Restorative Schools - Program Assistant

Work must be performed in or near Pasadena, CA
Published 8 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
July 8, 2024
Application Deadline
July 8, 2024
4-Year Degree Required
Experience Level
Entry level
USD $48,000 - $52,000 / year


Western Justice Center (WJC) is a leader in the field of conflict resolution education with in-depth school-based and community-based partnerships throughout the Greater LA Area. WJC drives transformational change in education by empowering youth, educators and administrators to be equal partners in creating safe, inclusive learning environments. In the past 4 years, we have grown significantly, expanding school and community partnerships, and reaching a global audience through our online curriculum portal, School Tools. Our holistic approach supports sustainable systemic change by working with school and community partners to implement restorative approaches to violence reduction and conflict resolution as evidence-based, trauma- informed alternatives to punitive discipline. We walk humbly as part of the larger movement to heal the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline and level the playing field. WJC also runs a non-profit campus in Pasadena where like-minded organizations cohabitate with an eye toward advancing justice and equity. We have a warm, collaborative, inclusive team culture where we “lead from any seat,” practice what we teach, and invest in each other. Our hybrid work environment encourages a mix of on-site, in school and remote work.


The Restorative Schools Program Assistant (the “Assistant”) will serve as a member of WJC’s Conflict Resolution Education Program Team (the “Program Team”). The Assistant will support WJC’s mission to empower people to strengthen their communities by growing the conflict resolution capacity of youth, educators, schools and community partners. The Assistant will support WJC Restorative School Managers with program implementation at their school sites, including training, coaching, data/story collection and other forms of support for students, educators, parents, administrators and other key members of the school community. The Assistant will also support implementation of WJC’s regional training programs, which currently include ABCs of Conflict, Mediation Boot Camp, Peer Mediation Invitational and Circle Workshops. To learn more about Conflict Resolution Education, read our Strategic Plan. To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of our Restorative Schools Managers, go to Join Our Team.


Support and Coordination of Restorative School Projects

  • Support our Restorative School Managers in achieving their Project goals, which are to: (1) reduce conflicts that impede student success; (2) reduce the number of behavioral citations, suspensions, expulsions and unexcused absences resulting from more traditional forms of school discipline; (3) improve student social and emotional learning; (4) improve school climate, including methods that foster student safety and support; (5) collect demonstrative evidence of program impact and effectiveness, including through participatory research; (6) use conflict resolution education as an avenue for academic and career advancement; (7) work collaboratively with the Community Schools team to ensure that our efforts are aligned and integrated with theirs; and (8) integrate our work into district policy and the Local Community Accountability Plans (LCAPs). 
  • Assist the Restorative School Managers by coordinating school participation in the full range of supportive services that WJC provides. This includes coordination and support for all Conflict Resolution Education related activities, training, events and programs, whether they take place on or off a school campus. Coordination may involve engaging K-12 students, educators, teaching assistants, counselors, administrators, classified school staff, community partners and parents as well as college or graduate school interns and professional mediators (aka Mediation Mentors). 
  • Support the efforts of Restorative School Managers to ensure that all key stakeholder groups, including those mentioned above, are informed about Project purposes, goals, benefits, procedures and outcomes.
  • Provide a range of facilitation support for restorative circles and participate in peer mediation training with the Program Team, Restorative School Managers and, as needed, community partners. Opportunities to gain / strengthen facilitation & teaching skills abound.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by your supervisor(s) to support program success.

Storytelling, Research and Partnership Support

  • Assist with the collection, entry and organization of program-related data and stories from a variety of school sites; incorporate that data into WJC’s programs data dashboard; share the data with research partners, program evaluators and internal teams (grant writing, fundraising, communications, operations teams, etc.) in order to keep everyone up-to-date on the impact that WJC is having at our school sites. 
  • Support engagement as needed with movements, initiatives and community groups that support our core mission and advance the success of our programs.

Experience and Qualifications

WJC is looking for a person who is values and mission-driven, adaptive, self-directed, detail- oriented and passionate about empowering youth and who has:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in education, psychology, sociology, racial justice, criminal justice, gender or ethnic studies or other fields relevant to WJC’s work. Academic study or volunteer activity in the areas of social emotional learning, restorative practices, mediation, trauma-informed care and/or program evaluation considered a plus.
  • Two or more years of work and/or volunteer experience in at least one of the following: conflict resolution education, peer mediation, peer counseling, restorative circles, restorative case conferencing, community organizing, juvenile or adult diversion, youth development or gang intervention work. Experience in a school environment is preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in supporting a team and coordinating the community-building activities of others; holds themselves accountable for reaching or exceeding goals.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with attention to detail and the ability to articulate the importance of our work. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish is preferred.
  • Lived experience or personal background that reflects, connects with and/or relates to the communities we serve.
  • Strong computer skills or the ability to quickly acquire proficiency in programs such as Canva, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, Dropbox and Google Office (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive). Social media experience/skill is considered a plus.
  • Ability & willingness to travel to a variety of school sites, including but not limited to Azusa, Pasadena, Hacienda Heights-La Puente, Norwalk, Inglewood and Hawaiian Gardens.

Personal Qualities

  • Creative thinker, good listener and nimble strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, able to bring disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.
  • Derives energy from connecting with others and works well in a collaborative environment; creates opportunities for engagement and builds enthusiasm for WJC.
  • Emotionally mature with a warm sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work respectfully with diverse personalities and situations.
  • Embraces conflict as an opportunity for growth, learning and transformation.
  • Is passionate about addressing the disparate impact that exclusionary discipline has on young people in communities affected by the multi-generational effects of systemic racism and poverty.

Equal Opportunity Employer

WJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively creates a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. WJC does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, or ethnicity; sex, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity; national origin, disability, age, religion, or creed. WJC values the chance to be in community with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other people whose lived experiences enrich and inform our work. WJC supports open opportunities for people impacted by the carceral system. WJC requires all staff to be up-to-date on COVID and other relevant vaccinations. Live Scan background check is part of the hiring process.

Western Justice Center (WJC) is a leader in the field of conflict resolution education with in-depth school-based and community-based partnerships throughout the Greater LA Area. WJC drives transformational change in education by…


WJC offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation, holidays and sick time, medical, dental, vision and life insurance with employee buy-up options for dependents. PTO includes 10 paid holidays, 2 floater holidays and a Wellness Week between Christmas and New Year’s. WJC is a CalSavers participating organization.

WJC offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation, holidays and sick time, medical, dental, vision and life insurance with employee buy-up options for…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in spoken and written Spanish is preferred.

Fluency in spoken and written Spanish is preferred.


Work must be performed in or near Pasadena, CA
55 S Grand Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA

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  1. WJC is looking for future team members who are excited about joining us in our journey at the intersection of mediation, educational equity, racial justice and systemic change. Why is this position the right one for you now and how do you connect with our mission?
  2. We value the ability to pivot, remain flexible, keep an open mind, stay creative and embrace the process of “building the plane while we fly it.” What unique talent, experience or insights would you bring to our highly collaborative work environment?
  3. Working in a nonprofit offers the chance to address the most potent and urgent social justice issues of our day, including those that affect us personally. WJC’s pursuit of our mission often involves periods of intensive work to reach our goals. How do you take care of yourself and set healthy boundaries?
  4. Conflict resolution is central to our work. We approach conflict as a healthy and natural part of human dynamics that provide us with a chance to learn and grow. How do you navigate conflict at work? In terms of dealing with conflict, where do you have room to grow?
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