Western Justice Center,

Director of Strategic Advancement

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

WESTERN JUSTICE CENTER (WJC) was founded in 1987 by a group of judges, lawyers, and civic leaders led by the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. WJC’s founding members sought to expand the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques in and beyond the court system. Their aspiration was for WJC to serve as a thought leader, convener, and capacity builder in the fields of conflict resolution education and restorative justice.

Today, we live in a world boiling over with conflict, one where our educational system in particular is under immense stress. We also live in a world where school districts previously resistant to change have committed to reducing their reliance on campus police and to replacing punitive school discipline systems with restorative ones. In short, it is a golden moment of opportunity when those struggling with the impact of the pandemic are open to new ideas and new approaches.

That is why WJC is dedicated to bringing the transformative power of conflict resolution education to communities hardest hit by COVID, systemic racism and poverty. In seeking to expand equitable access to conflict resolution education and restorative practices, we focus on communities with a prevalence of multi-generational poverty and structural inequities as well as in schools where inter-racial/ethnic conflict prevails. As described in our Strategic Plan, we will accomplish this goal by training and mobilizing 1,000 youth, educators and volunteers with the skills to transform school and community environments throughout the Greater LA Area.


Demand for WJC’s services is stronger than it has ever been. That is why we are looking for an innovative, entrepreneurial leader to sustain and advance our growth with an eye to maximizing our impact. The Director of Strategic Advancement (DSA) will play a vital role in the planning and implementation of WJC’s growth strategy, reporting directly to the Executive Director and overseeing two key departments: Programs and Development & Communications. Our future DSA will use their experience to manage and mentor staff, enhance brand visibility, set SMART goals, strategically determine how best to scale and/or replicate our efforts, and increase overall support for our work. This exciting position calls for a creative and inclusive leader, well equipped to grow all aspects of resource development from private donations to foundations, government contracts and more. With a passion for conflict resolution and social justice, the Director of Strategic Advancement will also help to forge community and school partnerships and be an inspiring spokesperson for the WJC mission.

WJC’s dynamic team prides itself on a having an organizational culture that fuels innovation and fosters creativity. We have a friendly and relaxed professional workspace. We encourage our team members to invest in each other, professionally and personally. We value empathy, civility, diversity & inclusivity and creative collaboration. We are 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 disadvantage communities.

To learn more about WJC, check out our Guiding Principles and Monthly Newsletters. To view images of our campus, go to Maxwell House Pasadena.


Organizational & Staff Leadership

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, provide leadership in the implementation and ongoing assessment and evolution of the organization’s strategic plan
  • Work as a thought-leader in scaling WJC programs as part of the movement to disrupt and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and to integrate restorative practices in education
  • Provide leadership for external relationship building with a variety of constituencies to advance the work of WJC
  • Coach, manage and develop a team of 6 employees (4 program and 2 development) while effectively partnering with the campus operations team of 3.
  • Cultivate WJC’s culture that embraces innovation, empowering staff by providing clear objectives, direction and prioritization of goals and timelines.
  • Serve as the bridge between program, development and communications to ensure accurate, cohesive messaging across all communications platforms internal and external

Conflict Resolution Education and Restorative Justice Programs

  • In collaboration with program staff, design strategy for scaling programs including the creation of partnership criteria, project management planning, volunteer and intern management and overall capacity planning.
  • Provide guidance to program staff in the effective implementation of operating procedures, program calendars, budget development, budget management, and program evaluation.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, and systems necessary to maintain high-quality programs and services
  • Support program design through a collaborative, team-oriented environment, creating opportunities for reflection and self-evaluation
  • Develop and plan strategically for future programmatic needs and community partnerships.
  • Ensure effective program evaluation and production of reports for partners, funders, and external audiences.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, laws, grants and contracts.

Development & Communications

  • Partner with the Executive Director, ensure alignment of all fund development strategies with WJC mission, values and strategic direction.
  • In collaboration with development staff, design and implement annual and long-term fund development plans to secure gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies.
  • Oversee grants management and proposals to government, corporations, foundations and private granting agencies with the support of a consultant grant writer.
  • Oversee all external communications including the development of distinct communications campaigns and strategies to a wide variety of target audiences, this building community partnerships, community engagement and brand visibility.
  • Oversee content development of monthly e-newsletter, social media and other communication with supporters.
  • Establish performance measures and support systems to help board members, other lay leaders and staff in fulfilling their roles in fund development.
  • Establish and manage a moves management pipeline to attract, retain, and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
  • Serve as one of the organization’s lead fundraisers for major gifts and support the Executive Director, Board, volunteers and staff in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting charitable gifts.


  • 5 or more years of director-level nonprofit management experience
  • Experience with social justice organizations and how they function in Los Angeles
  • Experience in education, movement building or conflict resolution programs a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree a plus (for example in areas of education, dispute resolution, public policy or law, among others)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to effectively communicate the organization’s mission, vision and accomplishments to multiple audiences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational management with the ability to inspire staff to manage and develop high-performance teams.
  • Ability and track record of taking primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and completing them in a timely manner.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Action-oriented, impact-driven, entrepreneurial, flexible, collaborative, and innovative approach to staff management.
  • In-depth and current knowledge of fundraising practices and procedures, with a strong understanding of donor management systems.
  • Proven success in fund development for nonprofit organizations, closing gifts of $5,000 and over on a regular basis.
  • Ability to use interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with potential funders, board members internal and external stakeholders.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus

Western Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation or citizenship. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply with an appreciation for all the dimensions of diversity that each of us brings to the table.

Salary is commensurate with experience starting in the $90K’s. Western Justice Center offers a full benefits package including vacation and sick time, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision, life insurance.

Envision Consulting was retained by the Western Justice Center to conduct the search for their incoming Director of Strategic Advancement.

Applicants needing accommodation for any part of the application process may contact Envision Consulting at 626.889.7905 to request and arrange for assistance.

To apply

Apply for this position here: https://www.envisionnonprofit.com/we-re-recruiting/director-of-strategic-advancement---western-justice-center/?id=4052299