Reentry Coordinator, Prisons and Justice Initiative
Reentry Coordinator, Prisons and Justice Initiative
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The Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI) was founded in 2016 in order to address the national crisis of mass incarceration, one of the most urgent moral and political issues of our time. In addition to an extensive series of academic and policy events, PJI offers a series of innovative courses to Georgetown undergraduates, including one (Making an Exoneree) that involves direct advocacy on behalf of wrongfully convicted people. Additionally, PJI has developed several programs serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in the DC area, including both Georgetown credit-bearing courses for incarcerated students (the Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail) and a certificate program in business and entrepreneurship for returning citizens (the Pivot Program). In all of its programming, PJI works to better understand the causes and consequences of the mass incarceration crisis, contribute to bipartisan solutions for effective reform, and improve the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in the DC area and beyond.
The position of Reentry Coordinator (RC) will assume responsibility for PJI's ongoing relationships with returning citizens from our Scholars and Pivot Programs. Acting as both a navigator and a mentor, the RC will provide substantial emotional and social support. This position will be responsible for establishing and maintaining contact with all returning citizens affiliated with PJI, identifying relevant resources (housing, employment, mental health services, health and wellness, etc.), and creating/collaborating on individualized reentry plans that include appropriate timelines and goals. The Reentry Coordinator will document each individual's progress towards a successful reentry and regularly update the PJI Team. The RC will also make recommendations that will inform PJI's reentry services and enable the organization to better address the needs of returning citizens.
Reporting to the PJI leadership team, the Reentry Coordinator will also serve as the main point of contact between PJI and other reentry service providers. The RC will become an active and integral member of the larger reentry support community within the DC area, and will build both the knowledge and the network to support PJI's growing reentry efforts. Key duties will include but are not limited to:
- Meet with each individual on a regular basis (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, as needed) and maintain an ongoing understanding of their circumstances (housing, employment, contact information, etc.)
- When applicable, meet with currently incarcerated PJI affiliates and begin preliminary preparation for their reentry. This includes recommendations to educational and vocational programs, treatments, groups, and other positive opportunities.
- Collaborate with each individual to develop a personalized reentry plan, which includes appropriate goal setting measures and identifies areas of need.
- Complete regular assessments of needs and coordinate referrals to community-based organizations that will provide specific reentry services.
- Provide support and counseling throughout the probation/parole process; establish relationships with community supervision officers.
- Potentially provide transportation services for students to obtain identification and other personal documents, meet with probation/parole officers, and attend job interviews, court hearings, support groups, or any other obligation related to their reentry.
- Maintain current and well-organized records on each student in program databases.
- Create and regularly update a list of DC re-entry services and resources.
- Attend weekly PJI and Pivot team meetings.
- Oversee planning and execution of events geared towards PJI's returning citizens.
- Monitor PJI's Corrlinks and other accounts used for communication with currently incarcerated individuals.
- Assist with PJI's implementation, assessment, and enhancement of reentry services and initiatives.
- Cultivate and preserve community partnerships with other service providers.
- Attend community events and informational sessions targeting the reentry community.
- Establish relationships and contacts with the Mayor's Office on Returning Citizens' Affairs, DC DOC, The READY Center, and other local reentry organizations.
- Engage with local and national groups and coalitions centered around reentry efforts.
- Build a network of PJI-affiliated returning citizens for mutual support.
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Preferred personal, professional and/or scholarly experience with currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.
- Preferred familiarity and/or experience with reentry, local reentry services, community organizations, and support groups.
- Must be goal-oriented, with the demonstrated ability to think and act strategically for the short and long term.
- Must possess strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
- Must have demonstrated success in establishing trust and building and maintaining relationships.
- Must possess a high degree of personal integrity and ethics by respecting the confidential and sensitive nature of each individual's reentry efforts.
- Digital literacy including mastery of computer skills: MS Office Word and Excel as well as technical aptitude (navigating online resources and applying technology)
- Must be a collaborative partner, with the ability to work independently and with others.
- Must be able to meet and manage deadlines.
- Must possess reliable transportation, a valid Driver's License, and be able to provide proof of current automobile insurance.
The position of Reentry Coordinator is a term position.
With your application, please upload the following (preferably in a single PDF):
- Cover Letter
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