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Community Justice Specialist (18 - Month Grant Funded)

St. Louis, MO

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Master's Degree

Published on 12 Mar 2018

Expires on 8 Jun 2018

Community Justice Specialist (18 - Month Grant Funded)

East Side Aligned 

East Side Aligned (ESA) is the name of the Collective Impact movement within Greater East St. Louis working to align and advance policy, practice and investment across sectors to ensure all children and youth are:

• Healthy, Safe and Secure

• Ready to Learn and Work

• Empowered to Create Change

Through an 18-month intensive planning process, co-led by youth, community stakeholders developed the ESA Roadmap, which is comprised of over 180 strategies to improve the readiness and well-being of young people. The work of the ESA movement is carried out by population- and issue-specific coalitions. United Way of Greater St. Louis serves as the lead backbone support organization.


Position Overview

A dynamic, self-initiating, detailed-oriented person is needed to provide facilitative and administrative support to stakeholders working to achieve Sub-Goal #3 of the ESA Roadmap: All children and youth are and feel safe. 


Community Justice broadly refers to all variants of crime prevention and justice activities that explicitly include the community in their processes and set the enhancement of community quality of life as a goal. As such, we are seeking a person committed to racial and social equity and passionate about creating systems change. The position needs someone that is capable of big picture thinking and possesses a strong working understanding of the Collective Impact framework and systems change approaches. This person will be responsible for managing complex projects, equipping and supporting stakeholders in facilitating change processes and helping to inspire commitment and action throughout the community. 


Key Responsibilities

Working closely with community stakeholders, the Community Justice Specialist will provide facilitative leadership in developing and implementing activities to reduce crime and violence and improve safety and child well-being. As a member of the core backbone team for ESA, key responsibilities include:


• Cultivate and maintain authentic relationships with a broad range of community stakeholders 


• Provide facilitative and administrative support to coalitions and their respective work groups; this will include, but is not limited to:

o Coordination and documentation of relevant meetings and activities

o Supporting the development of detailed plans for implementing systems change strategies 

o Facilitating ongoing communication within and across coalitions and stakeholder groups

o Monitoring progress and providing feedback for continuous improvement and accountability

o Assisting with various aspects of data collection, reporting, analysis and sharing

o Assessing implementation challenges and co-developing solutions to address them

o Preparation of materials and regular reports on progress


• Develop and support platforms to ensure the engagement of key stakeholder groups in systems change processes, with priority focus on youth and others with lived experience as well as law enforcement


• Support grants management functions; this will include, but is not limited to:  

o Providing quality oversight over grant activities and managing sub-recipient relationships 

o Supporting the timely and accurate completion of performance and financial management reporting


• Stay up-to-date on what works within the youth violence prevention and community-based crime reduction fields and inventory available tools and resources


• Supervise and support interns, practicum students and volunteers in developing and implementing relevant, meaningful and impactful projects.


• Manage special projects as assigned


Requisite Qualifications

• Master’s degree social work, public health, public policy or related field 

• 3-5 years of work experience within related fields; experience supporting coalitions preferred   

• Possess the following competencies:

o Collaborative Leader. Has demonstrated personal and/or professional leadership in multi-stakeholder efforts by building consensus and drawing people into a process of change

o Communicator - Able to share ideas, and describe what you know and what you are learning to diverse audiences 

o Community translator - Understands the different language used by stakeholders and serves as a bridge between the various communities and groups with an interest in ESA 

o Practical - Has the ability to manage the details and get things done on time 

o Lifelong Learner - Desire to deepen understanding of complex social and economic issues that take complex solutions and share learning with others 

o Politically Astute - Broad non-partisan understanding of political and social issues influencing the public policy environment 

o Strategic - Understands the lay of the land and can work within it 

• Be able to demonstrate:

o Strong facilitation and project management skills

o Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

o Ability to thrive in a fluid, unstructured, entrepreneurial environment

o Flexibility and the ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed

o Ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders

o Ability to collect, analyze and manage data


Desired Qualifications

• Grant writing skills and past success in acquiring grants

• Familiarity with the local area and/or focus of East Side Aligned

• Experience in public policy analysis and advocacy


Reporting Relationships

This position will report to the Director of East Side Aligned


Physical/Work Environment:  

While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to regularly use hands, frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus. Traditional office work environment. Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation or access to reliable and available transportation.