CJNY Will Hire a New Network Organizer in March 2016


The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) is a national non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to protect and improve the lives of youth and adults of color and the well-being of their communities by ensuring fairness and equity throughout the justice system. We are hiring a motivated, innovative, and versatile individual willing to work diligently to help us dismantle structural racism and promote equity in the youth and adult justice system.

BI uses a data-driven and collaborative approach to reducing racial and ethnic disparities by working with justice and community stakeholders to develop community alternatives to justice system involvement. Additionally, through the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), BI supports communities in building capacity to hold child serving systems accountable and reduce the inappropriate use of the youth justice system for youth misbehavior. BI has worked in over 100 sites nationwide.

CJNY is a national network of 130 community based organizations working to improve the lives of system involved youth of color. CJNY staff serve these organizations through a variety of programs as well as work to integrate community stakeholders into juvenile justice reform efforts. CJNY includes 7 local “task forces” across the country. These Task Forces are comprised of CJNY member organizations organizing together to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice systems.

The CJNY Network Organizer will have a specific focus on supporting CJNY Task Forces and will need to possess skills in community organizing. The ideal candidate will also have skills in youth development, facilitation, public speaking, event planning and systems reform.

Job Description

The CJNY Network Organizer is expected to work in multiple areas, including, but not limited to:

Member Management & Sustainability

  • Maintain consistent communication with CJNY member organizations, building strong personal relationships and tracking member requests
  • Plan and participate in organizational site visits
  • Provide CJNY organizations with relevant CJNY and BI materials

Task Forces

  • Develop the leadership of Task Force members to effectively organize stakeholders inside and outside of the juvenile justice system
  • Support CJNY Task Forces in developing and carrying out organizing strategies to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and build community capacity to address youthful misbehavior
  • Supervise local Task Force coordinators (as assigned)
  • Organize CJNY Task Force annual gatherings
  • Coordinate national Task Force quarterly calls
  • Track and report on progress and training needs of CJNY Task Forces quarterly
  • Identify strategic opportunities to engage Task Forces in BI work
  • Engage BI staff in supporting Task Forces

Peer-to-Peer Exchange

  • Promote program within CJNY membership
  • Create opportunities for peer-to-peer exchanges between CJNY members
  • Facilitate CJNY peer exchanges when appropriate
  • Document peer to peer exchanges including effectiveness and impact evaluation
  • Maintain CJNY peer exchange documentation in CJNY data base


  • Provide training to CJNY members on the utilization of BI curriculums, tools and technologies
  • Provide training to member organizations on juvenile justice system function, policy, and practice
  • Maintain thorough documentation of the technical assistance including follow up effectiveness and impact evaluation and assessment

Community Engagement in BI Sites

  • Develop an expertise in the BI child wellbeing systems change approaches
  • Train system stakeholders on best practices of equitable community engagement including the establishment of community engagement goals and strategies to implement those goals
  • Train community stakeholders in working effectively with systems based stakeholders
  • Utilize the BI’s data driven approach to connect system stakeholders to community based interventions

BI and CJNY Network Duties

  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of local, state and regional gatherings
  • Assist in coordinating and facilitating CJNY advisory council meetings
  • Assist in BI program planning and strategic planning
  • Publicly represent the Burns Institute and the CJNY via public speaking engagements, workshop presentations and trainings

The ideal candidate can demonstrate a strong commitment to racial justice and youth justice reform. The BI is open to considering applicants who are trained community organizers from various social change fields. Experience managing large membership bases and engaging stakeholders from a variety of political perspectives in joint work are also of particular interest.

This position requires up to 65% travel.

The W. Haywood Burns Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is dependent upon experience. The Burns Institute provides extensive benefits including fully paid health, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, Health Savings Plan (HSA), Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) and 401(k) retirement plan.

People of color, women, LGBT people and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural candidates are particularly desired. No relocation funds are available. Very experienced candidates may apply to work remotely. Please visit our website to learn more about the Burns Institute at www.burnsinstitute.org.

How to Apply

Please send your complete applications to Senior Assistant, Andria Blackmon (jobs@burnsinstitute.org):

  • A letter of interest;
  • Your resume;
  • A minimum of three references; and
  • A brief writing sample

Please use “Network Organizer” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, please send materials to: W. Haywood Burns Institute, 475 14th Street, Suite 800, Oakland, CA 94612.

Hiring Timeline

We will begin reviewing applications in late February 2016. We hope to have the position filled by close of March 2016. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.