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- Program Associate, USA

Program Associate

Annie E. Casey Foundation



Position Summary

The Foundation seeks a professional with experience in the juvenile justice field to join its Juvenile Justice Strategy Group (JJSG). This program associate will help to accelerate and deepen Foundation efforts to reduce confinement; expand and strengthen community-based practices and alternatives; advance racial equity; and close and replace youth prisons. Among other responsibilities, this program associate will support senior Foundation staff to implement multistate initiatives, conduct assessments with state and local juvenile justice agencies and produce qualitative and quantitative analyses. 


Program associates support and coordinate major bodies of work overseen by senior associates. Based on available opportunities and demonstrated capability, program associates manage grants and lead specific pieces of work under the supervision of a senior associate or the director.




Support and coordinate JJSG priorities, as determined by the director and senior associates

Develop content expertise on juvenile justice policy, practice and strategies to support overall reform efforts

Build collaborative working relationships with system stakeholders and grantees so that opportunities for enhancement or midcourse modification can be made efficiently and effectively

Help to inform, guide and provide technical assistance to jurisdictions engaged in juvenile justice reform, including coordinating and conducting site visits; helping to advise system leaders and staff; working with stakeholders to solve problems; facilitating roundtable discussions, focus groups and interviews; and building capacity for sustainable reform

Facilitate and guide discussions among site stakeholders to build consensus, identify desired results and their performance measurements, plan reform activities and track and share results

Negotiate, develop and monitor scopes of work, budgets and deliverables for organizations receiving grant funding from the Foundation

Make recommendations to the director and senior associates regarding grant making and the identification of diverse consultants

Support planning, coordination, agenda formation and management of conferences, training, meetings or other convenings of site representatives, grantees, consultants and other partners

Maximize opportunities for workshop presentations and other representation at conferences by staff, grantees and partners

Assist with data analysis, data visualization and PowerPoint presentations

Prepare written reports and program/policy analyses in support of system reform efforts, including financial and statistical analyses

Prepare analyses for JJSG director, senior associates and close partners and present findings to the team

Assist in promoting the Foundation’s juvenile justice reform messages with internal and external audiences

Be an active user of JJSG’s online community, JDAIconnect, by adding discussion posts and comments, among other forms of content

Review and provide editorial feedback on draft publications, resources and tools

Represent the Foundation’s mission, principles and work by participating in meetings and presentations

Use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender

Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles and programs

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




Minimum requirement of a bachelor's degree in a human services field along with three or more years of related experience, ideally holds a graduate degree 

Lived experience with the juvenile or criminal justice system can be substituted for one to two years of work, depending on the nature of the lived experience

Graduate degree in a related field can be substituted for two years of work experience

Deep interest in promoting positive youth development


Essential Skills and Abilities


Bottomless commitment to and passion for working on behalf of young people

Knowledge of juvenile justice system policy, practice and strategy implementation and curiosity and research orientation to learn more about promising programs and innovative practices in the field, including frontline practice and community-based programming

Strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize quantitative data and qualitative interviews to identify systemic challenges, distill themes and build narratives

Strong administrative, organizational and project management skills to keep individual and team work plans on track

Political savvy, interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to influence others without having formal authority

Experience working in community settings or with system leaders and staff in child welfare, juvenile justice, schools, mental health or other human service fields

Ability to advocate for racial and ethnic equity and inclusion

Experience using social networking tools to coordinate and build online communities

Exceptional writing, presentation and facilitation skills

Capacity to work effectively across the boundaries of race, class, ethnic origin and personal philosophy to advance results

Capacity to work effectively with a broad range of constituencies

Comfort with multitasking and flexibility to pitch in where needed

Willingness to travel throughout the United States as much as 50 percent of the time


Tools and Equipment Used

Telephone, copiers, computer with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) 


Physical Demands and Workplace Environment

The work is performed primarily in an office setting, with extensive overnight travel required. 



This is an exempt position, meaning pay is on a salaried rather than hourly or daily basis. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. A strong benefits package will be provided.


Requisition ID1036




Job posted on 14th February 2018

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