The Restorative Justice Project Maine (RJP) seeks new Executive Director!
The Restorative Justice Project seeks a full-time Executive Director (ED) with strong development skills to lead the organization into its next chapter of growth and development. Established in 2005, RJP provides restorative community conferences for adult and juvenile offenders in Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Hancock counties, as well as an array of restorative services for Maine Coast Regional Reentry Center, Long Creek Youth Development Center, and for K-12 schools.
Restorative philosophy sees crime and conflict, especially when met with punishment, blame, and isolation, as destructive to the web of supportive relationships that healthy people, families, communities, and societies require to thrive. RJP’s mission is to spread restorative solutions to crime and conflict: Our programs and practices seek healing and repair for those harmed, accountability and reintegration of the offender, and a community-engaged response that creates safety and wellbeing for all.
The individual to fill this position will report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to accomplish RJP’s vision, legacy goals, and strategic direction. The ED will lead fundraising activities to ensure appropriate resources and infrastructure exists in order for RJP to reach its goals. The ED will also provide leadership, oversight, and a systematic approach to the administrative, fiscal, and day-to-day operations of the organization.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS /KEY DUTIES:
Leadership and Board Development: The Restorative Justice Project is at an exciting time of growth and maturation that requires strong leadership at all levels. The ED is expected to be a capable, collaborative leader who will recruit and build the level of board involvement needed to achieve the organization’s strategic direction. Additionally, the ED must inspire staff, and actively engage and energize volunteers, local leaders, partnering organizations, and funders.
Fundraising: RJP’s ambitious goals of spreading and embedding restorative practices throughout communities in Maine will require sophisticated and proactive fundraising strategies. The ED is expected to lead the organization’s fund development efforts in a manner that achieves fundraising targets and assures appropriate resources exist to implement RJP’s mission and strategic goals.
Marketing and Communications: RJP’s vision requires a persuasive and engaging communicator to inspire the staff, board, and a broad set of stakeholders to pursue a cohesive strategy. The ED will be expected to champion RJP’s mission through public speaking, special events, and networking; and through building the organization’s strategic communications capacity so that RJP’s constituency consistently speaks with a united voice about priority goals, policies, and programs.
Organizational Development. The ED will be responsible for building a robust administrative infrastructure that sufficiently supports its programs and operations. At the same time, the ED will safeguard the organization’s growth and development by ensuring RJP’s mission and those we serve remain squarely at the center of all we do.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Success in this role will require expertise in key areas of organizational leadership and management including;
Please send via email a resume and with cover letter to the ED Search Committee outlining your qualifications and experience. Formal review of resumes will start on November 8. The Search Committee may choose to consider applications received after that date, until the position is filled. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and appropriate to the organization’s annual operating budget. Benefits include paid time off, professional development opportunities; health and retirement options are in development.
To facilitate review of your application, please submit your cover letter and resume in one document and include your last name as in the name of the file (e.g., JSmithEDapplication.pdf). For questions about submitting your application, email to EDsearch@rjpmidcoast.org.
References and a background check will be required.
As a matter of policy, RJP conducts background checks for prospective employees and volunteers. We believe having a criminal history shouldn't discourage people from seeking gainful employment. Working with people who have criminal records brings value to our efforts.
The Restorative Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, physical characteristics, social origin, disability, religion, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, veteran status or any unlawful criterion under applicable law. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and avoiding discrimination.