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Associate Director, The Homecoming Project

Who We Are

Impact Justice dares to dream of a humane and restorative approach to justice in the United States. We are a national innovation and research center advancing new ideas and solutions for justice transformation and reform. We work to dramatically reduce the massive number of youth and adults in our justice system, improve conditions and outcomes for those who are incarcerated, and provide meaningful opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to rejoin their communities. We employ a national team of researchers, monitors, practitioners, and experts united by this vision. We work closely with communities of color, system-impacted and formerly incarcerated people, and the LGBTQ community.

A majority of individuals on our executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ. We’re committed to living our values and to creating the kinds of equitable and inclusive team environments internally that we fight to help create in our broader communities.

Check us out on our website at https://impactjustice.org/ for more information.

About the Homecoming Project

Using the sharing economy model, the Homecoming Project (THP) at Impact Justice (IJ) pairs individuals returning home from prison with welcoming community residents (hosts) who have a room in their homes to spare. The Homecoming Project pays each host a daily stipend for housing the participant for up to 6 months. And, THP participants are provided a community navigator that works to connect them to the needed resources, supports, and wraparound services necessary for community re-entry. This innovative reentry housing project began in 2018 and to date has housed over 60 returning individuals into homes within the community. The Homecoming Project is currently in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, with plans underway to expand into additional California counties and nationally. 

By providing stable housing for people leaving prison, THP provides a base from which people can begin to build a new life, save money, find employment and reconnect with family. Check us out here.

Who You Are

The Associate Director for the Homecoming Project will have a vision of what affordable housing can and should be for our most vulnerable communities. This position will have an ethos toward partner development, and using innovative solutions both inside the criminal justice space and elsewhere to solve issues surrounding housing affordability and attainment for marginalized populations.

This senior-level position is an experienced project and people manager with interpersonal skills that allow for meaningful interactions with the impacted community and those new to our work. This position is external facing and will be skilled in public speaking and facilitation with a high degree of comfort in translating complex information to meet the needs of a myriad of audiences including; impacted populations, policymakers, criminal legal system staff, funders, and community members.

This position has a strong commitment to ending the criminalization of BIPOC, poor people, and other marginalized groups.

You are also:

  • An experienced professional within the criminal/juvenile justice system, and/or affordable housing/homelessness space, or other social justice movements
  • An adaptive problem solver with a willingness to learn and grow
  • A flexible self-starter who thrives in changing, dynamic environments
  • Able to juggle and implement simultaneous multiple project elements 
  • Comfortable interacting with a wide variety of people, including individuals impacted by the criminal legal system, criminal legal system staff, and officials and individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences
  • Experienced project manager with previous experience collecting programmatic data 
  • An excellent communicator with excellent listening and verbal/written communication skills
  • An experienced and effective public speaker 
  • Adept at time management with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Comfort working with remote staff
  • Have grant writing experience

Big Pluses (but not requirements)

  • Personal experience within the social service system; including being system-impacted, formerly incarcerated, a former foster youth, or have loved ones who are systems-impacted
  • Experienced using a database and/or case management system
  • Housing Policy
  • Prior case management experience
  • Prior experience in local, state, and or federal housing policy

What You Will Do

This position will manage and lead the daily operations of THP in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, including supervision of the current team of 5 individuals (program coordinator, housing coordinator, communications and marketing coordinator, and community navigators). This position will work collaboratively with the development team on fundraising efforts. This position will work on planning and implementation of the expansion efforts of THP, in California and in other states.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintain and expand partnerships with providers, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and policymakers
  • Public speaking opportunities, including media interviews, podcasts, and other events as they arise
  • Participant in organizational and project-based fundraising efforts
  • Manage, build-out, and implement the Homecoming Project expansion efforts
  • Collaboratively work with senior and executive staff across Impact Justice and all community partners
  • Project management: manage various project deliverables, guide best practices and encourage iterative program refinement, manage program budget, effectively navigate challenges in program implementation, assess needs, identify helpful collaborators, and support and make high-stakes decisions
  • Strengthen and build out a growing team. Including a commitment to plan and implement enrichment, engagement, and camaraderie-building opportunities with the team in an effort to create an environment where each team member can thrive

Travel

Some travel is required to attend training, conferences, or visit the Impact Justice offices in LA and Washington DC, estimated to be less than 10%.  Note, travel is contingent upon changes in COVID 19.

Location: Oakland, CA

Work Schedule: Full time, at 40 hours per week

Compensation, benefits, and additional details

  • The compensation range for this role is $120-$140K 
  • Comprehensive benefits include: medical, dental, and FSA plans; significant vacation and wellness leave; and immediate vesting in our 401K with a generous match 
  • This is a full-time, salaried position, located in our Oakland, CA office. Impact Justice is currently remote, though we anticipate a phased-in return to office beginning March 2022. IJ will offer a hybrid schedule (i.e., some regular telework) even after the return to the office 
  • COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for all employees (office-based and remote)

To Apply

To apply, please submit your resume, and instead of writing a traditional cover letter, respond to the following three prompts.

  1. Why do you want to work for Impact Justice’s Homecoming Project and why are you a good fit for this role? (200-word limit)
  2. Provide an example of when you utilized innovative thinking and strategic leadership to move a process. (200-word limit)
  3. Using the qualifications listed above, please list the top 5 qualification(s) that you feel you currently excel in and 2 qualifications you feel you will need to work toward proficiency. Provide a very brief explanation for each. (a few sentences)

Please send the required materials to HomecomingProjectJobs@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] application for Associate Director.” 

The anticipated start date for this position is February 14, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Equal Opportunity Employment

Impact Justice provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, criminal history, or disability. We work closely with communities of color, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender communities, the formerly incarcerated, and former foster youth. Those with lived experience in these communities are strongly encouraged to apply.