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Director, PREA Resource Center

Full-Time Position in Washington, DC

Impact Justice is growing and focusing on building the team we need to support the incredible work we do! After starting in 2015, we now have a staff of 75 and anticipate more growth in the future.  We’re looking to expand our team – who make everything we accomplish at Impact Justice possible – and we’re looking to hire folks who are experts in Getting It Done!

 

Organizational Overview 

Impact Justice 

Impact Justice dares to dream of a humane and restorative approach to justice in the United States. Through innovation, research, policy, and advocacy, we are forging a new path to a justice system that is fair to all of us. Overall, we all work to reduce the number of people (adults and youth) entangled in the criminal justice system, to improve conditions and outcomes for those who are currently incarcerated, and to provide opportunities to those who are rejoining communities. We employ a national team of advocates, researchers, monitors, practitioners, and experts united by this vision.  We work closely with communities of color, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender communities, and  formerly incarcerated people, and we are continually looking to welcome more people with lived experience into our teams.  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 at www.impactjustice.org.

National PREA Resource Center and Related PREA Programs

A project of Impact Justice, the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) leads the nationwide effort to eliminate all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement in the U.S. through implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The PRC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Impact Justice, and overseen by the PREA Management Office (PMO) at BJA. The PRC was created in 2010 to ensure that meaningful federal assistance supports the statutory mandate that prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, and lockups comply with the PREA Standards, and to support the DOJ PREA audit function.

The PRC’s training and technical assistance initiatives provide crucial guidance to state, local, and tribal corrections, juvenile justice, and law enforcement agencies as they work to achieve sexual safety and implement the PREA Standards in their facilities. The PRC serves as an essential clearinghouse of information and resources for agencies working to implement the PREA Standards. It delivers free training and technical assistance through the PREA Site-Based Technical Assistance program to BJA grantees, as well as other agencies across the country upon request, and maintains a robust library of resources. Impact Justice’s related PREA programs also include the Targeted Implementation Planning and Support Program (TIPS), which is a federal funding opportunity specifically for locally operated small-to-medium-sized jails, juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, lockups, and tribal facilities. The PRC also trains DOJ Certified PREA Auditors, and assists BJA with every aspect of the PREA audit function.

The PREA Resource Center team includes 35+ professionals representing significant diversity across the fields of corrections, juvenile justice, sexual assault prevention, and public health.

 

Opportunities and Challenges 

The new Director will provide high level strategic leadership to the PREA Resource Center and related PREA programs, including management of several multi-year federal cooperative agreements; lead a talented 35+ person team who work in offices in Washington, DC, Oakland, California, and across the country; and cultivate continued strategic partnerships with subrecipients and key stakeholders. The Director will report to IJ’s Vice President and former Co-Director of the PREA Resource Center, Michela Bowman, with a dotted line to IJ’s President.

Leadership and Vision 

  • Collaborate with Impact Justice leadership to create high level alignment of the PRC with broader organizational goals and objectives.
  • Hold the vision for and ensure strategic alignment and integration across the PRC team by maintaining strategic focus and operational efficiency across teams and functions.
  • Invite and prioritize a sustained focus on racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and awareness of power dynamics that is integrated into Impact Justice and the PRC’s work

People and Team Management

  • Provide high level leadership to senior staff and support the development of senior managers. Supervise 6-8 direct reports, several of whom are located across the country. These currently include two Associate Directors and six Senior Program Managers.
  • Build and maintain a strong team culture of collaboration, transparency, and accountability.
  • Lead team alignment around core values and principles of IJ and PRC, ensuring that all team members have a clear sense of how their contributions meaningfully impact the work.
  • Oversee the development of systems and process for coordination and internal communication, as well as input mechanisms for staff engagement and ongoing improvement.
  • Manage high level HR-related decision-making including personnel hiring and promotions, as well as partnering with HR and IJ’s executive team when needed.

External Relationships 

  • Serve as point of contact for DOJ, accountable for portfolio-wide performance; manage sensitive communications with DOJ oversight personnel.
  • Participate in broad oversight of work and relationships with key partners.
  • Approve the strategic design of external communications activities and engage in personal relationship maintenance and engagement with key stakeholders.

Strategic Project and Budget Management 

  • Define strategic goals in consultation with DOJ and senior PRC leadership (currently two Associate Directors and six Senior Program Managers).
  • Oversee the allocation of personnel and fiscal resources; review and approve the timeline and project management plans for key program initiatives across the portfolio to ensure sequencing, coordination, and effective planning. Monitor and analyze budget status and projections.
  • Maintain current knowledge of program status across all PREA awards to monitor for strategic or delivery issues.
  • Ensure the appropriate quality assurance measures are in place to deliver a high standard of quality in all work products.
  • Convene the internal PRC Leadership group for strategic discussions on emerging issues.
  • Oversee the preparation of applications for continued funding (annually) to ensure comprehensive and quality Federal funding applications.
  • Oversee the application of 2 CFR Part 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and the DOJ Financial Guide to all PREA awards.

 

Ideal Candidate Qualifications 

The ideal candidate brings deep commitment to the goals of IJ’s PREA work, as well as a belief in the value of the operational approaches to reaching those goals as outlined by our funder, the DOJ. The new Director will bring the following experiences, approaches, and backgrounds to the role:

  • Significant program management experience of large and complex programmatic budgets and/or direct experience managing large, multi-million dollar federal cooperative agreements with a national focus and impact. Ability to oversee compliance with the requirements of these grants and how IJ is situated in relationship with the PMO.
  • Team leadership and management experience with the ability to move people toward a shared vision; have a proven ability to create management structures that support team processes and decision making.
  • Strong external partnership experience to build credibility and a trusting relationship in support of the PMO and other DOJ grant managers.
  • Robust communication skillset to effectively and credibly engage with stakeholders across the political spectrum and with diverse backgrounds and views about both the problem of sexual abuse in confinement and its solutions, particularly about their concerns regarding and investment in our work. These stakeholders include: incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, their families, advocates for the incarcerated and for survivors of sexual abuse, the LGBTQIA+ community, anti-racist activists and reformers, corrections officials, corrections staff in juvenile and adult settings, law enforcement, and officials in local, state, and federal government.
  • Core professional experience focused on the criminal legal system, sexual abuse prevention and response, or other aligned fields. Specific pre-existing knowledge of PREA, the Standards, and their implementation is desirable.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the specific systems in which the PREA statute and PREA Standards operate including: local and county jails, state and federal prisons, local and state juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, and police lockups. The candidate must have a working understanding of the location of these systems within a governmental framework and serve as a credible and persuasive messenger for the PREA statute and the PREA Standards.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of Impact Justice, including and particularly to diversity, equity, inclusion, and to actively working against racism both within the organization and through our work. Ability to lead communication and conversation with staff around race and racism, but also all forms of oppression.

 

COMPENSATION, BENEFITS, AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The compensation range for the Director role starts in the $150Ks. 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 Washington, DC office. We are not considering remote staff for this position unless the candidate can be in the DC office 3 days per week. Impact Justice is currently remote, though we anticipate a phased-in return to office beginning January 2022. IJ will offer a hybrid schedule (i.e., some regular telework) even after the return to office. Note also, COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for all employees (office-based and remote). Some travel is required to attend trainings, conferences, or visit the Impact Justice offices in California, estimated to be less than 10%.

 

TO APPLY

This search is being led by Cara Pearsall, Britni Russell-Bianchi, and Robert Diggs of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter outlining their interest and qualifications along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

Impact Justice is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.