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Second Look Network Program Manager

The Sentencing Project promotes effective and humane responses to crime that minimize incarceration and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial, ethnic, economic, and gender justice. Information about The Sentencing Project is available at www.sentencingproject.org.

Working in partnership with an advisory board of stakeholder organizations, litigators, advocates, and formerly incarcerated people, The Sentencing Project plans to build the Second Look Network which will provide support to lawyers and activists across the country who are dedicated to representing and supporting individuals seeking relief from long sentences, beyond the context of wrongful conviction claims. The Network would support litigators and advocates by 1) organizing online and in-person forums, including an annual conference, for members to share ideas, briefs, strategies, and experts; 2) helping shape a common narrative supporting the compelling case for returning people home who have served long sentences; 3) connecting these groups to policy efforts in the states and nationally to support expansion and implementation of second look mechanisms; 4) supporting network members with communications consultation to coordinate their individual efforts with the national effort; and 5) collecting and analyzing data on cases handled by network members in order to both strengthen network efforts and inform the advocacy community and others of strategic outcomes.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Sentencing Project is seeking a Program Manager to provide administrative support to the Second Look Network, work collaboratively with the Network’s Director and Advisory Board, and oversee the smooth operation of Network meetings, convenings and communications. The Program Manager reports directly to the Second Look Network Director. The Second Look Network Director will be an experienced litigator with subject matter expertise. The Program Manager will complement and assist the Network Director in establishing and growing the Second Look Network by bringing project management and administrative experience.

This role is ideal for individuals deeply committed to racial justice and creating second chances for people serving extreme sentences who are excited to join and help scale an innovative national project. The ideal candidate will be driven, organized, and self motivated. The ideal candidate will also have strong project management and administrative experience, including budget oversight, robust writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills with various stakeholders, including attorneys and formerly incarcerated people. The ideal candidate will also be prepared to manage the planning of the annual conference, whether through prior event planning, operations, or logistics experience, or by working with an event planning consultant.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide administrative support to the Network, its director, and its committees, including maintaining a membership listserv and database and documenting Network decisions and policies
  • Provide project management support to assist with the launch and scaling up of the Second Look Network
  • Liaison with Network membership by answering questions, surveying needs, and collecting and analyzing data to assess outcomes
  • Manage the operations and administration of events and meetings, both virtual and in person, for Network members, staff and colleagues, including scheduling, overseeing logistics, preparing meeting agendas and materials, and recording minutes
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of a Network webpage and clearinghouse of resources for members by working with web development consultants and communications staff
  • Compile, draft and disseminate regular email updates and communications to Network members

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Commitment to racial justice and ending mass incarceration
  • A minimum of 3 years of administrative and project management experience
  • Strong proficiency with Google Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and experience with project management software such as Monday.com
  • Experience in event management and database management a plus

KEY COMPETENCIES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, and take initiative
  • Strong interpersonal, diplomatic and communication (verbal & written) skills; able to interact effectively with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds, including external partners
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize and to follow up with pending matters in a timely manner
  • Ability to work in a non-traditional environment and to interface with team members virtually
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and ability to prioritize and do many tasks simultaneously, follow through, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Well-organized and highly attentive to detail
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development and organizational practices and processes
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and conflicts

COMPENSATION

The position offers a salary of $70,000 along with an employee benefits package that includes four weeks paid vacation, accrued sick leave, health, dental, life and disability insurance, contribution to 403(b) retirement plan and transportation benefits.

Paid Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • Inauguration Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous People’s Day
  • Election Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and following Friday
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Christmas Day
  • December 26 – 31

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates who are qualified by experience, skill, and personal motivation are invited to apply. Applications are due by December 12, 2022. Candidates wishing to work remotely outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area will be considered. Candidates within the Washington, DC metropolitan area will be required to participate in The Sentencing Project’s “return to office” plan, which currently requires two days per week in the office.

The Sentencing Project is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to cultural diversity and recruits without regard to gender identity, race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, prior conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and three references to: Employment@sentencingproject.org

No phone calls.