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Senior Director of Adult Mentoring Program/ICAN Community Services

The Fortune Society



Title: Senior Director of Adult Mentoring Program/ICAN Community Services
Unit: ICAN
Reports to: AVP, DRCPP
Status: Full Time; Regular; Exempt
Job Code: TBD
Location: Long Island City, Rikers Island and other correctional facilities
Days/Hours: 5 days a week, which may include weekends and/or evenings
Date Prepared: January 13, 2017

The Organization:
Founded in 1967, The Fortune Society is recognized as one of the preeminent criminal justice service and advocacy nonprofits in the nation. Fortune is known for its cultural competence and prides itself on the diversity of its staff and leadership including the degree to which its management and staffing draws both from those traditionally trained and those who are themselves formerly incarcerated and provide both professional and life experience expertise.
Fortune has grown steadily over the years to an agency just under $30 million in annual budget with just under 300 staff. We anticipate that we will keep growing, both in size and in depth of service.
Fortune has a dual mission: both advocacy and service. The advocacy focuses on building a more just criminal justice system and reducing the barriers to reentry into society. The service side of Fortune has evolved to encompass a broad range of programs including alternatives to incarceration, group services and discharge planning within correctional facilities, and a robust array of services in the community. Fortune’s community-based programs include court advocacy and alternative to incarceration programs, licensed substance abuse treatment and mental health services, a full array of employment services ranging from job readiness through placement through hard skills training, an in-house school, a housing continuum ranging from emergency shelter through permanent congregate and scattered site housing, group and individual counseling, assistance in obtaining benefits, a care management unit, HIV services, a nutrition program, and an arts program.
Fortune currently serves approximately 7000 people a year. Our client population mirrors the incarcerated population in being approximately 85% male and over 90% people of color. Our program models are recognized, both nationally and internationally for their quality and innovation.

Position Summary:
Under the direct supervision of the AVP, the Senior Director oversees the Adult Mentoring Program and the Individualized Correction Achievement Network (I-CAN) Community Services and is responsible for:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Direct and supervise implementation of an adult mentoring program offered to participants housed in correctional facilities located in NYC;
• Collaborate with community staff to identify, provide referrals for, and follow up with participants for appropriate post-release services, including but not limited to: job training, job placement, job retention, housing placement, substance use, mental health and education;
• Coordinate with Department of Correction (DOC) and other corrections officials regarding the fluent enrollment of participants into mentoring services (including through video-conferencing) and their smooth transition to mentoring in the community as after care;
• Manage budget and monitor outcomes for mentoring program and ICAN community services;
• Periodically visit Rikers Island and other correctional facilities to coordinate activities and support the transition of participants from their respective facilities to the community;
• Hire mentors, case managers and other staff members and provide regular support and supervision;
• Identify mentoring training and appropriate material for staff and participants;
• Collaborate with Senior Director of Rikers Island to provide overall leadership and vision to the department to ensure the smooth operation of program services, while remaining true to the agency’s vision;
• Ensuring achievement of agency goals and objectives and contractual milestones, consistent with the program’s work scope;
• Develop, nourish and maintain good working relationship with contract monitors and other funding source representatives;
• Attend and participate in meetings, conferences, coalitions and public speaking opportunities relating to his/her unit and/or the agency, both locally and nationally;
• Supervise, evaluate and support the development of all managers within the unit, as well as any line staff under his/her direct supervision, including maintaining weekly supervision sessions and overseeing day to day job performance;
• Clearly communicate unit and agency priorities and ensure that priorities set are carried out;
• Assist in the development of creative program design during proposal writing for future projects;
• Assess unit staff and agency training needs and provide and/or arrange for training needed to ensure professional and clinical standards in service delivery;
• Ensure timely and accurate internal and contractual reporting, including playing an active role in development and implementation of new reports as needed to assess program effectiveness and achievement of desired outcomes;
• Develop and implement corrective action plans as needed; and
• Take on additional responsibilities as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Manages approximately 7 direct reports once fully staffed; indirectly supervises approximately 7 additional staff. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and engaging employees; addressing employee relations and resolving problems.

We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to the Fortune Society’s mission. Relevant life experience is a plus.

• 7 Years equivalent work experience or MSW/LMSW;
• 5 years of administrative and responsible management experience in substance abuse, mental health and/or criminal justice with clientele similar to that served by the program(s);
• Demonstrated capacity to negotiate and work effectively with funders;
• Reputation for excellence and high quality service to clients;
• Experienced in supervision and development of counselors/social workers;
• Experienced in data management and analysis; keen perception in extracting important data;
• Demonstrated management ability with analytic and organizational skills;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written & oral) with all levels;
• Proven ability to work effectively as a team leader and team member;
• Good eye for detail; well organized, skilled in setting priorities;
• Resourceful and self-confident; can get the job done, and do it well;
• Computer literate in MS Word, Excel, Access and Power Point; and
• Strong commitment to the work and goals of The Fortune Society.

Travel Requirements: Travel between Rikers, MDC and Long Island City office and other correctional facilities as needed. May require travel to our Harlem office for meetings and/or events. May require travel to conferences, coalitions and public speaking venues related to unit and/or agency.

Physical Demands: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.



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Posted on 01/19/17; CVMHA ID #10648