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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.

We’re currently hiring a Chief Development OfficerDirector of Campaigns & Organizing, and a Youth Life Coach. Read details about the positions below by tapping on the title.

  • Position

    Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Deputy Director and other leaders, the Chief Development Officer will design and execute on a comprehensive development strategy for CURYJ. The Chief Development Officer will oversee and execute on both capital campaigns and ongoing fundraising efforts. She, he, or they also will form and manage CURYJ’s development team.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Design development strategy for CURYJ: Work with the management team to identify funds needed, preferred funding targets, and approaches
    • Form and manage development team: Work with senior leadership to form a development team; identify staffing needs for capital campaigns and ongoing development; interview candidates and hire team members; oversee development team, once formed
    • Fundraising: Conduct research, prospecting, and application to multiple donor sources; manage capital campaigns, engaging and overseeing capital campaign firms as necessary; oversee ongoing development efforts
    • Build a robust donor base: Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with donors and prospects
    • Communicate and train: Train and mentor development staff, Board, volunteers, other staff and committees; and communicate fundraising goals and progress

    Skills Required

    • Development/Fundraising: Proven success in development for a large nonprofit. Experience running capital campaigns and success fundraising from multiple donor channels
    • Project Leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers/board of directors
    • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones
    • Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences
    • Influencing: Gets others to accept ideas by using convincing arguments, creates a win-win situation and responds appropriately to key stakeholders
    • Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives
    • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and externally

    Education and Experience

    Bachelor’s degree preferred. In lieu of a degree, several years of direct relevant work experience. Candidates who have been formerly incarcerated or have a family member who has been, are encouraged to apply.

    Salary

    At-will, full time employee with a salary in the range of $95,000-$115,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Full benefits and potential for incentive pay.

    Work Environment

    Position will be work-from-home during shelter-in-place and then may move into an office setting in Oakland. Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer. Eventually, possible ability to travel to various locations within Bay Area.

    Equal Opportunity

    CURYJ is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

    Interested applicants can submit their cover letter and resume to search@curyj.org.

  • Position

    This is the ideal position for someone wanting to “upset the set-up”—bringing back power and voice to systems-impacted youth of color, their families, and communities.

    Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Campaigns and Organizing (DCO) will champion efforts to grow the size, scope, and effectiveness of CURYJ’s local and regional campaign and organizing efforts. The DCO will play a central role in ending youth incarceration in CA, and beyond. Working closely with and supported by CURYJ’s team of Directors and Leadership team, the DCO will be responsible for leading CURYJ’s local and regional campaigns and organizing work, including: planning and executing sophisticated and winning campaign strategies that are aligned with our Theory of Transformation & Liberation; organizing  activities, events, community meetings, to support systems-level change, while holding government stakeholders accountable; and ensuring alignment between our youth leadership, community healing, and digital organizing departments to  ensure the success of local and regional campaigns. The DCO will also be the primary staff person setting goals for CURYJ’s campaign and organizing.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Strengthen CURYJ’s organizing and campaign strategies 

    • Develop systems and structures to utilize interns, participants, and volunteers for the purposes of executing organizing objectives
    • Evaluate the success of CURYJ’s strategic organizing and campaign efforts and adjust as needed to move toward maximum impact
    • Collaborate with program staff to increase the understanding of all staff and youth participants around organizing efforts, their ability to participate in those efforts and the intended outcomes of that work
    • Oversee strategic planning of campaigns and organizing work, ensuring alignment with CURYJ’s strategic goals and including content production, staff and program participant training development and infrastructure planning and execution

    Provide-strategic leadership for CURY’s organizing and campaign efforts

    • Develop a CURYJ organizing strategy – choose and prioritize issues and campaigns and execute on those choices
    • Lead events related to organizing strategy, including direct actions
    • Build the base of CURYJ membership for the purposes of community education, community support and support for CURYJ’s issue platforms
    • Develop infrastructure to support base building and retention

    Serve as a highly visible and collaborative leader

    • As a member of CURYJ’s Leadership Team, contribute to the development and implementation of CURYJ’s organizational vision, mission and impact, model our core values, and DEI commitments
    • Work collaboratively with other directors and departments to ensure programmatic alignment and efficacy towards our Campaigns and Organizing strategies
    • Broaden CURYJ’s exposure to social campaigns, activists, and thought leaders in the organizing and campaign space
    • Increase capacity of staff and program participants to add support to the organizing work of CURYJ
    • Develop and/or manage CURYJ’s organizing coalition partnerships with the goal of strategic collaboration for the greatest impact

    Qualifications and Competencies

    • At least five years of community organizing experience, including base-building
    • Technical proficiency in organizing strategies, as well as creativity, passion and vision to challenge the status quo
    • Preference for experience in organizing around social justice issues of particular interest to CURYJ including but not limited to youth justice, criminal injustice, decarceration, immigrant rights and community investment
    • Experience in organizing-related strategies, including collaborating with state-wide, local, and regional coalitions
    • Exceptional communication skills for working effectively with a variety of staff members and multiple stakeholders, including but not limited to the ability to facilitate and write persuasively and clearly
    • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, listening and organizational skills
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a variety of different areas with ease
    • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
    • Capacity to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently and meet deadlines
    • Deep commitment to and understanding of youth justice issues and to elevating the voices of systems-impacted young people
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, and to shift between those strategies with ease
    • Flexibility to work during non-traditional work hours (evenings and weekends)

    Compensation and Benefits

    Compensation is commensurate with experience, ranging from $74,000 – $90,000 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.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and 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.

    Interested applicants, please submit your cover letter and resume to search@curyj.org.

  • Position

    Reporting to the Community Healing Manager, the youth life coach supports a caseload of 12-18 young people and is responsible for all intake, case management hours, paperwork, data tracking and quarterly reporting for each young person. The Life Coach also encourages the participation of youth on their caseload in other CURYJ programs and activities and supports the ongoing healing work of the overall organization.

    The Youth Life Coach position plays a critical role in achieving CURYJ’s mission and goal. The Life Coach is responsible for supporting the development of youth ages 14-24 through a holistic approach that engages participants in services grounded in the principles of youth leadership
    and social justice, with a focus on young people who have been systems-involved. CURYJ life coaches contribute to the health and economic vitality of youth and their communities by reducing violence and increasing youth participation and leadership in civic activities, accessing health and mental health resources, increasing educational attainment and expanding career
    options, and cultivating critical and creative voices to support youth reflecting and expressing their own experiences and experiences of their peers.

    This is the ideal position for someone wanting to inspire and support young people on their healing journey. While Life Coaching is a full-time, 40 hour per week job, it is not a typical “9-5 position.” As such, the ideal candidate will be able to work around the youth’s schedule, which may include weekends and evening hours.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Provide resources and services navigation and immediate supports to referred youth as needed
    • Coordinate efforts with other CURYJ staff members to provide the correct constellation of CURYJ programmatic supports to referred youth
    • Be a positive adult ally and role model to participants and other CURYJ program involved youth
    • Participate in weekly case conferencing meetings
    • Attend trainings as required
    • Coordinate and manage linkages and referrals with services, on-site and offsite
    • Conduct outreach to community partners, schools, local agencies and systems
    • Cultivate existing relationships with organizations already providing quality services and create referral processes
    • Work closely with program team to identify training and support needs
    • Support in data collection and program evaluation efforts by completing required documentation in a timely manner.
    • Complete reporting and track attendance and relevant activities in CMS system in a timely manner
    • Plan outings and other activities for groups of program participants, including logistics, content and budget

    Cross Departmental Support

    • Support other departments and programs by providing connections to resources, as needed, i.e., housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health support.
    • Attend and support Community Healing and Program events, including protests, marches, murals, block parties, etc., as needed

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree or three years of directly applicable experience with a community organization
    • Willingness to engage in continuous learning and training
    • Experience in case management and direct service, with a preference for experience working with low-income communities of color and formerly incarcerated people.
    • Ability to balance an irregular work schedule with potential evening, weekend, and holiday work, with periods of rest and reflection.
    • Exceptional communication skills for working effectively with a variety of staff members and multiple stakeholders, including but not limited to the ability to facilitate and write persuasively and clearly
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Desire to work with youth to model leadership, motivation and positive attitude
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a variety of different areas with ease
    • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
    • Capacity to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently and meet deadlines
    • Deep commitment to elevating the voices of systems-impacted young people
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, and to shift between those strategies with ease
    • Possession of a valid California driver’s license

    Compensation and Benefits

    Compensation is commensurate with experience, ranging from $55,000 – $60,000 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.

    Equal Opportunity

    CURYJ is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

    Interested applicants can submit their cover letter and resume to search@curyj.org.

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