Philanthropy Portfolio Manager, Criminal Justice Reform

Location New York, NY 10018
Date Posted October 04, 2021
Job ID 7516
Employment Type Retained
Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to search for a Portfolio Manager – Criminal Justice Reform on behalf of our client, Porticus; a philanthropic organization that works towards a just and sustainable future where human dignity can flourish.

About Porticus:

Through targeted giving in education, society, faith, and climate, Porticus enables changemakers to create societies and systems that work for everyone. The organization strives to understand the complexities of the systems that need change, assess where the most impact can be made, and engage the skills and knowledge of coalitions as well as local and global partners to tackle the root causes of problems. Porticus professionals develop and manage grants and programs in more than 90 countries. Lasting solutions aren’t achieved quickly or lightly, but Porticus believes that together we can make a fairer, more sustainable world a reality.

Purpose of the Role:

The overarching goal of the criminal justice reform portfolio is to ensure that (formerly) incarcerated people meaningfully participate in and lead a self-determined, dignified life in societies that are inclusive and non-discriminatory, moving away from a culture of punishment and retribution. To further this goal, they design programs and grantmaking that support efforts to re-evaluate the purpose and practice of imprisonment, restructure prison regimes and increase their investment in evidence-based rehabilitation and reintegration programs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive the implementation of a portfolio strategy and, in collaboration with regional offices, create innovative global and cross-regional programs to implement the portfolio strategy.

  • Assist regional offices in creating regional programs and advise them on grant-making within the portfolio.

  • Work closely with regional offices to manage review and approval processes regarding concept notes, programs, and grants, and ensure the timely submission of proposals to the Investment Committee.

  • Act as a decision-maker on small grants within the portfolio and program investment expenditures.

  • Monitor and evaluate the portfolio and program impact, sharing results and applying learning for course correction and future programs.

  • Exchange experiences with other portfolio teams and regional offices with the goal of interchanging learning and practices.

  • Lead Porticus-wide initiatives and actively participate in and take collective ownership of initiatives undertaken by members of the Porticus Leadership Team.

  • Develop knowledge and build networks in the portfolio area and disseminate knowledge and experiences to the regional and portfolio teams.

  • Manage, coach, and mentor portfolio team in their learning and encourage team members to take ownership of their professional development.

  • Contribute to an innovative and open learning culture, ensuring that lessons learned are shared throughout the organization.

Key Attributes:

  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience in criminal justice reform, either at the international or national level (government, civil society, academia, litigation).

  • People with diverse backgrounds, including those with lived experience in the criminal justice environment, are encouraged to apply.

  • Work experience in philanthropy is desirable.

  • Significant experience leading multidisciplinary, international, and virtual teams.

  • Master’s Degree or higher in a related field: e.g., law, political science, public health, etc.

  • Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.

  • Strong ability to condense complex ideas and concepts into easily understandable summaries.

  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally approximately 25% of the time.

  • Proficiency in understanding, speaking and writing in the English language.

Compensation & Benefits:

This exciting opportunity offers the ability to transform the lives of people around the globe! Starting compensation package includes a competitive salary dependent on experience, plus extremely robust benefits that are comprised of medical, dental, and vision insurance, PTO, paid holidays, and much more.

Applications and Nominations:

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:

Please address applications to:
Elizabeth Crimmins, Senior Executive Recruiter
Scion Executive Search
(888) 487-8850
For immediate consideration please apply with your resume and cover letter via

About Our Firm:

Scion Executive Search is a retained executive search firm connecting executive-nonprofit leadership to nonprofit organizations and foundations across the country. Born out of the nonprofit sector, we provide expert search strategies and leadership to benefit your organization. Our executive candidates are true agents for change, and we are experts at matching their talents, motivations, and passions to your organization’s mission! Scion Executive Search has led hundreds of successful executive searches; information on our firm is available online for review via

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