Assistant Director, National Center on Restorative Justice

Vermont Law School
May 13, 2020
South Royalton, VT
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Description: The National Center on Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School, in conjunction with its partners the University of Vermont, the University of San Diego, and the Department of Justice, seeks an Assistant Director to support the work of the Center. The National Center will educate and train the next generation of justice leaders with a restorative approach, broaden educational opportunities for those under correctional supervision, and research how best to provide direct services to reduce social inequities, focusing particularly on simultaneous access to substance abuse treatment and educational opportunities for participants in treatment courts. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Director and the partner entities to ensure federal grant management and compliance, and will possess a background that includes understanding and/or experience in restorative justice principles and applications.

Essential Functions:

  • Participates in the development of the National Center's mission and goals, and promotes program philosophy and objectives
  • Supports initiatives of the Director
  • Develops relationships and collaborates with staff within VLS and at partnering institutions
  • Plans and coordinates events and workshops
  • Provides immediate supervision to program manager
  • Serves as the institutional liaison between Vermont Law School (the host organization) and the partner schools, University of Vermont and University of San Diego, and with the Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Ensure compliance with all DOJ/OJP reporting and record keeping requirements, including financial budgeting and reporting
  • Provides Restorative Justice expertise to the partnering schools and organizations
  • Participates in program development to pair treatment court participants receiving substance abuse treatment with educational opportunities
  • Promotes and expands the National Center's restorative justice academic offerings
  • Supports external relations and sustainability of the National Center
  • Publicly addresses and/or instructs audiences and/or students about the Restorative Justice Program
  • Ensures relevant standards, processes, and regulations are upheld
  • Other duties as assigned

. Requirements: Experience and Education Requirements:

  • The Assistant Director will have a deep commitment to restorative justice values and practices.
  • The Assistant Director should have proven leadership and management experience, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • A law or graduate degree from an accredited institution
  • At least 3 years working in restorative justice or related field
  • Strong external relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written, visual, and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to travel to support the National Center
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Prior experience working with justice-system involved persons preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • 60% Desk-oriented work, primarily computer oriented
  • Repetitive motion (keyboard, mouse, etc.)
  • Limited travel required, some within the State of Vermont and some Nationally
  • Some public speaking/instruction

Mental Requirements:

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines and reorganize under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Ability to manage the pressure of multiple deadlines
  • Ability to manage a staff and set guidelines and boundaries

Note: All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Vermont Law School is committed to a diverse and equitable application and employment environment for all qualified candidates. Please contact for reasonable accommodations with your application. Continued employment with Vermont Law School remains on an at-will basis. PM20 PI120230332

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