SENIOR PROGRAM ASSOCIATE - Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000
Maximum: $80,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


The job:

The Senior Program Associate will play a key role in supporting communities and jurisdictions across the state and nation to pilot victim-oriented restorative juvenile diversion programs. In addition, the Senior Program Associate will assist in managing projects, provide training facilitation and technical assistance, while working collaboratively on a team. A successful candidate will have a wealth of restorative justice experience, community organizing experience, and be comfortable working closely with community based organizations, community members, and criminal legal systems partners to establish these programs. Significant travel is required. The Senior Program Associate will report to the Associate Director of the Restorative Justice Project.

About the organization:

Impact Justice is a national innovation and research center that is committed to reducing the number of people involved in our juvenile and adult criminal justice system, improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated, providing meaningful opportunities for success for those re-joining our communities and improving justice outcomes for crime victims. Impact Justice is working with bipartisan support to reduce our nation’s over-reliance on incarceration, with research, evaluations, technical assistance, policy work and the use of innovation and experimentation.

Who we are:

The Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice works throughout California and across the country to support communities to meet victim-identified needs while reducing incarceration, recidivism, racial and ethnic disparities, and related social and fiscal costs. The Restorative Justice Project assists ten cities across the nation to implement pre-charge youth restorative justice diversion programs that serve as community-based alternatives to youth incarceration over the course of the next five years.

Along with assisting communities in establishing restorative justice diversion programs, the Restorative Justice Project collects and evaluates data on these models in order to develop reliable evidence supporting the effectiveness of restorative diversion programs. Moreover, the Restorative Justice Project is developing a robust toolkit featuring success stories and best practices to provide communities with a step-by-step guide to creating a culturally responsive victim-oriented restorative diversion program. Finally, the Restorative Justice Project is working to establish restorative justice models geared towards addressing child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. 

Please see our website at for more information.

Technologies we use:

  • Asana
  • Google Suite
  • MailChimp
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Zoom


  • Site-Lead. You’ll be overseeing restorative justice diversion implementation in at least two cities nationwide. This includes, but is not limited to, meeting with criminal legal systems partners and community-based organizations, conducting extensive on-site trainings, negotiating types of cases that will be referred to restorative processes, consulting with community-based restorative justice facilitators over the first two to three years of implementation, and assisting with data collection processes. You will meet regularly with system partners and community-based organizations to provide technical assistance, troubleshooting, and training.
  • Collaboration and relationship building. Relationships are the foundation to implementing a successful diversion program. You will build relationships with community members, community-based organizations, and systems partners in your sites. You will also be communicating across multi-sector relationships, particularly between communities and legal system partners. This may require the fluidity to shift conversations away from punishment and toward restoration.
  • Writing. You will assist in developing and designing materials related to restorative justice diversion, including training manuals and curriculum, policy and procedures manuals, presentations, literature reviews, reports, and other materials.
  • Creating systems and structure. You’ll create strategic maps and work plans to keep track of the various tasks to accomplish diversion in your sites. You will correspond regularly with the Restorative Justice Project team on progress toward implementation, giving and receiving advice and guidance around roadblocks. You will also correspond regularly with stakeholders in each site and follow up on promises made to stakeholders.
  • Restorative Justice Diversion ambassador. You will speak publicly about restorative justice diversion programs and restorative justice generally for communities, academia, students, researchers, and other interested parties. You will also have the opportunity to identify and propose presentations for conferences and gatherings.
  • Staying up-to-date on restorative justice. You will research and remain up-to-date on writing and practices in restorative justice, healing, and anti-oppression work. You will also bring new knowledge and ideas to the Restorative Justice Project team to improve our work.

Required Qualities/Skills:

  • Leadership and facilitation. You have facilitated restorative justice processes. You also have experience developing and leading trainings and public speaking generally for communities, academic settings, students, researchers, and other interested parties.
  • Strong communication. You’ll need strong listening and communication skills, verbally and in writing - this includes note taking, sending clear and prompt emails, and leading conference calls and meetings.
  • Organized and efficient. You are detail-oriented with a demonstrated track record of getting work completed in timely and efficient manner. You have strong follow through, can delegate tasks, and facilitate deadline-driven workflow across a multi-sector team. You have a positive, solutions-oriented approach to problem solving. You have strong personal time management skills – ability to manage and prioritize many tasks across multiple projects.
  • Relationship building. You are great at building relationships with diverse groups of people, including communities impacted by harm, people impacted by the criminal legal system, and criminal legal system representatives. You have relational and emotional intelligence.
  • Team player. You have strong interpersonal skills and love playing a support role in a dynamic, growing team. You enjoy having fun with our team!
  • Liberation framework. You are committed to ending racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities and injustice.
  • Flexible and adaptive. You’re a self starter who thrives in a changing, dynamic environment, occasionally with immediate and unexpected deadlines. You can juggle multiple projects and can work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with a team.
  • Innovative. You are a trailblazer. You can work independently to create structure and systems for a new project. You will see gaps in our training, technical assistance, and materials and can work with the team to envision how to fill those gaps. You can roll with the punches of working in a new site with multiple stakeholders. You are able to manage competing interests and facilitate getting everyone in alignment in order to implement a successful restorative justice diversion program.

Big Pluses:

  • Systems thinker. You are methodical, efficient, and able to synthesize and organize disparate information.
  • Tech savviness. You are comfortable with Google Suite, including Gmail and Google Drive. You also are comfortable with the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Personal experience within the system including formerly incarcerated, former foster youth, or has loved ones who are systems impacted.
  • At least two years experience in restorative justice.
  • At least two years prior professional experience in juvenile and/or adult criminal legal field and/or community organizing.
  • Experience in healing modalities, including therapy, counseling, social work, etc.
  • Experience in grassroots community organizing campaigns.
  • Experience working in or with the criminal legal system.
  • High level of critical/analytical/interpretive thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain a restorative justice orientation in relationship to staff, partners, and tone of correspondence and content produced.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Impact Justice provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, criminal history, or disability. We work closely with communities of color, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender communities, the formerly incarcerated, and former foster youth. Those with lived experience in these communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Thank you!


  • Generous benefits package including medical, dental, flex plan, 401(k).
  • Generous vacation and sick leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to apply:

We know there are great candidates who may exactly not 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!

To apply, please submit your resume and, instead of writing a traditional cover letter, answer the following five questions:

  1. Why do you want to work for Impact Justice’s Restorative Justice Project? (100 word limit)
  2. What makes you a great fit for this job? (This is a chance to sell yourself for the position) (100 word limit)
  3. Tell us about a time when you had to lead a project you had never done before. How did you go about it? (200 word limit)
  4. List which of the Big Pluses listed above you meet, with a VERY brief explanation or further detail (1 sentence or less!) where helpful.
  5. Name when you would be available to start in-person in Oakland if you got the job and salary requirements.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but the hard deadline for applying for this position is September 24, 2018. Please send your application to

Location: Oakland, CA

Work schedule: Full-time position, at 40 hours per week, some weekends. Significant travel is required.