The Project Coordinator will work with families who are experiencing the impact of having an incarcerated mother. With support from CGLA’s staff and coalition partners, the Coordinator will foster a mutual support community among caregivers and children and refer participants to receive legal support, support for returning mothers, and leadership development training in organizing and advocacy around issues of mass incarceration. The Coordinator will refer participants to restorative justice practitioners to support re-entry circles for returning mothers and refer participants to CGLA attorneys to assist in advocating for basic needs of currently incarcerated women, and refer participants to CGLA’s intake process where their cases will be considered to receive CGLA’s assistance in to help removing barriers to visits with and for moms.
Organize, oversee and attend the monthly day trip to Logan Correctional Center, including signing up participant families and volunteers, notifying them of the itinerary and the IL Department of Corrections’ visitor policies. Occasionally, Reunification Ride plans a bus to travel to Decatur Correctional Center as well.
Plan activities for the day of trip as needed.
Monitor interaction with prison personnel.
Mail photos to moms and families after the bus ride.
Order supplies for the monthly bus rides.
Arrange for food to be picked up and brought on the bus.
Maintain waitlist as necessary.
Provide input to CGLA staff to develop fundraising and outreach material.
Refer any identified or potential legal, social service needs to CGLA’s intake department.
Refer any families with an or interest in organizing and activism to CGLA’s policy team.
Refer participants to restorative justice practitioners to support re-entry circles for returning mothers.
Coordinate and facilitate regular project collaborative meetings.
Work with CGLA development staff to cultivate a base of sponsors to support the bus. program and provide monthly donations of food and craft supplies.
Maintain adherence to CGLA policies and procedures.
Monitor project budget.
Attend peace circle, advocacy events, etc. as time permits.
High School Diploma or Associate degree required
A demonstrated commitment to social justice and criminal justice reform;
Familiarity with social media and outreach;
Have a minimum of 1 year of experience working in nonprofit;
Experience with multitasking managing multiple special projects;
Be proficient in Microsoft Word & Excel;
Have a clear understanding and passion for CGLA’s mission and vision and support the mission and goals of the organization across all programs and departments;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills, comfortable working with diverse populations and eagerness to work in a team environment;
Ability to represent the organization positively in public at all times as an ambassador;
Self-motivated with creative problem solving skills, strong attention to detail, organize and prioritize work to meet critical deadlines;
Able to work well under pressure;
Comfortable speaking in front of large audiences.
20 hours per week.
Work is performed in a typical office environment. Will require consistent weekend and evening work.
Term of Employment
This position is temporary for a term of 12 months from date of hire. Continuation of employment is subject to continuation of funding and amount awarded.
$12.00 per hour
We offer benefit plans for Part-Time employees which include Vision Service Plan – Vision insurance, Principal Dental insurance and 100% employer paid life insurance, (EAP) Employee Assistance Program, Dependent Care and Medical Flexible spending accounts, Pre Tax Programs for parking, local transit for Ventra, Metra and UberPool, and Vanguard 403(b) retirement account.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume and your salary requirements