We are the American Jail Association, a 501c(3) association and we have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, strategic thinker who can take our organization to the next level as our Executive Director.
This full-time permanent position is based at our headquarters in Hagerstown, MD, about 70 miles northwest of Washington, DC in western Maryland.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN JAIL ASSOCIATION (AJA):
Since 1981, the American Jail Association (AJA) has dedicated itself exclusively to supporting those who work in and operate our Nation's jails. We do this through publishing, webinars, seminars, leadership academies, professional certification and an annual conference and exposition.
Our mission is to represent individuals and agencies concerned with the custody and care of people awaiting trial, serving sentences, or otherwise locally confined; to improve the conditions and systems under which they are detained; and promote successful re-entry opportunities for the incarcerated population. Working in the field, we provide leadership in the development of professional standards, management practices, programs and services.
The Executive Director leads the organization in developing and executing strategies to expand membership, revenue, and program effectiveness. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors, agency staff and industry professionals to drive the achievement of AJA’s mission, vision and values.
We are looking for a dynamic, mission-driven leader who is passionate about working with key stakeholders in the criminal justice system and focused on local corrections to foster continued growth in AJA. The Executive Director will provide visionary leadership for a professional staff of 10-12 who are providing impactful, essential services to the AJA membership and the nation’s jails. We seek a skilled executive leader experienced and well-poised to lead program development and one that is highly adept in finance, budget management and coalition and partnership building.
The ideal candidate for this role is a coach-player and has an intelligent approach to day-to-day operational management, strategic planning and visionary, creative leadership. As a meticulous planner and highly competent personnel manager, the incumbent is someone skilled in building effective, practical consensus and creating dynamic solutions in order to advance the work of the organization and serve the AJA community.
To the AJA President and Board of Directors: Works with AJA President, Board of Directors and committees to fulfill the AJA mission.
Financial Performance and Viability: Along with the Association Treasurer, develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization. Prepares and manages an annual budget and reports financial results and analysis on a regular basis.
Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with the Association leadership and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and outreach in the criminal justice system.
AJA Office Operations and Personnel Responsibilities: Oversees and implements resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
AJA Spokesperson Responsibilities: Serves as an AJA spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the public as directed by the President and Board of Directors.
Government Relations: Works with various government agencies on all related initiatives associated with criminal justice programs as it relates to corrections and jails.
At least 10 years of leadership knowledge and experience; Senior nonprofit organization management experience preferred.
Proven track record in motivating and managing a small, high-impact team, serving as both a coach and player.
Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
Demonstrated track record in managing and directing programs in membership-based organizations, with growing responsibility and increasing fiscal results over time.
Leadership skills, including excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong public speaking experience and proven negotiation skills.
Ability to convey AJA’s strategic vision to key stakeholders, staff, board, members and affiliates.
Knowledge and implementation of various marketing strategies.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and motivate board members, staff, and other key stakeholders.
Strong written/oral communication and public speaking skills.
Ability to interface, influence and engage diverse workgroups and lead them to success.
Knowledge of the corrections and jail operations.
Minimum travel expectations are 25% to fulfill Executive Director responsibilities.
ADDITIONAL DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
A bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
Previous corrections experience a plus.
General understanding of the criminal justice system and the legislative process is desired.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
This full-time opportunity comes with a competitive salary (depending on experience) as well as exceptional benefits that include a 35 hour work week, performance incentives, $6,000 car allowance, association subsidized medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long term disability, employee assistance program, a generous paid time off policy and a 403b plan.
To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you are the right candidate for this exciting opportunity and a resume to email@example.com. Please respond before January 31, 2020.
About American Jail Association
The American Jail Association (AJA) is the leading industry organization exclusively focused on supporting the professionals who staff and operate our Nation's jails. Through networking, training, publishing, education, and leadership opportunities, AJA helps develop career corrections professionals---and raises the standard for all corrections employees, management, and facilities nationwide.