black women and girls (e.g., prisons/jails, foster care, schools, etc.) to implement innovative policies and programs

  • Experience partnering with directly impacted people to develop informational and educational resources and tools

  • Deep understanding of the concepts of intersectionality, gender-responsivity, cultural-affirmation, and trauma

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse communities

  • Self-motivated, proactive, and forward-thinking

  • Great project management skills, including time management, goal-setting, multitasking, and prioritization

  • Ability to work independently and with teams

  • Detail-oriented and highly organized

  • Excellent writer and verbal communicator

  • Knowledge about program evaluation is a plus

Salary and benefits: The position offers a salary of $90,000-$100,000, commensurate with experience. Employees benefits include health coverage, short and long-term disability, paid time off, and others. This position is full-time (FSLA: Exempt).

Equal Opportunity Employment: The National Black Women’s Justice Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, criminal history, or disability. NBWJI encourages people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.

To Apply: Submit a statement of interest, your resumé, and a relevant work sample you are proud of to this link.

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