Civil Survival Project

Civil Survival organizes system-impacted people, provides legal representation, and advocates for policy reform to restore opportunity to communities harmed by the criminal legal system. We envision a world without incarceration, where people are not limited by their past and are valued for their humanity. Civil Survival was founded by people harmed by the criminal legal system to advocate for each other. Most of our staff have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system. Our foundational commitment to build an organization made up of members of the communities remains at the core of our identity.

These values and commitments have allowed us to increase access to opportunity for those harmed by the criminal legal system. We have done this by:

  • Organizing mass assistance days that provide legal financial obligation relief to hundreds of clients in a single day. During Civil Survival’s mass assistance day in Pierce County, the courts waived over $2.3 million in criminal legal debt.
  • Representing clients in 1,095 cases across 92 courts, resulting in the waiver of approximately $3 million in criminal legal debt during 2023.
  • Leading systemic advocacy to make reentry legal relief accessible and automatic. Civil Survival led the effort to pass HB 1412 and HB 1169, which allowed for restitution relief in over 100,000 cases and eliminated $600 in mandatory LFOs for every felony conviction; and
  • Hosting weekly Game Changer groups that provide justice-involved individuals a place to learn how to advocate for systemic change, overcome their own reentry barriers, and provide peer support.

Summary

Civil Survival is looking for a Reentry Resource Coordinator with experience in social services to lead the development of a new program. Their work will supplement Civil Survival’s legal services program, which assists clients in reducing legal financial obligations (LFOs), vacating criminal convictions, and a variety of other reentry legal needs. The Reentry Resource Coordinator position will complement the legal services work by providing holistic support to Civil Survival clients. They will assess clients' needs, develop comprehensive service plans, and develop relationships with community partners throughout Washington State to connect clients to services.

Civil Survival is committed to maintaining a staff that reflect the diversity of experiences of the communities we work with. People of color, those directly impacted by the criminal legal system, people who identify as LGBTQ2IAS+, people who are fluent in languages other than English, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description

The Reentry Resource Coordinator will assist Civil Survival legal services clients in accessing resources to address their reentry needs. Their work will supplement Civil Survival’s legal services program, which assists clients in reducing legal financial obligations (LFOs), vacating criminal convictions, and a variety of other reentry legal needs. The Reentry Resource Coordinator will be responsible for conducting an intake with each new Civil Survival client to assess the client’s non-legal needs, including housing, case management, employment, family reunification services, transportation, communication technology support, and education. After assessing the client’s needs, the Reentry Resource Coordinator will create a reentry service plan for the client, with a focus on culturally appropriate resources. After discussing the plan with the client, the Reentry Resource Coordinator will then connect the client to identified community providers.

In order to connect clients to culturally appropriate services, the Reentry Resource Coordinator will build relationships with service providers across Washington. Through these relationships, the Reentry Resource Coordinator will be able to identify providers’ capacity to assist new referrals and determine the appropriate referral pathways. When clients have discreet needs that can easily be addressed, the Reentry Resource Coordinator will assist with the needs directly. For example, if a client needs assistance figuring out how to obtain a driver’s license, the Reentry Resource Coordinator may provide step-by-step instructions to the client or accompany the client to an appointment with the Department of Licensing.

The Reentry Resource Coordinator will create self-help resources for people we are unable to assist as clients. They will attend community resource fairs, create handouts, and develop communications materials to spread awareness about critical reentry resources. The Reentry Resource Coordinator will maintain and shape Civil Survival’s reentry resource guides, striking a balance between providing useful, up-to-date information and doing so in a way that is efficient to maintain.

The Reentry Resource Coordinator is the first position of its type at Civil Survival. In developing a new program, the Reentry Resource Coordinator will need to create a project plan, timelines, and caseload targets. The ideal candidate will be excited to help develop a new role and open to adjusting their scope of work should experience in the position suggest that a different approach would be more effective (e.g. offering more intensive services to a smaller group of clients, etc.).

Responsibilities include:

  • Program design and development;
  • Conducting client need assessments;
  • Creating reentry service plans specific to individual clients;
  • Regularly assessing service providers' capacity to accept new referrals and tracking this information on an ongoing basis;
  • Communicating available services to clients in a timely manner;
  • Collaborating with service providers throughout the state to establish and maintain relationships and referrals;
  • Facilitating access to peer support and leadership development opportunities through Civil Survival's Game Changer group for eligible clients;
  • Creating and maintaining a system to track referrals and program outcomes in a program database;
  • Supporting and participating in Civil Survival events and workshops;
  • Developing and maintaining reentry resource guides;
  • Responding to incoming mail from currently incarcerated individuals;
  • Data entry in multiple software programs; and
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

A. Required Qualifications

  • Detailed knowledge about, and connections to, reentry service providers, including those assisting with housing, case management, employment services, family reunification, transportation, communication skills/resources, education, and basic needs.
  • Experience providing direct services to clients involved in the criminal legal system.
  • A skilled understanding of how to support clients who have experienced trauma, mental illness, and substance use.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with clients and service providers. The successful applicant will have strong conflict management skills and be able to tactfully engage with clients and external partners.
  • Strong organization skills, with an ability to manage a caseload of several dozen clients at a time.
  • A deep commitment to growth in a trauma-informed, anti-racist organization.
  • An understanding and empathy with the stresses experienced by clients who are impacted by poverty, mental illness, disabilities, unstable housing, substance use, domestic strife, and other barriers.
  • Ability to help clients through the principles of harm-reduction, —meeting clients where they are, in a way that is responsive to their specific needs.
  • Demonstrated experience in any or all of the following: motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, strengths-based approach, and peer support to effectively support clients.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and sensitivity in working with diverse clients, communities, and colleagues.
  • Desire to work collaboratively with the ability to work independently.
  • Comfort being the first and only person to hold a social service/case management position at Civil Survival, and a desire to exercise leadership in developing a new program area.
  • Strong drive and initiative with the ability to manage time well in an environment of many concurrent assignments and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and the desire to learn and develop skills within other software programs.
  • Ability to organize electronic files and email efficiently so that information is consistently saved in locations that are easy for staff to access.
  • Ability to use case management and electronic file storage systems to take case notes, chart referrals, and save case management information.

B. Preferred Qualifications

  • At least five years of case management or certified peer counselor experience.
  • Lived experience in the criminal legal system.
  • Experience designing a new program, including creating a program plan, timelines, and caseload targets.
  • Fluency in Spanish.

Location

All Civil Survival staff work remotely. In-person work will be required to attend events, attend meetings, meet with clients, and attend organizational retreats. Travel within Washington will periodically be required. Applicants from all parts of Washington State are encouraged to apply.

Compensation

Salary range is $65,644 to $93,433, depending on experience. Within the position salary range, salary increases up to 4% annually, depending on performance. An additional annual cost of living increase is provided at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Benefits include:

  • 401k match of up to 4% of salary;
  • Generous medical and dental benefits for employees and dependent family members;
  • 17 paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day;
  • 15 days vacation, accrued annually, increasing to 21 days vacation, accrued annually;
  • 12 personal days, accrued annually;
  • Long-term disability insurance;
  • Flexible Spending Account; and
  • Monthly $50 employer cell phone contribution.

Benefits are provided consistent with current organizational policies and are subject to change. This is a Fair Labor Standards Act exempt, at-will position; continuation in the position depends on both performance and funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Civil Survival is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. Civil Survival actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. We are committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual identity, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process should contact Julie Wilson (she/her pronouns) at julie.wilson@civilsurvival.org or (206) 317-4546.

How to Apply

Please submit the following, as Word or PDF attachments, to Julie Wilson at Julie.Wilson@civilsurvival.org by 06/28/2024, at 11:59 pm. The email subject line should clearly reference “Civil Survival Reentry Resource Coordinator.”

  • Letter of interest: The letter of interest should include a description of any past experience, personal or professional, working with low income or other marginalized communities. We value lived experience in the criminal legal system and encourage applicants to share any lived experience in their letter of interest.
  • Resumé.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references. Professional references will not be contacted until the conclusion of the interview process.