About The Just Trust
The Just Trust is a new philanthropic institution 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 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 reading.
With an initial commitment of $350 million (and counting) over
the next five years, The Just Trust seeks to hire a Program Officer
to join our growing Program Team.
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 either
grantmaking or public policy 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 movement stakeholders.
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. The ability to
effectively execute multiple priorities to support a start-up
organization with ambitious sustainability and growth goals is
necessary. Equally important, this person will have a deep
commitment to contributing to an internal organizational work
culture where team members can be highly effective in their
day-to-day work as well as thrive in a work environment where
work-life balance is a value and priority. Core to this position is
also a person who possesses a collaborative, partnership-driven
spirit, is deeply committed to justice, equity, diversity, and
inclusion, and cares about the criminal justice reform issues that
The Just Trust is committed to. This is a full-time, remote
position with regular travel.
Support The Just Trust as it enters its first full year of
operations, working closely with the Program Team in advancing the
State Campaign. Reporting to the Senior Program Officer, you
Under the supervision of the Senior
Program Officer, serve as a key grantmaker.
Support the development of the State
by State grant portfolio, including devising and implementing the
investment strategy and securing approval from the Chief Program
Officer, conducting grantee due diligence, owning grantee
relationships, and reporting on impact.
Project manage grants, both
internally and through the fiscal sponsor’s grantmaking
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
Develop partnerships with local,
state, and regional philanthropic organizations to advance support
for criminal justice infrastructure, particularly at the state
Elevate grantees’ work and respond to
grantee announcements in a timely, equitable, and supportive
Center justice, equity, diversity,
and inclusion in your personal and organizational leadership both
internally and externally.
Assist in preparing materials for the
Travel regularly (when it is safe to
The person holding this position may also work part-time for a
coordinated 501(c)(4) organization, The Just Trust for Action,
under a resource-sharing agreement between the New Venture Fund and
The Just Trust for Action. The responsibilities under that position
will be overseen by The Just Trust for Action.
Direct experience with or extensive
knowledge of the criminal justice system.
A minimum of four years of experience
in nonprofit, public policy, grassroots advocacy, or criminal
Effective writing, editing, and
verbal communication skills.
Attention to detail and an ability to
produce an efficient and high-quality work product.
Project management experience.
Meaningful experience with
communities that are system impacted is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to develop
partnerships with allies such as progressive and conservative
advocates and leaders, faith leaders, crime survivor groups, and
law enforcement/corrections organizations.
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 Slack.
Experience with a 501(c)(3) and/or
501(c)(4) organizations is a plus
A deep alignment and commitment to
criminal justice reform and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Applicant can live anywhere in the
USA but a preference is for the following states: Alabama,
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.
Salary and Benefits
The salary for this role is $110,000 - $130,000, depending on
experience. In addition, New Venture Fund offers a generous and
comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid health,
dental, and vision insurance, 6% employer match on 401k
contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays,
vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.
New Venture Fund Careers
The Just Trust is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3)
public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest
projects and grantmaking 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
To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New
Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct
in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date. This position
may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19. Accommodations may be sought and approved in
accordance with the law by contacting human resources at