Executive Director, Youth Justice Institute

Posted: 03/06/17 | SHARE:


The newly-forming New York State Youth Justice Institute (the Institute), based in the University at Albany's School of Criminal Justice, is seeking a dynamic, proven leader for the inaugural position of Executive Director (ED).  The Institute is being formed to be responsive to local and state partners engaging in reform and improvement of New York State's system of youth justice.

The ED, under the direction of the Executive Committee, will be responsible for the formation and development of the Institute, and for creating an institute that will enhance outcomes for youth, families and public safety.

Responsibilities:   The ED will be responsible for the development and overall management of the Youth Justice Institute.  The ED will strategically lead a team of staff, identify and oversee the work of external consultants, create seamless relationships with partners at the University of Albany, and develop and maintain relationships with external funding resources including foundations and federal agencies.  The ED will create and execute the overall work-plan from start-up to sustainability for the Institute, and engage in strategic identification of gaps and trends that further the goal of youth justice reform in NYS.

The individual chosen for this position must be able to begin work immediately. The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Establish and maintain working and responsive relationships with stakeholders
  • Seek and successfully draw down private and federal funds to further the work of the Institute
  • Liaise with faculty partners and University management
  • Oversee the work of contractors, staff and students
  • Develop and maintain relationships and linkages with local and national content experts in the field
  • Develop and maintain linkages with other relevant institutes/centers nationally
  • Establish related data collection systems and maintain databases in coordination with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • Research best practices and emerging issues in juvenile justice from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Establish implementation support strategies to assist local stakeholders including local departments of probation, social services and not-for-profit partners
  • Create and present reports based on research and assessments
  • Work in collaboration with other researchers and faculty members on joint interdisciplinary projects related to juvenile justice


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • At least 10 years total experience; at least 5 years of successive managerial and/or executive experience, preferably in government, academia or the non-profit sectors
  • Experience working in a related field (criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, public policy, public administration, corrections or education)
  • Applicant must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

In addition, the successful candidate will also possess the following knowledge, skills and professional competencies:

  • Excellent leadership skills with an ability to foster teamwork that transcends traditional discipline and organizational boundaries
  • Proven track record of fund-raising and successful grant writing
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to write, speak and present effectively to a wide variety of stakeholders, audiences and executives
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to plan and successfully execute multiple assignments with conflicting priorities and concurrent deadlines
  • Demonstrated success in project conceptualization, operationalization and management
  • Familiarity with current issues and experts in youth justice reform nationally and in NYS

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Senior Staff Associate, SL-5

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Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • List of three references

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A review of applications will begin on March 20, 2017.

Position will remain open until filled.

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