2017 CJI Circle Meeting with BT, Maru Mora Villialpando, Topeka Sam, Alex Sanchez, CJI Circle and Staff.

Open Positions:

  • Grants Program Officer

About the Criminal Justice Initiative

The Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) brings together community organizers and donor activists to identify, fund and nurture grassroots organizations that engage communities in transforming the U.S. criminal justice system.

Over the last 15 years, CJI has funded over 200 grassroots organizations in states across the U.S. that are impacting a diverse set of criminal justice issues from shackling imprisoned women during childbirth to mandatory minimums, stop and frisk, private prisons, youth offenders, solitary confinement and immigrant detention. 

Seeking a Full-Time Grants Program Officer!

The New York based Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI), a donor activist funding body, is searching for a full time program officer who will play a key role in shaping and implementing the funding circle’s national criminal justice reform work. We are seeking a criminal justice professional, previous confinement experience a plus, who can help us expand our funding work and build deeper community coalitions.

Position Overview:

The Grants Program Officer manages the annual grants cycle, develops grant-making strategy in consultation with the Director and CJI Leadership Circle members and stays abreast of trends and approaches to criminal justice reform.  

The Grants Program Officer must be a strong problem solver with a nuanced understanding of criminal justice issues in all communities of color, expert organizational skills to help manage program growth and multiple efforts and strong communication skills, and attention to detail, that supports grantee relationships and donor collaborations.  


  • Manages CJI Donor Circle meetings related to program and coordinates Circle committees.

  • Primary responsibility for the Grants Meeting agenda and planning in cooperation with the Director and planning committee, including the grants deliberation process.

  • Drafts the annual Grants Cycle Calendar with the Director.

  • Drafts the Request for Proposals (RFP)/LOI in conjunction with the Director.

  • Primary responsibility for planning the annual public education meeting.

  • Helps coordinate quarterly Political Education Webinars.

  • Primary contact for grantee communication

Writes the Grants List and grantee profiles.
Feeds info on grantee updates to administrator for posting on website, Facebook, Twitter.
Conducts grantee survey or other info gathering from grantees re their experience of CJI practices and process.


  • Related work experience in criminal justice or philanthropy a plus.

  • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with an ability to work on multiple efforts at the same time.

  • Truly collaborative spirit who can also excel working alone on projects

  • Familiarity with criminal justice issues, community organizing dynamics in communities of color and funding best practices.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Comfort in managing cultural diversity, class differences, gender bias, LGBTQ issues, age differences and all other differences as they relate to both criminal justice policy and community organizing.

  • Able to take direction and able to work independently

  • Openness, curiosity, flexibility and love of learning appreciated.

Compensation: Salary is competitive and based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package.

The Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) is a program of the Solidago Foundation. It is the policy of the Solidago Foundation to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of history of incarceration, race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, military status, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or gender.

How to apply: Applications open until position is filled. Please email resume with a cover letter to cjistaffing@gmail.com