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LEAD Project Manager

 
Organization Description
 
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is an innovative, widely replicated alternative to jail and prosecution for people who commit law violations or engage in problematic behavior due to behavioral health conditions and/or extreme poverty. LEAD was launched in Seattle in 2011 and now is established in nearly 20 jurisdictions nationally, with many more jurisdiction in various stages of LEAD design and implementation work.

The Public Defender Association (PDA), the project manager of LEAD in Seattle/King County, is a non-profit organization that advocates for justice system reform and develops alternatives that shift from a punishment paradigm to a system that supports individual and community health. We also provide technical assistance to community partners who are committed to these goals.

We advance justice system reform and alternative practices and policy through several core programs and policy initiatives, including: 

  • Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD):   Under LEAD, police officers exercise discretionary authority at the point of contact to divert individuals to a community-based intervention program for low-level criminal offenses (such as drug possession, sales, and prostitution offenses). PDA is the project manager for the flagship LEAD program in Seattle-King County, and provides technical support for jurisdictions nationally and internationally that want to replicate LEAD through our LEAD National Support Bureau.
  • Voices of Community Activists and Leaders - Washington (VOCAL-WA): VOCAL-WA builds power among low- and no- income people directly affected by the war on drugs, homelessness, mass incarceration, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic to create healthy and just communities for all.
  • Transforming Policy:  The Public Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project (RDP) worked to improve police accountability and reconsider the role of the police since its inception in 1998. PDA staff have chaired Seattle's innovative Community Police Commission since it was launched in 2013; work in partnership with law enforcement agencies as they innovate and transform; advocate for the reform of Washington's deadly force laws; and represent families of individuals killed in police custody or jail.
  • System Reform:  In the spirit of our four decade history as a public defense office committed to system reform, the current incarnation of the Public Defender Association continues to do policy advocacy, litigation, public education and organizing on issues that systemically affect people who are or are likely to be engaged by the justice system. This work includes efforts such as the campaign for safe consumption spaces in Seattle/King County.
 
Position Description
 
The available LEAD Project Manager (1.0 FTE) position would be part of a team engaged in the project management of PDA’s local LEAD work, and would entail close collaboration with law enforcement, case managers, prosecutors, and neighborhood and community leaders. In addition to day to day maintenance and troubleshooting of LEAD operations, this position likely will focus on developing LEAD in South King County, including Burien and White Center.

Project Manager positions are FLSA-exempt. Work outside of normal business hours is expected. Travel throughout King County and Seattle will be required, and some travel outside King County may be required. This Project Manager position will report directly to LEAD Seattle-King County Project Director, Tara Moss, and would work under the overall guidance of PDA Director, Lisa Daugaard.

 
Job Responsibilities
 
In addition to day to day maintenance and troubleshooting of LEAD operations, this position likely will focus on developing LEAD in interested cities in the South King County area, including Burien, White Center and Kent. Depending on the background and community connections of the individual hired, the expected geographic concentration for this position could shift to other areas within Seattle and/or elsewhere in King County
 
• Project Design: Work with PDA’s LEAD Team (including PDA Director, LEAD Seattle-King County Project Director, and other Project Managers) and other King County LEAD partners (including the King County Prosecutor, Executive, Sheriff and Council, and King County’s Behavioral Health & Recovery Division) to identify and support interested South King County cities that are interested in launching LEAD in their city;
 
• Project Implementation: Coordinate with city stakeholders (including law enforcement, service providers, city prosecutor’s office, businesses and other community safety advocates) to design and implement LEAD within their jurisdiction;
 
• Project Management: Day to day maintenance and troubleshooting of LEAD as implemented in new jurisdictions and/or in existing areas of operation, as assigned by the LEAD Project Director;
 
• Management of Regular Operation Workgroup (OWG) Meeting and Process: Facilitation of the biweekly OWG with key operational partners in LEAD. LEAD partners use OWGs to share information about program participants’ situation and progress, discuss referral criteria, program capacity and compliance with the LEAD protocol, and to focus the attention of LEAD program staff and law enforcement in particular areas viewed with concern by neighborhood representatives;
 
• Community Education and Engagement: Educate community members (including individuals, businesses community groups, and social service providers) on how LEAD works and potential ways to implement program in their community. Work with community groups to understand current public health and public safety needs within their community;
 
• From time to time there will be involvement in other work of PDA such as other police reform advocacy to development of other diversion and justice system reform initiatives and other duties as assigned.
 
Requirements / Qualifications
 
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, LEAD's core principles
  • Knowledge of the Burien and White Center communities
  • Ability to clearly communicate core principles and support and advise others with less experience in harm reduction-based social work and in police-social work partnership
  • Deep understanding of substance use disorder, motivational interviewing and harm reduction strategies
  • Experience facilitating meetings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated individual who has strong interpersonal, public speaking and problem-solving skills; interest in working as a member of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential
  • Candidates must have demonstrated interest in criminal justice, homelessness, and/or drug policy reform and a willingness to approach these issues with a racial justice analysis
  • Experience and knowledge of local homeless services and housing systems is preferred
  • Experience or familiarity with community and human services dynamics and public safety/order issues in South King County communities is valuable in this position
  • Commitment to the mission and approach of the Public Defender Association
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email (Google platforms as used at PDA), word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) and spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel) are required
 
Compensation
 
The starting range is $64,456 -$100,944 annually, depending on experience, on a scale with up to 10 annual step increases effective on the anniversary date, and annual cost of living increase at Board discretion. Benefits include up to 4% 401k match after six months employment, plus annual profit sharing of (typically) 2% more in office 401k contribution; generous medical and dental benefits for employees and family members; three weeks vacation accrued annually to start, increasing over time to 4 weeks annually; an unlimited ORCA public transit card; and other benefits.
 
Equal Opportunity Statement
 
The Public Defender Association is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and people who are formerly incarcerated or homeless, or frequently subject to law enforcement focus, HIV-positive, women and/or members of the LGBTQIA+ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
How to Apply
 
Please send a cover letter and résumé to Tara Moss, tara.moss@defender.org. In the subject line, please put “LEAD Project Manager [Your Name]”.  No phone calls please. 
 
This position will remain open until filled.
 
Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted
 
 
 
 
 
 

Legislative Campaign Coordinator - Civil Survival Project

Organization Description
 
The Public Defender Association (PDA) is a non-profit corporation which advocates for justice system reform and develops alternatives that shift from a punishment paradigm to a system that supports individual and community health. We also provide technical assistance to community partners who are committed to these goals. We advance justice system reform and alternative practices and policy through several core programs and policy initiatives, including: 
 
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD):   Under LEAD, police officers exercise discretionary authority at the point of contact to divert individuals to a community-based intervention program for low-level criminal offenses (such as drug possession, sales, and prostitution offenses) in lieu of jail booking and prosecution; long term care and coordination is provided to minimize future justice system involvement, all in harm reduction framework.  PDA is the project manager for the flagship local LEAD program and provides technical support for jurisdictions replicating LEAD nationally and internationally through our LEAD National Support Bureau.
 
Voices of Community Activists and Leaders - Washington (VOCAL-WA): VOCAL-WA, affiliated with VOCAL-NY, builds power among low- and no- income people directly affected by the war on drugs, homelessness, mass incarceration, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic to create healthy and just communities for all. 
 
Transforming Policy:  The Public Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project (RDP) has worked to improve police accountability and reconsider the role of the police since its inception in 1998, and worked to reform Washington's deadly force laws, including with technical support for the implementation of I940/De-Escalate WA, passed by Washington voters in 2018.
 
System Reform:  In the spirit of our four decade history as a public defense office committed to system reform, the current incarnation of the Public Defender Association continues to do policy advocacy, litigation, public education and organizing on issues that systemically affect people who are or are likely to be engaged by the justice system. This work includes efforts such as drug user health and supervised consumption campaigns, work on pre-trial release, and work to advance justice reinvestment, moving funding from institution-based investments to community-based care, in Seattle/King County and around Washington state. 
 
Civil Survival Project: Civil Survival Project organizes people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to build connections, gain knowledge and increase political participation.  Civil Survival provides leadership development, legal education and services, and legislative advocacy on systemic issues that prevent former justice-involved individuals the opportunity to fully reintegrate.
 
Community Justice Project: The Community Justice Project aims to reduce harm caused by violence and mass incarceration by building effective, trauma-informed healing responses that reflect restorative justice principles.  We strive to empower the most impacted and marginalized communities by investing in the leadership of both crime survivors and incarcerated individuals to drive this work.  Unlike the traditional victim advocacy model, we are investing in the leadership of survivors and people directly impacted.
 
Position Description
 
PDA seeks a talented individual experienced coordinating campaigns for legislative change as part of a small, but dynamic team.  The ideal candidate will have significant and recent experience with communications, including digital marketing tools, to further the legislative agenda of the Civil Survival Project.  Under the supervision of the program director, the coordinator will work with the community organizer, consultants (media and tech), allied organizations, and other stakeholders to develop and implement a campaign to achieve legislative action reducing stigma and legal barriers associated with the criminal conviction.  The coordinator will join our small, but dynamic team and utilize their administrative, communications, and legislative experience to complete a team of passionate staff members committed to empowerment and civic engagement among Civil Survival members, and other leaders impacted by the criminal legal system.
 
Job activities are varied and may include: development and implementation of educational and social media campaign materials; communications and media outreach; creation of advocacy materials, event coordination, monitoring the implementation of legislation, reports to the public disclosure commission, and data collection and analysis.  Some administrative tasks (e.g. phone calls, data entry) are assigned as needed.  Other duties as assigned.
 
The legislative campaign coordinator will work in collaboration with other PDA staff and will report to the Civil Survival Project Director. 
 
The position is funded by grant revenue the continuation of which, beyond the initial year, is not guaranteed.  Continuation in the position will depend both on strong performance and on whether revenue to support the position is sustained.
 
Job Responsibilities
 
• Issue Identification and Campaign Development: Work with the Program Director and Community Organizer to assist members in identifying advocacy issues, developing advocacy
strategy, and implementation of new campaigns.
• Communications: Lead communications for the Civil Survival Project including branding, messaging, graphic design, content development, and use of digital marketing tools including
social media and email.
• Administration: Coordinate logistics for Civil Survival events including lobby days, leadership development trainings, and other events as planned.
• Reporting: Support staff to understand how to track lobbying hours and make regular reports to the Public Disclosure Commission.
• Database: Record and input data into our community organizing databases.
• Support: The position will also be expected to provide support for other community organizing and campaigns around criminal justice reform, as needed. We have a highly
collaborative office environment where staff members provide regular support for each other's campaigns, which is in part a function of our limited resources and ambitious scope of
work.
 
Requirements / Qualifications
 
People who have past involvement with the justice system, criminal conviction history,  a history of substance use, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C, or people who have experienced housing insecurity or homelessness will have particularly relevant experience and are encouraged to apply.  People with disabilities, people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities are also strongly encouraged to apply.
 
This is a new position with the organization and we are seeking an energetic, creative, self-motivated individual who can manage multiple roles with extremely strong organization skills.
 
• Commitment to the mission of the Public Defender Association;
• Commitment to the mission of the Civil Survival Project;
• Superior organization skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time; must be self-motivated and be able to work both independently and as part of multiple teams;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Experience with branding and messaging;
• Experience executing social media campaigns and event promotion (including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter);
• Experience utilizing innovative digital marketing tools;
• Background in event planning and support is a plus;
• The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong interpersonal and problem solving skills. Interest in working as a member of a team and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential;
• Candidates must demonstrate interest in criminal justice, homelessness, and/or drug policy reform and a willingness to approach these issues through a racial justice analysis, and with a commitment to harm reduction principles.
• Candidates must have at least two years of recent experience in communications - campaign experience is a plus;
• Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email, word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) and spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel) programs are required
 
Compensation
 
The salary will range from $49,440 to $57,315 depending on experience.  The Public Defender Association offers a generous benefits package.
 
Equal Opportunity Statement
 
The Public Defender Association is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
How to Apply
 
Please send a cover letter and résumé to Turina James, turina.james@defender.org. In the subject line, please put “Campaign Coordinator [Your Name]”. No phone calls please.
 
This position will remain open until filled.
 
Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted

Intern, Extern & Volunteer Opportunities

PDA has various volunteer or intern opportunities available on an ongoing basis.

  • For current or recent law students interested in a fellowship, legal externship or internship, please contact Prachi Dave, PDA Senior Attorney, at prachi.dave@defender.org.
  • If you are interested in general, LEAD, VOCAL-WA or other open-ended opportunities, please complete the survey found here. Once complete, we will retain your information on file and contact you when an internship and/or volunteer opportunity is available.