Program: ABLE is a groundbreaking youth development program funded through the nation’s first Social Impact Bond. It has received national media attention* since its launch in July 2012. ABLE serves every young person incarcerated at a New York City Department of Correction facility between the ages of 16 to 18 who attends school on Rikers Island. Osborne is seeking a Director for the program. Through ABLE, Osborne provides MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy), a curriculum-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to youth on Rikers Island and in the community upon release. Youth in the program are also provided recreational opportunities on Rikers Island and will receive some pre-release transitional planning and support as well as linkages to services in the community.
Responsibilities: The Director is responsible for oversight and management of all aspects of the program. The Director is ultimately responsible for supervision of all staff (20+ people), delivery of service, fidelity to the evidence-based model, and data recording and reporting. The Director must develop and maintain established collaborative relationships with NYC Department of Correction staff at all levels, from top administrators to the Warden, Deputy Wardens, Captains and line officers. The Director must also collaborate and cooperate with Department of Education staff, including the Executive Principal, Assistant Principals and teachers in the facility-based high schools. The Director is responsible for diplomatic advocacy in the facility to ensure needs are met to provide the services correctly. The Director accomplishes program objectives by setting enrollment and completion goals that meet programmatic and contractual requirements; develops strategies and systems for meeting those goals through service delivery; coordinates, collaborates, and problem solves with NYC Department of Correction and Department of Education staff; evaluates the effectiveness of those strategies regularly to ensure that the outcomes are successful; and makes adjustments where necessary to ensure continued effectiveness of those services to clients. Develop policies and procedures that enhance program components and contribute to the success of the program. Supervises all program staff, - including Recreation Coordinator, Service Coordinators, MRT Instructors, interns and volunteers.
Requirements: Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education or the equivalent combination of education and experience. A background in the fields of corrections, education, youth development and/or criminal justice human services are a must. Direct experience working at a high level in a correctional facility, such as managing a jail/prison-based program, is highly preferred.
Related Skills or Knowledge: Direct knowledge of jail or prison program operations, youth development, and/or CBT are preferred. Three to five years of progressively responsible program/service management experience in a correctional setting/agency, social service agency or association. Non-profit and/or corrections experience is strongly preferred, with understanding of youth development, education and criminal justice environment.
The Osborne Association is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.