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:
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.
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 has two open Trainer & Coach positions on this team, and will be hiring two people.
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 a Trainer & Coach. The Trainer & Coach plays a critical role in the successful implementation of CCEJ’s fee-for service training and technical assistance services for adult learners in a wide-range of settings, including K-12 schools, corporations, colleges and universities, parents/caregivers, juvenile justice agencies, workplaces, systems of care, community organizations, and nonprofit organizations.
Reporting to the Director of Iluminar: Training and Coaching for Justice, the Trainer & Coach is responsible for providing training and technical assistance in Restorative Justice and anti-oppression frameworks and practices to partners contracting CCEJ’s services. This position requires working collaboratively with various stakeholders to shift organizational cultures, policies, and practices. The ideal candidate has a working knowledge of Restorative Justice, intersectional analysis of oppression and justice, adult learning theory, curriculum development, and motivational coaching.
This is a full-time exempt position that will include frequent work on evenings and weekends.
CCEJ is operating in a hybrid work model that includes a combination of virtual and in-person office work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have not yet returned to facilitating in-person training and coaching. The Trainer & Coach, like all CCEJ staff, will work in this hybrid structure while we monitor guidance from public health officials about what is safe.
Training & Consulting Services Planning and Delivery (70%)
Partnership Development (20%)
Organizational Responsibilities (10%)
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:
SALARY & BENEFITS
This position is full time, non-exempt. Salary range is $55,000 - $58,000. 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 “Iluminar: Training & Coaching for Justice – Trainer & Coach” to Sarah Ogdie, Director of Iluminar: Training & Coaching for Justice, at [email protected] Cover letters are not required. Applications submitted by August 6, 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. As we emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCEJ is focused on deepening the alignment of our work. One of the ways we will be activating our commitment to justice is by being more direct about the impact of oppression and values around liberation that guide us. We are looking for future team members who are excited about joining us in our journey of speaking truth to power in all of our programming.
- Why is this position the right one for you at this time in CCEJ’s organizational trajectory?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. 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, without the pressure of meetings, email, or other usual parts of work.
- What would your first Thinking & Reflection Day at CCEJ look like?