Robert N and Ella S Ristad Fellow
Employment Type: Part-Time
Status: Part-Time, 21 hours/week, Specific Term through September 30, 2021
Application Deadline: January 11, 2021
Location: Oakland, CA
For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your application. The desired start date of this position is January 25, 2021.
Summary of Principal Responsibilities: The AFSC Healing Justice Program works to reduce reliance on incarceration and other punitive approaches and replace them with restorative/healing practices. On police militarization, mass incarceration, solitary confinement, and restorative justice, AFSC works in coalition to amplify the voices of people directly affected, dismantle current systems, and build a culture for change that relies deeply on indigenous practices of restorative/transformative justice. AFSC helps to amplify these voices through training, critiquing governance decisions to level the playing field, and stepping back where needed to open space for wider participation. The Fellow will conduct policy-related research, engage in AFSC coalitions, and assist in the organizing of events.
Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Robert N. and Ella S. Ristad Fellow include the following:
* Research specific policy issues as assigned by supervisor.
* Compile information in written form for use by staff, partner organizations and for legislative information purposes.
* Accompany staff to events, demonstrations, and hearings on issues of mass incarceration, solitary confinement, restorative justice, and policing.
* Assist at online (and when feasible, in-person) events, doing tasks as assigned.
* Attend coalition meetings as needed, remotely or in person.
Education: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
Experience: 1 to 2 years direct experience with criminal justice related issues. Formerly incarcerated people, family members and others directly impacted by the criminal punishment system are especially encouraged to apply.
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
* Strong research, writing and data collection skills.
* Ability to organize material for written and oral presentations.
* Experience with Google, Google drive, Microsoft Word, Zoom, and PowerPoint
* Knowledge of or willingness to learn about criminal justice issues, including mass incarceration and restorative justice.
* Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
* Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
Compensation: $18.00 per hour. Flexible hours, to be agreed upon with supervisor. Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker's compensation and social security.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, national origin, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
AFSC's Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is represented.
The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.