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Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project

The job:

The Restorative Justice Project’s Program Associate position is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a growing team that supports counties across the nation to pilot survivor-oriented restorative justice diversion programs. The Program Associate will be responsible for providing technical assistance and managing discrete projects, while working collaboratively on a team. The ideal candidate will have experience and comfort working closely with community-based organizations, community members, and criminal legal system partners. Significant travel may be required when travel restrictions are lifted. 

About the organization:

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 legal system, improve conditions and outcomes for those who are incarcerated, and provide meaningful opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to rejoin their communities.

Who we are:

The Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice works to support counties 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 alternatives to incarceration. 

The Restorative Justice Project also collects and evaluates data on these programs in order to develop reliable evidence supporting the effectiveness of restorative justice diversion. We use this information, along with learnings from outside sources, to assist the broader restorative justice movement through our National Training and Innovation Center. This, along with our robust online toolkit that features success stories and best practices, provides community-based organizations with the assistance they need to build culturally responsive survivor-oriented restorative justice diversion programs. 

Please see our website at for more information.

Technologies we use:

  • Asana
  • Google Suite
  • Salsa Engage
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Zoom


  • Thought partner and collaborator. You will be working closely with Senior Program Associates, who serve as managers across multiple sites, to support restorative justice diversion implementation. As a leader on specific sites, you will collaborate with Senior Program Associates on planning, strategizing, and follow through. You will need to be equal parts a thought partner and good at taking direction.
    • Managing logistics. You’ll take care of the many essential details needed to implement restorative justice diversion programs in the sites that you’re supporting. You’ll coordinate meetings with criminal legal system partners and community-based organizations, conduct trainings, negotiate MOU processes, consult with community-based restorative justice facilitators over the first two to three years of implementation, etc. You’ll make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
    • Strong Communication. You’ll need strong listening and communication skills, verbally and in writing – this includes note taking, sending clear and prompt emails, leading conference calls and meetings, and developing memos and documents to support site progress. You will be communicating across multi-sector relationships, particularly between community members and legal system partners. This may require the fluidity to shift conversations away from punishment and toward restoration. 
  • Writing. You will develop materials related to restorative justice diversion, including training manuals and curriculum, reports, templates, informational packets, and other materials.
  • Internet sleuth. Information-gathering is important in laying the groundwork to implement restorative justice diversion programs in your sites. You will be leading the information and research gathering process for your site (getting to know stakeholders, social-political landscape, etc.), monitoring Google Alerts to stay updated on current events in your site, and conducting light research as needed. You don’t have to be a full-on internet detective, but good sleuthing skills and the ability to translate that research into lessons and/or action plans is important.

Required Qualities:

  • 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 support role in a dynamic, growing team. You enjoy having fun as a  team!
  • Liberation framework. You are committed to ending racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities and injustice.
  • 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 workflow across a multi-sector team. You have a positive, solutions-oriented approach to problem solving. You have strong personal time management skills – ability to manage and prioritize many tasks across multiple projects. 


    • Systems thinker. You are methodical, efficient, and able to synthesize and organize disparate information.
  • Data familiarity. You are familiar with both qualitative and quantitative data and have a level of comfort reviewing data to inform practice. 
    • Tech savviness. You are someone who may not be a tech expert, but has an innate curiosity around learning and understanding technology. You will help us troubleshoot tech concerns during meetings and presentations, and are comfortable with Google Suite, including Gmail and Google Drive. You also are comfortable with the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Flexible and adaptive. You are a self starter who thrives in a changing, dynamic environment, occasionally 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.

Additional Pluses

  • Personal experience within the system including formerly incarcerated, former foster youth, or has loved ones who are systems impacted.
  • Prior professional experience in juvenile and/or adult criminal legal field, or in restorative justice.
  • Experience in healing modalities, including therapy, counseling, social work, etc.
  • Experience in grassroots community organizing campaigns.
  • Experience working in or with the criminal legal system.
  • High level of critical/analytical/interpretive thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain a restorative justice orientation in relationship to staff, partners, and tone of correspondence and content produced.

Education and/or experience requirements:

Bachelor’s degree and/or 3 years of relevant professional experience required

Master’s or equivalent Professional degree and/or 4 years of relevant professional experience preferred

How to apply:

We know there are great candidates who may not 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 instead of writing a traditional cover letter, answer the following five questions (Applications that do not provide a response to these five questions will not be considered):

  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? (This is a chance to sell yourself for the position) (100 word limit)
  3. Share a time you developed and led a presentation or training. What did you learn from what did and didn’t work? (200 word limit)
  4. List one of the Big Pluses listed above you meet, with a VERY brief explanation or further detail (1 sentence or less!) where helpful.
  5. Name when you would be available to start  if you got the job and met the salary requirements.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but the hard deadline for applying for this position is March 30, 2021. Please send your application to Please submit

Location: Oakland, CA or Washington D.C.

Work schedule: Full-time position at 40 hours per week, some weekends. Significant travel is required when travel restrictions are lifted. If residing in Washington D.C., a significant amount of training may be required in the Oakland office when we are able to meet in-person.


  • Salary range is $58,000-62,000
  • Generous benefits package including medical, dental, flex plan, 401(k), and pension.
  • Generous vacation and sick 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.