Synopsis: The Restorative Justice Advocate promotes MCC’s efforts in educating the church and community on the pipeline to prison and systemic injustices due to racism on communities of color. This involves working with at-risk youth in schools, after-school programs, and our prison ministry partners who assist people transitioning into community from prison. Education efforts involve teaching MCC’s constituency about ways to interact with incarcerated individuals, families of the incarcerated, at-risk youth, and those re-entering the community from prison from a trauma informed perspective. This work will be done by working with the MCC National Mass Incarceration network and other staff, and local partners. Together they will create resources and learning tools and will conduct local trainings, learning tours, workshops and events.
This position is 24 hours/week (0.6 full time equivalent)
Minimum Salary: $22.48/hour
Benefits: Medical, dental & vision, paid vacation, sick time and 9 holidays/year. Life insurance provided, as well as long and short term disability coverage. The retirement plan, with MCC contribution of 7%, begins after six months of employment.
Qualifications: All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
-Legal eligibility to be employed in the U.S. is required.
-Bachelor’s degree or four years of equivalent experience required
-Public speaking experience required; experience teaching or facilitating workshops, trainings or classes preferred
-Networking and relationship-building experience
-Commitment to anti-oppression and social justice work
-Knowledge of mass incarceration and its effects on individuals and communities
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
-Ability to work effectively with diverse groups
-Coordination and organizational skills
-Ability to work independently and take initiative in work
-Basic knowledge of email, internet & MS Office applications
Contacts/Relationships: The Restorative Justice Advocate relates to individuals who are incarcerated in Philadelphia area prisons, those recently released, and their families and communities. Initiates contact with volunteers, constituents, pastors, and partners. Builds relationships with constituency of color in urban settings.
Supervision: Advocate does not supervise any MCC staff.
Competencies/complexities: Cultural competency in interaction with diverse individuals/groups is essential. This role requires the ability to work independently and public speaking engagements with constituents and community partners.
Independent Action: The Restorative Justice Advocate will report to the Philadelphia Program Coordinator. Supervisory check ins are at least once a month or more often as needed. This Advocate will be primarily implementing projects and working on tasks assigned by the Program Coordinator particularly in building MCC’s Restorative Justice program.
End Result: The Restorative Justice Advocate interacts with community members providing mentoring, resource referral, and education about mass incarceration. Primary goals and objectives are centered in the approach of restoring hope and dignity to the individual and community though the word of God.
Restorative Justice Programming 45%
Advocacy and Education: 45%
Restorative Justice Programming:
• Engage and collaborate with partners who are working with prison ministry
• Create opportunities for churches to engage with former incarcerated individuals
• Assist churches with supporting formerly incarcerated individuals in collaboration with our local partners
• Implement projects on restorative justice programs with youth in schools, partner organizations, etc.
• Participate in Community mass incarceration networks and collaboratives
• Resource MCC and raise awareness and education in the Philadelphia area regarding work with returning citizens, prison ministry and mass incarceration education
• Assist with local MLK event, workshops for constituents and Pipeline to Prison Learning Tours in the region
• Educate churches, constituents and community on mass incarceration and Restorative Justice practices
• Create opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals to share their stories
• Public speaking in churches, schools and to youth
• Connect with relevant MCC US networks.
• Attend East Coast program cluster meetings and other East Coast meetings
• Other responsibilities as assigned
• This position includes approximately 15% travel including occasional evening and weekend activities.
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