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Criminal Justice Reform Program Manager

April 13, 2022 Job Listing

Criminal Justice Reform Program Manager
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco, CA
Exempt, Regular, Full-time position

Applications are due by May 6, 2022

The Opportunity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks an experienced attorney and/or advocate to lead its Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) Program. The Program Manager will lead a team of attorneys, community advocates and fellows to bring about systems change through an integrated approach combining impact litigation, policy advocacy, coalition building, and strategic communications. The Program Manager must be able to utilize, integrate and manage legal, policy, and advocacy strategies on issues and campaigns to address the underlying causes of and ameliorate the effects of mass incarceration, discriminatory policing and a wide range of criminal legal issues.

In the last 10 years, this program has been co-leading a statewide coalition to disentangle ICE from local and state enforcement systems, including through the passage of the TRUTH, TRUST, and CA Values Acts. As the state legislature considers the VISION Act this session, which would disrupt California's prison-to-ICE detention pipeline, the CJR Program Manager will work with program staff to build on the past decade of advocacy for immigrants facing double punishment. At this important moment when AAPI communities are grappling with fear of racialized violence, the Program Manager will also lead a project to develop, deepen and amplify innovative, non-carceral and community-level interventions, alternatives and policies that center the voices and leadership of systems-impacted individuals and survivors to change how we think of community safety and justice through a transformative vision in the United States. The ideal candidate is attuned to and has deep expertise in criminal legal issues and committed to building the leadership and power with and for impacted communities. Experience working with people who are formerly incarcerated and/or directly impacted by the criminal legal system, as well as familiarity with policies that limit entanglement between law enforcement and immigration authorities are highly desired.

ALC is undergoing a strategic planning process, and the successful candidate will play a leading role in shaping the continued success and growth of the program and the organization. The CJR Program Manager should bring a management style that is grounded in principles of equity and inclusion, and can partner with ALC’s leadership and staff to build connectivity and cohesion across the organization. She/he/they will report directly to the Deputy Director.

The Organization

ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs). Since 1972, ALC has preserved affordable housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown, litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, and Voting Rights.

ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee the strategic direction and the short and long term goals of the CJR Program
  • Work with CJR program team and in collaboration with the Litigation Director, to identify opportunities, legal theories, and claims to challenge institutional civil rights abuses in the criminal legal system
  • Lead and supervise the program team and, in collaboration with the Deputy Director and Policy Director, integrate legal services and impact litigation with policy advocacy strategies to address the impacts of the existing criminal justice systems on API communities and other communities of color
  • Collaborate with Communications staff to develop narrative-shifting strategies
  • Collaborate and coordinate with relevant programs on any work that intersects with the criminal legal system, such crim-imm, surveillance, and policing in low-income and unhoused communities
  • Assist in development activities such as grant proposals, reporting, funder meetings, and fundraising events
  • Establish and deepen relationships with grassroots partners, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders
  • Develop and monitor budget that aligns with program's goal and organization mission


  • Substantive experience with criminal justice issues and minimum of five (5) years' related legal services, policy advocacy, or state/federal court litigation experience, ideally with familiarity in practicing in a non-profit organization
  • JD preferred, but not required
  • Two (2) years’ experience with and/or ability to build and maintain sustainable, high-impact coalitions
  • Substantial experience in public policy and/or legal advocacy with excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to building power for and with grassroots communities
  • Experienced working with formerly incarcerated people or community members impacted by the criminal legal system highly desirable
  • A trusted colleague who works effectively within a nonprofit management team towards organizational goals and objectives
  • Willingness to take risks and innovate
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience supervising staff and managing a team
  • Ability to do long-term visioning and planning, and ability to grow a team while maintaining culture
  • Non-English language skills (Spanish or Asian languages) a plus but not required.
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, writing, facilitation, and interpersonal skills

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range, starting from four years’ experience, is $95,000 - $127,762. ALC offers an additional $1,000 annual compensation for proficiency in a language other than English and an additional $1,000 annual compensation for graduate degree(s).

ALC’s comprehensive benefits package includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage (ALC pays 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for qualified dependents); a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
2. Resume
3. Writing sample (no more than ten (10) pages)
4. Three professional references

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Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

While understanding the API communities’ issues is important to the Criminal Justice Reform Program Manager role, candidates need not themselves identify as API.