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State Program Associate

Full-time Position in oakland, 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.

About California Justice Leaders

California Justice Leaders is a first-of-its-kind, AmeriCorps program that began in 2019. CJL is designed to engage formerly incarcerated & system impacted 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 Division of Juvenile Justice and/or other county-based juvenile facilities. 

Members also build awareness of California’s Honorable Discharge petition, which has the potential to open opportunities for those who have been involved in California’s juvenile justice system. Members will work to increase utilization of the Honorable Discharge petition process and guide youth and young adults on a successful re-entry pathway.

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…

  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience (data entry, program implementation, some case management, justice and/or education-based programs)
  • Experience working with vulnerable/marginalized populations
  • Experience with case management for career and/or education-based programs for participants
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team
  • Community, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills 
  • Highly developed time management skills and acute attention to detail
  • Ability to organize information for individual members and participants, monitor progress and troubleshoot as needed 
  • Ability to work well with remote staff 
  • Experience working with case management and or data collection systems
  • Ability to pass a federal background check 
  • Continued access to a vehicle with a valid and current driver’s license 
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferred but not required. Relevant job experience as equivalent. 

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. 

We are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities. 

What You Will Do 

The anticipated start date for this position is December 01, 2022. 

The state program associate will be responsible for assisting with the overall state-wide functionality of the California Justice Leaders program.  This position is located in Oakland, CA, and may require some travel to counties across California. 

The State Program Associate will be responsible for the ongoing management of the CJL database (Apricot Social Solutions), inclusive of accurate data tracking and reporting, service hour monitoring, and regular training and support for participants and supervisors. The State Program Associate will also assist with Member recruitment, screenings, and interviews and lead the onboarding, enrollment, and exit process for these individuals. This includes the background check clearance process. This position will be responsible for the accurate maintenance and compliance of participant files.  

The State Program Associate will also assist the Regional Managers with planning and implementing orientation and training, creating member and staff handbooks, and providing member support and guidance. This position will act as the main point of contact for Impact Justice finance and human resource departments, monitor payment of living allowances, and process expense claims. You’ll be the administrative monitor of clients’ caseloads, responsible for the Member monitoring notes in the Apricot System and some Member training. 

Other Tasks Include: 

  • Manage and maintain CJL program database
  • Facilitate training sessions with participants and partners
  • Lead program onboarding, Member enrollment, and exit process inclusive of background checks for Members and Supervisors
  • Assist with the recruitment process, screenings, interviews, and participant selection
  • Assist in the organization of technical logistics and coordination, including but not limited to:
    • large-scale events and convening
    • cycles of course-based learning
  • Gather, manage, and report data-related information to member and participant involvement and progress (attendance, skill progress, reported well-being, etc.)
  • Manage and maintain participant files to ensure compliance
  • Act as point of contact for finance and human resources departments: payroll approval, expense reimbursements, etc. 
  • Build professional partnerships with host sites 
  • Work with consultants as needed 

Note, this position is a Program Associate role in Impact Justice’s job structure, though the external facing title will be State Program Associate.


The position will be paid $60-$70,000. 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, salaried position. The candidate will be located in the Oakland, CA office and will work under a hybrid schedule. We ARE NOT considering remote staff for this position.

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 CJL State Program Associate 

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

 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.