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Senior Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project

The job:

The Restorative Justice Project’s Senior 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 Senior Program Associate will be responsible for managing multiple projects, developing and leading training, and providing technical assistance to multiple sites across the country, 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 justice 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 youth 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
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Zoom


    • Leading Site Implementation. You’ll oversee restorative justice diversion implementation in at least two counties nationwide. This includes, but is not limited to, meeting with criminal legal systems partners and community-based organizations, conducting extensive on-site trainings, negotiating types of cases that will be referred to restorative processes, consulting with community-based restorative justice facilitators over the first two to three years of receiving cases, and assisting with data collection processes. You will meet regularly with system partners and community-based organizations to provide technical assistance, troubleshooting, and training.
    • Data collection, analysis, and evaluation. You will utilize data in a variety of ways to help understand and implement RJD programs in our partner sites, and communicate impact to a broad range of stakeholders. 
  • Collaborating and relationship building. Relationships are the foundation to implementing a successful diversion program. You will build relationships with community members, community-based organizations, and systems partners in your sites. You will also be communicating across multi-sector relationships, particularly between community members and legal system agencies. This may require the fluidity to shift conversations away from punishment and toward restoration. 
    • Writing. You will develop and design materials related to restorative justice diversion, including training manuals and curriculum, policy and procedures manuals, presentations, literature reviews, reports, memos and other materials.
  • Creating systems and structure. You’ll create strategic maps and work plans to keep track of the various tasks to accomplish diversion in your sites. You will correspond regularly with the Restorative Justice Project team on progress toward implementation, giving and receiving advice and guidance around roadblocks. You will also correspond and follow up with stakeholders in each site regularly.
  • Being an ambassador of Restorative Justice Diversion. You will speak publicly about restorative justice diversion programs and restorative justice generally for communities, academia, students, researchers, and other interested parties. You will also have the opportunity to identify and propose presentations for conferences and gatherings.
  • Staying up-to-date on restorative justice. You will research and remain up-to-date on writing and practices in restorative justice, healing, and anti-oppression work. You will also bring knowledge and ideas to the Restorative Justice Project team to improve our work.

Required Qualities/Skills:

  • Leadership and facilitation. You have experience developing and leading training and public speaking generally for communities, academic settings, students, researchers, and other interested parties.
    • Strong communication. You have strong listening and communication skills, verbally and in writing – this includes note taking, sending clear and prompt emails, and leading conference calls and meetings. 
  • Project Management. You have the knowledge and ability to provide strategic input for effective program design and resource planning. You can lead a team of Program Associates, as well as systems and community stakeholders, to effectively develop and launch restorative justice diversion programs. You manage multiple moving parts of a project and delegate to team members.
    • 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 workflows across a multi-sector team. You have a positive, solutions-oriented approach to problem solving and have a high level of critical/analytical/interpretive thinking and problem-solving skills. You have strong personal time management skills – ability to manage and prioritize many tasks across multiple projects. 
  • 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.
    • Flexible and adaptive. You’re a self-starter who thrives in a changing, dynamic environment, 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.
  • Innovative. You can work independently to create structure and systems for a new project. You will see gaps in our training, technical assistance, and materials and can work with the team to envision how to fill those gaps. You can roll with the punches of working in a new site with multiple stakeholders. You are able to manage competing interests and facilitate getting everyone in alignment in order to implement a successful restorative justice diversion program. 


  • Tech savviness; Comfortable with Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Asana.
  • Methodical, efficient, and able to synthesize and organize disparate information.
  • Personal experience within the system including formerly incarcerated, former foster youth, or has loved ones who are systems impacted.
  • At least two years experience in restorative justice.
  • Experience with data analysis and evaluation.
  • At least two years prior experience in juvenile and/or adult criminal legal field or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of the criminal/juvenile legal system.
  • Experience in grassroots community organizing campaigns.
  • Ability to maintain a restorative justice orientation in relationship to staff, partners, and tone of correspondence and content produced.

Education and/or experience requirements:

Master’s or equivalent Professional degree and/or 6 years of relevant professional experience required

How to apply:

We know there are great candidates who may not exactly 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. Tell us about a time when you had to lead a project you had never done before. How did you go about it? (200 word limit)
  4. Choose Big Pluses listed above that you meet (no more than three), with a VERY brief explanation or further detail where helpful.
  5. Name when you would be available to start in-person in Oakland or Washington D.C. if you got the job and salary requirements.

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

Location: Oakland, CA or Washington D.C.

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


  • Salary range is $68,000-75,000
  • Generous benefits package including medical, dental, flex plan, 401(k).
  • 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.