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.
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 email@example.com
Criminal Justice Initiative seeking a Full-Time Executive Assistant
The New York based Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI), a donor-activist funding body, is searching for a full-time Executive Assistant, who will directly support the Founding Director in shaping and implementing the funding circle’s national criminal justice reform work.
The Executive Assistant will:
- assist the Founding Director in the coordination and administration of CJI’s day-to-day operations
- exercise judgment, sensitivity and discretion in the execution of assigned responsibilities
- present a positive image of the Criminal Justice Initiative and the Founding Director’s Office in all internal and external contacts.
The Executive Assistant 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 funder relationships and donor collaborations.
- Assist the Director in the coordination and administration of the day-to-day operations of the Director’s Office.
- Assist the Director in the preparation and control of the Director’s Office non-personnel budget.
- Coordinate the scheduling, preparation and logistics of appointments and meetings (with a heavy focus on fundraising).
- As requested, assist the Director in the coordination of agency cultivation and development activities and events.
- Make travel arrangements for the Director.
- Exercise judgment, sensitivity and discretion in the execution of assigned responsibilities.
- Coordinate and assist with communication to the Director Office’s internal and external contacts. Maintain an accurate, accessible network database on a current basis.
- As requested by the Director, initiate and oversee assigned projects.
- Maintain the records and files needed for the effective administration and operation; ensure their completeness and confidentiality.
- Review and screen incoming correspondence and phone calls and ensures their responsive and expeditious processing.
- Maintain an awareness of current agency policies and guidelines and assists the Director in ensuring that administrative operations and practices are in compliance.
- Manage any and all other activities assigned by the Director.
- Ensure timely follow-up on all requests to the Director’s office.
- Liaison with other departments as required or directed.
- Maintain contact with the offices of corporate and foundation funding sources; with key private donors of their staffs; and with vendors, consultants and other outside resources.
- Temporary personnel as needed during peak periods.
Bachelor’s degree preferred, associate degree acceptable.
Must have a minimum of five years’ administrative experience, preferably in a non-profit environment, with substantial administrative responsibilities.
Knowledge and Skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Must be able to prioritize and multi-task, while remaining unflappable, professional, and maintaining grace under fire.
- Strong interpersonal skills, able to deal effectively with a wide range of persons; in particular people with different levels of access to wealth and class, people of different ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations and identities; people with a history of incarceration, and people directly impacted by the criminal justice system.
- Excellent administrative skills; comfortable and proficient with professional correspondence and editing, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, mail merge functions; document formatting, etc.
- Facility with donor database and/or electronic admissions programs a plus. Experience with zoom or other webinar and teleconference programs a plus.
- Able to take direction, work in a team, and work independently.
- Able to maintain discretion with confidential information.
- Must have a well-developed sense of humor.
- Thrives on creating harmony out of chaos, and creating administrative systems that enhance clarity and efficiency.
- Demonstrated alignment with the movement for CJI’s mission of ending mass incarceration and mass criminalization is a plus.
Compensation: Salary is competitive and based on experience and qualifications.
The Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workplace; formerly incarcerated people, people of color, LGBTQ people, women, people with disabilities and other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to apply: Deadline for application is August 24th, 2018. Please email resume with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org