About The Just Trust
The Just Trust is a brand new fund that is 100% dedicated to
powering criminal justice reform, state-by-state and across the
nation. We’re a team of grantmakers, directly-impacted people, and
allies, and we invest in visionary leaders, organizations, and
campaigns—from underdogs to heavyweights, organizers to policy
wonks, rural folks to city dwellers—all fighting for the safety and
wellbeing of their communities.
Our Vision & Our Hiring Approach
Our vision is to transform the justice system into a just and
compassionate engine of public safety for all—one where we hold
each other to account, treat each other with dignity, and where the
strength of our communities keeps people from entering the system
in the first place.
We seek to do this by strategically investing (through grants
and other direct support) in leaders’ and organizations’ sharpest
efforts, across state and party lines, to change hearts, minds, and
At The Just Trust—a fiscally sponsored project of the New
Venture Fund—we have a lot of work ahead of us, and we know that
our collective success is dependent on building out a team that
includes a diverse set of people. This especially includes those
who have direct, lived experience with the criminal justice
system—those with criminal convictions and formerly incarcerated
people, family members of currently and formerly incarcerated
people, crime survivors and people who have worked within the
system including law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders and
corrections. In addition, we want to build a team of individuals
from different backgrounds, experiences and political beliefs who
can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To
that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those
from historically marginalized groups—women, people with
disabilities, people of color, people who are lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and/or gender non-conforming, first and
second-generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different
If this sounds like the place for you, keep on
With an initial commitment of $350 million (and counting) over
the next five years, The Just Trust seeks to hire an experienced
Program Officer to oversee grant-making within their
The ideal candidate is passionate about criminal justice reform
with either lived experience and/or deep subject matter expertise.
They are a strategic thinker and master project manager with
grant-making experience. They will thrive in a fast-paced,
collaborative work environment where they manage multiple projects
simultaneously. They have a strong track record of building
trusted, collaborative relationships with grantees or other
This person loves thinking outside the box. They also love
bringing together diverse partners to help make advocacy efforts
more effective. They are proactive but know how to react with
precision. They are excited by the idea of supporting a small,
hardworking team focused on big, big challenges.
- Under the supervision of the Program Lead, serve as a key
- Own grant portfolio(s), including devising the investment
strategy and securing approval from the Program Lead, conducting
grantee due diligence, owning grantee relationships and reporting
- Project manage grants in your portfolio(s), both internally and
through the fiscal sponsor’s grant-making process.
- Serve as a liaison between communications and program leads to
ensure that the Just Trust elevates grantees’ work within your
portfolio(s) and responds to grantee announcements in a timely,
equitable and supportive manner.
- Build trusting relationships and champion collaboration with
other leaders in the field. Identify opportunities for
cross-grantee collaboration and convene grantees for shared
learnings, strategy development, and infrastructure building.
- Center justice, diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion in
your personal and organizational leadership both internally and
- Assist in preparing board materials for the executive
- Travel regularly (when it is safe to do so).
- A minimum of four years experience in business or non-profit
- Direct experience with grant-making and in developing and
implementing a grant portfolio investment strategy.
- Direct experience with or extensive knowledge of the criminal
- Impeccable and effective writing, editing, and verbal
- Attention to detail and an ability to produce an efficient and
high-quality work product.
- Project management experience.
- Meaningful experience supporting staff and grantees with direct
experience of incarceration.
- Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with allies such
as progressive and conservative advocates and leaders, faith
leaders, crime survivor groups, and law enforcement/corrections
- Track record as a collaborative worker who excels in managing
multiple projects, and is comfortable working in a fast-paced and
non-traditional work environment.
- Experience using CRM software, Google Workspace, and
Salary and Benefits:
The salary for this role is $120,000 to $140,000 depending on
experience. New Venture Fund offers a comprehensive benefits
package that includes employer-paid health, dental, and vision
insurance, 3% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax
transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and
volunteer time off. The role is exempt from overtime.
New Venture Fund Careers:
The Justice Accelerator Fund is a project of the New Venture
Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative
public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture
Fund is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining
exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is
dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our
potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open
to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of
race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age,
disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other
classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in
which you are working.