The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) is dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism through education, conflict resolution and advocacy. Since 1963, CCEJ has worked to transform communities to end discrimination, oppression and injustice. Our programs raise awareness, heal conflicts and bridge differences. They operate at two distinct levels: at the interpersonal level, changing hearts and minds with youth, adults and community leaders; and at the systemic level through policy shifts and engaging community to advocate for structural change. CCEJ works in many contexts where differences and conflict exist and can be resolved—in schools, businesses and neighborhoods. Embracing differences and striving for understanding and inclusivity, CCEJ seeks to build a unified, peaceful and safe Southern California, with justice for all.
CCEJ uses an anti-oppression and liberatory framework to guide our work and organizational culture. Within this are the following guiding principles:
ABOUT THE TEAM
The Healing Harms Program is CCEJ’s conflict transformation team, working with communities across Southern California to create more humane and just ways for people in conflict to find change, accountability, and healing. Through our four core programs – Restorative Youth Diversion (RYD), Families Restoring Relationships (FRR), Strengthening Communities & Organizations through Restorative Engagement (SCORE), and Restorative Responses to Conflict & Crisis (RRCC), staff and volunteers offer restorative models and alternatives to traditional approaches of conflict resolution across Southern California. Healing Harms programs are anchored in Restorative Justice philosophy and practices. By focusing on the importance of relationships to help bring healing and transformation in conflicts, Healing Harms brings together the people who are responsible and those who are impacted to address the harm caused and create agreements to build meaningful justice. Healing Harms brings these Restorative Justice values and practices to partners in institutional systems, nonprofit organizations, coalitions, families, and communities.
CCEJ seeks a seasoned person that is values-driven, adaptive, self-directed, and passionate about providing youth, families, and partners with the highest quality of services, to join our team as the Restorative Justice Specialist. The Restorative Justice Specialist will implement Restorative Justice practices in community-based settings with a wide-range of partners. Working in four core programs below, the Restorative Justice Specialist provides intensive facilitation of conflict resolution processes for young people, families, workplaces, and communities using Restorative Justice practices.
- Restorative Youth Diversion (RYD): RYD is offered as an alternative to the juvenile justice system for youth 17 and under that have been charged with a crime and those who were harmed by that action. RYD provides youth with intensive case management over multiple sessions. CCEJ partners with a wide range of referring agencies including police departments, district attorney offices, group homes, schools, and youth-based community organizations.
- Families Restoring Relationships (FRR): Restorative Justice circle process designed for addressing conflicts and collaboratively creating agreements in personal bonds in all kinds of family, friendship, peer, or other important relationships. Families and individuals are supported through a multiple phase process that provides opportunities for meaningful healing for all participants involved in conflict.
- Strengthening Communities & Organizations through Restorative Engagement (SCORE): Confidential and customized conflict resolution process for workplaces and communities navigating challenging issues around conflict in: interpersonal relationships, supervisor/supervisee, work performance, social identities and protected classes, and external partners. CCEJ staff have assisted nonprofit organizations, volunteer groups, community coalitions, foundations, and businesses through SCORE.
- Restorative Responses to Conflicts & Crisis (RRCC): Trained CCEJ staff and volunteers rapidly mobilize to support communities experiencing conflicts in crisis situations, especially around identities and structural oppression. Drawing on trauma–informed practices, Restorative Justice, and community safety planning, Healing Harms supports schools, workplaces, communities, and government agencies facing conflict in crisis situations.
The Restorative Justice Specialist will also support the implementation of other programs, including volunteer trainings, fee-for-service trainings and technical assistance. This is a full-time exempt position that will include frequent work on evenings and weekends.
If you were working with us right now, some of your potential projects would include:
CCEJ is operating remotely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Restorative Justice Specialist, like all CCEJ staff, will work remotely until guidance from public health officials that it is safe to return to in-person work.
Restorative Justice Facilitation & Case Management (55%)
Partnerships Management (20%)
Volunteer Management (15%)
Other Responsibilities (10%)
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:
SALARY & BENEFITS
This position is full-time, exempt. Salary range is $52,000 – $55,000. Compensation is based on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, Life/ADD/LTD insurance, 403b retirement matching and generous vacation, sick and wellness accrual, and funded professional development.
Please email your resume and responses to the below questions with the subject line “Restorative Justice Specialist” to Daniel Solís, Associate Executive Director at [email protected] Cover letters are not required. Applications submitted by March 12, 2021 at 5:00pm will be prioritized. We are unable to respond to direct inquiries about this position (emails, phone calls, etc). Please submit your information following the process. Thank you in advance for your interest.
In no more than 200 words per question, please share your responses to the following:
1. CCEJ is a values-driven organization where we consistently reflect on and seek to activate our core values in decision-making, program delivery, relationships, and other key parts of our organizational culture.
- What values are central to your work and how do you activate them day-to-day?
2. Working in a nonprofit organization offers the opportunity to directly address structural problems in society that create inequities and strip away people’s human dignity. CCEJ’s pursuit of our mission often requires periods of intensive work to reach our goals.
- How do you take care of yourself and set healthy boundaries during periods of focused and intensive work?
3. Conflict is an important part of CCEJ’s mission and work. We approach conflict as a healthy and necessary part of relationships between individuals and within communities. We believe that engaging with conflict directly and honestly can serve as a path for change and justice.
- How do you engage in conflict at work?
- What are the places you are still growing in?
4. CCEJ provides all staff with regular Thinking & Reflection Days to support staff to take time to reflect, process, think, create, draw, write, or read on topics that expand their capacity to better reach our mission.
- What would your first Thinking & Reflection Day look like?
CCEJ’s work is focused on building individual and collective power to end structural forms of oppression and cannot happen without all of us. For this reason, CCEJ strongly encourages and welcomes applications from Black people, Indigenous people, LGBTQI+ people, women, people of color, people from working class backgrounds, religious minorities, and people with disabilities.