POSITION: In-Prison Programs Coordinator

About Root & Rebound:  Root & Rebound (R&R) is a nonprofit reentry advocacy center whose mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by our criminal justice system through public education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low-income communities and communities of color in the United States. We work to build innovative, holistic, and creative solutions to solve the reentry crisis across California and the United States. We offer a strong work culture of a supportive supervision and team-based collaboration, where people get to be challenged, receive ongoing professional development, and do impactful work.

Location: This position is based out of our headquarters office in Oakland, CA. Over the course of the year, expect to travel into prisons approximately 2-4 days each month, including regular weekend and evening programming.

Commitment:  This is a full-time exempt position, ideally beginning by June 1, 2019.

Position Overview: The In-Prison Programs Coordinator will help develop, facilitate, and enhance R&R’s in-prison reentry legal programs and reentry services for people in California state prisons and jails preparing to return home, and support all of R&R’s incarcerated clients create reentry plans that include concrete services and warm connections for housing, health, food and nutrition, family and children, community and social connections, financial wellness, employment and job readiness, mental health, recovery support, and other social services.

The In-Prison Programs Coordinator will be responsible for supporting in-prison programming in two CA prisons (one for men where R&R has existing programs and one for women where the organization is expanding). The goals for participants of R&R’s in-prison programs include: 1) Build self-advocacy skills and knowledge for navigating barriers to reentry; 2) Develop a step-by-step reentry action plan, including connections to resources and services in the community tailored to individual needs; 3) Ensure success in reentry and reduce the likelihood of re-incarceration; 4) Intensive personal and leadership opportunities for participants to become role models, mentors and leaders both in prison and in their communities; and 5) Long-term access to R&R as a reentry resource center.

The Coordinator will oversee the logistics of R&R’s in-prison programs, working with the prison staff and other non-profit organizations to ensure smooth entry and exit from the prison, and co-presenting monthly workshops with R&R’s In-Prison Programs Attorney in at least two prisons. From the Oakland office headquarters, the Coordinator will assist in providing warm connections, strong referrals and resources to in-prison program participants and reentering people statewide.

Reporting to the new R&R In-Prison Programs Attorney, and with support from others on the R&R team (including management support from R&R Associate Director, and peer support from R&R Employment Coach, Legal Programs Assistant, and Operations Coordinator), the In-Prison Programs Coordinator will ensure that R&R’s in-prison curricula, resources and best practices are more fully leveraged and sustained by creating materials and trainings that can be shared out with other organizations providing education and support to incarcerated and reentering people.

The Coordinator hired in this position will receive rigorous training, ongoing supervision and management support, with ample time to learn and utilize existing R&R reentry legal resources, social services resources, and in-prison curricula and materials. The Coordinator will also have access to ample opportunities for both internal and external professional development.

Duties & Responsibilities:  

With the support of the Staff Attorney and the R&R team, the In-Prison Programs Coordinator role includes, but is not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

> In-Prison Programming:

  • Liaise and coordinate with CCC (Susanville) and CCWF (Chowchilla) State Prison staff to ensure Root & Rebound’s in-prison, 12-lesson educational programs are offered to participants inside both prisons on a regular basis.
  • Facilitate strong, engaging and effective programming to cohort participants inside CCC and CCWF.
  • Support in building a strong application and outreach process and track applications from prospective participants.
  • Once program is running, connect CCC Susanville and CCWF participants to social service-related reentry organizations and relevant resources (i.e: public benefits, housing, food, etc.) before they are released, in order to ease reentry and reintegration challenges.
  • Create a comprehensive and sustainable alumni program for CCC participants who wish to stay engaged in R&R’s service offerings after completion of the program, so that trainings can continue on the inside after grants are completed, through participant leadership as Reentry Navigators.
  • Build strong correspondence program for all programs
  • Assist with scaling programming offered inside to other prisons across the state of California through effective dissemination of Root & Rebound’s training curriculum.
  • Coordinate with external partners and guest facilitators focused on social-emotional pieces vital to reentry (e.g., trauma support, healing, self-care and personal well-being) who will co-lead trainings with R&R staff inside CCC and CCWF.
  • Drive forward R&R’s ambitious goals of wide-scale reentry education in state prisons and jails across California.

> Reentry Support and Social Services Connections:

  • Leveraging R&R’s existing in-prison curricula, social service referral lists, and cutting edge reentry planning resources, develop individualized reentry plans for in-prison program participants at CCC and CCWF, connecting them to social services, reentry organizations, and relevant resources (e.g., public benefits, housing, food, etc.) before they are released.
  • Develop social services tools and resources that will benefit all of R&R’s incarcerated clients–with the goal of helping incarcerated people create reentry plans that include concrete services and warm connections for housing, health, food and nutrition, family and children, community and social connections, financial wellness, employment and job readiness, mental health, recovery support, and other social services.
  • Based on needs addressed through hotline calls and prison mail, build out resources and internal best practices focused on communities to which in-prison program participants will be returning/paroling.
  • Connect participants to all R&R programs and services.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with community service providers in order to provide warm referrals to program participants.

> Grant Administration:

  • Track grant deliverables
  • Support with the preparation and submission of grant progress reports
  • Attend CDCR Innovating Programming Grants meetings and summits
  • Other administrative duties, as needed.

> Professional Development:

  • Participate in R&R’s management processes, including weekly check-ins with supervisor and conducting two performance reviews with supervisor annually.
  • Receive ongoing coaching, management support, and both internal and external professional development opportunities.

Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with people in reentry and on criminal justice/reentry issues
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice and criminal justice/reentry reform
  • Background in reentry and/or social services work is ideal
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google products (Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive)
  • Excellent time-management and communication skills
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to prioritize work given organizational and client needs
  • Ability to incorporate clear direction and supervision
  • Team-based and collaborative approach to work
  • Zealous advocate with strong problem-solving skills
  • Responsible and reliable with a positive, professional, and humble attitude
  • Strong work ethic with proactive initiative to design creative solutions for clients
  • Creative, enthusiastic, and willing to learn and try new things
  • A.A., B.A. or B.S. preferred
  • Driver’s license preferred
  • Ability to and excitement to travel regularly to prisons, jails, and rural and under-resourced parts of the state, including approximately 2-4 days per month

Compensation & Benefits: This position will begin as a full-time position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, where our base salary for this position starts at $50,000. The position includes employment benefits including medical, vision, and dental care; three weeks of paid time off per year plus holiday closures; and ongoing professional development opportunities.

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, short writing sample, and at least three references with contact information in an email to Eva DeLair at edelair@rootandrebound.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling. No phone calls, please.

Root & Rebound is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including formerly incarcerated and/or system-involved individuals, people of color, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender variant individuals.

In-Prison Programs Coordinator
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