The Rochester Education Justice Initiative (REJI) program assistant supports REJI’s mission to advance the efforts of other groups and organizations at the University of Rochester that champion social, economic, and education justice. The program assistant helps build connections between campus-based and community organizations working toward these goals, serving as REJI’s, with a focus on fostering student leadership. The program assistant also supports the operations of REJI’s college programs at Groveland, Attica, and Wyoming Correctional Facilities by aiding with enrollment and registration processes, aiding students with the completion of basic paperwork (e.g., transcript requests), and delivering materials and supplies to program sites.
Works with REJI Assistant Director for Community Outreach and Reentry Coordinator to build and deepen connections between REJI and community leaders and community organizations
Expands existing relationships with groups like the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, Center for Community Alternatives, and VOCAL-NY
Monitors emergent local and statewide developments that intersect with issues of incarceration and decarceration
Works with REJI Assistant Director for Community Outreach and Reentry Coordinator to build connections between REJI and existing student activity groups on River Campus
Builds enduring infrastructure for the Decarceral Student Organizing Coalition on UR's campus by forming an executive board and cultivating underclasspeople to be future leaders
Builds connections with students at other REJI-participating campuses, including MCC, RIT, Nazareth, and St. John Fisher
Assists REJI Deputy Director and Program Coordinator with college program clerical duties, e.g., distributing, collecting, and processing incarcerated student paperwork; and packing and delivering materials to program sites
Maintains systems, e.g., listserve, to connect UR undergraduates to local and statewide community organizations focused on decarceration and social justice
Other duties as assigned.
Associate degree required
Bachelor’s degree preferred
At least one year of academic or professional experience with social, economic, and education justice movements preferred
or equivalent combination of education and experience required
Understanding of how justice movements emerge, evolve, and achieve their goals, and ability to strategize and develop appropriate modes of campus-based engagement with such movements preferred.
Intermediate productivity suite (Microsoft Office) skills; familiarity with online marketing platforms, e.g., Mailchimp; familiarity with CMS platforms, e.g., Cascade required
Knowledge of protocols for interaction with individuals incarcerated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS) required.
Active NYS DOCCS volunteer status preferred
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How To Apply
All applicants must apply online.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
Location: The College
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Opening: Part Time 20 hours Grade 001