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President and Chief Executive Officer Boston, MA

Community Resources for Justice (CRJ), an eminent social justice and human services organization with a rich history of serving and advocating for society’s most at-risk populations, seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). For over 140 years, CRJ has addressed critical social justice issues through policy reform and has provided high-quality services to formerly incarcerated individuals and to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). CRJ is a thought leader in Massachusetts and across the nation, driven by its history of achievement, sustained organizational vitality, and expertise gained through practical experience. After decades of continuous growth and an increasingly influential national presence, CRJ seeks a CEO who will both fortify and fuel the organization’s impact in the areas of criminal justice and disability services.

CRJ is comprised of three distinct divisions. Its two direct services divisions are Social Justice Services (SJS) and Community Strategies (CS). SJS serves nearly 600 formerly incarcerated people annually through eight residential reentry centers, or halfway houses. CS serves 240 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through its network of community-based options across Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including 38 group homes and other shared living arrangements. CRJ’s third division is the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI), the organization’s national-scale criminal justice consulting practice. CJI collaborates with and provides technical assistance to elected officials, justice system practitioners, and policy makers across the country to find creative approaches to today’s most pressing and complex social and public safety issues. CRJ’s three divisions are supported by a budget of $55 million and total staff of 750.

CRJ is proud of its reputation as an innovator and advocate for reform. The organization opened one of the nation’s first community mental health clinics to treat sex offenders and abusers with I/DD; brought to the United States the “day reporting” model, which is now used extensively across the country to provide non-residential reentry supports; and is thought to have operated the nation’s first halfway house. CRJ has also been critical to numerous recent reform efforts, including the implementation of the “Ban the Box” provision, which prevents employers from inquiring about criminal records on initial job applications, and several Clean Slate initiatives, which automate the process for misdemeanor criminal record expungement, allowing greater access to employment, housing, and education opportunities.

In collaboration with CRJ’s 19-member board of directors and experienced executive team, the President and CEO will provide strategic vision and leadership to an operation with significant community importance. The CEO will ensure the continued quality of its direct services; will anticipate and prepare for evolution in the regulatory environments in which each of its divisions operates; and will foster organizational alignment and leadership of a united organization. Strengths in collaboration and partnership development; demonstrated experience leading an organization or unit of compatible purpose and similar complexity through growth and change; attention to staff development; and proven commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential. As the CEO is the primary ambassador for the organization, the successful candidate will bring superior communication skills and a strong track record in government relations, public advocacy, and fundraising.

Phillip Petree and John Isaacson are leading this search with Tatiana Oberkoetter.

Applications will be held in strict confidence. Electronic submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.

CRJ provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. CRJ’s practice of providing equal opportunities for all employees supports its belief in evidence-based management practices and being morally responsible in the communities that they serve.


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