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Controlled Environment Agriculture Senior Program Manager & Trainer

Full-Time Position in Oakland, CA or Los Angeles, CA

Who We Are

Impact Justice dares to dream of humane and restorative systems of justice in the United States. Through innovation, research, policy, and advocacy, we are forging new pathways to justice that are fair to all of us. Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people entangled in harmful legal systems, improve living conditions and life outcomes for people who are currently incarcerated, and create opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to fully rejoin communities and reach their potential. Established in 2015, IJ currently has a staff of 85 and an $18M budget.

Impact Justice is an equal opportunity employer with recruitment practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. A majority of individuals on our executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ. In particular, we seek to hire staff at all levels whose direct experience with criminal legal systems will inform and enrich our work.

About the Food in Prison Project (FIPP)

The Food in Prison Project (FIPP) is the first national effort to call attention to the crisis of prison food. Through exploring the impacts of the prison food experience on physical health, mental and emotional well-being, and human dignity, we are framing a national dialogue and fostering collaboration to bring about comprehensive and transformative change to the food and the experience of food in America’s prisons.

About Growing Justice

Growing Justice was inspired by our 2020 series Eating Behind Bars, which documents the unhealthy, degrading quality of food in prisons nationwide. In collaboration with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Impact Justice will establish a vertical farm on the grounds of the Central California Women’s Facility. For now, one vertical hydroponic farm built inside a shipping container will produce nutrient-rich leafy greens. This vertical farm will also function as a job-training site.

Agritecture is partnering with Impact Justice to create a six-month curriculum and training program specifically for use in prison that combines classroom education with hands-on learning opportunities as participants help to run the vertical farms. This position will facilitate the training created by Agritecture.

In partnership with Skout Strategy, Growing Justice will also create a nonprofit vertical farm on the first floor of Impact Justice’s home office in Oakland. This farm will employ some graduates of the prison-based job training programs and will offer entry-level training to formerly incarcerated residents of the Bay area.

Who You Are

This is a new project and a new position. Overall, you have a strong conviction about food justice for all people. You have a vision of what food justice can and should look like for those that experience incarceration. You will also have a strong understanding of and experience in CEA (controlled environment agriculture) with an ethos toward innovation. This position is broken down into two parts: Senior Program Manager and Trainer/Technician.

As the Senior Program Manager: You are an experienced project manager with interpersonal skills that allow for meaningful interactions with the impacted community and those new to our work. You have strong training and presentation skills with a high degree of comfort in translating complex information to meet the needs of a myriad of audiences.

As the Program Trainer/Technician:  You have prior CEA/urban farming experience, as well as expertise in teaching and/or managing training programs.

You are also:

  • 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
  • An experienced project manager with previous experience collecting programmatic data
  • An excellent training facilitator with strong listening and verbal/written communication skills
  • Adept at time management with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Comfortable working with remote partners, consultants, and staff
  • Tech-savvy: comfortable with Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Asana, and databases/case management systems
  • A critical thinker with a high level of analytical/interpretive thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Methodical, efficient, and able to synthesize and organize disparate information clearly

Big Pluses (but not requirements):

  • You have experience within the criminal/juvenile justice system
  • You have 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

That said, we know there are great candidates who may not think they fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself!  And if you’re a formerly incarcerated individual or someone who has a family member who is or has been incarcerated, we will be particularly excited to hear from you.

What You Will Do

The anticipated start date for this position is September 19, 2022. You will report to Aishatu Yusuf, Vice President of Innovation Programs. Your core responsibilities will be:

As the Senior Program Manager:

  • Manage Growing Justice’s budgeting and project deliverables
  • Effectively navigate challenges in program implementation
  • Manage the communication aspects of the project with Impact Justice’s finance team
  • Oversee program data collection and evaluation (in partnership with the research team)
  • Manage partnerships and relationships with consultants and CDCR staff, and manage the program overall
  • Participate in organizational and project-based fundraising efforts led by the VP of Innovations and President of Impact Justice
  • Participate in public speaking opportunities, including media interviews, podcasts, and other events as they arise

As the Program Trainer/Technician:

  • Receive and learn the comprehensive training in CEA operations and our CEA job training curriculum created by Agritecture
  • Develop and implement a recruitment plan for Growing Justice participants
  • Manage the Growing Justice training program and provide training and oversight to CCWF program participants
  • Facilitate training for Growing Justice participants
  • Manage and oversee the operation of the CCWF CEA farm
  • Manage relationships with program partners

Travel

Some travel is required. Depending on the geographic location of the position (Oakland or LA) the person in this role may need to travel to the Impact Justice farm in Oakland, CA. The incumbent will also travel to conduct in-person CEA training for Growing Justice participants, as well as to help to maintain the standards of the on-site farms. Travel is estimated to be less than 25%. Note that travel is contingent upon changes in Covid-19.

Applying

The position will be paid $90-105k. The benefits that come with working at Impact Justice 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. We ARE NOT considering remote staff for this position. This position must be located in either our Oakland, CA or our Los Angeles, CA office.

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

  1. Working on a project that provides fresh food to people inside prisons is of interest to me, because…
  2. What is your experience working in CEA?
  3. What is your experience delivering trainings to groups of people?
  4. Using the qualifications listed above, please list the top 5 qualifications that you feel you currently excel in and 2 qualifications where you feel you will need to work toward proficiency. Provide a very brief explanation for each (a few sentences).

You can send this to growingjusticejobs@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for CEA Senior Program Manager.

We plan on making decisions on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply the better. Our anticipated start date for this position is September 19, 2022.

Note that we are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities.  Please also note that we are going to be especially excited in candidates who understand the unique nature of a mission-driven organization, have direct experience with the criminal legal or juvenile justice legal systems, and have a good sense of humor about themselves and the complexities of collaborating with team members in remote locations.