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Deputy Division Director, State & Community Partnerships 121718

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New York, NY New YorkNY


The Deputy Division Director will serve as lead for the CSG Justice Center's organization-wide efforts to help achieve public safety outcomes by increasing the capacity of community-based organizations and assisting state and local jurisdictions to advance solutions that address housing needs among individuals who are criminal justice-involved, particularly those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  The Deputy Division Director is responsible for collaboratively developing the strategic direction of these initiatives, overseeing and ensuring their successful implementation, coordinating with national partners, and supervising a team of staff.

The Deputy Division Director will take on this portfolio at a pivotal time as the CSG Justice Center embarks on a new effort to use innovative justice reinvestment strategies to help state governments improve public safety outcomes at the local level through economic development, nonprofit capacity-building, and housing-focused strategies. The Deputy Division Director will play a lead role in devising and implementing new tactics and strategies and building consensus and support for these initiatives and new approaches among partners, funders, and other stakeholders.

Areas of Responsibility: 


Specific responsibilities of the Deputy Division Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collaboratively develop and refine a vision and strategic direction for the organization's economic development, nonprofit capacity-building, and housing work;
  • Conceptualize, design, implement, and manage technical assistance initiatives to assist community-based organizations that work on reentry initiatives, and provide support to reentry planning efforts at the city and county level;
  • Provide vision and oversight for a portfolio of housing-focused projects that span multiple CSG Justice Center divisions;
  • Provide strategic leadership to assist in conceptualizing, building, and fundraising for a community-focused justice reinvestment strategy;
  • Foster new and maintain existing relationships and coordinate closely with external partners, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, funders, partners, and state and local leaders to advance project goals;
  • Lead a team of professionals and set ambitious, time-limited targets for the portfolio;
  • Develop viable plan for staffing new efforts and effectively managing growth;
  • Work with partners to secure new funding opportunities for the portfolio, develop compelling pitches to funders that support current operations and emerging activities;
  • Coordinate closely with the CSG Justice Center communications division and partners to develop cogent messaging and a strong marketing plan for the portfolio;
  • Co-author publications and articles as necessary;
  • Assures consistency in presentation across programs and with the organization's vision, mission, and values;
  • Monitor timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
  • Ensure that senior staff and funders are aware of relevant portfolio developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of the portfolio's goals; and
  • Regularly present on our work at national conferences and other key venues.



  • Driven leader with a strong orientation toward creative thinking and achieving outcomes;
  • Ability to effectively delegate and manage up;
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way and inspire an audience;
  • Proven ability to build consensus around an initiative's goals and tactics, able to expertly manage collaborative decision-making processes with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Strong manager of people and projects;
  • Efficient, organized work style, ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines; and
  • Willingness to travel several times per month.
Educational Background: 
A bachelor's degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy (preferred).


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, Urban Planning, Public Administration, or a closely related field.
  • An advanced degree such as an MBA, MPA, or a JD and/or a track record of continuous education and training is highly desirable.
  • At least 8 years of management or policy making experience in, criminal justice, social work, public administration, economic development, housing policy and financing, supportive housing, homelessness, nonprofit leadership or other related fields.
  • Experience in providing leadership within a national initiative or policy campaign a plus.
  • Deep experience and expertise in leading or participating in collaborative, participatory planning efforts involving government, non-profit, community, philanthropic, and private sector partners.
  • Track record of working with local and/or state governments and high-level government officials.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting funder deliverables;
  • Significant experience in fundraising and funder stewardship; and
  • Familiarity with data-driven policymaking, performance measurement, and/or collective impact approaches preferred.

 Medical, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term Disability, Life, Paid Holidays, Paid Personal Time, Paid Sick Time, Paid Parental Leave

Additional Information: 


Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in Word or PDF format):

  1. Cover letter specifying the location for which you are applying
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least three)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled)

CSG participates in E-Verify

Organization Info

The Council of State Governments

Lexington KY
201-500 employees
About Us

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the CSG Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various, often highly politicized, criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center not only develops written and web-based materials, but also provides on-the-ground technical assistance to cross-systems policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, mental health, housing, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Dec 17 2018
Active Until: 
Jan 17 2019
Hiring Organization: 
The Council of State Governments