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PREA Senior Program Associate/ Specialist

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 National PREA Resource Center

The National PREA Resource Center (PRC) is a project of Impact Justice operated via a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), at the Department of Justice (DOJ). The PRC serves as the national source for training and technical assistance to assist adult and juvenile corrections, detention, law enforcement, and other professionals in their ongoing work to implement the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards and reduce sexual abuse in confinement settings. The PRC also supports the Department’s administration of the PREA audit process, including training the auditors that are certified by the Department of Justice to assess facility compliance with the PREA standards, and managing the systems those auditors use to assess facilities and report compliance findings.

The Job/Summary Position Description

The PRC is seeking up to two Senior Program Associates or Senior Program Specialists (level depending on experience) in IJ’s Oakland, California or Washington, DC offices. The PRC will also consider remote candidates who are highly qualified. These positions will contribute to various functions of the PRC, including:

  1. Operating Field Training Program (FTP) training audits, serving either as lead auditor, secondary auditor, or general faculty, as well as assisting with general operating and oversight of the FTP.  
  2. Assisting in the development of substantive auditor online continuing education and professional development content.


Field Training Program:

  • Leading and managing all aspects of the FTP training audit as a lead auditor in all phases, or as assigned by the Project Manager in an assisting role as a secondary lead auditor or as general faculty, with a focus on delivery of instruction and training to auditor trainees on the conduct and methodology of the PREA audit. 
  • Planning, leading, and hosting video teleconference meetings with audit team members and host facility teams, during all phases of the FTP audit. 
  • Providing one-on-one support and technical assistance to auditor trainees during all phases of the FTP audit.
  • Reviewing and providing written and verbal feedback to auditor trainees on assignments and activities in all phases of the training audit. Completing evaluation and assessment reports on auditor trainees’ performance and conduct during the FTP audit.
  • Ensuring accuracy of the written gap analysis report for submission to training audit host facilities. Working with facilities post-audit to provide explanatory detail and post-FTP training and/or technical assistance.  Other duties as assigned, including providing support to other portfolios at the PRC such as training and technical assistance, auditor support and continuing education, or other emerging workstreams. 

Auditor Continuing Education:

  • Producing written training resources, tools, and coursework for auditor training and continuing education.
  • Creating and producing course content for online auditor continuing education to include the design and delivery of webinars, asynchronous coursework, peer engagement activities and knowledge assessment tools. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of the PREA standards, implementation issues, and of the DOJ implementation guidance on the PRC website FAQ page.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills, including the capacity to create accurate and compelling materials for a national audience.
  • Exceptional critical, analytical, and interpretive thinking and problem-solving, and the ability to execute assignments in a way that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of project and task objectives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding of, and experience with the PREA audit methodology  and the capacity to lead and train others to complete all phases of the PREA audit, including corrective action.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual victimization in confinement settings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural competency as it relates to the sexual safety for all people and the protection of particular vulnerable populations in confinement settings.
  • Four years of professional training/education and/or closely-related experience and at least 6 years experience in increasingly responsible roles requiring advanced communication skills, development and delivery of complex training, facilitation of large meetings, and/or the capacity to influence others and to coordinate the efforts of a team to complete work on aggressive schedules.
  • Proficiency in either Windows or Apple iOS operating systems, proficiency in Google Suite (e.g. Gmail, Drive, etc) and Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel, etc), and experience in digital learning and education systems. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current or previous DOJ certification as a PREA Auditor and auditing experience. Candidates will be considered who demonstrate equivalent knowledge of the PREA Standards and the audit methodology prescribed in the PREA Auditor Handbook.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in the use of training methods and techniques for adult learners. 
  • Strong commitment to and experience in creating positive and enriching training environments, and working with trainees who have diverse backgrounds and skill levels in knowledge of PREA and the DOJ PREA Auditor Handbook methodology. Refined critical, analytical, and interpretive thinking and problem-solving, and the ability to execute assignments in a way that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of project and task objectives.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills that support professional interactions with corrections, detention, and law enforcement personnel, as well as with DOJ-certified PREA auditors, members of DOJ’s PREA Management Office, and staff of the PRC.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills that demonstrate the ability to explain complex concepts regarding standard interpretation and implementation in ways both auditor trainees and the facility staff can understand.
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail, with the ability to track tasks and responsibilities on multiple ongoing field training audits, and the ability to demonstrate to others how to stay organized and flexible according to the needs of the audit and team members.
  • Strong personal time management skills and the ability to manage and prioritize many tasks across multiple focus areas and working with multiple teams and team members.
  • Familiarity with the PREA Online Audit System (OAS).

Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting salary range $70,000-$74,000 (Senior Program Associate), or $78,000-$82,000 (Senior Program Specialist)
  • Generous benefits package, including medical, dental, FSA plans, and 401k
  • Generous vacation and wellness leave
  • Flexible work environment
  • Requires regular travel to training events and/or meetings in DC; up to 30%

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and a letter of interest by January 22, 2021. The letter of interest should be no longer than two pages in length, and should specify your salary requirements, as well as your availability to start. Please clearly address your specific interest in and suitability for the position. Please describe your PREA auditing knowledge and, if applicable, training you have delivered. Application materials must be sent to

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.