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Senior Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice Reform

October 31, 2022 Job Listing

Senior Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice Reform Program
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Hybrid Work Schedule, Based in San Francisco, CA
Exempt, Full-time position

Applications are due by November 28, 2022

The Opportunity

The Senior Program Coordinator in the Criminal Law Reform Program is an exciting opportunity to reimagine Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community safety at a critical time.

The Senior Program Coordinator will play a leadership role in ALC’s work to fund, implement, and build trust in violence prevention and restorative justice programs that serve AAPI communities, as well as other ways to heal and build community in response to violence and other harms. This will involve working to establish and grow our program’s collaboration with organizations and individuals from other communities of color, especially Black and Latinx communities. It will also involve building relationships with AAPI community partners and community leaders, and educating members of low-income AAPI communities about non-punitive responses to interpersonal violence.

The Criminal Justice Reform Program aims to diminish societal reliance on carceral systems – police, jails, prisons, ICE detention, surveillance, and supervision – in ways that will strengthen the low-income and immigrant AAPI communities we serve. In particular, we seek to disentangle police from immigration enforcement and to reimagine AAPI community safety by building preventative, restorative, and community-based alternatives to our punitive criminal legal system. Our work includes community education, legal representation, and policy advocacy on behalf of low-income immigrants and communities of color.

The Organization

ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Since 1972, ALC has 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 Workers’ Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, and Voting Rights. A growing staff of more than 50 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. ALC is a founding member of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

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.


Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position, and may also be adjusted depending on whether the successful candidate holds an advanced degree. They include the following:

  • Work as a thought partner and close collaborator with the Program Manager to develop plans to implement violence prevention programs, restorative justice programs, and other non-punitive responses to interpersonal violence that impacts AAPI communities.
  • Work with the Program Manager and one or more Community Advocates to identify, develop, and maintain relationships with community partners. This will include cross-community collaboration with Black and Latinx community partners and leaders, as well as with AAPI community partners and leaders.
  • Build and maintain relationships with subgrantees who are implementing pilot programs or program expansions, and a separate subgrantee that will be conducting project-related research.
  • Track and document progress toward project milestones. Maintain knowledge and compliance with funding deliverables.
  • Work with District Attorney offices, police departments, and other system actors to develop and implement policies that support ALC goals, including making non-carceral alternatives easily available to victims and supporting victims who opt for non-carceral alternatives.
  • Supervise project-related work of Community Advocates, including relationship maintenance, community outreach, and working with survivors to navigate non-carceral forms of accountability, healing, and other responses to harm.
  • Work with other CJR staff to develop training curricula and other written materials for organizational partners that work directly with AAPI victims of violence.
  • As needed, work directly with survivors of anti-Asian violence to choose and navigate non-carceral forms of accountability, healing, and other responses to harm.
  • Participate in local and statewide policy coalitions as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned by the Program Manager.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, people of color, and/or immigrant communities.
  • Previous experience working in or administering a restorative justice program, mental health crisis response program, or other program that can provide non-punitive responses to interpersonal harms.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and facilitate consensus building among diverse groups of people, including in API and Black-led spaces.
  • MPP, MSW, JD, or other relevant advanced degree is preferred, but not required. Relevant experience may be substituted.
  • A high degree of sensitivity and strong interpersonal skills needed to manage relationships with external partners.
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized.
  • Strong written/oral communication skills and strong analytical skills.
  • Bilingual skills in Chinese, Vietnamese, or another API language preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range, starting from two years of experience, is $74,000 up to a maximum of $102,433. ALC offers an additional $1,000 annual compensation for proficiency in a language other than English and an additional $1,000 annual compensation for a 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 by November 28, 2022:
(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, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.