Director of Jail Based Services
Job Details
LIC - Long Island City, NY

Title:                           Director of Jail Based Services
Unit:                           ICAN
Reports to:                 Senior Director, ICAN & Adult Mentoring Program
Status:                        Full Time; Regular; Exempt
Location:                    Rikers Island, Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) and Long Island City
Days/Hours:              5 days/35 hours a week, which may include weekends and/or evenings


Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Director, ICAN & Adult Mentoring Program the Director oversees a team of Rikers/MDC based staff, ensuring that services are delivered in a professional manner and in accordance with funder requirements.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervise Jail Based Supervisors and indirectly supervise additional staff;
  • Collaborate with Senior Director and other leadership team members to provide overall leadership and vision to the department to ensure effective and efficient operation of program services, while remaining true to the agency’s vision;
  • Develop and implement policy and procedures (P&P), and workflows associated with service offerings in facilities, and make revisions when necessary;
  • Analyze trends and metrics to enhance program and manage statistical reports to assist with performance improvement for jail-based I-CAN personnel;
  • Ensuring 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 goals;
  • Developing, nurturing and maintaining good working relationship with contract monitors and other funding source representatives;
  • Providing both formal and informal staff assessment and recommending, hiring, promoting staff members and making disciplinary and termination decisions;
  • Develop and implement new hire training manual;
  • Conduct training and tours for new hires, when necessary;
  • Monitor, evaluate and assist with development of curricula for group-based services;
  • Complete performance evaluations;
  • Review daily statistical reports, evaluate and make recommendations in accordance with participation for I-CAN participants;
  • Assist Jail Based Supervisors with creating plans for adequate coverage of groups in facilities;
  • Conduct internal audits, review and submit corrective action plans;
  • Assist in the development of creative program design during proposal writing for future projects;
  • Attending and participating in meetings, conferences, coalitions, and public speaking venues related to unit and/or agency; and meet all required deadlines
  • Other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Manages approximately two to four direct reports; indirectly supervises approximately 10 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.

  • BA/BS or equivalent required, advanced degree preferred;
  • Progressively responsible management experience (five + years preferred);
  • 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);
  • Strong management ability, including ability to work effectively as a team leader and a team member, as demonstrated by previous employment;
  • Demonstrated capacity to negotiate and work effectively with funders;
  • Reputation for excellence and high quality service to clients;
  • Experienced in data management and analysis; keen perception in extracting important data;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated analytic, administrative and organizational skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; and
  • Strong commitment to the work and goals of The Fortune Society.


Travel Requirements:  Travel between Rikers, MDC and Long Island City office 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.