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
Iluminar: Training and Coaching for Justice is CCEJ‘s interdisciplinary team that provides experiential and innovative training, coaching, strategic planning, facilitation, and other technical assistance services rooted in Racial Justice and Restorative Justice for schools, workplaces, colleges and universities, families, and community settings. Inspired by the power of light in many forms to shift our perspective and understanding – especially around topics that we might prefer stay unexamined – Iluminar specializes in training and coaching services focused on building cultures of real equity and healthy conflict. In 2020, Iluminar provided trainings and coaching for over 50 contract partners, serving hundreds of individuals. Iluminar also produces CCEJ’s podcast series – Whatchu Know about RJ? The series features interviews, storytelling, and experimental audio formats from Restorative Justice practitioners to highlight the interdisciplinary spectrum of Restorative Justice facilitation and theory, with topics such as: creativity, communication, relationships, and justice.
CCEJ seeks a seasoned person that is values-driven, adaptive, self-directed, and passionate about providing individuals, teams, and organizations with the highest quality of services, to join our team as Director of Iluminar: Training & Coaching for Justice. The Director will lead the successful implementation of CCEJ fee-for-service trainings, coaching, and other technical assistance services in a wide range of contexts. The Director works with Iluminar staff and independent contractors to develop training and coaching content that furthers the adoption of anti-oppression and Restorative Justice frameworks in practices to create real transformation for equity, healing, and justice. The Director reports to the Associate Executive Director.
If you were the Director right now, you would potentially be:
CCEJ is operating remotely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Director, like all CCEJ staff, will work remotely until guidance from public health officials that it is safe to return to in-person work.
Department Leadership (40%)
Partnership Development (25%)
Staff Supervision (25%)
Organizational Leadership & Responsibilities (10%)
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:
SALARY & BENEFITS
This position is full time, non-exempt. Salary range is $65,000 - $68,000. Compensation is based on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, Life/ADD/LTD insurance, 403b retirement matching and generous vacation, sick and wellness accrual, as well as funded professional development.
Please email your resume and responses to the below questions with the subject line “Director of Iluminar: Training & Coaching for Justice” to Daniel Solís, Associate Executive Director at [email protected] Cover letters are not required. Applications submitted by March 19, 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.