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Recruitment Coordinator

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.

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About the Program

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs where members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.

California Justice Leaders (CJL) is a first of its kind, innovative newly funded AmeriCorps project designed to provide opportunities for young adults (ages 21 – 30) who have had previous contact and involvement with California’s justice system. Through AmeriCorps, CJL will employ young adults for a year of service. These AmeriCorps members will have had prior involvement with the criminal justice system, will likely have experienced confinement, and will have demonstrated successful re-entry into their communities.  As their AmeriCorps placement, each member will serve as a navigator for youth and young adults currently in or released from California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities. Members will build awareness of California’s new Honorable Discharge petition, which has the potential to open opportunity for those who have been involved in California’s juvenile justice system. Members will also work to increase utilization of the Honorable Discharge petition process and guide youth and young adults on a successful re-entry pathway.

The Job/Summary Position Description 

The Recruitment Coordinator position, with support from the state-wide team and the Human Resources Manager, will be responsible for recruiting 40 young adults who have had prior involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice systems to become peer navigators for youth and young adults currently in or released from California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).  Members will help guide youth and young adults toward a successful re-entry pathway and build awareness and assist in the navigation of California’s Honorable Discharge petition. 

In collaboration with the LA Regional Manager and The Northern California Regional Manager, the Recruiting Coordinator will also be responsible for the coordination and implementation of member orientation, onboarding and graduation. Responsibilities will also include developing non-traditional recruitment strategies and building a candidate pipeline in an effort to bolster the continued success of the CJL project. This position requires a high level of autonomy, strong communication skills and accountability.

This position will report to the Human Resources Manager and will collaborate closely with the Program Director and Regional Managers.

  • Develops, facilitates, and implements all phases of the recruitment process and retention activities.
  • Identifies and coordinates participation in job fairs and other recruitment venues.
  • Collaborates with CJL team to identify and draft detailed and accurate job descriptions and hiring criteria.
  • Identifies and implements efficient and effective recruiting methods and strategies based on the unique nature of the roles and the needs of the organization.
  • Manages the job posting process and thinks creatively about how best to reach the communities we’re trying to support. 
  • Screens applications, conducts phone screens and schedules interviews; oversees preparation of interview questions and other hiring and selection materials.
  • Assists with the interview process, attending and conducting interviews with managers, directors, and other stakeholders as necessary.
  • Collaborates with the hiring manager and/or other human resource staff during the offer process, identifying start dates, and other pertinent details.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and program policies.
  • Manages background check process.
  • Supports additional recruitment and Human Resources need for the organization as assigned. 
Required Qualifications

The Recruitment Coordinator will have at least 3 years of work experience managing all phases of the recruitment/hiring process. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or a related field preferred but not required. Relevant job experience as equivalent.

  • An orientation in the ethos of social justice, racial justice, community, and mutuality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with good negotiation tactics.
  • Adept at time management with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with laws, regulations, and best practices applicable to hiring and recruitment.
  • Ability to pass a federal background check.

Orientation and belief that criminal justice involvement should not be an impediment to employment, career and personal growth opportunities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to create and implement creative sourcing strategies for recruitment for a variety of roles, beyond the CJL members. 
  • Proactive and independent with the ability to take initiative.
  • Proficient with or the ability to quickly learn applicant-tracking software or other recruitment systems.
  • Personal experience within the system including formerly incarcerated, former foster youth, or has loved ones who are systems impacted.
  • Experience working in or with the criminal legal system.
  • High level of critical/analytical/interpretive thinking and problem-solving skills.

May require travel within California (specifically, to Fresno and Los Angeles)

Location: Oakland, CA (preferred); Los Angeles, CA (considered)

Work schedule:  Full time, at 40-hrs per week

Compensation and Benefits
  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Generous benefits package, including medical, dental, FSA plans, and 401k
  • Generous vacation and wellness leave
  • Flexible work environment 
To Apply:

To apply, please submit your resume and instead of writing a traditional cover letter, answer the following five questions to help explain your qualifications and interest in the position:

  • Why do you want to work for Impact Justice’s California Justice Leaders project? (100 word limit)
  • What makes you a great fit for this job? (This is a chance to sell yourself for the position) (100 word limit)
  • Provide an example of when you’ve achieved success utilizing creative recruitment strategies to fill a role(s). (150 word limit)
  • List the top qualification(s) listed above that you feel you meet, with a VERY brief explanation or further detail (1 sentence or less!) where helpful.
  • Name when you would be available to start in-person in Oakland if you got the job and salary requirements.

Please send the required materials to Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Recruitment Coordinator.” Application deadline is Friday, 10/11/19. The anticipated start date for the position is Monday, 11/4/19.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted within the month following the application deadline.

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.