Chicago Torture Justice Center (CTJC) is seeking a collaborative, experienced, and passionate individual to lead case management and programming at the Center. Formed following a generations-long campaign against racially motivated police torture that culminated in the Chicago City Council’s historic passage of reparations legislation, CTJC opened in May of 2017. CTJC provides clinical services and case management to survivors of violence at the hands of the police.
Background: On May 6, 2015, in response to a movement spanning three decades, the Chicago City Council passed historic legislation providing reparations to the survivors of racially motivated police torture committed between 1972 and 1991—specifically, the twenty years of police torture orchestrated by Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command. This makes Chicago the first municipality in the United State to provide reparations to those harmed by racially motivated law enforcement violence. The push for reparations was driven by the lack of redress for systemic harms; the package provides for financial compensation to the survivors; job training; free education at the City Colleges; an official apology; required teaching in the Chicago public schools; and a public memorial. Lastly, the ordinance requires the creation of a community center informed by the needs of survivors of police torture, their family members, and community members. The creation of this center will be the first in the nation to provide specialized trauma services to those tortured by law enforcement officials within the U.S.
The Project Director leads programming activities at the CTJC. A central role of the Project Director is meeting with other community based agencies to identify pathways for linkage and collaboration. The Project Director is a leader within the small team at CTJC, overseeing day to day operations. The Project Director directly supervises the case manager, interns and administrative assistant. Creative approaches to participant outreach and engagement will assist the Project Director in drawing participants to the Center. The Project Director may implement programming, inclusive of support groups for survivors and family members, support of the Speakers Bureau trainings and assurance that survivors have access to the Reparations Ordinance service package. The Project Director supports service delivery activities at the Center. Services include linkage and referral to community based services, assistance with public benefits attainment and ensuring access to the Reparations Ordinance services package.
Collaboratively envision and implement programming with torture survivors and their family members
Establish collaborative relationships and linkage agreements with community organizations and service providers
Engage survivors of police violence to participate in Center programs and services
Provide day-to-day support for program operations
Supervise case manager, administrative assistant and masters level interns
Complete reporting and administrative tasks
Occasional evening and weekend hours required
In-state travel required
Essential skills and experience:
Must be able to build and maintain strong collaborative healing relationships with survivors and their families
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred in social work, non-profit management, public health, community development or related field
Clinical License a plus
Three years of experience in program management preferred
Experience working with formerly incarcerated
Experience working with former members of street organizations
Experience in case management linkage and referral
Experience working with and within African-American communities
Experience working with communities impacted by police violence
Working understanding of harm reduction, community-based organizing, trauma-informed systems of care, impacts of torture and healing justice highly regarded
Proven success cultivating relationships with program participants, staff, community groups, and other related agencies
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills
Familiarity with Chicago
Proven leadership skills
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Deep personal commitment and passion for the Center’s mission
Strong personal and professional integrity
Excellent relationship building skills
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com Please include salary expectations in cover letter. E-mail applications are required – use the Subject Line: Project Director. Documents must be Microsoft Word or PDF files only. Resume reviews begin immediately. The anticipated start date of the position is October 16, 2017. For questions or additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Additional Salary Information: The position is a full time position with a comprehensive benefits package.Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The Chicago Torture Justice Center seeks to address the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection. The Center is a part of and supports a movement to end all forms of police violence.