Project Director, NYC Justice Corps


The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is seeking a full-
time Project Director to oversee the NYC Justice Corps, a city funded initiative that brings
young adults involved with the criminal justice system into partnership with their communities
to identify and address unmet community needs. The NYC Justice Corps aims to improve
the education and employment outcomes of Corps members, keep them out of the criminal
justice system, and support community development in targeted New York City communities.
Through meaningful and reparative service to their communities, internships, and job and
educational opportunities, the NYC Justice Corps provides Corps members with practical skills,
social support and leadership training. By actively partnering with the NYC Justice Corps,
communities own the success and reintegration of their young people.

Funding from the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity has enabled PRI to expand
the NYC Justice Corps to four New York City neighborhoods that are disproportionately affected
by poverty and crime. New contracts for program start-up began July 1. The Project Director
will oversee this initiative and foster cooperation and learning among key stakeholders
including the community-based partners who provide direct services, professional colleagues,
governmental partners, the public, a data management firm, evaluators, and other nonprofit
organizations. The Project Director reports to the Director of PRI, works closely with a Special
Advisor to the PRI and the Director of Operations, and supervises the Data Manager.

About the Prisoner Reentry Institute
The mission of the Prisoner Reentry Institute is to spur innovation and improve practice in
the field of reentry by advancing knowledge; translating research into effective policy and
service delivery; and fostering effective partnerships between criminal justice and non-criminal
justice disciplines. Building on faculty expertise and student interest at John Jay College, the
Institute’s work focuses on professionalizing the field of reentry by providing practitioners and
policymakers with practical tools and new ideas to advance their work. The Institute does not
provide direct services to formerly incarcerated people except through the demonstration
projects that it sponsors. The Institute actively seeks financial support for its work from
government and foundation sources. It is one of 12 centers and institutes that constitute the
Research Consortium at John Jay College.

Job Responsibilities:
The Project Director is responsible for:
• Overseeing four NYC Justice Corps programs, including their launch, development and
ongoing management.

•Fostering multilateral involvement in ongoing program development and in the
ownership and achievement of program goals and objectives.
•Working cooperatively with the Special Advisor to develop and deliver sound program
policies, tools, resources and learning exchanges to ensure quality programs across
•Working with the Operations Director to ensure effective budget and fiscal
management of all sites and overall project.
•Supervising Data Manager who ensures that sites are trained in the proprietary
data management system, conducts quality control of data, executes data analyses
to identify and develop program improvements, and ensures that all reporting
commitments are fulfilled.
•Conducting visits to program sites to meet quality control objectives.
Preparing monthly and quarterly progress reports to the City.
•Assisting with evaluation design and implementation.
•Directing and leading public information and marketing initiatives related to the NYC
Justice Corps.
•Convening regular strategic planning meetings with key stakeholders.
•Representing PRI and the NYC Justice Corps in broader efforts concerned with poverty
alleviation, reentry, youth and workforce development.
•Providing leadership, insight and guidance to ongoing opportunities to improve and
replicate program model.
•Collaborating with College and CUNY procurement and legal departments to administer
Justice Corps contracts.
•Monitoring program budgets and collaborating with CUNY to ensure timely payment for


The ideal candidate has experience in both governmental program development and contract
administration, as well as in the management of community based organizations that deliver
direct services. The Project Director must lead an intricate collaboration and possess a
sophisticated understanding of how to design and maintain systems and processes. Additional
qualifications include:
• Knowledge of best practices, research and trends in youth reentry, youth development,
workforce development, and community development.
• Strong project management, problem solving and leadership skills.
• Strong interpersonal, communication, and consensus building skills with the ability to
work as a team leader.
• Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation.
• Experience in budget and fiscal management preferred.

• Strong analytical skills in data management and analysis preferred. Knowledge/
experience in statistics, educational research methods and outcome evaluation tools are
•Minimum of two years supervisory experience.

•Master’s degree in public administration, criminal justice or related field and four years
experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Compensation commensurate with experience.

How to apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to:

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Americans with Disabilities Act E-Verify Employer.

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