Director of Monitoring & Policy

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation includes a competitive starting salary commensurate with experience




22 Cortlandt Street, 33rd Floor
New York
United States


About the Correctional Association of New York (CANY)

The Correctional Association of New York is an independent, non-profit criminal justice advocacy organization authorized under state law to provide oversight of New York State prisons and to report its findings and recommendations to the legislature and the public. Founded in 1844, CANY has for 175 years been at the vanguard of the progressive criminal justice reform movement. The organization’s key objectives include advocating for improved conditions in prison while highlighting the urgent need for reform in closely related areas of the criminal justice system (e.g., sentencing, parole, and reentry); promoting a criminal justice system that affirms the humanity of people affected by incarceration; and further building the field of civilian oversight of correctional agencies through the development and dissemination of best practices and methodologies.

About the Position

CANY seeks a highly qualified, accomplished professional to lead the organization’s core programming. Activities include designing and implementing impactful prison monitoring work; formulating and advancing policy goals about system-wide issues; publishing and disseminating reports of findings and recommendations; working with legislators and corrections officials to inform more humane and constructive prison policies; and educating the public about prison conditions and the impact of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities. This role is an exciting opportunity for a senior-level professional with experience leading major policy projects, conducting systems reform advocacy, and authoring high-impact reports. The Director of Monitoring and Policy will join a dedicated team of staff who are intensely committed to criminal justice reform.

Key Responsibilities

The Director of Monitoring and Policy will lead the organization’s activities related to providing meaningful oversight of New York’s state prisons and advancing criminal justice reform more broadly. Specific areas of responsibility will include:

  • Designing and leading monitoring visits to state prisons, giving special attention to healthcare, programs and social services, use of isolation, and reports of institutional violence.
  • Setting policy goals and working with stakeholders and partners throughout the state to advance these goals.
  • Overseeing research activities, such as the design of survey instruments, data collection and analysis, and establishing a research agenda.
  • Authoring reports, delivering testimony, making public presentations, and generally supporting the communication of findings to the public.
  • Supporting CANY’s organizational development by identifying and pursuing new funding and grant opportunities.
  • Recruiting, supervising, and training staff, interns, and volunteers.

Experience and Qualifications

CANY is seeking a well-rounded, enthusiastic candidate comfortable working across a variety of functions as part of a small, hard-working team. Desirable attributes include:

  • Ability to articulate a clear and compelling connection to and knowledge of criminal justice reform, with a strong preference for prior experience working on issues related to New York State prisons.
  • Experience leading teams, launching and completing complex projects, and working on challenging social issues. 
  • At least 5 years of prior professional experience in the field, which may be substituted for a relevant combination of education and/or life experience.
  • Advanced degree desirable but not required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong administrative skills, including confidence using Microsoft Office and other relevant industry software.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people in a variety of professional settings and situations.


Generous benefits and time off allowances

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Candidates who represent or have worked directly with the populations most impacted by the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply. CANY is currently actively recruiting highly qualified candidates. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending a cover letter, resume, and references to the attention of Jennifer Scaife, Executive Director at