Job Title: Program Associate (Fellowships)
PVN ID: JJ-1710-002167
Category: Clerical/Office Services

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 administrative support to its fellowship initiatives.  The Program Associate, under the supervision of the Director of Fellowships, will assist with managing administrative tasks associated with PRI’s fellowships. 

The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, proven ability to develop and maintain productive business relationships and to manage multiple commitments combining attention to detail with productivity.

About the Prisoner Reentry Institute
The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) is one of twelve institutes that collectively comprise the Research Consortium of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. PRI’s diversified portfolio reflects an overall focus on understanding what it takes for people to live successfully in their communities after contact with the criminal justice system, and on increasing the effectiveness of the professionals and systems that work with them. These goals are pursued through several initiatives. PRI Educational Initiatives provide a college access program in six state prisons and community-based services to assist people in enrolling and succeeding in college post-release. This work is done alongside PRI Fellowship Initiatives, which provide opportunities for students to combine their academic learning with field placements and professional development opportunities. PRI is also the administrator of the NYC Justice Corps, which seeks to build beneficial relationships between communities and young people who are returning to the community after criminal justice involvement. We also undertake policy initiatives, focusing especially on housing options available to people after incarceration.

Other Duties

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

  • Participate in the recruitment and outreach efforts for fellows and host sites for all fellowship initiatives, particularly by scheduling class presentations, connecting with student groups, and otherwise raising awareness of and building interest in the fellowships.
  • Coordinate the interview and selection processes.
  • Schedule fellowship courses and other enrichment activities.
  • Schedule site visits and supervisor evaluations for all fellowships.
  • 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).
  • Under the leadership of the Program Coordinator, draft 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
  • Other duties as assigned


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

John Jay College Prisoner Reentry Instit
Full Time
Annual Salary Range
$38,000.00 - $42,000.00
Closing Date
Dec 05, 2017 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit