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Senior Program Associate, National PREA Resource Center

Full-time position, preferred in Washington, d.c.

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.

Who You Are

You are someone who has a demonstrated commitment to sexual safety in confinement and familiarity with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards. You are an individual with strong analytical and writing skills, an understanding of the operations of confinement facilities, and an interest in improving conditions in adult and juvenile confinement facilities. You have insight into what impacts an institution’s or agency’s culture and ideas about how to improve it.

You are highly organized and can manage several projects at once, with differing timelines and levels of involvement. You excel at working independently but are also an accountable collaborator. You are a thoughtful communicator who can convey ideas in a direct and accessible way, and you are comfortable working with members of the corrections field, incarcerated people, and partners engaged in allied work.

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 have other direct experience with the criminal 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 on or after January 3, 2023. You will be a valued member of the National PREA Resource Center and you will report to the Senior Program Manager of the Audit Oversight and Instrumentation team.

  1. CULTURE CHANGE – You will lead an effort to pilot and evaluate an assessment tool designed to measure culture related to sexual safety in confinement facilities, and will work to educate facilities about steps they can take to address the culture issues they identify. This work involves collaborating with partner organizations, members of the corrections field, and psychometric experts, as well as the PRC’s internal project team.
  2. TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TTA) SUPPORT AND DELIVERY – As time permits, you will contribute to the training and technical assistance functions of the National PREA Resource Center, including responding by telephone and in writing to questions received via the Center’s “Contact Us” portal on the website, delivering training via webinars or in person at regional or national conferences, serving as faculty for PREA Academy online learning offerings, and delivering training and technical assistance to individual agencies that submit requests that align with your areas of expertise.

Applying

The starting salary for this position ranges between $72,000-$87,000, depending on experience. 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, salaried position. We strongly prefer that the candidate be located in our Washington, DC office, but we will consider candidates located in either our Oakland, CA or Los Angeles, CA offices.  Highly qualified remote candidates will be considered if we are unable to fill this position with a qualified office-based candidate. Our offices are operating on a hybrid schedule.

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 culturechangeSPA@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Culture Change Senior Program Associate.

We will be reaching out to those candidates we are prepared to interview within the month following the application deadline of December 8, 2022.

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.