Council of State Governments
  • 14-Apr-2021 to 23-May-2021 (EST)
  • APPA
  • Lexington, KY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), an affiliate of The Council of State Governments (CSG), is an international association composed of members from the United States, Canada and other countries actively involved in community corrections which includes pretrial, probation, and parole in both criminal and juvenile justice arenas. All levels of government including federal, state/provincial, local and tribal agencies are counted among its constituents. By taking the initiative, APPA has grown to become the voice for thousands of pretrial, probation and parole practitioners and providers of services including at all levels from both the public and private sectors. Educators, volunteers, victim service providers, concerned citizens and others with an interest in criminal and juvenile justice are also among APPA members. This position will be hired to work remotely with a requirement to periodically travel into the Lexington, KY area for staff meetings. To learn more about APPA visit To learn more about The Council of State Governments visit


The Program Director will be responsible for managing and/or providing expertise on grant projects related to the community corrections field for both adult and juvenile sectors; and managing staff working on said grant projects. The Program Director will also be expected to contribute to organizational development by refining office policies and procedures; developing strategic project plans and timelines; identifying grant opportunities and drafting proposals; and hiring, training, and supervising staff. The Program Director may work on multiple projects with a small team focused on training, technical assistance, and/or research issues associated with the community corrections field. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for an individual with an established career in criminal justice.


  • Develop and provide expertise on relevant policy, programmatic design and implementation, and/or research;
  • Develop and conduct on-site and online training sessions on content relevant to grant projects;
  • Develop written products (e.g., reports, articles, briefs, research memos, presentations, etc.) for, but not limited to, grant projects;
  • Prepare and/or participate in technical assistance delivery by coordinating and documenting site visits among staff and/or consultants; meet with site stakeholders and lead technical assistance site visits when necessary;
  • Understand research and evaluation findings relevant to the community corrections field;
  • Prepare and/or monitor timelines, budgets, progress reports, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
  • Obtain new funding opportunities, write grant proposals, and serve as a resource to funding agencies;
  • Plan and participate in meetings with government officials, practitioners, advocates, and national experts, among others;
  • Identify and engage new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
  • Collaborate with staff to develop long-range strategies to guide APPA's work;
  • Ensure that APPA colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments, and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals;
  • Supervise staff and consultants as assigned to grant projects as necessary;
  • Provide professional services to the field on behalf of the organization;
  • Work alongside services team on research and grant related matters, (i.e., Perspectives); and
  • Perform other tasks and assist other staff as needed and requested by the Executive Director.


  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills, and an analytical mind;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the criminal and juvenile justice systems in general, and community corrections more specifically;
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work independently and in a team setting;
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines;
  • Extensive experience in the use of desktop applications, preferably Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) and strong data entry skills;
  • Exceptional curriculum development and training proficiencies;
  • Willingness to travel within the United States, occasionally multiple times per month.


  • A bachelor's degree is required and a graduate degree in a related field, such as law, criminal justice, political science, sociology, psychology, social work, public policy, higher education, or similar degree program is strongly preferred.
  • At least four years of experience in the criminal justice field, preferably community corrections, with at least two of those years working in a management capacity.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Past experience working in the justice system with juveniles and/or adults, managing budgets and developing community corrections related training and/or technical assistance programs are preferred.


Interested candidates must complete the online application and include their resume and cover letter.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to characteristics including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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