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Associate Director of the Research and Action Center at Another Source in Oakland, California

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Another Source’s client, Impact Justice, is recruiting an Associate Director of the Research and Action Center to join their team in Oakland, CA. We would prefer that the candidate is located in the Oakland, CA office, however we would be open to other office locations in either Los Angeles, CA or Washington DC. (Los Angeles, CA or Washington DC). This is a hybrid role with the opportunity to work remotely 3 days per week.  


Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people caught up in harmful legal systems by creating alternatives that are responsive, restorative, fair, and effective; to improve living conditions and life outcomes and safeguard fundamental human rights for the millions of people still subject to mass incarceration; and to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated and other system-involved people to heal, fully participate in community life, and reach their potential. We operate from the understanding that the struggle for justice takes place in a context of historic, systemic, and pervasive racism. 


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Salary: The position will be paid $100,000 – $120,000 annually.  


Benefits: The benefits that come with working at Impact Justice include medical, dental, and FSA plans, significant vacation and 30 days of wellness leave, and immediate vesting in our 401K with a generous match.  


Research & Action Center:  

The Research and Action Center at Impact Justice partners with individuals, organizations, and communities to better understand overlapping problems of injustice and evaluate promising solutions, especially from the perspectives of those most impacted. Our studies, which are grounded in the ethics and practices of participatory research, are geared to connect the desire for change with informed action and to be useful to a wide array of stakeholders who have a role to play in meaningful and lasting change. We do this by collecting and analyzing data and collaborating with public and private agencies and community-based organizations. We center and uplift the experience and knowledge of formerly incarcerated people and others affected by harmful legal systems who are increasingly on the frontlines of change, supporting their work through research, evaluation, and technical assistance. Learn more: 


About the Role:  

In your capacity as Associate Director, your primary focus will be to enhance our team’s operational efficiency.  You will offer extensive oversight for our portfolio of projects and help oversee budgets. You will collaborate closely with the Director in strategizing and executing fundraising initiatives, engaging with potential funders, and responding to Request for Proposal (RFP) opportunities. 


You will also be tasked with developing and implementing team-level processes that go beyond project-specific concerns. This includes addressing multi-project needs to ensure a seamless workflow, optimizing internal procedures and processes, assessing and delegating, and providing feedback and coaching research staff. Your role will entail the regular assessment of the team member’s capacity for the current and upcoming quarters and fiscal year to facilitate effective planning. Overall, your contributions in supervising Senior Researchers, managing project assignments, and reviewing project management work plans will be instrumental in achieving our team’s objectives. 


Breakdown of the role:  

  1. Team Management 
  2. Fundraising
  3. Supervise Senior Researchers
  4. Develop Presentation and Present Research Findings
  5. Draft, and Finalize Reports, Presentations and Externally Facing Research 
  6. Present Contracts, Onboarding, and Hiring 


Required Qualifications 

  • People, project, and team management   
  • High level expertise and understanding of one or more areas of the juvenile justice or criminal legal systems 
  • Firm knowledge of best and promising practice research 
  • Experience managing multi-site research projects 
  • Strong mixed-methods background with expertise in research methodologies, including multiple forms of quantitative and qualitative methods 
  • Expertise In data collection, management, and analysis strategies, particularly involving hard to reach populations 
  • Highly skilled in presenting data & findings visually, through charts, graphs, and other mediums. 
  • Strong communication and troubleshooting skills 
  • Experience fundraising, including researching and developing proposals 
  • Commitment to employing an intersectional lens during all tasks & projects 
  • Excellent personal time management skills – ability to manage & prioritize many tasks across multiple projects 


Ideal Qualifications:  

  • Master’s degree.  Will also consider professional training/education and/or closely related experience 
  • At least 5 years of progressive experience supervising/leading research teams   
  • At least 5 years of project management experience, preferably in a non-profit or similar setting 
  • At least 7 years' experience conducting applied research projects and/or project evaluations 
  •  Fluency in SPSS or R systems 


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Lived experience in the criminal/juvenile justice system 
  • Member of a system-impacted community 
  • Bilingual  Spanish 
  • Experience leading a diverse team 
  • Successful grant writing experience 
  • PhD in a related field 


We are a diverse and allied staff of reformers, transformers, abolitionists, and dreamers who bring a wide range of knowledge, skill, and life experience to the challenging work we undertake together. We’re committed to living our values and to creating the kinds of equitable and inclusive team environments internally that we fight to help create in our broader communities. This includes providing opportunities to all job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, criminal history, disability, or genetics. The organization strongly encourages people of color, individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities, and individuals impacted by the legal system to join the team. A majority of individuals on our current executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ. We are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities. 


Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis.  We are committed to building inclusive candidate pools as we partner with hiring teams. Veterans, women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. As you read through the job posting and review the list of qualifications (required and/or preferred), please do not self-select out if you feel you do not meet every qualification. No one is 100% qualified. We encourage you to apply and share your story with us.    




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