June 7, 2022

Coordinator of Programs for People Currently Incarcerated in CA

Coordinator of Programs for People Currently Incarcerated in CA 

About Root & Rebound (R&R): R&R’s mission is to restore power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation— a model rooted in the needs and expertise of people who are directly impacted. You can learn more about our work in our 2021 Annual Report.

Employment Status: This is a full-time, non-exempt role. 

Location: R&R’s home office is based in Oakland, CA; currently we are operating in a hybrid office-remote work environment. This position does require travel to Folsom State Prison (FSP)(Represa, CA), once a month, assuming visitation is allowed. 

About the Coordinator of Programs for People Incarcerated in CA Position: The Coordinator will work with the Staff Attorney for People Incarcerated in CA to develop, facilitate, and enhance R&R’s reentry education and services for people in CA state prisons and jails preparing to return home–mitigating the issues that thousands of people face each year when released, through early and impactful support. The Coordinator’s primary focus will be on providing practical information and support to program participants and alumni, ideally informed by lived experience.

The Coordinator will be responsible for co-managing in-prison programming in at least one CA prison, Folsom State Prison (FSP). The goals for R&R’s in-prison programs include:  1) Building self-advocacy skills and knowledge for navigating barriers to reentry; 2) Developing a Reentry Blueprint, including connections to resources and services in the community tailored to individual needs; 3) Ensuring success in reentry while reducing the likelihood of re-incarceration; 4) Providing personal and leadership opportunities to become role models, mentors and leaders both in prison and in their communities; and 5) Offering long-term access to R&R as a reentry resource center. 

A central aspect of the Coordinator’s role will be collecting personalized resources for R&R’s in-prison program participants to help them fulfill their Reentry Blueprints, such as for housing, mental and physical health, food, parenting, employment, and recovery support. Where possible, the Coordinator will facilitate warm handoffs.

Using the information and best practices learned from R&R’s in-prison and national education programs and the cutting edge resources the organization has created and ideally incorporating insights from personal lived experience, the Coordinator will work with the Attorney to co-present, improve upon, and create new materials, curricula, and tools for people incarcerated in CA prisons and jails. Further, the Coordinator and Attorney will work together to proactively offer individualized support for program participants for at least three months after they return home. As needed, the Coordinator additionally will provide direct services to people in CA jails and prisons through our Friday hotline and mail correspondence, supporting them in coming home and reintegrating into their communities successfully. 

The Coordinator will be onboarded with training and receive ongoing supervision, with ample time to learn and utilize existing R&R reentry resources, and in-prison curricula and materials. The ideal candidate will intend to stay in this position for three years or more.

Duties & Responsibilities:  

The Coordinator of Programs for People Incarcerated in CA role includes, but is not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

In-Prison Programming:

  • Work with Staff Attorney for People Incarcerated in CA to implement the Roadmap to Reentry program at FSP (and possibly other prisons in the future):
    • Coordinate logistics related to programming, including by working with FSP officials and arranging travel to/from FSP;
    • Facilitate workshops at FSP two days a month. Workshops cover at least twelve topics important to reentry. During workshops, the Coordinator works with the Attorney to engagingly present practical reentry-related information, facilitate small group activities, and present skits for practicing application of our material and using our books and 
  • Leverage R&R’s existing in-prison curricula, social service referrals, and cutting edge reentry planning resources to develop individualized Reentry Blueprints for in-prison program participants that both: 1) outline their plans for returning home; and 2) connect them to social services, reentry organizations, and relevant resources (e.g., public benefits, housing, food, etc.) to help them realize their goals. T
  • Scan and organize program-related documents and mail in our case management system;
  • Communicate with program participants and alumni via telephone and mail;
  • Coordinate warm handoffs, where possible;
  • Proactively reach out to all program participants for three months after release to assess reentry legal and more holistic needs and offer related support and referrals. Therefore, provide continued support as needed;
  • Facilitate a strong alumni program, including sharing resources, monthly phone calls, and periodic in-person events to provide continued support to alumni from previous in-prison programs;

Additional Reentry Support and Social Services Connections:

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with community partners and CDCR liaisons to create and connect people returning home  with strong community support;
  • Continue to build and keep up-to-date R&R’s social service referral database of quality, accurate resources (including for housing, mental and physical health, parenting classes, employment services, recovery support, etc.);
  • Provide practical information within the Coordinator’s expertise, by mail and telephone, to people in California jails and prisons who reach out with reentry-related questions;
  • Ensure that R&R has strong materials and organizational systems to respond to information and resource requests from incarcerated people who write to R&R;
  • Inform R&R advocacy work with knowledge/experience acquired through programming.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct experience navigating reentry from prison or jail;
  • Demonstrated dedication to social, racial, and economic justice; 
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills to be able to juggle workshop planning with individual client and resource collection work;
  • Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, meet deadlines, work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Ability to genuinely connect, empathize, and build trust with clients;
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to prioritize work given organizational and client needs;
  • Creative, enthusiastic, and willing to learn and try new things;
  • Proficiency in Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Sheets;
  • Ability to and excitement to travel regularly to prisons and jails throughout California, approximately 2-4 days per month;
  • Experience in resource collection preferred;
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s license; and
  • Spanish proficiency.

Compensation & Benefits:

This position is a full-time, non-exempt position with a starting hourly wage of $26.00. Employment benefits at R&R include:

  • Medical, vision and dental care;
  • Employer-sponsored 403(b) retirement plan;
  • Internal and external professional development opportunities;
  • Three (3) weeks of paid time off per year, plus holiday closures, including Juneteenth, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day as well as additional office closure around the December holidays;
  • Four (4) hours of Activism Time each month for employees to engage in social justice activities of their choosing, pending supervisor approval; and
  • Sabbatical Program for eligible employees after five (5) years of service.

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter in an email to Jamie Popper at [email protected]Applications preferred by June 22, 2022, but will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls, please.

Root & Rebound is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including formerly incarcerated and/or system-involved individuals, people of color, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender variant individuals.