The Justice Lab in the Columbia School of Social work is hiring a Coordinator to support the Youth Justice Initiatives team and its mission to end the use of youth prisons and to shift resources to communities to support youth locally. This position will report to the Senior Manager and assist with coordinating activities for the Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice (YCLJ), a membership group of current and former administrators of youth justice systems. Specific responsibilities will include developing the monthly YCLJ newsletter and other regular communications, assisting with logistics for events, and establishing relationships and engaging with YCLJ members. The Coordinator will also assist with short-term site-based advising and projects by creating materials and media, as well as other tasks as needed.
Assist the Senior Manager with YCLJ-related activities, including steering committee calls and meetings, member video calls and meetings, events related to YCLJ activities, statements, or press conferences, and events or projects such as the YCLJ Internal Learning Series; coordinate travel arrangements, reimbursements or speaker payments, day-of event logistics, and other related tasks for YCLJ and YJI events.
Author and produce communications targeted for YCLJ members, such as newsletters, meeting write-ups, etc; edit the YCLJ website and online materials on an ongoing basis; assist with organizing formal and informal databases, shared file systems, and organizational tools; establish and maintain relationships with YCLJ members and other stakeholders.
Assist with site-based work and inquiries from specific jurisdictions, as needed, or support other staff in their work with sites including connecting with YCLJ members or participating in peer groups. Is expected to use tact and judgement in these interactions and will often troubleshoot and solve difficult questions and issues from a wide variety of stakeholders.
Assists with initial research for project materials, including research briefs, policy papers, memos and emails, social media posts, and opinion pieces. May be asked to write initial drafts of these materials or to put together summaries. May be primary note-taker for both YCLJ and site-work related calls and events, and asked to summarize notes or create memos. At times, will deliver research findings in presentation settings.
Other related duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent required; 0-2 years of related experience required.
Expressed interest in the field of youth justice, or criminal justice issues and policy more generally.
Strong computer and technology skills, including use of Microsoft Suite, Conferencing Technologies, and collaborative apps or programs.
Strong communication, writing, and organizational skills.
Ability to work independently, set and adhere to timelines and project goals, with strong organizational and time management skills.
Willingness to work on some evenings and weekends and to travel occasionally as needed.
Candidates with prior experience working in criminal or juvenile justice-related fields or lived experience relating to criminal justice are strongly encouraged to apply.
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