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Program Director

New York City, NY, USA | Non Profit Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Project Management
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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The program director will join the State Initiatives division to manage one or more state-level projects, foster new and innovative projects, and manage a highly skilled team engaged in advancing evidence informed policies, develop strategic messaging and cultivating new project opportunities. Working with elected leaders, agency officials and highly skilled staff, and a variety of other stakeholders, the program director will have the opportunity to provide expert guidance to states and CSG Justice Center staff that are enacting and implementing new policies and practices to reduce recidivism and achieve public safety goals. The program director will grow the ability of the division to leverage our content expertise, chart future strategic growth, and manage its day-to-day operations to ensure the success of the program. The program director will also identify opportunities for new projects and programs, develop funding plans to support these projects, help chart the program's future strategic growth, and manage the day-to-day operations to ensure success of the program. The program director will: 

Stay abreast of emerging trends within the criminal justice field; work closely with state leaders to understand challenges faced by states; encourage dialogue and research that frames and explores critical issues relevant to the criminal justice field; deepen expertise of internal staff teams; build consensus and support relating to critical issues to the criminal justice field, both within and outside the CSG Justice Center.

Help shape and articulate the CSG Justice Center's long-range adult criminal justice policy agenda, including specific initiatives and projects that can become signature programs for the State Initiatives division and the CSG Justice Center.

Foster and facilitate innovative approaches to addressing criminal justice system challenges within the organization and at the state and local levels.

Further effective communication about the CSG Justice Center's criminal justice initiatives, most often facilitating the involvement of the CSG Justice Center's varied constituencies and funders.

Motivate and maintain a high-performance team; recruit new staff as appropriate, ensure effective training/development of present and new staff, and manage staff workload and evaluate performance.

Have a track record of effectively managing multiple projects, an ability to translate the latest research into innovative policy and implementation action steps that reflect the context of a particular jurisdiction, a commitment to improving criminal justice system outcomes, and proven leadership skills to build internal and external teams.

Identify opportunities to build new projects, services, assessments, and programming for states and other CSG Justice Center constituencies.

Implement effective internal communications systems; encourage cooperation and partnership between CSG Justice Center divisions.

Develop relationships with funders in local, state, and federal government, as well as with private foundations, that enable the CSG Justice Center to sustain and expand its work


We are seeking candidates with practical, relevant experience and an understanding of "what works" in criminal justice practices through experience and literature. We are looking for people who are results oriented and can tailor recommendations and guidance provided to states for a specific audience or jurisdiction. The successful candidate values strong communication, collaboration, and leadership, with the following skills and abilities: 

Demonstrated success working in the criminal justice policy arena across policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, research and/or implementation;

Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of current trends, principal theories, leading thinkers, and major concerns in the criminal justice field;

Solid management skills; an ability to plan, organize, and follow through with staff; experience administering budgets and assessing organizational capacity;

Demonstrated success in project and grants management including maintaining and cultivating relationships with funders, designing technical assistance/educational programming and the evaluation of technical assistance activities;

Strong written and oral communications skills, including the means to address issues in nonpartisan and non-polarizing ways;

A record of success working collaboratively with a team of diverse, strong, influential people to achieve common goals;

A demonstrated ability to work effectively with policymakers, agency leadership, community leaders, and funders;

Personal commitment to advancing the CSG Justice Center's values, mission, goals, and programs with an understanding of a range of criminal justice issues and their implications;

A strategic thinker who can translate vision into action;

Able to function effectively in a nonpartisan manner without letting personal ideology interfere;

A negotiator who is open and responsive to the ideas of others;

Able to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities;

Willingness to travel frequently, up to two or three times per month, to deliver technical assistance on site in states across the country.


At least seven (7) years of professional experience in relevant nonprofit or public sector setting, including five (5) years of experience managing and supervising staff and teams

Previous work with correctional, behavioral health, law enforcement, supervision, or another criminal justice agency or related organization required

Experience providing technical assistance to officials in state and local government and across various criminal justice systems preferred

Experience managing large-scale, successful, complex projects and experience with fundraising, state contracts, and federal grants compliance highly desired


A Bachelor' degree is required, a graduate degree in the social sciences such as criminal justice, psychology, sociology or public policy (preferred)

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