In 2019, the Greater Chatham Initiative introduced 300 adults and youths to Restorative Practice and trained 20 persons to become Circle-Keepers. In 2020, we plan to continue to train and deploy the new Circle-Keepers to facilitate Restorative Practice conversations that Chatham and Greater Grand Crossing neighbors request. Greater Chatham Initiative will also continue to educate residents about Restorative Practice.
The Restorative Practice Coordinator will support and nurture targeted coaching activities for residents and local employees and employers. The Restorative Practice Coordinator implements a Train-the-Trainer model, where he, she or they co-lead(s) circles with newly minted Circle Keepers until they are comfortable and are qualified to lead circles on his, her or their own. The Restorative Practice Coordinator will promote and assess the types of circles community residents, employees and employers want. They will help guide and support these fledgling circles until they are responsive to and operate for the community members. The Restorative Practice Coordinator will help advance and refine the circles and circle keepers’ abilities and develop a practicum roadmap so they can self-actualize and continue to make services available independent of this contract.
Our team coaching approach is based on the premise that Restorative Practices are more likely to be sustained with fidelity when circle keepers learn by doing and in successive circle settings, that they and participants grow from each other’s experiences, feedback and support as they develop their skills and strategies over the year. The Restorative Practices Coordinator establishes systems and structures for a robust circle meeting culture that supports ongoing growth after the Coordinator is gone. The coaching within circles in the settings the circles take place in, such as Block Club meetings, workplaces, Park District facilities, schools, etc.,
The Restorative Practices Coordinator will provide to Circle Keepers feedback and modeling. Our circle keeper approach employs a gradual release of responsibility- where the Restorative Practice Coordinator first models the skills and techniques, then co-facilitate and then observe as circle keepers practice on their own. Central to every step in this process is preparing and debriefing together with an eye toward skill-building. The RP Coordinator ongoingly communicates and collaborates with the Greater Chatham Initiative and community leadership to highlight the impact, troubleshoot roadblocks and determine the next steps.
Deep understanding of Restorative Practices and restorative discipline models, and experience in using and coaching others to use restorative mindsets, restorative language, talking circles, restorative conversations, and peace circles
Knowledge of adult learning principles, train-the-trainer model, and ability to deliver engaging and clear circle keeper development
Ability to assess existing community structures and policies with a restorative lens and coach residents, employers and employees’ teams in areas needing improvement
Ability to develop respectful professional relationships, build trust in a limited time, and engage and inform community leaders, staff and students around Restorative Practices
Ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities and work at multiple sites
Ability to efficiently and strategically build resident engagement within the constraints of limited resources
Cultural competency and ability to navigate and promote sensitivity to issues of race and equity
Competency with Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft Office
Professionalism in the areas of punctuality, documentation, organization, and phone/email responsiveness
2 or more years of on-the-job experience providing restorative practice circle keeping in an African-American community.
Preferably, she, him, they have deep knowledge of the Chatham and Greater Grand Crossing Chicago neighborhoods
Excellent communication skills. Ability to appropriately code switch for different stakeholder groups.
About Greater Chatham Initiative
The Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI) is a comprehensive, innovative and ambitious effort to align the growth trajectory of the Greater Chatham community -- comprised of the Chatham, Auburn Gresham, Avalon Park and Greater Grand Crossing community areas -- with that of the broader metropolitan Chicago region, for the mutual benefit of both. It aims to enhance Greater Chatham’s status as a community of opportunity. It also aims to strengthen the community’s position as a community of choice – augmenting its ability to attract and retain the core of its historic population: middle-class African-American families.