The Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for the Institute’s communications and fundraising strategies and for development of new collaborative initiatives within CUNY and the larger community. The Director will supervise three staff: the Communications and Development Manager, the Communications and Development Coordinator, and a new position TBD.
The Director of College Access will be responsible for oversight of Institute programs to increase college access and success for people who have been involved in the criminal legal system. The College Access portfolio includes College Initiative (CI) which serves 500 people a year and enrolls students in colleges across CUNY, as well as some SUNY and private colleges; HSE Connect, our partnership with the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center to aid students in earning their high school equivalency degree; and College Pathways which provides for-credit college classes at Rikers. The Support Services unit conducts intake assessments on new students, provides reentry planning and transitional services to students being released from John Jay’s college-in-prison program at Otisville Correctional Facility, and connects students with needed social services in the community. Peer mentoring and alumni activities are important dimensions of the spirit of community and mutual support that distinguish Institute programs. The Director of College Access will supervise the Manager of College Initiative, the Manager of Support Services, and the Mentoring and Alumni Coordinator. In addition, the Director also manages our relationship with a contracted provider of civil legal services which aids students in cleaning up their rap sheets and learning how to protect themselves from discrimination based on a background check.
The Advocacy Coordinator will work with the Policy Initiatives team on our system reform efforts. The Institute’s policy advocacy work targets policies and practices that dehumanize and marginalize people with conviction records. The advocacy coordinator is responsible for organizing and mobilizing, events and engagement, partnerships and advocacy, and administrative and technical support.