Program Director, Reentry and Employment - MD

  • 1933
  • Bethesda, MD, USA
  • Nov 27, 2017
Full time Manager

Job Description

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the CSG Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various, often highly politicized, criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center not only develops written and web-based materials, but also provides on-the-ground technical assistance to cross-systems policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, behavioral health, housing, workforce, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions. 




The Reentry and Employment Program Director will serve as a key member of the leadership team for the CSG Justice Center's Corrections and Reentry Division. This Division includes a team of approximately 20 professionals who lead and staff a number of initiatives to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people involved in the criminal justice system.

The Program Director will manage the Reentry and Employment Program's portfolio of initiatives and activities focused on three key areas: 1) integrating corrections and employment programming and systems to ensure people leaving incarceration have the skills they need to be competitive in the labor market; 2) engaging employers to create opportunities for work for people with criminal records; and 3) assisting state and local policymakers in understanding the policies that may help or hinder a person's access to employment and lead to reductions in recidivism.

The Program Director is responsible for identifying gaps in services and developing solutions and subject matter expertise in their specific policy area; in-depth analysis of relevant administrative policies, programmatic design and implementation, research, and legislation in the specific policy area of reentry and employment; forging partnerships with stakeholders to promote, inform, and implement program priorities; coordinating and leading teams of expert consultants; and developing legislative and administrative policy briefs.

The incumbent will oversee all aspect of the Reentry and Employment Program operations; coordinate and participate in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country; ensure adherence to and compliance with funding requirements; work with the Justice Center's finance team and senior staff to monitor and oversee program budgets; and troubleshoot issues and challenges. The Program Director will also directly supervise staff; oversee special projects; serve as a coordinator for program staff, and oversee professional development and team building efforts.



Specific responsibilities of the Program Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee the implementation of a project addressing the accessibility and use of criminal records in reentry decisions, particularly employment opportunities;
  • Provide oversight to key program activities, such as technical assistance delivery, development of written tools and products, and policy consulting services;
  • Serve as a coordinator for the program's staff, consisting of program associates, policy analysts, legal fellows senior policy analysts, project managers, and senior policy advisors;
  • Track the implementation and execution of the program's strategic and action plan, and monitor progress, troubleshoot challenges, and adjust priorities, as needed;
  • Manage the program's $2.6+ million annual budget, including budgeting, financial monitoring and reporting, grants management and reporting, business development, and fundraising;
  • Ensure compliance with reporting and administrative requirements from federal, state, local, and private funders;
  • Create and implement human resources practices such as staffing plans, professional development, training and education plans for program staff, and orientation/on-boarding materials, and coordinate practices with other managers across the division;
  • Provide leadership to the program and serve as the spokesperson for the program while managing relationships with internal and external partners;
  • Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings with high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
  • Respond to media inquiries and interviews, in consultation with the Justice Center's public affairs team;
  • Collaborate with senior staff to develop long-range strategies to guide the CSG Justice Center's work;
  • Contribute to the development of CSG Justice Center website content, and strategize with staff and technical consultants on ways to use the web to promote policy goals;
  • Develop/expand the knowledge base on criminal justice and reentry and employment policy issues and identify and engage new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal partners;
  • Manage inter-divisional collaboration within the CSG Justice Center, including identifying themes and linkages across disparate initiatives and leveraging opportunities to incubate and test new ideas and approaches; and
  • Other related duties, as assigned.



  • Demonstrated experience and skill with program monitoring, reporting, and budgeting in a non-profit setting;
  • Experience with strategic planning, action/work planning; and implementation monitoring;
  • Capable project manager and supervisor, ability to oversee multiple complex initiatives and projects in an efficient, organized way with the ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills including written, public speaking, and group/meeting facilitation, ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way;
  • Experience and expertise in managing collaborative or interagency planning and problem-solving;
  • Demonstrated track record in team building, staff supervision and mentoring, and professional development;
  • Understanding of policy and programming in the areas of criminal justice, including corrections and reentry, and workforce development;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor;
  • Experience working with and interacting with federal, state, and local government officials is highly desired;
  • Experience with fund development, grant writing, and foundation relations a plus; and
  • Willingness to travel up to several times per month.



Seven (7) or more years of professional experience in employment and workforce development in a non-profit or private sector setting, including five (5) years of experience managing and supervising staff and teams. Strong grasp of policies, programs, and practices in the fields of criminal justice and workforce development required.



Undergraduate degree (required)/Graduate degree (strongly preferred) in a related field, such as public policy, public administration, non-profit management, or business.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers.
  • Frequently operates a computer to create policy briefs, memos, and presentations.
  • Frequently remains in a stationary position to perform desk duties.
  • Frequently works in a well-lit, tempered room.
  • Occasionally moves throughout the office to communicate to coworkers.
  • Seldom transports objects, such as files or paper boxes, with weight up to 25 pounds.



Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in pdf format):

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples (no more than three pages each)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least three)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled)


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