Advocacy/Lobbying, Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training
4 Year Degree
Job Title: Restorative Justice Coordinator
Basic Function: The Restorative Justice (RJ) Coordinator coordinates and oversees the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of community-based Restorative Justice programming within partner organizations as well as intensive RJ work in individual schools. This position supervises a team of full-time RJ Specialists as well as part time Peace Ambassadors- participants in a job training/apprenticeship program for emerging adults that have gone through our 20hr RJ training. This full-time position reports directly to the Restorative Justice Manager.
Provide weekly supervision meetings and site visits of assigned RJ staff and interns.
Conduct regular site visits for all Alternatives staff working intensively within partner organizations.
Ensure that Peace Ambassadors receive ongoing case management and professional development tailored to their needs and refine tools for ongoing development and assessment of Peace Ambassadors.
Develop and maintain relationships with community and institutional partners to increase Alternatives’ access to target groups of young people and increase requests for RJ services and training.
Execute an annual Harambee- a yearly public event to raise awareness of Restorative Justice and the Peace Ambassador’s work.
Facilitate weekly meetings of the community-based wing of the RJ team for planning, team-building and training.
Represent Alternatives at relevant forums, grantee meetings and community events.
Participate in relevant staff and team meetings and promote staff participation in cross-team and all-agency projects.
Work with RJ Manager to collect data, evaluate, develop program improvements and report progress to funding sources.
Facilitate Alternatives’ RJ training for Chicago Public Schools, other agencies or for Alternatives staff as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
* Alternatives, Incorporated is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minimum of BA / BS degree.
Minimum two years supervisory experience, preferably in a non-profit and including supervision of young adults.
Demonstrated cultural competency working with system-involved/homeless/LGBTQ/Black young adults.
Strong skills as both a restorative justice practitioner and facilitator of restorative justice trainings in schools, institutions and grassroots community organizations.
Demonstrated application of youth leadership development, harm reduction and trauma-informed frameworks.
Demonstrated experience in multi-tiered program development related to Restorative Justice and job training preferred.
Strong organization, follow-up and networking skills.
Proficiency in MS Office software and google drive.
About Alternatives, INC
Alternatives, Inc. is a 47 year old non-profit, community-based youth and family agency whose mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. Alternatives, Inc. is known for its innovative work with young people in providing behavioral health and youth development programs in Chicago. Alternatives has a long history of partnerships to make services accessible to youth and to include expertise beyond the scope or modality needed by young people. Our agency’s mission reflects a commitment to systematic change through work with individuals, families, and communities.