Organization Summary: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing people and organizations to eradicate barriers and create opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance.
For our 80+ year history, the heart of our work at UWNYC has and will continue to be about equity and justice. For nearly the past decade, our work uniquely centers around breaking down the systemic barriers that disproportionally set up communities of color with less opportunity for education, job training, food access, healthcare and essential services that empower self-sufficiency. All our work is done in alignment with our mission to mobilize communities to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all. These efforts include research, collaboration, capacity-building, direct service, and resources in the areas of racial equity and justice, health equity, and workforce development. We are focused on building a healthy, strong, and self-sufficient community where all New Yorkers can thrive.
Position Description: The Vice President (VP) of Justice & Opportunity plays a strategic leadership role within the Community Impact department and reports directly to UWNYC’s President and CEO. This person will play a focal role, in partnership with the President and CEO and other UWNYC Community Impact Leaders, in the strategic identification and development of UWNYC’s criminal justice initiatives, specifically the Atlas program launched in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ). UWNYC, as prime vendor, is committed to implementing Atlas, a program model grounded in evidence-based practices, to achieve improved public safety and community well-being across New York City. The VP’s primary responsibilities will include managing, overseeing and implementation of UWNYC’s justice and opportunity work. The VP will manage the entire Justice & Opportunity team, and directly manage the Senior Director, Justice & Opportunity.
Justice & Opportunity is an emerging unit and UWNYC will look to the VP to lead the unit’s key strategies and objectives as well as set metrics, impact goals, and operational & organizational structures. This unit is essentially in “startup” mode and requires an entrepreneurial individual who is comfortable and inspired by building a new unit. The VP will work closely with MOCJ as well as UWNYC’s Executive Leadership Team, Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and network of corporate, philanthropic and community-based partners. In addition, this position will manage relationships with key government agencies and justice system stakeholders to design and implement Atlas and other justice initiatives.
The Justice & Opportunity team will ensure the successful design and implementation of the Atlas program through the following activities:
- Catalyzing, convening, and weaving the network
- Guiding Vision and Strategy
- Serving as Network Coordinator
- Supporting Measurement and Learning
- Managing Collaborative Projects
- Engaging in advocacy and engaging the broader community in building public will
- Governing and coaching the network
- Participating in the network
The VP will specifically manage the external presence of the Justice & Opportunity unit including high-level relationships with Atlas community-based organization (CBO) partners/ subcontractors, government agency stakeholders, and other key stakeholders and leaders within the criminal justice system. This person will lead the strategic direction of this work as well as the design, resourcing, implementation, and evaluation of all of UWNYC’s current and future Justice & Opportunity initiatives.
- Work closely with President and CEO in the articulation of program strategy, vision, and goals for the Justice & Opportunity unit.
- Work with other Senior Leaders at UWNYC where needed to ensure program strategy, vision, and goals for the Justice and Opportunity Unit are implemented.
- Identify and design initiatives in alignment with UWNYC’s mission, vision, and values.
- Plan how best to establish research and evaluation frameworks and processes.
- Work with MOCJ leadership to manage the strategic objectives and vision of the Atlas program.
- Participate in the Community Impact Leaders team managing high-level relationships with the StrengthenNYC team (community and capacity building) as well as the Transformation & Learning team (performance measurement and continuous improvement).
- Work closely with peers in the Resource Development and Marketing and Communications Departments to ensure strategic alignment between Justice & Opportunity programs and fundraising and communications objectives.
- Work closely with Finance and Administration leadership to manage Justice & Opportunity budget and oversight of key procurement and budgeting decisions.
- Manage Senior Director, Justice & Opportunity, and oversee external consultants.
- Oversee the relationship with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), working closely with their Office of Neighborhood Safety leadership, program staff, contracting and finance staff to ensure program success.
- Oversee relationships with Atlas community-based organization (CBO) partners/ subcontractors, government agency stakeholders, and other key stakeholders within the criminal justice system.
- Oversee relationships with therapeutic model experts and support CBOs with on-the-ground technical assistance and capacity building to ensure model fidelity, lead convenings and trainings.
- Represent UWNYC Justice & Opportunity in community gatherings, Board meetings, funder meetings, speaking events, press and media opportunities, and other external outlets.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
- Position requires a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, in criminal justice, public administration, community engagement, or other related field preferable; minimum 12 years of progressively responsible positions in community program management, including:
- Facilitation and management of programs for justice-involved individuals or criminal justice initiatives
- Project design, implementation, and evaluation
- People management
- Excellent writing, editing, verbal, and presentation skills
- Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and results
- Deep understanding of criminal justice system, stakeholders, agencies, and providers; context within New York City preferred
- Demonstrated experience building, leading, and mentoring a team of program specialists, both internal and external
- Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
- Superior management skills, including the ability to advocate for and manage to budget priorities
- Presence and confidence to project credibility to community partners, the Board, donors, and other strategic stakeholders
- A passion for UWNYC’s mission, vision, and accomplishments