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Community Action for Recovery and Diversion (CARD) is an emerging collaboration working at the intersection of the local criminal justice, family court, health and human services systems to bring collaborative solutions to York’s mental health and substance abuse crises.  The CARD initiative seeks a visionary, humble and results oriented person who has experience uniting diverse interests to achieve a common goal. 

This is high-level position charged with oversight of systems wide change in York County.  The CARD Initiative seeks an experienced and visionary Project Director who thrives in a collaborative organization and can skillfully develop and lead the project’s efforts to reverse the tide of over-criminalization and over-incarceration of individuals with mental illness and addiction in the criminal justice system. 

The project director must bring deep expertise and a diverse, strategic approach to criminal justice reform work. The project director must be a big picture, creative thinker who can effectively design, manage and leverage a range of legal, policy, organizing, public education and communications strategies to advance proactive, large-scale criminal justice, family court and public health reform goals while balancing immediate responsive work. The project director is a relationship-builder and willing collaborator with demonstrated success developing and maintaining key relationships internally as well as externally with community groups and leaders in the criminal justice, medical and human services arenas. The project director must excel at project and time management and be able to effectively support CARD’s overall success and maintain a focus on both programmatic goals and collaborative process.

The project director is responsible for identifying criminal justice, family court and public health reform priorities based upon evidence-based practices and work with allies to develop and manage complex multi-disciplinary, proactive campaigns to drive forward large-scale change, setting both long and short-term goals.

The Director operates with a high degree of independence in the execution of daily responsibilities.  This position is supervised by, reports to, and acts upon authority delegated by the CARD Leadership Team. 

Job Title:  Community Action for Recovery and Diversion Project Director


  • Ability to assess the context within a complex civic system, including the priorities and motivation, of diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to use inquiry to help stakeholders identify possible systems change.
  • Ability to build trust among diverse stakeholders so they are willing to assume shared responsibility for change
  • Reviews high-level deliverables across practice.
  • Ensures engagement reviews and quality assurance procedures take place for all practice engagements.
  • Develops and implements strategic objectives for practice that are aligned with the project’s strategic initiatives.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and prepare reports on the status and progress of work for the Court Administrator, Judges, Commissioners, community groups, and other agencies.
  • Maintain a constant dialogue with the Court, other County department directors, and community-based agencies involved or concerned with corrections and the rehabilitation of adult offenders.
  • Attend and participate in local and regional meetings, seminars and conferences to maintain the highest level of education in the fields of criminal justice and human services
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and lead activities of the CARD project to ensure that goals, objectives and all elements of CARD are accomplished within the appropriate time frame and funding parameters.
  • Review CARD funding application to determine time frame, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing project, staffing requirements, and allotment of available resources to various phases of project.
  • Establish work plan and staffing for each phase of project, and work with partners on shared implementation
  • Responsible for supervision of all consultants to ensure work on schedule and within budget.
  • Review status reports prepared by project personnel and modify schedules or plans as required. Prepare and review project reports for presentations to partners as needed
  • Confer with project partners to provide technical advice and to resolve problems.
  • Coordinate project activities with activities of other major initiatives in order to avoid duplication of efforts
  • Responsible for overall quality and management of the CARD project.
  • Coordinate with the CARD Leadership Team on public outreach, press releases, public presentations of the work and web site development and content as appropriate.
  • Research grant funding sources.
  • Oversee budget, ensure financial accountability.
  • Recommend personnel for program/project implementation.
  • Supervise program delivery, assess defendant needs.
  • Recognize and solve potential problems and evaluate project effectiveness.
  • Coordinates grant and fundraising initiatives to attain systems goals and to avoid internecine competition or duplication
  • Provide program content expertise, which will include delivering public presentations about the CARD project and communicating the project’s purpose, value and importance to the York Community
  • Conduct research as necessary to advance initiatives
  • Network with local, regional, state and national agencies; educational institutions; non-profit organizations; and private sector business interests for future program development.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned temporarily or permanently by the CARD Leadership Team

Work performance is evaluated, in part, on the basis of EEO performance.  Requirements are representative of minimum knowledge, skills and abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the ability or aptitude to perform each duty proficiently, and comply with Court/County policies and procedures, as outlined in the Employee Handbook.


  • Experience engaging and communicating with diverse audiences, ranging from high level civic leaders to residents living in distress
  • Ability to build commitment among those diverse audiences to achieve systems adaptations based upon evidence based practices.
  • Ability to exercise influence in environments where they have no authority
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, from conception through evaluation
  • Ability to collect and synthesize data from multiple sources, and helping diverse stakeholders use the data to identify and take action.
  • Ability to secure financial resources from private, public and philanthropic sources
  • Strong advocate for the mission of the CARD initiative.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven effectiveness fostering a sense of teamwork, facilitating creativity, encouraging professional debate, resolving conflicts, and appropriately motivating partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to actively foster an open, cooperative and collaborative working relationship within and between the departments, Court Administration staff, the Court and other departments and agencies.
  • Ability to set the table for system partners to succeed without concern for allocation of credit. 


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Eight years of project management experience.
  • Grant management experience preferred. Familiarity with evidence-based practices and problem solving courts research or willingness to attend training to gain knowledge.

This position would be a full-time position with hours from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM; however, nontraditional hours or flex scheduling to accommodate work may be necessary.

Salary commensurate with experience plus a full benefits package.

The Project Director will report to the Director of Probation Services

Interested candidates should present a letter of interest and resume by 4:00 pm on September 25, 2019 to:

Wade Gobrecht
Assistant Director
York County Planning Commission
28 East Market Street
York, PA 17401 


Internship Opportunities

The York County Planning Commission (YCPC) offers internship opportunities throughout the year. If interested in an internship program with the YCPC or if you have questions, please send an email to the Assistant Director or call 717-771-9870.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The York County Planning Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.