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Co-Director, Restorative Justice Project

About Impact Justice

Impact Justice is a national innovation and research center advancing new ideas and solutions for justice 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.

Please see our website at for more information.

About the Job:

The Co-Director of the Restorative Justice Project will lead scaling of Impact Justice’s restorative justice diversion programs across the nation. The Co-Director will co-lead The Restorative Justice Project team to develop relationships with key stakeholders, providing technical assistance and managing operations. A successful candidate will have a wealth of national scaling experience and be equally comfortable working closely with community-based organizations, community members, and criminal legal systems partners to establish these programs. A successful candidate will also be comfortable with co-leadership of a highly skilled and dedicated team. Once it becomes safer to do so, significant travel will be required.

Who We Are:

The Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice works to support communities to meet the needs of people harmed, while reducing incarceration, recidivism, racial and ethnic disparities, and related social and fiscal costs. The Restorative Justice Project assists counties across the nation to implement pre-charge restorative justice diversion programs that serve as community-based solutions to youth and young adult incarceration. The Restorative Justice Project will be launching a national training center before the end of 2020. We are also developing and providing restorative justice conflict- and harm-transformation approaches that can be used at the community level without system involvement.

The Restorative Justice Project also collaborates with Impact Justice’s Research & Action Center to collect and evaluate data on the programs we support to develop reliable evidence of the effectiveness of pre-charge restorative justice diversion. Moreover, the Restorative Justice Project has launched a robust online toolkit featuring success stories and best practices which provides community-based organizations with a step-by-step guide to creating a culturally responsive survivor-oriented restorative justice diversion program. Finally, the Restorative Justice Project is working to establish restorative justice models geared towards addressing child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence.

Technologies We Use:
  • Asana
  • Google Suite
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Zoom
  • Scaling Strategist. You will implement scaling methodologies and strategies translating deep experiential restorative justice training to more scalable formats that expand the breadth of the national cohort of programs nationally. In particular, you will strategically analyze the national landscape in order to develop a scaling plan that is highly time- and cost-effective without compromising the principles of restorative justice.
  • Data and performance management. You will oversee outcomes of both our own training and technical assistance as well as the outcomes of the programs themselves to ensure quantitative and qualitative data is readily available to inform decisions, guide best practices and encourage iterative refinement.
  • Project management. You will focus on the most critical issues and prioritize time and resources to ensure milestones are met by analyzing organizational processes to improve quality, productivity, efficiency and outcomes.
  • Collaborating and relationship building. Relationships are the foundation to both leading within the organization and implementing successful diversion programs in the world. You will build relationships inside Impact Justice, and with community members, community-based organizations, and with systems partners in your sites. You will also communicate across multi-sector relationships, particularly between community members and legal system agencies. This may require the fluidity to shift conversations away from punishment and toward restoration.
  • Writing. You will lead narrative development and design written materials related to restorative justice diversion that increase awareness of its applicability, success, and need as an alternative to the criminal legal system.
  • Being an ambassador of Restorative Justice Diversion. You will speak publicly about restorative justice diversion programs and restorative justice generally for communities, academia, students, legislators, researchers, and other interested parties. You will also have the opportunity to identify and propose presentations for conferences and gatherings and pursue national media outlets to elevate the profile of our work.
Required Qualities/Skills:
  • Strong communication. You’ll need strong listening and verbal/written communication skills, including but not limited to sending clear and prompt emails, and leading conference calls and meetings, and fielding public speaking and media requests.
  • Organized and efficient. You are detail-oriented with a demonstrated track record of getting work completed in a timely and efficient manner. You have strong follow-through, can delegate tasks, and facilitate deadline-driven workflows across a multi-sector team. You have a positive, solutions-oriented approach to problem solving and have a high level of critical/analytical/interpretive thinking and problem-solving skills. You have strong personal time management skills with the ability to manage and prioritize many tasks across multiple projects.
  • Relationship building. You are great at building relationships with diverse groups of people, including communities impacted by harm, people impacted by the criminal legal system, and criminal legal system representatives. You have relational and emotional intelligence.
  • Team player. You have strong interpersonal skills and love playing a role in a dynamic, growing team. You enjoy having fun with our team!
  • Liberation framework. You are committed to ending the criminalization of people of color, poor people, and other marginalized groups. You are also dedicated to engaging in this work as part of the larger movement to end the reliance on police, prosecutors, incarceration, and other punitive and racist systems.
  • Flexible and adaptive. You’re a self-starter who thrives in a changing, dynamic environment, with immediate and unexpected deadlines. You can juggle multiple projects and can work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with a team.
  • Innovative. You can work independently to create structure and systems for a new project. You will see gaps in our training, technical assistance, and materials and can work with the team to envision how to fill those gaps. You can roll with the punches of working in a new site with multiple stakeholders. You are able to manage competing interests and facilitate getting everyone in alignment in order to implement a successful restorative justice diversion program.
  • Self-reflective. Restorative justice is about coming home to ourselves. As such, you are someone who has low ego, is willing to grow, and is willing to give and receive feedback.
Big Pluses:
  • Tech savviness; Comfortable with Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Asana
  • Methodical, efficient, and able to synthesize and organize disparate information
  • Personal experience within the system including being formerly incarcerated, a former foster youth, or having loved ones who are systems-impacted
  • Master’s Degree and/or over six years relevant experience including at least three years of program leadership experience and a developed, specialized expertise
  • Experience in restorative justice
  • Experience in juvenile and/or adult criminal legal field or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of the criminal/juvenile legal system
  • Experience in grassroots community organizing campaigns
  • Ability to maintain a restorative justice orientation in relationship to staff, partners, and tone of correspondence and content produced
How to Apply:

We know there are great candidates who may not exactly 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!

To apply, please submit your resume and two writing samples; in addition, in lieu of a traditional cover letter, answer the following six questions:

  1. Why do you want to work for Impact Justice’s Restorative Justice Project? (100-word limit)
  2. What makes you a great fit for this job? (100-word limit)
  3. Tell us about a time when you had to lead a project that you brought to scale. How did you go about it? (200-word limit)
  4. Tell us about no more than three “Big Pluses” listed above that describe you, with a VERY brief explanation.
  5. Indicate when you would be available to start work in Washington D.C.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Applications will be open until the position is filled. Please send your application to

Location and Schedule:

Location: Washington D.C.

Work schedule: Full-time position at 40 hours per week, some weekends. Significant travel is required. Initially, training may be required in the Oakland office as you get up to speed.

Compensation and Benefits
  • Salary range is $115 – $145K
  • Generous benefits package including medical, dental, flex plan, 401(k).
  • Generous vacation and wellness leave.
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.

Thank you!