Organization Overview Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja) is a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools and districts focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and life success. Umoja’s core competencies include college & career readiness, social & emotional learning and restorative justice–each of which Umoja believes is essential to students and schools reaching their academic and postsecondary goals. Through our Seminar and Peace Room models and professional development, Umoja currently partners with 20 public high schools across the city of Chicago. For more information, please visit www.umojacorporation.org.
Position Summary Umoja Student Development Corporation is looking for a dynamic individual who is passionate about changing the lives of young people and improving high school culture. The Restorative Justice Specialist will be on the front lines, launching Umoja programming at new and existing high school partnerships and building proactive relationships with students, teachers, administrative staff, and other community organizations. This position is a program developer, a facilitator of student groups and relationships, coordinator of program logistics and administration, and consultant and coach to key school stakeholders around discipline and Restorative Justice systems. This position primarily works with students, teachers, and other key stakeholders to create and manage a school’s Restorative Justice programming to influence the school community to become restorative. This position will work directly with students to solve conflicts, discipline, and behavior situations with a student centered, restorative approach; collaborate with key stakeholders to support schools in creating restorative climates for students, teachers, and staff; provide coaching and professional development to school staff around the integration of Restorative Justice into school practices; and support the creation and implementation of systems and documentation practices related to Restorative Justice. This position requires passion and creativity with strong planning, organization, and facilitation skills. The Restorative Justice Specialist must be firmly rooted in Restorative Justice values and see him- or herself as an educator, counselor, teacher coach, community organizer, and entrepreneur to mobilize and inspire others around the common goal of improved student outcomes. This position may work with multiple sites/schools and reports directly to Umoja’s Restorative Justice Director.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Partner with Umoja staff in the execution of Umoja Restorative Justice programming and initiatives at Umoja partner schools
Provide coaching on Restorative Justice and restorative practices to teachers and other adult stakeholders
Support school staff and administration in coordinating strategic Restorative Justice and school culture building initiatives and projects
Provide technical assistance to schools around building systems and structures related to student discipline and Restorative Justice
Assist schools in the creation of Restorative Justice and discipline data tracking systems and data analysis
Engage and communicate with school stakeholders (parents, students, staff, etc.) regarding Restorative Justice interventions and initiatives
Participate in and influence school-wide intervention teams to promote RJ integration at a systems level
Support the development and implementation of Restorative Justice Professional Development for adult stakeholders
Assist in creating and facilitating Restorative Justice interventions for students
Manage relationships with students involved in Restorative Justice interventions including intake and ongoing case management
Assist in the development and documentation of Restorative Justice best practices
Build relationships and collaborate with other youth development organizations and programs
Complete all organizational documentation and reporting requirements for services, activities, evaluation, and program expenses
Support the development of safe youth-centered spaces for all students and staff at partner schools
Facilitate student leadership, academic, and/or other student programming as determined by the Restorative Justice Director
Other duties as assigned
Benefits of working at Umoja include:
Being part of a team and organization that is results-driven, mission focused, and committed to work life balance
Opportunities for growth, leadership, and professional development
Health and dental insurance
Generous paid and sick time off package
Paid maternity and paternity leave For a comprehensive list of Umoja’s benefits, please visit: www.umojacorporation.org
This is a full-time, exempt position; hours may exceed 40 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive staff. To do this, we not only recognize each individual’s diverse identity but also actively create and maintain a culture of inclusion where all Umoja employees feel involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities.
Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.
Education, Experience, and Qualifications
Strong relationship building skills with both students and adult stakeholders including teachers, security, and administrators
Experience in Restorative Justice implementation and/or school discipline
Ability to communicate in an effective and compelling manner both orally and in writing
Proficiency in, or willingness to quickly learn, Google office (Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar) and Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
Bachelor’s degree in the areas of Education, Social Work, or Youth Development preferred
Candidates who do not have Bachelor’s Degree but have at least 4 years of work experience in the fields of Education, Social Work, or Youth Development will also be considered
How to Apply
Umoja is accepting applications for this position until June 1, 2017. Submit a cover letter and resume. Attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email subject line.
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Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience