Program Manager: Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council


Community Law in Action (CLIA) develops young people to be leaders by connecting them to opportunities to amplify their voices, cultivate their skills, and actively participate in the process of positive community change.

Position Description:  The Youth Advisory Council Program Manager is responsible for managing, training and mentoring the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group (JJSG) Youth Advisory Council, a group of 10-12 young adults from around the United States and currently or formerly involved in the juvenile justice system who work to inform and support the JJSG’s juvenile justice reform efforts. The Program Manager is also responsible for managing, training, and mentoring a smaller group of young adults around the country for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s, Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) program.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Review applications for the incoming council members and provide input into their selection.
  • Manage all logistics related to the council’s travel and accommodations to/from council meetings and conferences (e.g. travel via air and train, hotel accommodations, registration, meals).
  • Manage all logistics related to the council’s monthly phone calls and in-person meetings.  This includes securing the meeting location/call logistics, developing the meeting objectives, outcomes and full agenda, securing speakers, and preparing council members to participate.
  • Carry out all administrative functions related to the Youth Advisory Council.
  • Facilitate engaging meetings focused on juvenile justice reform involving council members and JJSG staff.
  • Apply positive youth development approaches to the engagement of justice-involved youth and young adults.
  • Work with the JJSG and council members to identify critical ways the Youth Advisory Council can best inform AECF’s juvenile justice reform efforts.
  • Facilitate the preparation of council members for engagement in external meetings.
  • Develop opportunities for council members to strengthen their professional development and leadership skills through connections with national and local organizations and resources.
  • Draft budget and grant narratives.
  • Manage $300k project budget.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or related experience.
  • Experience mentoring, training and/or engaging youth in public policy advocacy and/or campaigns.
  • Experience managing a variety of high-level logistics for meetings and/or conferences.
  • Experience managing project budgets.
  • Working knowledge of juvenile justice and/or criminal justice systems and policies.
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills.
  • Strong self-motivation; ability to meet tight deadlines and balance multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities and individuals.
  • Comfortable supporting and mentoring young adults in emergency situations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of CLIA and AECF.
  • Facility with Microsoft Office suite, the Internet, and online communication tools (e.g., as WebEx, Basecamp and Egencia), as well as experience developing on-line trainings.

Since 2017, this position has been fully-funded through a grant with AECF. Salary is dependent on experience and is not to exceed $52,000.00 If interested in applying, e-mail a cover letter and résumé to:

Darius Graham and Krystle Starvis, Board Co-Chairs

520 West Fayette Street, Unit 140

Baltimore, Maryland  21201

CLIA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, or disability.