JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Executive Director
Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) provides restorative justice diversion, victim advocacy, restorative school programs and community services to transform harm and conflict. The FCRJ mission is to increase the health and safety of the community through restorative prevention and intervention. Restorative justice practices (RJP) restore and strengthen community through skillful advocacy and facilitation of conversations involving conflict, crime or harmful behavior. RJP promote relationship, respect, responsibility, repair and reintegration.
FCRJ works with victims/survivors of crime ensuring they can safely and confidentially express what they need to heal or move forward to the extent possible. Restorative justice conference facilitators also work with those involved in the criminal legal system due to criminal activity or harmful behavior to allow them an alternative to punishment that requires more accountability and has been shown to reduce recidivism and increase community safety and wellness.
FCRJ prevention programs for schools provide services to educators, administrators, parents and students to prevent and resolve conflicts quickly and thoroughly with the goals of reducing school violence, increasing learning, reducing truancy and enhancing peer and student-teacher relationships. Attending to these goals results in a reduction of the school-to-prison pipeline and leads to safer communities.
FCRJ community services are offered as facilitated dialogues or trainings focused on topics that are revealed through confidential casework and programs. Often root cause harms discussed during restorative conferences need community awareness and education to create long-term repairs.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director is responsible for leadership and supervision of staff, oversight of programs and operations, budget management, fundraising and grant acquisition in partnership with the Board of Directors.
The Executive Director reports directly to the FCRJ Board of Directors (BOD), the BOD is responsible for the Executive Director’s performance evaluations.
Leadership and Strategic Planning
- Supervise staff with a trauma-informed and restorative practice-based framework providing strategic guidance.
- In partnership with the board of directors, create and implement a strategic plan and track progress as goals are accomplished.
- Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
- Commit to ongoing development and keep up to date about significant developments and trends in the field of restorative justice and restorative practices for diversion and schools.
- Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
- Ensure job descriptions are aligned with day-to-day work, complete regular restorative performance evaluations, and follow human resource best practices in partnership with the board of directors.
- Encourage staff development and education by clearly communicating professional development funds available, sharing opportunities to trainings and discussing staff development goals regularly.
- Actively seek ways to increase diversity, create an equitable team culture and use inclusive language and processes.
- Oversee the communication, outreach, training and engagement of volunteers including therapy dog teams.
- Work alongside the board and staff to develop actionable fundraising plans including funder relations, grant development and donor relations.
- Work with the staff, finance Committee and Board in developing and maintaining financial best practices, prepare a yearly budget and update as needed, and operate within budget guidelines.
- Partner with the board executive committee to conduct official correspondence and execute legal documents for the organization.
- Inform the board of staff changes and needs, donor needs, fundraising and outreach developments.
- Communicate staff and volunteer engagement ideas and concerns that require board involvement, not internal staff.
- Plan and prepare meeting structure and information for board meetings in coordination with the board chair.
Public Relations and Partner-building
- Attending and assist in hosting fundraising events.
- Show up for new program kick-offs and celebrations of partners and stakeholders.
- Speak with reporters, donors and other community members.
- Cultivate relationships with other nonprofit leaders, create and maintain processes and documented roles and responsibilities with coordinating agencies.
Technology, Data and Compliance
- Ensure proper technology and related policies are updated and followed to support the essential functions of the organization so breaches are not as likely.
- Maintain official records and documents to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations, grant funders and partners with signed memoranda of understanding.
- Three years of experience with staff supervision or equivalent experience
- One to three years grant-writing experience gaining grant awards or equivalent experience from business funds acquisition or informal community-based funds acquisition
- Experienced and trained in restorative justice practices either formally or informally and an understanding of how to apply those practices, or willing to become trained within a reasonable period of time following hiring.
- Excellent communication skills based in a non-violent communication framework, consensus decision-making when possible and a leadership style that is accessible and non-hierarchical.
- Appreciation of and commitment to:
- Restorative justice practices, principles and values
- Conflict resolution principles & values
- Being culturally responsive
- Technological proficiency and experience using organizational software and online directories (Microsoft Office, online meeting applications, Google Suite and more)
- Detail-oriented, ability to work independently with strong initiative while also performing well in a team environment.
- Creative and proactive willingness to build, innovate and work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders
- Comfortable with continuous improvement and tracking multiple deadlines, programs and staff needs
- Willingness to commit to FCRJ’s actionable values:
R-CoRES - Relationship, Communication, Responsibility, Equity, Service
- Directly communicate gratitude, encouragement and/or concerns in person if possible, with the person(s) involved.
- Seek support from someone trained in restorative practices if needed to resolve conflict.
- Attend training and professional development opportunities to improve and refine the use of restorative practices.
- Actively seek input and involvement from those most impacted so they can build power.
- Create policies, partnerships and processes to intentionally include those who may otherwise be excluded.
- Be accountable to uphold the organization’s policies and procedures.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English
- Formal or informal experience with trauma-informed care, positive youth development, motivational interviewing or victim advocacy
- Salary range $50-$70,000 per year depending on experience. Candidates with record of grant writing success will be considered for the top salary range.
- The position is full-time requiring at least 40 hours per week
- Some travel is necessary
- A cover letter stating the applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address as well as statements about the applicant’s interest in restorative justice and restorative practices, qualifications and relevant experience.
- A current resume that includes education and job history.
- A list of 3 references: 2 professional and 1 personal, stating the person’s name, phone number, email address and relationship to you.
To apply email the above requested application materials to Ken Matthews, Board Chair, FCRJ at email@example.com. Please include “FCRJ Executive Director” in the subject line of the email.
The position will remain open until filled, however interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and references by 5:00 pm, July 15, 2022. Interviews will be held immediately following the application deadline. Qualified candidates will be interviewed as applications are received with a goal of hire by August 1st, 2022.
Equal Opportunity Employer
FULL CIRCLE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at FULL CIRCLE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE are based upon one’s qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a job. FCRJ is committed to making all personnel decisions without regard to race, creed, age, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, gender, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class as required by applicable law.