CW is a non-profit organization combining direct services and client-centered
advocacy to transform justice at the individual and systemic levels.
Rooted in restorative justice (RJ), our programs include: pre-charge youth
diversion, in-custody family connection and peer-led violence prevention with
support for survivors, reentry case management for transitional age youth,
in-custody and reentry restorative visual and performing arts, as well as
youth-led leadership development and organizing. We aim to cut the
number of people coming into contact with systems and improve outcomes
for those who do.
Our mission: to catalyze our collective power to transform justice through
programs and policy rooted in humanity and healing.
Our vision: a future where justice heals.
The Associate Director of Youth Power Programs is a new mid-level management position at Community Works. The primary responsibility of the Associate Director of Youth Power will be to lead and innovate in Community Works youth-serving programs. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, a growth mindset, youth development and advocacy expertise, and a coaching approach, dedicated to supporting and building the capacity of their team to serve our communities.
The position will lead CW’s youth portfolio. Currently, this portfolio includes:
- Restorative Community Conferencing/Make It Right: CW’s restorative justice diversion program for youth.
- Project WHAT!: CW’s youth leadership and advocacy program for children of incarcerated parents.
- Youth Arts: CW’s arts programs for youth, e.g. Community Works Youth Theater Program
Reporting to the Deputy Director, the responsibilities of the Associate Director of Youth Power Programs include:
- Provide leadership and direction to CW’s youth program staff to strengthen program operations, ensure high-quality and empowering experience for participants, and maximize our impact
- Inform and implement a unified model and approach for our programs, in order to facilitate connection, and knowledge and resource-sharing between staff in the portfolio, and ensure model fidelity
- Create learning and professional development opportunities for and with CW’s youth power program staff on life coaching skills, restorative practices, and other techniques for working with young people.
- Expand and strengthen outreach strategies that engage community members in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and San Francisco County, for the purposes of ensuring that staff have full and manageable caseloads.
- Represent CW and liaise with community stakeholders (other community-based organizations and street/community outreach efforts) and system stakeholders (probation, law enforcement, correctional facilities) for the purpose of developing and strengthening new participant pipelines and other referral/connection opportunities to support client success.
- Lead and cultivate innovations in approaches, practices, curricula, etc. within our current programs
- Create pathways that connect youth participants to policy advocacy or other transformative justice opportunities provided by CW or other community-based partners.
Grants and Administration Responsibilities:
- Manage all relevant CW grants, ensuring compliance with service and reporting requirements
- Track and report on number of clients served and other relevant metrics, as compared to goals
- Support program evaluation and quality improvement efforts that support CW’s efforts to cultivate a learning culture within the organization
- Engage in organizational strategic communications opportunities about the youth power portfolio to external audiences (blog posts, newsletters, social media), with the support of organization’s communications staff
- Play a key role in fundraising efforts and the development of new programs within the youth power division, with the support of organization’s fundraising staff
- Work with Associate Directors over CW’s other programs portfolios to create linkages, referrals, and other opportunities for client support and empowerment
- Experience working directly with youth, especially system-impacted youth.
- Deep experience and practice of youth development, youth leadership, and/or youth organizing and advocacy.
- People with lived experience with the juvenile justice system in California are preferred.
- Deep knowledge of youth justice in California and changes on the landscape
- Experience managing and mentoring a diverse team of staff.
- Experience managing and overseeing grants or contracts.
- Proven track record of developing and maintaining community-based partnerships.
- Commitment to Community Works’ mission and values
- Understanding of restorative justice principles and practices
- Experience facilitating training and learning experiences
- Strategic thinking and problem solving skills
- Strong communication skills and approaches with various stakeholders, including program staff, organizational leadership, and other external partners
- Growth and learning mindset, dedicated to learning and teaching