Delaware Center for Justice

Executive Director

Wilmington, Delaware

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Website: Delaware Center for Justice


Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ), with a rich history of service to justice-involved citizens and crime victims, is at the forefront of transforming the quality of justice in the state of Delaware by combining direct services, advocacy, and policy work to support youth and adult offenders and crime victims.  Originally established as the Prisoner’s Aid Society in 1920 and going into its 100th year, DCJ seeks an experienced and visionary Executive Director who can build upon its base of exceptional programming, positioning DCJ to expand services across the state and to participate more fully in national criminal justice reform efforts.   

DCJ’s work touches a wide range of individuals impacted by the justice system – those returning to their communities, children with incarcerated parents, young people held in detention facilities, and victims of crime. DCJ works in schools, detention facilities, communities, and the legislature.  Its work involves robust case management, restorative justice approaches, policy advocacy, and deep respect for the clients and communities it serves. DCJ firmly believes in comprehensive support and fresh starts for its clients to help counter the destructive impact of prison overuse, particularly in communities of color.

The Executive Director will lead and nurture a skilled, diverse, and dedicated staff of 18 and work collaboratively to define the vision for the next phase of DCJ’s leadership on criminal justice reform in Delaware. The ideal candidate will have at least eight to ten years of proven leadership experience, including successful track records in strategic planning, communications, fundraising from diverse sources, and establishing and administering strong human resources and budget management systems. A Bachelor’s degree and well-established success engaging with diverse communities are required.


This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs and Meredith Horton of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

Delaware Center for Justice is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.



Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.

As a trained psychologist, teacher, researcher, and consultant with twenty years of experience both in the U.S. and abroad, Katherine guides organizations through change with particular expertise in founder transitions, facilitation of Board and executive level decisions, and the implications for growth and strategic talent development. 

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