Restorative Community Conferencing Advocate (Full-Time)

S.O.U.L (Sisters Organizing for Understanding & Leadership) Sisters Leadership Collective (SSLC) mobilizes systems-involved girls and nonbinary youth of color—Black, Brown, and Indigenous—to build power and resist/disrupt all forms of violence, economic exploitation, and oppression. Our four pillars are leadership, radical artistic expression, healing, and social justice. Growing out of the dire need for gender-specific services and leadership development for young women impacted by school pushout and the justice system in urban areas, SSLC launched in August of 2014 in Miami and NYC.

Summary

SSLC has an immediate opening for a trauma-informed, empathic and committed counseling/case coordination professional to support in the pilot phase of the implementation of the first-ever girls restorative justice diversion program in Miami. Reporting directly to the Restorative Practices Program Manager, the Advocate is responsible for providing resource support and supportive counseling to youth program participants, families and person(s) harmed.

Responsibilities

Case Coordination

  • Initiate contact with youth, family and person(s) harmed;
  • Follow-up, schedule and attend meetings with youth, family and person(s) harmed and facilitator to talk about impact and needs;
  • Act as a resource and support person for youth, family and person(s) harmed throughout the entire process – before, during and after conference – in activating community-based services;
  • Share resources to support the healing of the youth, family and person(s) harmed;
  • Conduct field visits in community to support youth, family and person(s) harmed with making successful linkages to referrals;
  • Support with crisis intervention and follow up support when needed–must be available to support/respond off hours;
  • Support person(s) harmed with Victim’s Compensation application process;
  • Collaborate with facilitators to ensure a person(s) harmed/victim-oriented RCC trainings.

Supportive Counseling

  • Offer trauma-informed supportive counseling to youth, family and person(s) harmed on an as-needed basis until referrals are complete for psychotherapy;
  • Offer psychoeducational sessions on issues including traumatic stress, substance use or any other social-emotional or mental health topic for youth, family and person(s) harmed.

Advocacy

  • Advocate for the youth, family and in their home, school or other setting;
  • Meet regularly with data/research consultants.

Training & Professional Development – Must attend the following internally and externally provided trainings:

  • Victim’s Need Assessment
  • Trauma Informed Care Training
  • Restorative Justice Training
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Child Protection Training

Other – As this is a pilot, there will be duties and tasks that are unanticipated. The person in this role should be prepared for other duties as assigned.

Successful candidates will:

  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively, quickly and under pressure—with a sense of humor;
  • Have strong organizational skills and a flexible attitude;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks;
  • Be a self-starter with integrity, professional discretion and professionalism;
  • Have experience with administrative tasks including calendaring, task management & professional email communication;
  • Have a strong analysis of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices and principles including gender and racial justice;
  • Have experience working with marginalized youth and possess a passion for positive youth development;
  • Have experience and passion uplifting and centering Black girls and femmes;
  • Be LGBTQIA+ affirming;
  • Have reliable transportation;
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Possess emotional intelligence;
  • Bring whole self to the position.

Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling or other related degree required. Masters degree preferred. Must have at least one year of experience working with systems-involved youth and/or girls and non-binary youth. Must have at least 2 years experience doing case management work or resource support; identifying needs and connecting participants and families to resources and services. Knowledge of Microsoft, Google and social media applications required. Spanish and/or Haitian Creole speaker a plus. South Florida natives strongly encouraged to apply.

Start date: July 6, 2021

Office & Work Hours: General office hours are 10 am – 6 pm, some weekends; work hours are 40 hours per week in office on Monday to Friday, some weekends

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000; benefits include health benefits, paid vacation, flex time and holidays.

Physical Requirements And Working Conditions:

  • Works in an office environment
  • Frequently sits for long periods of time
  • Frequently speaks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard
  • May require occasional standing, walking, lifting, stooping, and bending

How to Apply: Please submit resume, portfolio and/or links via e-mail to: Nerea Arce Masnu at nerea@soulsistersleadership.org. Please include “RCC Advocate” in the subject line.

S.O.U.L. Sisters is an equal opportunity employer; we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. Women (trans or cis) and people of color are encouraged to apply.