Job Title: Coordinator, Conflict Resolution Education Programs
Reports to: Shaune Gatlin, Conflict Resolution Education Programs Director
Employment Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt
OUR VISION, MISSION AND VALUES
Western Justice Center (WJC) empowers people to strengthen their communities by growing the conflict resolution skills and capacity of youth, educators, schools and community partners. We aim to build a healthy democracy by equipping the next generation with tools to confront, embrace the complexities of, and resolve conflicts. Our work inspires young people to become conflict-adept leaders who can shift the culture and climate in their schools and communities. We offer an antidote to the politics of division gripping our nation. (See Strategic Plan.)
WJC envisions a world in which communities are healed, united, and transformed through conflict resolution education and restorative practices rooted in equity, justice, and opportunity. Working with a wide range of partners, WJC fosters a community where creative minds can partner and invest in, test, evaluate and replicate new approaches to violence prevention, conflict resolution and intergroup relations. Our Core Values are Empathy, Empowerment, Equity, Inclusion and Impact.
WJC was founded in 1987 by a group of visionary judges and lawyers led by the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to meet a need, particularly in the Western United States, for quality research into dispute resolution methods and strategies for improving the administration of justice. WJC has led communal efforts to prevent violence, resolve conflict and improve intergroup relations including through training, consultation, community engagement and research around community-police relations, early childhood education, gang violence, hate crimes, implicit bias and bullying.
JOIN OUR TEAM
WJC is looking for someone with a spirit of playful curiosity, an instinct for innovation, a commitment to excellence, and a history of work in movements to advance equity and justice for structurally disadvantaged communities to join our team. We have a friendly and relaxed, business professional workspace where our team members invest in each other, professionally and personally. We value empathy, civility, empowerment, diversity, inclusivity and creative collaboration. Because we aim to build a world that embraces difference as strength, WJC strongly encourages and welcomes applications from members of the BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as people from working class backgrounds, religious minorities and people with disabilities.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
WJC is growing our Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) Program team, respected for excellence in curriculum design, community partnership and empowerment of students and educators. We use CRE as an umbrella term that includes a range of skills and tools, including student-led peer mediation programs, community-building circles and other restorative justice (RJ) practices. We pursue our work as a form of critical prevention and intervention as part of a larger movement to disrupt and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
Our current objective is to train and mobilize 1,000 youth and educators through the equitable expansion of access to CRE by focusing on: (1) schools where the prevalence of multi-generational poverty and structural inequities lead to higher levels of trauma, and familial and/or communal dysfunction; and (2) schools where a mix of students from a diverse set of backgrounds (socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and abilities) frequently leads to increased conflict. Through scaling and cross-pollination, these school types represent socio-economically, racially, and ethnically diverse communities in our region that have the power to make transformative systemic change.
Our CRE programs include:
WJC is looking for a person who is values and mission-driven, adaptive, self-directed, detail-oriented and passionate about empowering youth. The Program Coordinator plays a critical role in the successful implementation of our programs. Reporting to the CRE Programs Director, the Coordinator is responsible for designing and producing WJC’s annual Peer Mediation Invitational, as well as supporting and participating in Mediation Boot Camp and ABCs of Conflict in a range of WJC Partner Schools throughout Los Angeles County.
The ideal candidate has a working knowledge of peer and/or community mediation, restorative justice and/or council practices, intersectional analysis of systemic inequity, youth behavioral development and event production. We also welcome candidates who have participated in community organizing and other empowerment work.
This is a full-time, non-exempt hourly position that will include occasional work on evenings and weekends. WJC uses a hybrid work model that mixes virtual and in-person office time, which we may include long term. We are a mandated vaccination employer.
Youth Empowerment Program Planning and Delivery (65%)
Support and Participate in WJC CRE Training Programs (30%)
Organizational Responsibilities (5%)
SALARY & BENEFITS
This position is full time, non exempt. Salary range is $47,000 - $57,000. Compensation will be based on experience and talent. Benefits include medical, dental and life covered 100% WJC. Buy-up options for vision and dependents. Generous paid time off accruals.
Please email your resume and responses to the questions below with the subject line “CRE Program Coordinator” to CRE Program Director Shaune Gatlin, at [email protected] Cover letters are not required. Applications submitted by September 19, 2021 by 11:59 pm (Pacific) will be prioritized. Please submit your information following this process and do not email, call or otherwise make direct inquiries. Thank you in advance for your interest.
WJC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome people of all races, ethnicities, genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, national origins, abilities, ages and other diverse qualities.
In no more than 200 words per question, please share your responses to the following:
1. WJC is looking for future team members who are excited about joining us in our journey at the intersection of mediation, educational equity, racial justice and systemic change.
- Why is this position the right one for you now and how do you connect with our journey?
2. For us, the path to educational equity and justice is a constantly changing one, perhaps now more than ever. We value the ability to pivot, remain flexible, keep an open mind, stay creative and embrace the process of “building the plane while we fly it.”
- What unique talent, experience or insights would you bring to our highly collaborative work environment?
3. Working in a nonprofit offers the chance to address the most potent and urgent social justice issues of our day, including those that affect us personally. WJC’s pursuit of our mission often involves periods of intensive work to reach our goals.
- How do you take care of yourself and set healthy boundaries?
4. Conflict resolution is central to WJC’s existence. We approach conflict as a healthy and natural part of human dynamics that provides us with a chance to learn and grow.
- How do you navigate conflict at work and, in terms of dealing with conflict, where do you have room to grow?
5. WJC has something we call “Lunch & Learn” where everyone on the team gets to take turns leading an activity or topic discussion. We’ve gone on virtual art exhibit tours, had guest speakers, played interactive games, gone for nature walks, reflected on major events and delved into Black History Month, Cesar Chavez Day and Pride.
- It is your turn to lead “Lunch & Learn.” What activity or topic would you choose and why?