full-time position in oakland, ca
Who We Are
Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. We imagine, build, and scale innovations, leverage research and other knowledge to connect the desire for change with informed action, and work to shift the narrative so that decision-makers and the public understand what’s at stake and what’s possible.
Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people caught up in harmful legal systems by creating alternatives that are responsive, restorative, fair, and effective; to improve living conditions and life outcomes and safeguard fundamental human rights for the millions of people still subject to mass incarceration; and to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated and other system-involved people to heal, fully participate in community life, and reach their potential. We operate from the understanding that the struggle for justice takes place in a context of historic, systemic, and pervasive racism.
We are a diverse and allied staff of reformers, transformers, abolitionists, and dreamers who bring a wide range of knowledge, skill, and life experience to the challenging work we undertake together. 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. This includes providing opportunities to all job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, criminal history, disability, or genetics. The organization strongly encourages people of color, individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities, and individuals impacted by the legal system to join the team. A majority of individuals on our current executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ.
About California Justice Leaders
California Justice Leaders is a first-of-its-kind, AmeriCorps program that began in 2019. CJL is designed to engage formerly incarcerated & system impacted young adults who’ve successfully transitioned back into their communities after having had contact with the justice system. Members receive training and professional development to serve as re-entry navigators to youth and young adults who are currently in or have recently been released from California’s Division of Juvenile Justice and/or other county-based juvenile facilities.
Members also build awareness of California’s Honorable Discharge petition, which has the potential to open opportunities for those who have been involved in California’s juvenile justice system. Members will work to increase utilization of the Honorable Discharge petition process and guide youth and young adults on a successful re-entry pathway.
Who You Are
You have an ethos of social justice, racial justice, community, and mutuality. You have an orientation and belief that criminal justice involvement should not be an impediment to employment, career, and personal growth opportunities. You have experience working directly with vulnerable and marginalized populations.
You also have…
- Experience with case management for career and/or education-based programs for participants
- Coaching skills based on an ethos of social justice, racial justice, community, and mutuality
- Experience working with system-impacted people and/or vulnerable populations
- Ability to identify academic, professional, and personal needs/strengths in participants and team members
- Ability to work well independently and with a team
- Highly developed time management skills, project management skills, and acute attention to detail
- Ability to organize information for individual members and participants, monitoring progress, and troubleshoot needs
- Ability to work well with remote staff
- Ability to co-manage support team staff (remote and in-person)
- Ability to pass a federal background check
- Active car insurance and continued access to a vehicle with a valid and current driver’s license
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, someone who has a family member who is or has been incarcerated, or otherwise have direct experience with the criminal legal or juvenile legal systems, we will be particularly excited to hear from you.
We are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities.
What You Will Do
The anticipated start date for this position is December 01, 2022. You will report to the Senior Program Manager.
You’ll be the owner of the implementation, day-to-day operations, and continued development of the CJL program in Northern California. This includes direct supervision, coaching and support for Members in the region (approx. 18). It also includes working with the Senior Program Manager to secure host sites for Members and provide management oversight to each of those host sites (approximately 9). This position will engage with the volunteer site supervisors to ensure the collection and monitoring of data and progress toward programmatic outcomes, and ensure compliance to AmeriCorps federal regulations – inclusive of monitoring member service hours and adherence to the member job description.
In collaboration with the Regional Program Managers located in Central and Southern CA, this position will also be responsible for the coordination and implementation of member orientation, onboarding, ongoing training, and graduation. Travel responsibilities will include site visits to the surrounding Bay Area, Sacramento, and Stockton, and occasional travel to our Los Angeles office.
Your core responsibilities will be:
- Managing and coaching CJL Members
- Matching Members with resources and support opportunities as needed
- Providing supportive coaching based on personal and professional needs as they arise
- Facilitating professional development trainings and discussions for large groups of people
- Drafting, implementing and ensuring adherence of Members and program staff to program policies and procedures
- Building relationships and providing ongoing support to host sites
- Overseeing member and host site relationships
- Designing learning opportunities tailored to Members’ needs, experiences and aspirations
- Organizing technical logistics and coordination, including but not limited to:
- large-scale events and convening (virtually, and in-person once safe to do so)
- cycles of course-based learning
- Gathering, managing, and reporting data related to member and partner involvement and progress (attendance, skill progress, reported well-being, etc.)
- Conveying a compelling vision for AmeriCorps involvement to prospective hosts and external parties
- Working with consultants as needed
Note, this position is a Program Manager role in Impact Justice’s job structure, though the external facing title will be Northern California Regional Manager.
The position will be paid $75,000 – $85,000. 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. This position is located in our Oakland, CA office and will work under a hybrid schedule.
If this all sounds like a good fit for you, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are particularly interested in the role and why we should be particularly interested in you! You can send this to CJLhire@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Northern CA Regional Manager.
We plan on making decisions on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply the better.
Elements of the Impact Justice hiring process may include phone screen interviews, candidate exercises (written or presentations), Zoom interviews, in-person interviews, and reference checks. Candidates are welcome to ask for alternative arrangements in the process if needed (for example, conducting an interview via phone rather than Zoom), Impact Justice will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests. Please communicate any alternative arrangements requested via the hiring email listed above.