Job Title: Project Director, Statewide Projects
PVN ID: JJ-1709-002084
Category: Managerial and Professional

Job Description

General Description

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is seeking a full-time Project Director to manage a new component of our Educational Initiatives that will focus on building capacity for expanding higher education in NYS prisons.  In this role, the Project Director will manage PRI’s responsibilities as part of the Education Coordinator team for the College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative of the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII).

The College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative is a five-year project to increase the number of people enrolled in college in prison.  It is funded by the District Attorney of New York (DANY) as part of their Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII). PRI has been engaged to work with The State University of New York (SUNY) and Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) to provide technical assistance and support to CJII grantees to facilitate the enrollment of appropriate students, assist new providers in working within the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), ensure educational quality control, and assist providers in designing and implementing reentry processes for students.  The PRI role focuses on assisting the college providers in developing their reentry processes and protocols, convening learning exchanges among the grantees, and identifying best practices for college-in-prison programs.

The Project Director will be supervised by the PRI Director of Educational Initiatives and will work closely with ISLG, SUNY, and DOCCS.  Other key Educational Initiatives staff will provide assistance as appropriate.

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 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 ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional who has a strong background in reentry policy and programs, as well as knowledge of the correctional and higher education systems in New York State.  Candidates should be proficient in the following areas:

  • Project and program planning and management
  • Case management and provision of services through linkages with partner organizations
  • Systemic thinking and an ability to consider multiple stakeholders in the design and implementation of the project
  • Relationship building, collaborative inquiry and consensus building
  • Critical thinking and a willingness to challenge assumptions
  • Written and oral communication and presentation skills.


Master's degree in public administration, criminal justice, social work, or related field and minimum of five years’ experience is preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.  Individuals with personal experience with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

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
Depends on Qualifications
Closing Date
Nov 06, 2017 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit