Ending Youth Solitary Project Coordinator

Full Job Description and Application Instructions

The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks a part-time Project Coordinator to help lead CCLP’s work on new approaches to end solitary confinement for young people in juvenile and adult detention and corrections facilities.

Stop Solitary for Kids (SSK) is a partnership of four national organizations to end the practice of  solitary confinement, also known as “isolation,” “room confinement,” and “segregation.” SSK focuses on helping juvenile justice stakeholders to identify and implement safe and workable alternatives to solitary. SSK also supports advocates and community members working to implement those alternatives. The partner organizations are the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University (CJJR), the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators (CJJA), and the Justice Policy Institute (JPI). Each partner organization brings specific expertise to the work to end solitary. CCLP is responsible for managing and coordinating Stop Solitary for Kids.

Beginning in 2021, CCLP will expand its focus to promote new approaches to ending solitary confinement for young people, with a particular emphasis on racial justice, elevating the voices of those directly impacted, and supporting the decarceration of young people. Read more about these new projects here. The Coordinator will work with the SSK Campaign Manager to coordinate both existing and new projects.

Coordinator Responsibilities

The Coordinator will focus on developing, coordinating, and amplifying the work on new approaches to end youth solitary, including:

  • Working with the SSK Campaign Manager on strategic planning, organizational planning, and coordination of new projects described above;
  • Leading the development and administration of the Room Confinement Assessment Tool (RCAT) in cohort sites;
  • Creating fact sheets, infographics, publications, and written testimony;
  • Representing CCLP during coalition calls or meetings regarding ending youth solitary;
  • Updating the Stop Solitary for Kids website with resources and significant developments on youth solitary;
  • Reviewing and cataloging relevant research and legislation on solitary confinement;
  • Writing progress reports, new proposals, and budgets for funders;
  • Identifying and pursuing resources (financial and otherwise) to advance the Stop Solitary for Kids agenda;
  • Working with the Justice Policy Institute to develop and promote communications tools in support of project efforts;
  • Maintaining an active social media presence;
  • Drafting proposals, presentations, and handouts for national workshops and conferences;
  • Organizing and leading webinars and convenings;
  • Developing concrete ways to ensure that project efforts focus on racial equity;
  • Seeking out opportunities to partner with other organizations and potential allies; and
  • Assisting with recruitment, preparation, and partnership with youth and family members who have been impacted by solitary confinement.

Coordinator Qualifications

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
  • Three to five years of experience working in youth justice, child welfare, or a closely related field (e.g., education, civil rights);
  • Commitment to and passion for policy and advocacy work that advances needed changes to the youth justice system, particularly in improving conditions of confinement for youth;
  • Knowledge of, enthusiasm for, and experience with partnering with young people and families,
  • Interest in working with administrators and staff members of youth justice facilities;
  • Experience planning and organizing large-scale projects with multiple components and participants;
  • Eagerness and ability to work on a variety of tasks, with a rapidly changing “to-do” list;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a close-knit team using remote technology such as Zoom and SharePoint;
  • Ability to work with diverse people in diverse settings (from community settings to board rooms to jails);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Willingness to have a flexible work schedule and environment (to allow for engagement with advocates, young people, and travel outside of traditional business hours);
  • Professional experience with WordPress and social media platforms is preferred but not required;
  • Experience with data collection and digital platforms is preferred but not required.  

Application Instructions

Please review the full Job Description here.

The position is open until filled. CCLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. People of color and individuals directly impacted by the youth justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position along with a resume and three references to Jenny Lutz, Staff Attorney and Campaign Manager, at jlutz@cclp.org. Please use the subject heading “Project Coordinator Application.” No phone inquiries please.