Job Title: Program Associate
PVN ID: JJ-1610-001469
Category: Instruction and Social Service

Job Description

General Description

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is seeking a full-time Program Associate to provide programmatic support to its fellowship initiatives.  The Program Associate, under the supervision of the Director of Fellowships, will assist with managing the Pinkerton and Tow fellowships, developing and overseeing alumni services, mentoring fellows and serving as a contact for the host sites.  The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, proven ability to develop and maintain productive business relationships and a proven ability to manage multiple commitments combining attention to detail with productivity.

About the Prisoner Reentry Institute
The mission of the Prisoner Reentry Institute is to spur innovation and improve practice in the field of reentry by advancing knowledge; translating research into effective policy and service delivery; and fostering effective partnerships between criminal justice and non-criminal justice disciplines. Building on faculty expertise and student interest at John Jay College, the Institute's work focuses on professionalizing the field of reentry by providing practitioners and policymakers with practical tools and new ideas to advance their work. The Institute does not provide direct services to formerly incarcerated people except through the demonstration projects that it sponsors.  The Institute actively seeks financial support for its work from government and foundation sources. It is one of 12 centers and institutes that constitute the Research Consortium at John Jay College.

Other Duties

The Program Associate reports to the Director of PRI’s Fellowships and is responsible for the following:

  • Manage and participate in the recruitment and outreach efforts for fellows and host sites for all fellowship initiatives, particularly by presenting in classes, connecting with student groups, and otherwise rising awareness of and building interest in the fellowships.
  • Oversee the fellowship application process—manage the review of applications and coordinate the interview and selection processes.
  • Develop relationships with all fellows and all host site supervisors; provide guidance and direction to help fellows excel at their placement sites.
  • Provide assistance with the fellowship courses and other enrichment activities.
  • Assist with site visits and supervisor evaluations for all fellowships.
  • Foster an alumni community and organize alumni events.
  • Update and maintain a Salesforce database of contact info and other information on fellows and alumni.
  • Develop and maintain social networking groups for current and past fellows (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter).
  • Develop a newsletter that contains relevant information for fellows and alumni, such as internship and job opportunities, sponsored events, and current affairs in youth justice, public advocacy and other related topics
  • Coordinate with consultants and guest speakers to organize workshops for fellows and alumni.
  • Serve as a resource for both fellows and alumni.
  • Support alumni in pursuing their post-fellowship goals, particularly in editing resumes and other application materials, doing mock interviews, organizing professional development workshops on topics of interest to alumni, and connecting alumni with career counselors.
  • Create and distribute evaluations for host supervisors to complete to assess their fellows.
  • Meet with fellows to discuss their experiences in the fellowship and provide necessary support.
  • Play an active role in fellowship-related projects.
  • Lead initiatives to increase fellowship visibility for potential fellows and host sites, as well as across the juvenile justice community.


We are seeking candidates who excel in management, are highly organized, and who balance self-directive and collaborative instincts.  Candidates should have:

  • An undergraduate degree and 3+ years of related professional experience;
  • A track record of skillful program implementation and management;
  • A demonstrated commitment to building and maintaining strong working relationships among diverse stakeholders;
  • Experience working with students;
  • Knowledge of criminal justice issues a plus;
  • Strong communications skills including superior writing ability;
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint); and
  • Familiarity with various social media platforms
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus

About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Key Features

Prisoner Reentry Institute
Full Time
Annual Salary Range
$42,000.00 - $55,000.00
Closing Date
Jan 25, 2017 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit