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Project Coordinator – Prisoners’ Legal Services

Project RIZE: Innovations in Anti-Racism to Address the Overdose Crisis in Prisons

Who We Are
Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is a nonprofit legal services organization founded in 1972 whose mission is to challenge the carceral system through litigation, advocacy, client counseling, partnership with impacted individuals and communities, and outreach to policy makers and the public. The office prioritizes work involving health and mental health care, assaults by staff, extreme conditions of confinement (including COVID, overcrowding, exorbitant prison phone rates), misuse of segregation and isolation, and race equity through the recently launched Race Equity in Corrections Initiative (REICI). At PLS we seek for our team to reflect our organizational values of justice, race equity, and community. This includes hiring staff with connection to the communities we serve, where feasible, and a commitment to strive for justice and equity in our hiring practices and in our staff culture.

Position Summary
PLS seeks a Project Coordinator to join our medical-legal advocacy partnership with Boston Medical Center (BMC) to support our efforts to ensure equitable access to substance use treatment, with a focus on medications for opioid use disorder, for Black and Brown prisoners. The project, entitled “Innovations in Anti-Racism to Address the Overdose Crisis in Prisons,” is the first legal-medical advocacy partnership of its kind and will incorporate a multi-faceted approach to challenge the failure of prisons and jails to provide prisoners of color (POC) equitable access to Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment.

The position is a two-year term, although it may be extended contingent on funding.

Due to the pandemic, PLS staff have been working from home. The office is expected to reopen this Fall. Although this position will still have some flexibility to work from home, it will require some physical presence at the office, an ability to visit clients in prison and to attend required meetings in the community.

Responsibilities
● Assisting and supporting the project under the supervision of the REICI Program Director and Executive Director
● Documenting and tracking relevant intakes and outcomes
● Preparing presentations for upper management and the project’s grantor
● Coordinate all team members to keep workflow on track and provide general
administrative support including organizing project materials, scheduling meetings including team meetings, and recording and distributing minutes

● Manage project-related paperwork by ensuring all necessary materials are current, properly filed and stored
● Communicate with clients to assess program eligibility which includes processing intakes and investigating client reports
● In collaboration with BMC and other qualified doctors, drafting legal advocacy letters in support of individual and systemic advocacy efforts
● Work with collaborators and relevant correctional staff to connect justice-involved and re-entering persons to community-based treatment
● Other tasks as assigned by REICI Director or Executive Director.

Qualifications
● Must have a thorough understanding of racial justice, social equity, community development principles; racial and cultural differences; an understanding of systemic and institutional racial bias; sensitivity to issues and concerns of communities of color and other diverse groups
● Good communication and interpersonal skills capable of maintaining strong relationships with prisoners of color and all collaborators
● Experience engaging in difficult conversations with individuals and groups around race, equity, diversity and inclusion
● Ability to think and act strategically in working collaboratively within and across organizations, while focusing and executing tactically to ensure successful and timely outcomes
● Thrives in multiracial work environment
● Proactive, self-directed, and able to multitask effectively
● Commitment to organization’s mission and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of criminal justice issues
● Must demonstrate strong writing and advocacy skills
● Solid organizational and multitasking skills
● Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities
● Team-management and leadership skills
● Documentation management and ability to use project management tools
● Strong attention to detail
● Time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines
● Experience working with persons in recovery and criminal justice involvement, either personal or professional
● BIPOC, bicultural, bilingual, LGBTQ+, and formerly incarcerated strongly encouraged to apply.

When you join our team 
You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
You can count on doing solutions-oriented and policy-driven work. We ask difficult questions and entertain unconventional answers so we can reckon with the uncomfortable truths of our work.
You will have excellent benefits you can’t turn down and a great work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. We value the importance of self-care and also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.

Compensation
This is a full-time position, requiring 35 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with years of experience, based on a salary scale. The salary range for this position will typically range from 35-46k depending on experience.
We also offer a comprehensive compensation package with 12 paid holidays, a minimum of 16 paid vacation days, 12 sick days, and 4 personal days each year, as well as paid parental and family medical leave benefits and a partially-paid sabbatical every 7 years. We pay 100% of employee premiums for excellent health, vision, and dental benefits plus 100% of the out-of-pocket deductible. We also offer a 401(k) retirement benefit with employer contribution, disability and life insurance, and a student loan repayment assistance program.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and references attached to a single email to lrydzewski@plsma.org with the subject line “Project Coordinator” as soon as possible.
Interviews will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
No phone calls or mail inquiries please.