The National PREA Resource Center (PRC) is a project of Impact Justice (IJ), funded through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), at the Department of Justice (DOJ). The PRC serves as the national source for online and direct support, training, technical assistance, and research to assist adult and juvenile corrections, detention, law enforcement, and other professionals in their ongoing work to implement the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards and reduce sexual abuse in confinement settings.
Impact Justice is a non-profit innovation and research center committed to reducing the number of people involved in our criminal justice system, improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated, providing meaningful opportunities for successful re-entry, and attending to crime victims’ needs. Home to some of the foremost leaders in juvenile justice, violence prevention, research and evaluation, restorative justice, and youth development, Impact Justice provides an array of technical assistance to criminal justice and community stakeholders.
The PRC seeks a qualified person to serve as a Senior Program Associate in IJ’s Washington, DC office. PRC will also consider remote candidates who are highly qualified. This position will assist the Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Senior Program Manager with the operations and delivery of the PRC’s TTA program, which aims to end sexual abuse in confinement and support the implementation of the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards. Broad areas of responsibility include managing design and delivery of TTA by contracted providers as well as providing guidance directly to individual requestors, contributing to targeted TTA products and resources being developed by the PRC, providing coaching to PREA grantees, and by delivering training directly at national and regional conferences and other events.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Program Associate will contribute to the PRC’s overall program provide assistance to individuals working to advance sexual safety in confinement, notably professionals in adult and juvenile corrections, detention, law enforcement, and others. Areas of assignment include:
Field Initiated TTA Management and Delivery (70%)
- Responds daily to questions received via the PRC’s “Contact Us” portal on the website, including answering questions orally and in writing, and memorializing the communication via the PRC’s recordkeeping system (Salesforce)
- Coordinates and manages the delivery of training and technical assistance in response to “Requests for Assistance” submissions – primarily received from the corrections and detention fields. Tasks include:
- Review requests and engage with the requestor to collect additional information and/or assess the most effective delivery formulation
- Identify the appropriate TTA provider to assume the assignment, and manage the development of a statement of work and contract agreement to support delivery; may deliver training directly/personally as needed
- Oversee the preparation and delivery of the TTA via regular communication with the requestor and TTA provider, reviews and approves draft work products to ensure quality standards and accurate information is conveyed regarding the PREA standards, and ensures completion of a post-delivery evaluation of the provider by recipient
- Ensure all appropriate recordkeeping is maintained, including internal case management records in the PRC’s Salesforce system, submission of task and performance measures via BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) Reporting Portal, and provides reports to DOJ program staff on a bi-weekly basis regarding delivery status
- Review provider invoices and counsels providers on appropriate invoicing formats and expenses to comport with IJ and federal guidelines
- Review rolling TTA provider applications to assess and onboard additional providers as necessary
- Sensitively manages reports of sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment and facilitates referrals or other responses as necessary
- Supports a quarterly convening of TTA providers by contributing to agenda development, and/or delivering presentations on current issues or projects
Outreach and Presentations (15%)
- Conducts outreach to professional associations and other organizations and individuals invested in PREA implementation and sexual safety in confinement, and identifies and develops partnership and communication opportunities
- Supports the development of a national and regional conference strategy; operationalizes that strategy via the development of workshop proposals and communications with host organizations
- Presents on a range of PREA topics at various conferences
- Serves as faculty for PRC Auditor Training and/or Implementation Training and/or Auditor Field Training Program as needed
Targeted Resource Development (10%)
- Supports the development of targeted resources to meet identified gaps. Tasks may include drafting curricula content, preparing written guides or tools, developing and delivering webinars, developing or supporting the development of online coursework
- Supports the ongoing curation and updating of PRC website materials, including reviews of tools developed outside the PRC for inclusion in our highlights and/or tools previously posted which may be out of date
- Supports other PRC initiatives/programs as developed
Coaching and TTA Integration (5%)
- May provide coaching to BJA PREA grantees
- Ensures PRC TTA resources are integrated with efforts across the PRC project as well as with external stakeholders/providers
- Advises PRC staff and the PREA Management Office on strategic opportunities to address gaps in communications, education, or assistance nationally to further the efforts to address sexual abuse in confinement
- Other duties as assigned
Level of Authority:
This position requires a high level of autonomy, communication, mentoring, and accountability. The Senior Program Associate will report to the TTA Senior Program Manager and will also work closely with other programmatic and administrative staff, and with consultants and advisors to the PRC.
Requires regular travel to TTA events and/or meetings in DC; up to 20 percent.
- Advanced degree and/or 7-10 years relevant professional experience
- Expertise on corrections and detention operations and policy, and the ability to advise a wide range of confinement professionals on matters of operational concern and/or implementation
- Advanced knowledge of the PREA standards, implementation issues, and of the Department of Justice (DOJ) implementation guidance on the PRC website FAQ page
- Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual victimization in confinement settings
- Demonstrated background and/or interest in criminal justice reform and the mission of Impact Justice
- Commitment to the human rights and safety of people in confinement
- Refined critical, analytical, and interpretive thinking and problem-solving, and the ability to execute assignments in a way that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of project and task objectives
- Strong ability to communicate orally and in writing
- Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and ability to follow protocols and maintain detailed case management records
- Experience directing training and technical assistance service delivery
- Experience developing and delivering in person criminal justice training
- Experience managing individual and organization contracts
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the PREA audit methodology, and at least some relevant training on the PREA audit (preferably the PREA auditor certification training)
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Proficiency in either Windows or Apple OS
Equal Opportunity Employment
Impact Justice provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, criminal history, disability or genetics. We strongly encourage people of color, individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities, and individuals with experience in the criminal justice system to apply.
- Competitive salary commensurate with experience
- Generous benefits package, including medical, dental, flex plan, and 403b
- Generous vacation and sick leave
- Flexible work environment and schedule
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
HOW TO APPLY
Application must include your resume and a one-page cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position.
COVER LETTER IS REQUIRED.
Application deadline is July 11, 2018, midnight Eastern time. The anticipated start date for the position is August 27, 2018 or September 4, 2018.