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AVP of Programs

The Fortune Society


Title: Associate Vice President of Programs
Unit: Executive
Reports to: Vice President
Status: Full-Time; Regular; Exempt
Job Code: TBD
Location: LIC
Date Prepared: February 21, 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:
Provide supervision and operational management of programs. This person will be responsible for participant engagement and retention, overall quality of service and long-term participant impact as defined in our mission.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Direct and manage all areas of Fortune’s programs as assigned by the Vice President. This includes contract management, reporting, continuous quality improvement, strategic planning, program start-up and program design, program implementation, and modification;
• Oversee the operations of our Admission, Alterative to Incarceration, Behavioral Health (Article 31 and , Article 32-822) Clinics, Group Services, Contract Compliance, Court Advocacy, Care Management Program; a team of roughly 6 Senior Directors with oversight of approximately63 staff members across multiple program areas - including program directors, clinical directors, counselors and administrative staff;
• Conduct ongoing strategic assessments of Fortune’s service delivery and systems to identify areas for process improvement;-areas of concern;
• Participate in internal and external agency activities. These activities include but are not limited to – public speaking, public education, networking and fundraising; and
• Other duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President or his designee.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Manages a staff of 80 employees; 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.

• Master’s degree in business management, or advanced licensing in a related field (LCSW, LMSW, MSW) or the equivalent in professional experience (10 – 15) years in social services management;
• 8-10 years of executive management experience;
• 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;
• Strong contract management and budgeting skills;
• 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 to our Harlem site and within and outside of New York City as needed.

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 04/14/17; CVMHA ID #10928