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About CURYJ

Born by organizing systems-impacted youth of color and young leaders to defeat Oakland’s gang injunctions in 2010, CURYJ’s mission is to unlock the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. CURYJ’s creed is that we must transform—not reform—the systems that have harmed communities of color for generations, most notably the criminal injustice system. Guided by our Theory of Transformation and Liberation (TOTAL), CURYJ believes that by uplifting the voices of systems-impacted young people of color through leadership development, advocacy and movement building, and community healing, then we can end youth incarceration in California by 2030, and beyond.

Interested in joining the CURYJ Fam? See our open positions below.

Open Positions

  • Director of Programs

    Job Title: Director of Programs  
    Reports to: Managing Director  
    Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week

    ABOUT CURYJ 
    Born by organizing systems-impacted youth of color and young leaders to defeat Oakland’s gang injunctions in 2010, CURYJ’s mission is to unlock the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. CURYJ’s creed is that we must – transform, not reform – the systems that have harmed communities of color for generations, most notably the criminal (in)justice system. Guided by our Theory of Transformation and Liberation (TOTAL), CURYJ believes that by uplifting the voices of systems-impacted young people of color through leadership development, advocacy and movement building, and community healing, then we can end youth incarceration in California by 2030, and beyond. 

    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS POSITION
    This is the ideal position for someone who believes in CURYJ’s ethos that, ‘those closest to the pain are also closest to the solution;’ and who is excited by supporting the healing journey and leadership development of formerly incarcerated young people to dismantle the racist and harmful in-justice system – to be replaced with youth empowerment zones.

    The Director of Programs (DOP) will be responsible for leading the continued evolution and refinement of CURYJ’s youth leadership and community healing programs. Reporting to the Managing Director and serving in highly visible role on leadership team, the DPO will champion
    efforts to growth the size, scope, and effectiveness of the program, increase the efficacy of staff, and support formerly incarcerated/systems-impacted young people and the community to heal through collective action, organizing, and systems change. This opportunity calls for a strategic program leader who can ensure high quality youth and community programming, while aligning multiple internal departments, system leaders, and young people towards our intended impact of ending youth incarceration in California.

    COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 
    Compensation is commensurate with experience, ranging from $84,000 – $100,000 annually.

    This position is exempt full time with excellent benefits, including 100% coverage of employee’s medical (highest Cal Choice package included), $25,000 life insurance plan, vision and dental; and an option to enroll into a 403(b) plan. In addition to 2 weeks paid vacation per year + a 2 week “office shutdown” during the December/January holidays, CURYJ provides the following paid holidays: 
    New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Labor Day, California Native American Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day 
    The Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Your Birthday.

    Read more and apply here.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER & COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
    CURYJ is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, educational background, protected veteran status, or any other
    characteristic. We strongly encourage formerly incarcerated and/or those that identify with the LGBTQ+ Community to apply. Please visit our website to learn more about our work: 
    www.curyj.org.

  • Homies4Justice Program Coordinator

    Job Title: Homies4Justice Program Coordinator  
    Reports to: Director of Programs  
    Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week

    ABOUT CURYJ 
    Born by organizing systems-impacted youth of color and young leaders to defeat Oakland’s gang injunctions in 2010, CURYJ’s mission is to unlock the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. CURYJ’s creed is that we must – transform, not reform – the systems that have harmed communities of color for generations, most notably the criminal (in)justice system. Guided by our Theory of Transformation and Liberation (TOTAL), CURYJ believes that by uplifting the voices of systems-impacted young people of color through leadership development, advocacy and movement building, and community healing, then we can end youth incarceration
    in California by 2030, and beyond. 

    Summary of Job: The Homies 4 Justice Program Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to- day program coordination and implementation of our year round leadership development program: Homies 4 Justice (H4J). H4J is a paid internship that provides system-impacted young
    people, ages 14-18, from Oakland with opportunities to learn policy as well as organizing work and meaningfully engage in organizing their community. This position will ensure seamless integration and alignment of: program planning and reporting, team coordination, curriculum development, program delivery, and evaluation. In this role, the Program Coordinator will both support youth and the day-to-day program needs, while ensuring government contract and grant goals are met.

    COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 
    Compensation is commensurate with experience, ranging from $55,000-65,000 annually.

    This position is exempt full time with excellent benefits, including 100% coverage of employee’s medical (highest Cal Choice package included), $25,000 life insurance plan, vision and dental; and an option to enroll into a 403(b) plan. In addition to 2 weeks paid vacation per year + a 2
    week “office shutdown” during the December/January holidays, CURYJ provides the following paid holidays: 
    New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Labor Day, California Native American Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day 
    The Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Your Birthday.

    Read more and apply here.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER & COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
    CURYJ is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, educational background, protected veteran status, or any other
    characteristic. We strongly encourage formerly incarcerated and/or those that identify with the LGBTQ+ Community to apply. Please visit our website to learn more about our work:
    www.curyj.org

  • Director of Programs

    Job Title: Violence Interruptor  
    Reports to: Managing Director  
    Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week, with occasional weekends/nights

    ABOUT CURYJ 
    Born by organizing systems-impacted youth of color and young leaders to defeat Oakland’s gang injunctions in 2010, CURYJ’s mission is to unlock the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. CURYJ’s creed is that we must – transform, not reform – the systems that have harmed communities of color for generations, most notably the criminal (in)justice system. Guided by our Theory of Transformation and Liberation (TOTAL), CURYJ believes that by uplifting the voices of systems-impacted young people of color through leadership development, advocacy and movement building, and community healing, then we can end youth incarceration in California by 2030, and beyond. 

    ABOUT THE VIOLENCE INTERRUPTOR POSITION
    This is the ideal position for someone who wants to leverage their lived experience to support community safety, community healing, and community building.
    Violence interrupters quickly respond and mitigate further community violence in Oakland’s Fruitvale District through deep relationship building, providing resources to community members, and by providing street mediations to stop retaliations. We believe that by having overcome many of the same challenges that our community faces, Violence Interrupters – not the police – are best positioned to make a positive impact on community safety and well-being. Due to the highly specialized nature of this work, Violence Interrupters are generally individuals that have intimate knowledge of street politics, who can use their influence to work with gang leaders and shot callers to prevent retaliations, creating peace and safety during turbulent times. Successful Violence Interrupters are those individuals who have removed themselves from criminal activity and/or active gang participation, but retain credibility in the community. Those that have worked with the police in the past, either as informants or on the police payroll, should not apply.

    COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 
    Compensation is commensurate with experience, ranging from $55,000 through $65,000 depending on experience of VI work in the field.

    This This position is exempt full time with excellent benefits, including 100% coverage of employee’s medical (highest Cal Choice package included), $25,000 life insurance plan, vision and dental; and an option to enroll into a 403(b) plan. In addition to 2 weeks paid vacation per year + a 2 week “office shutdown” during the December/January holidays, CURYJ provides the following paid holidays: 
    New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Labor Day, California Native American Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day 
    The Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Your Birthday.

    Read more and apply here.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER & COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
    CURYJ is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, educational background, protected veteran status, or any other
    characteristic. We strongly encourage formerly incarcerated and/or those that identify with the LGBTQ+ Community to apply. Please visit our website to learn more about our work: 
    www.curyj.org.

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