Managing Director, Scaling Safety
Alliance for Safety and Justice
Location: Flexible; New York, California, Washington, DC preferred, other locations considered.
Division: Scaling Safety
Reports to: ASJ President
Start Date: ASAP – position open until filled
Position type: Full time, exempt
Who We Are
Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) is a national advocacy organization that aims to replace ineffective criminal justice policies with what works to keep people safe. We represent diverse crime survivors as well as people living with old records as key public safety stakeholders. ASJ brings our members together with state leaders and coalition partners to win reforms that stop cycles of crime, reduce costly incarceration, advance racial justice and make communities safer. We advance policy to reduce incarceration and we support a range of “shared safety” reforms, including community-based violence prevention, public health, economic mobility, and trauma recovery programs.
In partnership with Community Based Public Safety Collective, Alliance for Safety and Justice is incubating a new, semi-autonomous place-based program called Scaling Safety. Scaling Safety is corralling significant philanthropic investments and national community safety experts together to provide a unique level of support to a handful of jurisdictions so those cities can build out a strong community safety infrastructure. Scaling Safety aims to create a new, replicable model for improving safety and community well-being at the same time; and, also transform what decision-makers consider essential public safety services. While each plan will be unique to the cities selected, we are rooted in a commitment to equip communities impacted by both incarceration and violence, especially communities of color, with resources and capacity to scale up community programs and shape local safety policy. We anticipate that the types of programs scaled will include community-based victim services, violence intervention, reentry, and alternative crisis responses to people with mental health needs.
Who You Are
The Managing Director for Scaling Safety is an executive-level position that oversees all aspects of the Scaling Safety program, with a goal of building an effective new demonstration model that is replicable, garners national attention, and shifts the debate on public safety policy. This is an innovative program and a leadership position to drive all aspects of its development. The ideal Managing Director is passionate about centering public health and community wellbeing in strategies to reduce violence and crime; excited to bring the best and brightest together to make unprecedented impact; and, is just as capable of managing relationships with government leaders, business leaders, and philanthropic partners as they are engaging in deep listening, and partnership with leaders in the communities most harmed by both incarceration and violence.
What You Will Do
Oversee all aspects of Scaling Safety (65%)
- Lead and supervise the Scaling Safety staff and team of two to ensure effective execution of the program’s goals and benchmarks, including, but not limited to, effective:
- Program design development and completion
- Partner memorandum of understanding (MOU) development and completion
- Request for proposal (RFP) process launch, selection and completion
- Program implementation and relationship management
- Engagement with local electeds, system officials and community leaders
- Work with the ASJ President and Community Based Public Safety Collective (CBPSC) Co-founder to manage the National Advisory Council, a team of eight to ten national experts in community development, violence prevention, reentry, and mental health
- Manage contracts to ensure effective use of contractors to execute on the research and evaluation needs of program development as well as communications needs
- Oversee the continual development of a clearinghouse website to educate and promote effective community-based solutions to advance safety, and other communications projects as needed
- Draft a wide range of written products to move the program forward, such as memos or reports for stakeholders, website content, evaluation summaries and more
- Develop and manage a master calendar of program deliverables, work products and/or projects and driving the staff toward meeting benchmarks and deliverables
- Maintain detailed documentation of all Scaling Safety work to support fundraising and reporting on grant deliverables.
External leadership and relationships (35%)
- Liaise with key partners, government and other leaders to ensure strong and productive relationships between Scaling Safety and these stakeholders and influencers as needed.
- Promote Scaling Safety’s vision, values and goals in external outlets and key relationships and represent the program publicly, as needed, including but not limited to current and potential donors, business leaders, high level government leaders, and media outlets.
- At least 15 years of experience working in leadership positions both inside and outside government to drive criminal justice and public safety systems change –and a strong track record of achieving complex systems change from both inside and outside government to improve outcomes for diverse communities;
- Extensive experience working with communities most impacted by incarceration and violence to develop community-led capacity to address crisis, reduce violence and heal trauma;
- Extensive experience leading government/community partnerships or public/private partnerships to achieve the implementation of new programs, innovative models or new systems;
- A demonstrated mastery of the extensive data, research and literature related to best practices in violence reduction, trauma recovery, and community healing;
- An experienced communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills;
- Creative, effective at solving complex problems involving multiple stakeholders, and a strategic thinker who can navigate politics, policy and budget landscapes;
- A deep commitment to racial justice, community empowerment, and a re-imagination of city-level approaches to public safety; and,
- A people person and listener with a track record of successful access-building.
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
- Occasional travel may be required
- Requires use of a desktop, laptop, or video display terminal
- Ability to communicate, receive and understand information through oral and written communication and proofread and check documents for accuracy
- Requires communicating information with co-workers and stakeholders; reading correspondence, instructions and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or reports and filling in forms
Compensation and Benefits
We care deeply about our staff wellness. ASJ offers a competitive benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, a robust 403(b) retirement match, generous paid time off, a professional development allowance, and more. The salary range for this role is $145,000 - $160,000, and will be offered commensurate with experience.
Applications should be submitted via the posting link on ASJ’s jobs page. Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest in ASJ, the role, and your related experience, your resume, and 3-4 professional references.
The Alliance for Safety and Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people who are systems impacted, women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
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