Program Specialist, Criminal Justice

Vacancy Announcement – March 12, 2013

Position Location:
Headquarters - Baltimore, MD
Travel: Occasional


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to serve as a specialist, focusing primarily on re-entry initiatives, within our criminal justice program.

Summary of Duties:

The Program Specialist will report to the Criminal Justice Director and have the following duties:

  • Advance program initiatives focused on removing barriers to employment facing formerly incarcerated persons.
  • Serve as key liaison to other organizations and stakeholders working on removal of employment barriers in re-entry.
  • Conduct research and collect data pertinent to addressing employment and re-entry.
  • Coordinate development and distribution of resources to assist NAACP units in advocating for policies that advance employment for returning citizens.
  • Represent the Association at internal and external meetings as needed.
  • Assist with other criminal justice initiatives and other assignments as needed.


The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Social Science, Political Science or Public Policy.
  • 3 – 4 years of experience working on criminal justice issues, preferably employment and re-entry.
  • Strong analytic, writing and presentation skills.
  • Capacity to multi-task as reflected by track record of success in managing multiple projects
  • Ability to travel upon request.


It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply:   Resume, cover letter, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:

Email: (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Fax:  (410) 580-5735

*** Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent upon continued funding.