North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice Hub Coordinator
Lawndale Christian Legal Center
February 14, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Operations/Project Management, Program Management
Description of Organization
Lawndale Christian Legal Center (“LCLC”) is the only organization in Chicago where lawyers and social services work together to support justice-involved youth right in their own neighborhood. Founded in 2010, LCLC’s unique model of community-based holistic legal services serves youth and emerging adults, age 24 and younger, in the Lawndale area. LCLC integrates criminal defense legal representation with social services such as intensive case management, outreach, mentoring, detention reduction programming, mental health, workforce development, and housing. LCLC is the only community-based legal defense organization that serves youth holistically through the termination of their sentence and after their case is over. To provide the holistic care our youth need, we have built grassroots relationships with residents, service providers, and other stakeholders in the community through a local collaboration called the North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice Hub (“RJ Hub”). Through community-based holistic care, we envision a North Lawndale community where disconnected, street-involved youth are embraced by their families and community, restored from trauma, empowered to lead, and free from the criminal justice system. More information on LCLC can be found at www.lclc.net.
The North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice Hub Coordinator (“RJ Hub Coordinator”) is responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of the RJ Hub. The RJ Hub is a local grassroots collaboration of people who live, work, and/or worship in North Lawndale. Founded in 2015, RJ Hub members include residents, local schools, churches, the 10th District police station, community-based organizations, the local commissioner, and the local alderman. The RJ Hub meets monthly to build relationships, conduct business, and build a safe, healthy, and thriving community for all. The vision of the RJ Hub is to create safe spaces in the community where youth and their families are welcomed and supported in building healthy relationships, expressing themselves, addressing trauma, and developing necessary skills and competencies.
From 2016-2017, the RJ Hub worked with the Circuit Court of Cook County to design and launch the first Restorative Justice Community Court (“RJCC”) in the country. The RJCC hears cases involving residents from North Lawndale that are 18-26 years old and charged with a non-violent felony or misdemeanor. The RJCC works closely with RJ Hub members who provide victims and defendants (“participants”) with community-based services such as restorative justice peace circles, case management, and wrap around services in housing, employment, education, mentoring, and mental health. LCLC is the lead agency responsible for the funding, coordinating, and training of RJ Hub members serving participants of the court.
The RJ Hub Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the RJ Hub’s monthly meetings, fostering collaboration in our community, and onboarding new hub members. As it relates to the RJCC, the RJ Hub Coordinator is responsible for creating subcontracts with RJ Hub members to provide services for the participants of the RJCC, gathering data and reports from RJ Hub members, ensuring consistent training for organizations serving the RJCC, and ensuring the successful delivery of needed services for court participants. Subcontracts include data sharing agreements, training agreements, community-benefits agreements, collaborative hiring and supervision agreements, and capacity building agreements. LCLC’s goal is to increase the capacity of Hub member organizations to serve the participants in the RJCC, making investments not only in their direct services, but in their management, administration, and overhead costs as well. The RJ Hub Coordinator reports directly to LCLC’s Chief Program Officer.
Nurture relationships, encourage values-based leadership, and foster collaboration among Hub members to build the North Lawndale community and prevent agencies from practicing in silos
Coordinate monthly RJ Hub meetings in collaboration with RJ Hub members who volunteer to lead and host each monthly meeting at their site, including covering the cost of lunch
Onboard new Hub members who want to become part of the Hub and support existing relationships with current Hub members
Build relationships and regular communication with RJCC personnel , connect Hub members with RJCC personnel, and nurture the ongoing development of those relationships
Execute and support all subcontracts with Hub partners providing services for the RJCC, including data sharing agreements, training agreements, community-benefits agreements, collaborative hiring and supervision agreements, and capacity building supports
Seek investment and development not only of the direct services offered by Hub members, but also capacity-building investments in their management, administration, databases, and overhead
Oversee, support, and ensure the successful delivery of community-based services for RJCC participants
Support and encourage the use of NowPow technology for referrals and day-to-day communication needs among Hub members
Work with Adler University to gather data from all Hub members and RJCC personnel regarding services provided to RJCC participants to inform their evaluation of the RJCC
Work closely with the RJ Hub Development Director to complete and submit reports for all grants funding the RJCC
Facilitate the RJ Hub’s creation of a comprehensive violence prevention plan for North Lawndale, which includes the ongoing work of the RJCC
Assist the RJ Hub to collectively refine and adhere to its values, governance structure, and vision
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Executive Director Cliff Nellis at email@example.com
Qualifications and Requirements:
Required: B.A./B.S. degree
J.D., MSW, MBA, or Masters in Non-Profit Management preferred
Significant experience in community-organizing and building grassroots collaboration
Five years of experience in non-profit management or community organizing
Expertise in project management and gathering data for independent evaluation
Excellent management, organizational, and administrative skills
Training, experience, and expertise in Restorative Justice practices and principles
Understanding of the criminal justice system
Experience working with high-risk African American youth and emerging adults