Chief of Staff

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@commonjustice.org

Common Justice seeks an experienced, dedicated, anti-racist professional with strong people skills and strategic acumen to join the leadership team as Chief of Staff.  The Chief of Staff is responsible for essential functions that advance the strategic direction, management and alignment of the organization, and that promote excellence in organizational performance. They are a member of Common Justice’s leadership team and a key partner to the Executive Director, to whom they report directly. 

Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.  Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts.  Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted.  Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.

Responsibilities:

The Chief of Staff is responsible for essential functions that advance the strategic direction, management and alignment of the organization, and promote excellence in organizational performance. They are a member of Common Justice’s leadership team and a key partner to the Executive Director, to whom they report directly.  Common Justice seeks an experienced, dedicated anti-racist professional to take on responsibility for the following:

  • Lead cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications systems to fundamentally integrate the work of all departments.
  • Engage with staff to plan and implement staff-wide training and leadership development.
  • Lead Common Justice in the development and implementation of organizational assessment and strategic planning processes.
  • Address challenges that arise to ensure the excellence and wellbeing of Common Justice staff.
  • Develop internal policies and procedures and ensure their consistent implementation.
  • Develop a framework and strategy for replication and training.
  • Refine Common Justice’s performance evaluation, recruitment, and retention practices in partnership with the Executive Director and HR consultants.
  • Serve as a thought partner to the Executive Director in developing Common Justice’s policy work.
  • Manage key relationships on behalf of the organization.
  • As a member of the leadership team, participate in budgeting and planning for Board meetings as needed.
  • Represent the organization publicly.
  • Lead the process to develop strategic metrics to assess and evaluate the impact of Common Justice’s work, and develop a strategy to incorporate participants and community in the process.
  • Serve as a partner to the Executive Director in ensuring the wellbeing of the organization and its accomplishment of its mission.
  • Supervise core areas of work as needed and agreed upon.
  • Lead key strategic initiatives as they arise and assist in the development and implementation of new bodies of work.

Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience in non-profit organizations required
  • Extensive management experience required; human resources experience also preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required
  • Flexibility, strong organizational skills, and ability to work independently required
  • Experience with metrics and evaluation preferred
  • Experience managing replication preferred
  • Experience working with survivors of violence and trauma preferred
  • Experience in criminal justice reform preferred
  • Anti-racist analysis and practice required
  • Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply  
  • Serious commitment to social justice required