Director of External Affairs



This senior management position oversees functions including communications and marketing, business development, grants and contracts, and staff development. This leadership position is part of the management team and works closely with all project leads, represents the organization with outside stakeholders, funders, and partners, and liaises with internal departments to facilitate these strategic interactions. The successful incumbent is expected to be entrepreneurial in developing and expanding the role.


Under the supervision of the Executive Director and working collaboratively with the senior leaders of CJI, the Director of External Affairs advances the organization’s brand and reputation, revenue and partnerships, and operations. This position provides administrative leadership, engaging in problem solving, communications, development and operational and grant/contract management. As a director, there is a responsibility for leadership and mentoring, and creating a culture of implementing evidence-based practice and policies in the field to improve public safety outcomes. Oversee and manage complex projects and project teams. As a specialized expert, provide mentoring and coaching.


Functional Responsibilities


Internal Responsibilities:

  • Create an entrepreneurial, outward-facing organizational culture that elevates CJI’s brand into greater national recognition, stakeholder engagement, and growth.
  • In collaboration with the management team and project leads, allocate staff time and resources to maximize efficiency and outcomes, including actively managing project allocations. Anticipate, identify, and problem solve short-term spikes or drops in workload or project needs.
  • Collaborate with other directors and senior managers to research and advance key management decisions. Create, review, and streamline internal policies, practices and systems. Research solutions to challenges and foster staff engagement. Communicate new policies.
  • Support the CJI team as needed in operational and administrative matters.
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor CJI staff while fostering professional development opportunities.


External Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a plan to raise the CJI profile nationally, in close coordination with CJI senior leadership.
  • Working with other directors and senior managers, the communications manager, and other CRJ resources, identify and track business development opportunities, and manage business development engagement.
  • Monitor grant solicitations, contribute to the grant writing/development process, and ensure grant/contract compliance.
  • Develop and execute the strategic plan to maintain and further CJI’s role as a leader in the field. Organize and lead strategic planning sessions, evaluate the plan’s performance, communicate its successes and challenges, and make changes as needed.
  • Liaise with project leads and communications manager to message and communicate CJI work and accomplishments.
  • Represent CJI with partners, funders, and other key stakeholders at conferences, meetings, and other events.


  • Master’s degree in public policy, public or business administration, or related fields
  • Experience working in the criminal and/or juvenile justice field
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic planning and execution of strategy
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Excellent communication skills, strong people skills, professionalism, and confidentiality
  • High level of energy and initiative
  • Experience with fundraising and communications/marketing


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