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DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SCALING AND CAPACITY


Organization: GRIP Training Institute

Location: San Francisco Bay Area (Fremont, CA Headquarters) 

Type: Full time, salaried

About: https://grip-traininginstitute.org


Position Overview: 

As the GRIP Training Institute sets out to scale its program and impact, the Deputy Director of Scaling and Capacity (Deputy Director) will lead the design and implementation of organization-wide systems capable of supporting GRIP’s scaling efforts, in line with GRIP’s culture/values. The organization is at a key inflection point, having grown from 3 full time staff people to 10 in the last 2 years, and anticipating a new wave of expansion as we develop and launch a 5-year plan for scaling/replication next year that could put us on track to serve all Lifers in the state prison system within 10 years.  


Unlike most business or scaling ventures, GRIP is committed to building an organizational culture rooted in principles of restorative justice and the foundational GRIP value of “power with”.  The Deputy Director role is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, growth oriented operations and people guru who thrives at leading through times of growth and change, and who is open to experimenting and learning alongside others.


This person, working hand-in-hand with the Executive Director, will be charged with leading the management of internal operations and key functions (e.g., Growth, People, Operations, and Finance). Reporting directly to the ED, the Deputy Director will translate GRIP’s strategic vision for scaling and sustainability into annual operating goals and work plans.   A core part of the mission of the GRIP Training Institute is the leadership development of formerly incarcerated graduates of the GRIP program.  The Deputy Director will have a key role in guiding the management team to develop systems, practices and an organizational culture that helps the organization succeed in this mission.  They will manage a team of 3-5 direct reports and in doing so, will coach and develop talent across the organization towards outcomes while building and maintaining a positive, productive and inclusive organizational culture grounded in restorative justice and love.  


Location: GRIP headquarters is in Fremont, CA.  Partial remote work option.


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategy, Scaling  and Structure


  • In partnership with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will design the appropriate organizational structure to meet short- and long-term goals and priorities as GRIP scales its impact.
  • Partner with the Executive Director and leadership team to lead multi-year and annual strategic planning efforts, including goal setting, budgeting and performance metrics for each distinct organizational effort. 
  • Plan and execute regular leadership team meetings and all-staff retreats ensuring timely project planning, organizational progress to goals and alignment with the overall strategic plan.
  • Work closely with the GRIP team to establish practices and systems that promote opportunity and professional growth at every level of the organization.  This includes researching and experimenting with transformational structures and practices that promote equity and inclusion (eg., sociocracy; “reinventing organizations” practices) as we scale.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; provide thought partnership to Executive Director, senior leaders and other relevant stakeholders


Capacity Building & Change Management


  • Design/improve and oversee systems, processes, and structures that will monitor and promote the alignment and allocation of resources with broader organization-wide strategic priorities, and lead to more effective working partnerships within and across program/functional domains.
  • Ensure teams have the resources and talent they need and are well positioned to deliver on their respective outcomes.
  • With a cross functional perspective, and an eye toward scaling and equity, seek ways to integrate and improve the organizational systems and processes to promote the greatest impact.  
  • In partnership with the Operations Manager/team, guide the building and  implementation of systems and processes to support GRIP's operational infrastructure with a focus towards scaling.
  • Oversee design and execution of a comprehensive data system integration initiative for purposes of program evaluation and development, public communications and fundraising.  
  • Work closely with the program manager on adoption of a learning management system to improve current program implementation and build toward a digitally-assisted alternative delivery model acceptable within the state prison system.  


Financial Management and Oversight 


  • Manage the organization’s strategic finance processes including organizational-wide budgeting, and financial modeling to ensure sustainable growth. 
  • Establish and manage effective systems for Finance tracking objectives and key results; regularly evaluating and tracking progress to goal.
  • Prepare regular reports of top-level finance and progress metrics for the Executive Director and Board.
  • Streamline the financial processes to effectively track, manage and report out on all government grants (a growing area of funding).


Management & Culture


  • Serve as an exceptional leader, manager, and coach with a high degree of emotional intelligence who develops strengths in others and models effective collaborative leadership by cultivating strong interpersonal relationships and shared purpose.
  • Working closely with the management team, assess and refine current practices to reflect our transformative values of equity, transparency, and wellness.  This includes policies, benefits, compensation structure, management practices, and organizational structure. 
  • Support the leadership development of current and future members of the staff to achieve their vocational goals, both at GRIP and beyond. 
  • Provide strong day-to-day management while cultivating shared purpose, building distributed leadership teams, and fostering interconnectedness throughout the organization’s culture and practices. 
  • Promote and serve as a culture carrier for GRIP’s values with a deep commitment to practicing the teachings and tools of GRIP curriculum, and supporting others to do the same. 


Who Should Apply:


The ideal candidate is an experienced organization-builder, who loves to develop people and systems and has intricate knowledge of all that is integral to successful scaling of great programs.  They will have deep knowledge of and compassion for the real experiences of incarceration and the impact of trauma/violence in people’s lives.  They will have an unwavering belief that people are the core to any mission-driven organization and that strong operations foster the ability to manage through complex, challenging issues.  They will have a passion for learning how to build and scale organizations with equity and wellness in mind.  


The strongest candidates will have the following experience and qualities:


  • At least 10+ years of work experience in leadership role in operations or management and proven track record of leading an organization through growth periods
  • Strong financial management skills and experience with oversight of complex financial processes.  
  • Experience managing projects across a variety of engagements to achieve ambitious results. 
  • Exceptional people and operations skills; ability to establish credibility and trust among staff; has managed and developed teams in order to deliver high-quality results; 
  • Strong self-awareness; an ability to skillfully handle one’s own emotions and respond skillfully to others’.
  • High degree of emotional intelligence with the ability to build trust and shared ownership with a wide array of stakeholders;
  • Possesses strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to organize and interpret data, generate insights, and anticipate challenges and opportunities
  • Experience operationalizing strategic growth plan into tactical implementation; is comfortable operating within ambiguity and driving to clarity wherever possible
  • Deep commitment to the transformative and healing mission of GRIP


ABOUT THE GRIP TRAINING INSTITUTE


The mission of GRIP is to create the personal and systemic change to end violence and suffering, and turn them into opportunities for learning and healing.   


GRIP’s perspective and the title of our 200-page coursebook is “Leaving Prison Before You Get Out.” ™  Together we learn that being free it’s not just about finding oneself on the other side of the prison gate; it’s not just a geographic fact. At the heart of being free is not where you are, but who you are. We believe that nobody was born armed and dangerous, that violence is learned and that it is a tragic expression of an unmet need. Therefore, it can also be unlearned; GRIP’s methodology facilitates unlearning violent behavior to replace it with an attitude of insight, compassion and service. 


Our flagship program, GRIP (Guiding Rage Into Power), is a one-year, intensive, trauma-informed program that guides incarcerated people through a journey of deep transformation and accountability. GRIP is a proven model for incarcerated people’s rehabilitation and healing, developed over 24 years in the California State prisons by founder Jacques Verduin, in collaboration with thousands of life-sentenced incarcerated people.


In the last 10 years, 1233 incarcerated students have graduated from GRIP, and 421 of them have been released.  Our recidivism rate is 0.16 %, which is 15x better than the state’s rate for the same population. There are 35,000 Lifers in California state prisons.  We aspire to scale our program so that the GRIP teachings are available to all those who want to do the deep work required.


The GRIP Training Institute is committed to building and nurturing an inclusive, equitable, respectful and accountable work environment.  We welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life.  What we ask of our students inside, we ask of ourselves -- to practice the GRIP tools of emotional intelligence, mindfulness, do-no-harm, and understanding the impact of our actions on others. 


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 


The GRIP Training Institute offers competitive benefits, including 100% paid health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, professional development and self-care funds, and staff retreats. 


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


To apply, please send a resume and tailored cover letter describing your interest and experience that is relevant to this role, as well as contact information for 3-4 professional references.  Applications that do not have a tailored cover letter will not be considered.


 GRIP is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. We strongly encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented communities and people impacted by the criminal justice system.  


Thank you!

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SCALING AND CAPACITY


Organization: GRIP Training Institute

Location: San Francisco Bay Area (Fremont, CA Headquarters) 

Type: Full time, salaried

About: https://grip-traininginstitute.org


Position Overview: 

As the GRIP…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 5, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Compensation

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Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Benefits

The GRIP Training Institute offers competitive benefits, including 100% paid health and dental insurance, 401K plan, generous paid time off, professional development and self-care funds, and staff retreats.

The GRIP Training Institute offers competitive benefits, including 100% paid health and dental insurance, 401K plan, generous paid time off, professional development and…

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual: English and Spanish desired, but not required

Bilingual: English and Spanish desired, but not required

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Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Fremont, CA
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