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The Fortune Society | 29-76 Northern Boulevard | Long Island City, NY 11101 |


JOB TITLE: Senior Director, Policy


DEPARTMENT: Development and Public Affairs


DATE CREATED: April 20, 2011


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable intervals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


The David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy focused on Fortune’s policy development, advocacy, technical assistance, training, and community education efforts. DRCPP integrates Fortune’s internal expertise – the life experience of our formerly incarcerated staff and clients and our first-hand experience as a direct service provider – with research and evaluation to advocate for a fairer criminal justice system; promote effective program models and needed supports for people with criminal justice histories; and change the counterproductive laws and policies that create unfair barriers to the successful reentry of people with criminal justice histories into our communities.  In consultation with the VP, Development and Public Affairs, the Senior Director is responsible for formulating DRCPP’s Policy’s advocacy and policy positions on key issues and coalition/community building activities.  A strong candidate will have knowledge of criminal justice and other corollary issues (housing, voting, education employment), in addition to experience running advocacy and technical assistance programs, managing a network of national scope, developing and prioritizing programmatic activity, working with a wide range of stakeholders, and fundraising.  


1. Initiate, investigate and prepare Fortune policy statements on city, state and national criminal justice policy initiates.

2. Develop long and short term community/coalition strategy

3. Develop short-term and long-term local and national technical assistance and training program

4. Participate in and attend various criminal justice community meetings and forums

5. Develop and maintain community partnerships with other criminal justice policy advocacy organizations

6. Further develop and strengthen relationships with local , state and national government partners

7. Further develop and strengthen relationships with various  grassroots coalitions

8. Manage and respond to speaking engagement requests related to criminal justice issues

9. Develop and implement internet list serve to disseminate relevant criminal justice information

10. Participate in and/or coordinate print, television and radio speaking engagements

11. Identify and recruit appropriate staff for speaking engagements

12. Develop and implement on-going internal speakers training and staff development around relevant criminal justice policy issues

13. Develop and support internal and external community education initiatives

14. Other duties as assigned.


        REPORTS TO: VP Development and Public Policy

        SUPERVISES: Community Organizer


• Progressively responsible management experience or equivalent; five + years preferred
• Excellent communication skills; written and oral
• Experience with and knowledge of community organizing and coalition building
• Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain information systems
• Extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and issues
• Extensive experience with staff development and training
• Ability to work with a team
• Excellent reputation in the advocacy, research and/or service community

Allyson West, Executive Director California Reentry Program P.O. Box 483 San Quentin, CA 94964 415-599-6586