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Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project Looking to Hire Executive Director

Salary: $125,000 annually plus benefits and support for relocation

Location: Philadelphia Office (hybrid)

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) is inviting nominations and applications for the role of Executive Director.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be a visionary leader who will inspire the team, client-partners, and stakeholders to build on their current success and chart a new and exciting path forward. More specifically, they will oversee operations and serve as the senior thought-leader across all programs, including mitigation and reentry support, policy reform, and development in accordance with YSRP’s two-year strategic plan. They will also engage the sector as they maintain and build relationships that will support YSRP’s growth and goals.

The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to YSRP’s assertion that children should not be in adult jails and rely on YSRP’s values, including justice, integrity, wellness, and client-partnership to drive toward success. In fact, we are particularly interested in meeting candidates who were incarcerated as children, who spent time in adult jails, or have proximity to those who have spent time in adult jails.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will also have at least 7 years’ experience managing people, leading programs, and overseeing operations in small to medium-sized organizations. Their expertise will be in reentry, juvenile justice, criminal justice policy reform, mitigation, legal defense and advocacy, or a related field. They will also have a deeply nuanced analysis of Pennsylvania’s legislative landscape with the understanding that the current criminal justice system is rooted in the legacy of chattel slavery and White supremacy.

About YSRP

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of children prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system and to ensure fair and thoughtful resentencing and reentry for individuals who were sentenced to life without parole as children (“Juvenile Lifers”).

Our Core Work includes:

  • Mitigation – During the court process in individual cases, YSRP presents prosecutors and judges with mitigation reports, or humanizing narratives of a person’s experience.

  • Reentry Planning – As close to a child’s arrest as possible, YSRP creates individualized reentry plans that connect youth with critical supports and services in housing, employment, education, and health and mental health care.

  • Juvenile Lifer Support – YSRP continues to support Juvenile Lifers who were resentenced pursuant to Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana through parole assistance and reentry, including applications for clemency.

  • Training for Legal Defense and Advocacy – YSRP creates tools and provides trainings for defense attorneys, as well as trainings for law students and social work graduate students at U Penn to provide mitigation and reentry support for young people and their families.

  • Advancing Policy Reform – YSRP aspires to end the practice of charging youth in adult courts. In the interim, YSRP’s policy advocacy chips away at the harmful impacts of adult incarceration on people and their families.


YSRP has partnered with Monday Morning Consultants to lead this search. Please send questions or nominations to or Given the nature of YSRP’s mission, Black, indigenous, and other people of color, disabled people and those who are directly impacted by incarceration – or who have a loved one who has been impacted – are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for the position, please submit your resume, and a brief statement responding to the following questions, to: Be sure to include the name of the role in the subject line of your email.

  1. How do your skills and background align with this job?

  2. In what ways do you prioritize racial justice and/or ending mass incarceration in your personal and professional life?

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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