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Senior Program Specialist, 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 a strong familiarity with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards. You are an individual with highly developed analytical and writing skills, and an interest in improving conditions of confinement in adult and juvenile confinement facilities.

You feel comfortable reviewing lengthy, detailed documentation and conducting content analysis of PREA audit reports and supporting documentation. You are confident using systems to track and review data in collaboration with data specialists. You are capable of creating new processes and implementing them, and can problem solve where there is not a historical plan to follow.

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 complicated findings 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.

AUDIT OVERSIGHT – You’ll be a contributor to the Audit Oversight portfolio, and your core responsibilities will be:

  1. DOCUMENTATION REVIEW – You will review large and complex audit reports and supporting documentation to assess auditor fidelity to auditing requirements and will develop written reports describing your findings. You will review audit data sets in collaboration with other teams to assess auditor practice.
  2. PEER REVIEW PROGRAM – You will coordinate the Peer Review Program. This means managing the Peer Review process, reviewing Peer Reviewer candidates, developing and delivering training, developing resources for peer reviewers and auditors involved in Peer Review. This also includes consulting with Department of Justice PREA Management Office and PRC senior leadership regarding the Peer Review process.
  3. AUDITOR REMEDIATION PROGRAM – You will participate in the implementation and ongoing development of a remediation program for auditors identified as needing additional skills development. This includes assisting with the creation of targeted remediation plans and tools for auditors who have demonstrated the need for additional support.

Applying

The starting salary for this position ranges between $72,000-$95,000, 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 PRCAudit@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Oversight Senior Program Specialist.

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.