Job Title: Restorative Justice Specialist
Reports To: Restorative Justice Director
Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja) is a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools and districts focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and life success. Umoja’s core competencies include college & career readiness, social & emotional learning and restorative justice–each of which Umoja believes is essential to students and schools reaching their academic and postsecondary goals. Through our Seminar and Peace Room models
and professional development, Umoja currently partners with 20 public high schools across the city of Chicago. For more information, please visit www.umojacorporation.org.
Umoja Student Development Corporation is looking for a dynamic individual who is passionate about changing the lives of young people and improving high school culture. The Restorative Justice Specialist
will be on the front lines, launching Umoja programming at new and existing high school partnerships and building proactive relationships with students, teachers, administrative staff, and other community
organizations. This position is a program developer, a facilitator of student groups and relationships, coordinator of program logistics and administration, and consultant and coach to key school stakeholders around discipline and Restorative Justice systems. This position primarily works with students, teachers, and other key stakeholders to create and manage a school’s Restorative Justice programming to influence
the school community to become restorative. This position will work directly with students to solve conflicts, discipline, and behavior situations with a student centered, restorative approach; collaborate
with key stakeholders to support schools in creating restorative climates for students, teachers, and staff; provide coaching and professional development to school staff around the integration of
Restorative Justice into school practices; and support the creation and implementation of systems and documentation practices related to Restorative Justice. This position requires passion and creativity with
strong planning, organization, and facilitation skills. The Restorative Justice Specialist must be firmly rooted in Restorative Justice values and see him- or herself as an educator, counselor, teacher coach,
community organizer, and entrepreneur to mobilize and inspire others around the common goal of improved student outcomes. This position may work with multiple sites/schools and reports directly to
Umoja’s Restorative Justice Director.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Partner with Umoja staff in the execution of Umoja Restorative Justice programming and initiatives at Umoja partner schools
- Provide coaching on Restorative Justice and restorative practices to teachers and other adult stakeholders
- Support school staff and administration in coordinating strategic Restorative Justice and school culture building initiatives and projects
- Provide technical assistance to schools around building systems and structures related to student discipline and Restorative Justice
- Assist schools in the creation of Restorative Justice and discipline data tracking systems and data analysis
- Engage and communicate with school stakeholders (parents, students, staff, etc.) regarding Restorative Justice interventions and initiatives
- Participate in and influence school-wide intervention teams to promote RJ integration at a systems level
- Support the development and implementation of Restorative Justice Professional Development for adult stakeholders
- Assist in creating and facilitating Restorative Justice interventions for students
- Manage relationships with students involved in Restorative Justice interventions including intake and ongoing case management
- Assist in the development and documentation of Restorative Justice best practices
- Build relationships and collaborate with other youth development organizations and programs
- Complete all organizational documentation and reporting requirements for services, activities, evaluation, and program expenses
- Support the development of safe youth-centered spaces for all students and staff at partner schools
- Facilitate student leadership, academic, and/or other student programming as determined by the Restorative Justice Director
- Other duties as assigned
Benefits of working at Umoja include:
- Being part of a team and organization that is results-driven, mission focused, and committed to work life balance
- Opportunities for growth, leadership, and professional development
- Health and dental insurance
- Generous paid and sick time off package
- Paid maternity and paternity leave For a comprehensive list of Umoja’s benefits, please visit: www.umojacorporation.org
This is a full-time, exempt position; hours may exceed 40 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive staff. To do this, we not only recognize each individual’s diverse identity but also actively create and maintain a culture of inclusion where all Umoja employees feel involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities.
Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.