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Senior Program Manager

Job Posting: Senior Program Manager

(Hybrid, Full-time Position in Los Angeles, 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. We are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities. 

About California Justice Leaders & LeadOn 

Created in 2019, the California Justice Leaders (CJL) is a first-of-its-kind AmeriCorps project designed to engage 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 Juvenile detention facilities. Because of the success of the pilot program, in Dec 2022, CJL was awarded three additional years of program funding. 

LeadOn is a Los Angeles-based workforce development program designed to provide opportunities to young adults who have been justice-involved. Like CJL, LeadOn participants are young adults who will likely have experienced justice system involvement and will have demonstrated successful re-entry into their communities. LeadOn participants are placed at partner sites where they engage in professional and workforce development specifics opportunities; including administrative, data entry/collection, programmatic , and other tasks depending on the specific needs of the organization. 

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…

  • Strong experience working and managing remote teams and staff
  • Strong experience with data collection and case management systems for career and/or education-based programs for participants
  • Coaching skills based on an ethos of social justice, racial justice, community, and mutuality
  • An established professional with a  pre-existing network of social service providers in Los Angeles 
  • The ability to juggle and implement simultaneous multiple project elements 
  • Public speaking skills with experience addressing a wide range of audiences
  • Experience working with system-impacted people and/or vulnerable populations
  • Ability to identify academic, professional, and personal needs/strengths in participants and team members
  • Strong critical thinking skills, resourcefulness, and ability to problem-solve
  • Highly developed time management skills, project management skills, and acute attention to detail
  • Ability to organize information for individual members and participants, monitor progress, and troubleshooting needs 
  • Ability to pass a federal background check 
  • Active car insurance and continued access to a vehicle with a valid and current driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications: A graduate degree in public policy, public administration, criminal justice, social work, or relevant and substantial job experience is required. 

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. 

What You Will Do 

The anticipated start date for this position is June 1st. 

The Sr. Program Manager is a full-time exempt, salaried position. The position will report directly to the Director of Leadership programs and will supervise a dynamic team of four individuals currently working on the project, including the CJL program operations & compliance team,  CJL alumni network, and LA County LeadOn Program. 

The Sr. Program Manager will be responsible for meeting the strategic objectives of the CJL and LeadOn programs, as well as oversight and support of the continued growth and development of the CJL Alumni Network. In partnership with the Director and the existing Senior Program Manager, this position will be responsible for the continued development, scale, and outcomes of the CJL and LeadOn project. This includes but is not limited to developing and securing relationships with county probation departments and other system partners, working with staff to secure and retain placement site organizations for members/participants, ensuring the collection and monitoring of data and progress toward programmatic outcomes, providing support for alumni members and IJ staff, and ensuring compliance for funding sources.

Your Core Responsibilities will be: 

  • People management 
  • Provide strategic design and resource planning for programs and Alumni network 
  • In collaboration with the Director and existing Snr. Program Manager,  manage, develop, and implement the CJL and LeadOn program plan
  • Maintain federal and state program compliance 
  • Produce grant reports and monitor data outcomes 
  • Participate in fundraising and development efforts 
  • Strategic partner development 
  • Provide training to members, alumni, and internal staff as needed 
  • In collaboration with the RAC, participate in the process and outcomes evaluation


Some travel is required. Travel will include site and partnership cultivation in Los Angeles County as well as potential training, conferences, and visit to the Impact Justice offices in Oakland and Washington DC.  Note, travel is contingent upon changes in COVID-19.

Work schedule: Full-time, at 40-hrs per week, at least two days per week in the LA office. 


The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $105,000. 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, exempt, salaried position. Some travel to our offices in Oakland will be required.

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 Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Senior Program Manager. 

We plan on making decisions on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply the better.  

COVID-19 Vaccination is a condition of employment for all Impact Justice employees. We require employees to be fully vaccinated and up to date per the CDC guidance.

 Hiring Process

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. 

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.