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


Open Positions:

  • Associate Director of Development

  • 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 an Associate Director of Development!

The New York based Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI), a donor activist funding body, is searching for an Associate Director of Development to assist with the coordination and administration of the day-to-day operations of the Development Department.

Essential Functions

  • Develops and writes proposals to fund grant-making, other programs and events;
  • Develop proposals, grant applications, reports and other correspondence for submission to individual prospects and current funders. 
  • Assists in the development and preparation of the case for annual giving and proposals for the general operating fund; prepares reports to funders;
  • Work with Donor Organizer, consultant or in-house staff to develop direct marketing appeals
  • Identify and research new prospects, develop cultivation and solicitation strategies, and build relationships prospects and current funders.
  • Manage donor acknowledgement, stewardship and benefit fulfillment.
  • Manage accurate recording and maintenance of departmental records; prepare internal reports as needed.
  • Assist Director and Donor Organizer in supporting Circle and Development Committee’s fundraising activities.

Assist with letters and other writing
Work with Marketing Consultant on look and feel for grassroots messaging
Integrate technology and social media
Develop call strategies and support solicitors
Cross-functional support related to individual donors
Logistic and fundraising support to Fundraising Events
Coordinate with Director, Circle and EA for fundraising scheduling

  • Exercises judgment, sensitivity and discretion in the execution of assigned responsibilities;
  • Assists in establishing Development goals;
  • Assists in maintaining close contact with both donors and prospective donors;
  • Provides support in fundraising and cultivation contacts; manages the annual renewal solicitation process;
  • Assists in establishing an effective foundation identification, cultivation and solicitation program for annual operating support; 
  • Prepares responses to inquiries

Qualifications

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of five years experience in foundation fund raising, preferably in a non-profit environment. 

Knowledge and Skills

  • Must have strong inter-personal skills, with the ability to deal effectively with a wide range of persons.
  • Excellent oral and written communications and organizational skills required.
  • Fund raising background in foundation cultivation, solicitation, grant writing, and donor research desirable. 
  • Must be familiar with and have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software using Excel and Access, Little Green Light or similar database or fundraising software
  • Familiarity with Network for Good or other online giving/ crowd sourcing/ fundraising platforms or campaigns a plus.
  • Must have excellent event planning skills.
  • Familiarity with diversified funding sources for non-profits, such as federal, state & municipal employee giving programs, merchandising, etc a plus.
  • Demonstrated alignment with CJI’s mission to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization is a plus.
  • Must be comfortable articulating CJI policy positions, principles and values elevating the role of directly-impacted leadership in movement organizations
  • Must be comfortable articulating CJI’s cross-race/cross-class activist advised, consensus-based grant-making model
  • Must be able to travel as deemed necessary.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Data Coordinator/Assistant/Researcher
  • Temporary personnel as needed during peak periods
  • Demonstrated alignment with CJI’s mission to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization is a plus.
  • People directly impacted by the criminal justice or immigration system; with a previous history of incarceration; women; people of color; LGBTQI people; people with disabilities, encouraged to apply. 

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: Deadline for application is August 3rd, 2018. Please email resume with a cover letter to cjistaffing@gmail.com


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.  

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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: Deadline for application is August 3rd, 2018. Please email resume with a cover letter to cjistaffing@gmail.com