Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY)
The W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity (BI) is a national non-profit organization based in San Francisco. Our mission is to protect and improve the lives of youth of color and poor youth and the well-being of their communities by reducing the adverse impacts of exposure to the youth justice system. The BI convenes local traditional and non-traditional stakeholders such as law enforcement, the Court, prosecutors, indigent defenders, service providers, community leaders, parents and youth to address racial and ethnic disparities in the local juvenile justice systems. The BI is currently working in approximately 25 sites nationwide.
A major component of the BI is the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), a national network of 180 community based organizations working with youth of color who are at risk or already in trouble with the law. CJNY includes members who provide direct services, advocacy, research and policy development, as well as grassroots organizing, all in the name of ‘Stopping the Rail to Jail’. CJNY’s Advisory Council is composed of member programs that guide its strategic direction.
Additionally, CJNY has established local “task forces” in at least 6 cities around the country. Each task force engages in focused and intentional advocacy regarding racial and ethnic disparities in their local juvenile justice system.
The ideal candidate will possess a combination of skills including direct experience in community organizing, campaign and strategy development. This position will report directly to the CJNY Director. As a CJNY Regional Manager, this person will play a significant role in the following areas:
Maintain effective communication with members to collect information and disseminate information throughout the network
Responsible for logistics, content and planning of local, state and regional gatherings
Responsible for strategic recruiting of new CJNY member organizations
Publicly represent the BI and CJNY via public speaking, presentations and trainings
Maintain organization profiles in the CJNY database which runs on Microsoft Access
Conduct field visits to member programs to build and maintain relationships, gain insight into individual organizational structure, culture and local conditions, provide technical assistance follow-up and, when appropriate, participate and provide support to member events
Participate in the process of establishing taskforces and community organizing.
Consistently attend taskforce meetings to increase the members’ capacity and sophistication regarding system form, function, policy, and practice to support efforts to hold the system accountable and push system stakeholders to address racial and ethnic disparities
Community Engagement in Sites
Develop a level of expertise in the BI data driven approach and work intimately with system stakeholders
Lead community engagement efforts in collaboration with BI site managers within jurisdictions contracting with the BI
Train community representatives involved in system reform efforts on juvenile justice concepts and the BI process
Facilitate system stakeholders through a process of establishing goals for community engagement and designing strategies to implement those goals
Utilize the BI’s data driven approach to connect community based interventions at key decision points contributing to racial and ethnic disparities
Assist in external trainings for CJNY members
Assist in curriculum conceptualization and development for CJNY and BI related activities
Develop trainings for community representatives on juvenile justice concepts and the BI process
Experience working with individuals from low income communities of color and various cultures and backgrounds
Comfortable traveling to marginalized communities of color and spending time building relationships with the people that live there
Must be able to travel 50% – 60% of the time to attend BI and CJNY related activities across the country
Ability to develop relationships, train, and facilitate across service providers, advocates, organizers, justice administrators, and foundation personnel
Excellent written and oral communications skills are essential
Must be an analytical and strategic thinker always seeking opportunities to push the work of the BI forward
Must be able to operate in a fast-paced environment, anticipating and prioritizing multiple tasks while maintaining a high attention to detail
Must work well independently and as part of a team
Must embrace the complexity of the juvenile justice system and possess the ability to facilitate meetings with system stakeholders
Must have a valid driver’s license
Must be able to travel 50-60% of the time and on weekends when needed
Bachelors degree or 5 years of professional experience
Salary: Competitive with excellent benefits
How to Apply:
Apply immediately by sending email, fax or mail to Administrative Assistant Andria Blackmon (email@example.com)
A letter of interest detailing your skill sets
A resume of your work history
A minimum of three references
A brief writing sample demonstrating your experience and knowledge of this issue
The application process will remain open until the position is filled. Please use “Regional Manager” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, please send materials to W. Haywood Burns Institute, 180 Howard Street, Suite 320, San Francisco, CA 94105.
*Do not split a submission between email and regular post*
The W. Haywood Burns Institute is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, formerly incarcerated people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. The candidate must work in the Burns Institute San Francisco office. No relocation funds are available. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural Spanish speakers are particularly desired.