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Juvenile justice consultant needed

The Juvenile Justice Work Group (JJWG) of the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG) is the only national affinity group of foundations organized around juvenile justice issues.

The JJWG seeks to engage a consultant to provide the support and coordination necessary to help the work group achieve its goals to reform the juvenile justice system and improve outcomes for the youth involved. The consultant will be expected to have the following competencies:

  • Understanding of juvenile justice policy and practice at the federal, state and local levels
  • Ability to leverage relationships among funders, advocates, policy makers and researchers
  • Strong organizational and facilitation skills and appreciation for the group process
  • Collaborative working style
  • Willingness to support the work group’s efforts to fundraise and build its membership
  • Strong writing, organizational and analytical skills



The consultant must have experience in juvenile justice, criminal justice, or systems reform related to youth and experience or familiarity with philanthropy. Grant writing experience is preferred.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Juvenile Justice Work Group consultant spends an average of 10 to 15 hours per month coordinating work group activities in collaboration with the work group’s cochairs, which include quarterly conference calls and semi-annual meetings. The following are the consultant’s primary responsibilities:

  • Plans agendas around timely issues, identifies and prepares experts in the field to participate in meetings and conference calls, handles logistics and arranges site visits.
  • Sends monthly emails to JJWG members with upcoming events and important juvenile justice news.
  • Maintains and grows an extensive listserv of funders interested in juvenile justice issues and system reform.
  • Assists with fundraising for the JJWG, helping the co-chairs to identify potential donors and then drafting and submitting proposals and reports to funders.
  • Disseminates the JJWG’s newly updated publication Juvenile Justice Reform– A Blueprint. More than 3,000 copies have been distributed to policymakers, funders, legislators and public and private stakeholders.
  • Encourages funders who are interested in issues affecting at-risk youth to expand their portfolios to include juvenile justice.
  • Engages in strategic thinking about additional activities the work group might undertake and provides recommendations, research, and analysis around key issues and decisions being considered by the work group.
  • Collaborates with consultants to YTFG’s Foster Care and Multiple Pathways to Graduation Work Groups to identify cross-system issues and learning opportunities.

 Who We Are

The Juvenile Justice Work Group of the Youth Transition Funders Group is comprised of regional and national grantmakers working across the fields of justice, education, foster care, human services, workforce development, and public health. We support policies, programs and advocacy at the federal, state and local levels that promote fair, effective and age-appropriate treatment of all youth, which we believe improves outcomes for these youth, is more cost -effective and promotes public safety. The JJWG currently has nearly 50 members, from large national to smaller regional and family foundations throughout the country.

The Youth Transition Funders’ Group (YTFG) is an affinity group comprised of grantmakers committed to ensuring that young people are successfully connected by age 25 to institutions and support systems that will enable them to succeed throughout adulthood. The YTFG has adopted the theme “Connected by 25” to describe this mission.  A young person who is “Connected by 25” has attained five critical outcomes:

  • Educational achievement in preparation for career and civic participation, including a high school diploma, postsecondary degree, and/or vocational certificate training
  • Gainful employment and/or access to career training to achieve lifelong economic success
  • Connections to a positive support system -- guidance from family members and caring adults, as well as access to health, counseling, and mental health services
  • The ability to be a responsible and nurturing parent
  • The capacity to participate in the civic life of one’s community

Currently, YTFG members participate in one of three work groups –Juvenile Justice, Foster Care and Multiple Pathways to Graduation. These work groups convene regularly by conference call and in person to share information relevant to their fields of interest and for the YTFG as a whole.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) serves as the fiscal agent for YTFG.

Submission of Qualifications

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via email no later than August 12, 2013. to:

Lisa McGill

YTFG director



Please include an hourly rate and time availability/constraints in the cover letter. Electronic hyperlinks to relevant work or publications are appreciated.

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