Health Instead of Punishment Program Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $85,000
Maximum: $92,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Human Impact Partners seeks a Program Director for our Health Instead of Punishment Program to lead our national work to advance an alternative vision for our criminal and juvenile justice systems. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of leveraging the power of public health to strengthen the movement for justice reform.

  • Salary: $85,000-$92,000
  • Start date: November 1, 2018
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Deadline: This position is open until filled. First posted September 5, 2018; review of applications will begin on September 27, 2018.

About Human Impact Partners

HIP’s mission is to transform the policies and places people need to live healthy lives by increasing the consideration of health and equity in decision-making. We use research, advocacy, and capacity-building strategies to advance our vision of a world where all communities have optimal health, and where the resources for health are equitably shared across race, class, gender, immigration status, criminal record, geography, and other attributes.

Human Impact Partners is a growing non-profit with 12 staff. Our research and advocacy efforts primarily focus on economic security, criminal justice, and equitable housing, transportation, and land use. We are looking to build a diverse staff as we continue to grow. For more details about HIP and our approach, visit:

About the Position

The Health Instead of Punishment Program Director (Program Director) will be responsible for leading our national work to bring the power of public health to efforts to reform our criminal and juvenile justice systems. This is a senior-level position with significant responsibilities including programmatic strategy development, fundraising, and staff supervision and mentorship. The candidate will oversee and manage research, advocacy, and capacity building projects to advance the program's goals across public health and justice system reform advocates.  The Program Director reports to one of the Co-Directors and is based in our Oakland office, with travel every 1-2 months for events and conferences.

Key Responsibilities

  • Set a vision and guide cross-team implementation of HIP’s criminal justice reform work, including research, advocacy, field-building, and capacity-building strategies
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with partners (including community-based organizations, government agencies, and funders) to build a national network of practitioners working at the nexus of public health and criminal justice reform
  • Design and initiate research projects that illustrate the health equity impacts of criminal justice policy, in collaboration with other HIP staff and external partners; project manage some of these research projects
  • Build the capacity of others in public health, including public health departments, to engage in justice reform
  • Identify and engaged in advocacy campaigns to bring a public health lens to justice reform efforts, in collaboration with other justice reform advocates
  • Fundraise for the programs, including developing grant proposals, establishing and maintaining funder relationships, and fulfilling reporting requirements
  • Manage all aspects of program delivery, including budgeting, program evaluation, conference planning, and staff supervision
  • Contribute to HIP’s organizational health as a senior leader who models our collaborative culture, participates in strategic planning and racial justice work, and maintains a high level of professional expertise
  • Serve as a national thought-leader at the intersection of criminal and juvenile justice and public health by presenting at conferences, blogging, and developing resources  to advance the field


  • A deep commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice and HIP’s mission
  • At least 6 years of experience in policy advocacy and coalition-building
  • Policy expertise in criminal and/or juvenile justice reform (preferred), public health, or ideally, both
  • Proven track record of program leadership
  • Experience collaborating on research and report design and publication
  • Existing relationships within the criminal and juvenile justice reform movement a plus
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style; ability to give and receive feedback honestly and gracefully
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and in writing; ability to communicate effectively about issues related to racial equity
  • Excellent facilitation skills and the ability to create spaces for dialogue that are inclusive and anti-racist
  • Demonstrated success working with partners from diverse backgrounds and life experiences
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and putting values into practice
  • Ability to travel as needed, usually every 1-2 months


HIP provides medical, dental, vision benefits; pre-tax deductions for health expenses, transportation, and childcare; 403(b) plus employer contribution after six months; a flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented workplace.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, relevant writing sample, and resume to  Applications received by 9am on Thursday, September 27 will be included in our initial review.

Human Impact Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people directly impacted by the issues we work on (such as criminal justice, economic security, immigration), people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ folks to seek employment or board opportunities with us.