Salary: $125,000 annually plus benefits and support for
Location: Philadelphia Office (hybrid)
The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) is inviting
nominations and applications for the role of Executive
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will
be a visionary leader who will inspire the team, client-partners,
and stakeholders to build on their current success and chart a new
and exciting path forward. More specifically, they will oversee
operations and serve as the senior thought-leader across all
programs, including mitigation and reentry support, policy reform,
and development in accordance with YSRP’s two-year strategic plan.
They will also engage the sector as they maintain and build
relationships that will support YSRP’s growth and goals.
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to YSRP’s assertion
that children should not be in adult jails and rely on YSRP’s
values, including justice, integrity, wellness, and
client-partnership to drive toward success. In fact, we are
particularly interested in meeting candidates who were incarcerated
as children, who spent time in adult jails, or have proximity to
those who have spent time in adult jails. Additionally, the ideal
candidate will also have at least 7 years’ experience managing
people, leading programs, and overseeing operations in small to
medium-sized organizations. Their expertise will be in reentry,
juvenile justice, criminal justice policy reform, mitigation, legal
defense and advocacy, or a related field. They will also have a
deeply nuanced analysis of Pennsylvania’s legislative landscape
with the understanding that the current criminal justice system is
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The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) is a
Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that uses direct service
and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of children
prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system and to ensure fair
and thoughtful resentencing and reentry for individuals who were
sentenced to life without parole as children (“Juvenile
Our Core Work includes:
Mitigation - During the court process
in individual cases, YSRP presents prosecutors and judges with
mitigation reports, or humanizing narratives of a person’s
Reentry Planning - As close to a
child’s arrest as possible, YSRP creates individualized reentry
plans that connect youth with critical supports and services in
housing, employment, education, and health and mental health
Juvenile Lifer Support - YSRP
continues to support Juvenile Lifers who were resentenced pursuant
to Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana
through parole assistance and reentry, including applications for
Training for Legal Defense and
Advocacy - YSRP creates tools and provides trainings for defense
attorneys, as well as trainings for law students and social work
graduate students at U Penn to provide mitigation and reentry
support for young people and their families.
Advancing Policy Reform - YSRP
aspires to end the practice of charging youth in adult courts. In
the interim, YSRP’s policy advocacy chips away at the harmful
impacts of adult incarceration on people and their
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Provide Visionary & Strategic Leadership
Lead YSRP with a unifying,
synthesizing view of the organization’s current strengths and how
those strengths can be leveraged to elevate YSRP into its next
Work collaboratively with the Board
of Directors to ensure all YSRP programs and operations align with
the strategic plan and support the long term growth of the
Oversee the development of annual
program plans and budgets for approval by and in collaboration with
Provide the Board with the
information needed to responsibly exercise their fiduciary duties,
govern the organization and engage in strategic decision-making, be
apprised of major events at the organization on a regular basis,
and serve as partners, where applicable, in fundraising,
communications, and policy efforts.
Oversee all operations, ensuring that
all programs and practices align with the strategic plan and long
term goals for YSRP.
Direct all hiring and personnel
processes, including the creation of relevant, human-centered
recruiting, onboarding, performance evaluation and retention
Inspire team, client-partners, and
stakeholders to build on their current success across all programs
Supporting the development team as
they maintain current funding relationships while expanding the
portfolio to introduce new funding opportunities.
Collaborating with the policy
director to learn the nuances of the legislative landscape and work
strategically to advance YSRP's policy goals in collaboration with
Empower the advocacy team to maintain
strong relationships across the sector and continuously refine the
mitigation, reentry and legal training programs.
Curate a working culture that embodies YSRP’s values
human-centered management practices that challenge the norms of
Lead with transparency by modeling
interpersonal communication styles and relying on multiple modes to
listen to and learn from staff, stakeholders and
Use change management strategies to
support the team as they grow while navigating the founder
Maintain & build sector partnerships
Partner with senior leadership team
to connect with existing sector partners in community leadership,
advocacy, policy reform and criminal defense and reentry
Nurture ongoing relationship building
with client-partners, relying on their lived experience to inform
the work of YSRP.
Initiate new relationships across the
sector to support the long-term growth of YSRP’s programs and
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
While no one person will embody all of the qualifications below,
the ideal candidate will bring most of the following:
At least 7 years’ experience leading
diverse teams, projects and/or programs in a nonprofit setting
Experience building alignment between
mission and vision and driving buy in from different teams and
stakeholders on the organization’s goals.
Experience maintaining team cohesion
and stability during periods of transition and/or and rapid
Lived-experience with, or proximity
to, Philadelphia’s justice system and its treatment of youth.
Excellent written and public
communication skills with experience centering multiple ways of
knowing and working.
Demonstrated alignment with and a
commitment to lead according to anti-racist theories, values and
Experience working alongside and
within criminal justice systems with a lens of working toward
large-scale social and racial justice.
Experience managing the fiscal
priorities of an organization.
Experience partnering across teams
(development, programming, outreach, communications, etc) to align
goals, timelines and priorities.
Experience leading or partnering on
the recruitment, hiring, onboarding and evaluation of team
SKILLS & VALUES OF THE EXECUTIVE
Demonstrated alignment with YSRP’s
mission and values as a racial justice organization.
The ability to balance nonprofit
leadership with the critical hope necessary to work within a system
that continues to inflict harm upon Black, Brown, poor and disabled
bodies. This means maintaining a long term vision of abolition with
the short term actions needed to mitigate the harms of the current
Ability to get up to speed quickly,
and develop relationships with staff, Board members, funding
partners, donors, consultants, and other partners and
organization and critical-thinking skills; attention to
Ability to prioritize competing
projects with a range of partners.
Situational and organizational
awareness during periods of transition.
Commitment to handling sensitive
information with confidentiality.
Commitment to curating a kind,
compassionate, trauma-informed, and productive working environment
that respects and values diverse ways of knowing and working
Experience with piloting and
implementing workplace innovations and technology that drive
success and collaboration.
Please review YSRP’s list of
organizational values to ensure alignment with the organization’s
$125,000 annually. This is a full-time, exempt position. YSRP
offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 100%
employer-paid health and dental insurance, and retirement
HOW TO APPLY
YSRP has partnered with Monday Morning
Consultants to lead this search. Please send questions or
nominations to email@example.com
Given the nature of YSRP’s mission, Black, indigenous, and other
people of color, disabled people and those who are directly
impacted by incarceration – or who have a loved one who has been
impacted – are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply for the position, please submit your resume, and a
brief statement responding to the following questions, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include the name of the role in the subject line of your
How do your skills and background
align with this job?
In what ways do you prioritize racial
justice and/or ending mass incarceration in your personal and