College & Community Fellowship
New York, NY
For people impacted by the criminal legal system, traditional
college and career pathways are often disrupted due to
incarceration, structural inequity, and systemic racial and gender
bias. College and Community Fellowship (CCF) supports women with
criminal justice involvement to obtain college degrees and
leadership skills that promote self-efficacy and civic
Founded in 2000, CCF aims to remove barriers to reentry into the
community for women who have a history with the criminal legal
system. CCF's current programs address individual, institutional,
and systemic change through the following three key program areas:
College & Career Programs, Policy & Advocacy and THRIVE
Technical Assistance. The agency has a budget of nearly $3 million
and a staff of approximately 15 and focuses its work at the
intersection of racial equity, criminal legal reform, higher
education access, economic justice, and community building. Learn
more about CCF’s work at collegeandcommunity.org.
CCF seeks an inspiring and strategic leader who is passionate
about the organization and mission. The Executive Director leads
and collaborates with a team of professionals who collectively
drive programmatic excellence, advocacy, fundraising, finance and
operations, and communications. The Executive Director works with
the Board of Directors and staff to define and deliver vision and
strategic goals and to implement strong programs that are best
suited to achieve them. CCF is at a critical and exciting stage in
its evolution. We are seeking a strong, inclusive executive leader,
experienced with strategic planning, change management, and
implementing DEI principles to align the organization on the
strategic goals best suited to achieve CCF’s mission in an evolving
landscape and to ensure that those goals are achieved.
Strategic Vision & Leadership
- In partnership with the staff and the Board of Directors,
develop and implement a strategic plan that will provide clarity on
the long-term vision, increase programmatic impact, and position
CCF as a visible leader in social justice and advocacy for women
impacted by the criminal justice system.
- Serve as chief ambassador, effectively communicating CCF’s core
mission and other objectives with diverse stakeholders.
- Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with
the Board and staff at all levels; ensure open communication around
the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance
against stated milestones and goals.
- Engage CCF’s Board to support with strategy, fundraising, and
widening CCF’s network; continue to build a diverse and inclusive
Board representative of the community that is highly engaged and
willing to leverage and secure resources.
- Engage staff across functions and levels to continue to build
an inclusive and cohesive culture; maintain an open-door policy
that welcomes staff input and feedback.
- Drive a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity ensuring
that CCF embodies the values of racial and social justice in
support of the population served.
Development & Advocacy
- In partnership with the development team, develop and implement
an aggressive, comprehensive and strategic fundraising plan to
achieve CCF’s annual revenue targets, including identification,
cultivation, and solicitation of new donors as well as ongoing
engagement with current supporters such as government agencies,
foundations, and corporations.
- Serve as the chief spokesperson of CCF to build brand presence,
partnerships, and philanthropic relationships.
- Effectively communicate the policy positions, mission, and work
of the organization in the media and other public platforms.
- Advocate for justice transformation, with a focus on increased
access to higher education for currently and formerly incarcerated
people, and the funding to support it.
Strengthening Infrastructure, Operations & Program
- Assume ultimate oversight and responsibility for the effective
management of staff and infrastructure including optimizing
policies, practices and systems required to manage financial
resources and the growing operating budget, and ensuring clarity
and consistency in roles, structures and processes.
- Partner with the program team to pilot, evaluate and iterate on
programing to consistently improve outcomes; facilitate sustained
growth through a scalable and efficient service delivery model
- Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen
avenues of communication between staff throughout the
- Oversee the financial status of the organization including
developing long and short-range financial plans, monitoring the
budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; set
financial priorities accurately to ensure the organization is
operating in a manner that supports the needs and values of the
program and staff.
The ideal candidate must be a change agent with experience
leading organizations through transition periods. They must be a
proven leader in a non-profit setting with the ability to inspire,
innovate and adapt, and they must be driven by a passion for CCF’s
mission. They will have experience building and growing successful
programs in the areas of systemic change through legislative
advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement. They will have the
experience to drive the organization’s financial health and
- Change management expertise related to nonprofit organization
- Proven track record of successful fundraising, including but
not limited to: cultivating and maintaining relationships with
major donors including high-net-worth individuals and foundations;
managing government grant and restricted project funds.
- Understanding of criminal legal systems and broader social
justice issues, including structural and systemic racism, gender
bias, sexism, and ableism.
- Must have cultural competency and experience working with
justice-impacted communities of color; candidates who are directly
impacted are highly encouraged to apply.
- An entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset.
- Experience in financial management and resource allocation in a
- Excellent demonstrated leadership and management skills with a
track record of developing strong relationships with the Board of
Directors and team members.
- A transparent and responsive leader with proven success in
building, developing & empowering teams.
- Interest in and ability to learn policy and program trends and
media narratives related to the women we serve.
- Experience serving as the spokesperson and face of an
organization to external stakeholders.
- Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated sound
- Willingness and ability to travel as needed to attend
conferences and meetings that foster relationships with movement
partners and major donors.
This is an opportunity for a visionary and highly motivated
professional to lead a growing organization. CCF is prepared to
offer a competitive benefits package, including a base salary of
This position description is based upon material provided by the
College & Community Fellowship, an equal opportunity employer.
We strongly encourage justice-impacted individuals to apply.
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Yasmine Coccoli, Talent Consultant
Sarah Jones, Senior Associate