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Co-LEAD South Program Coordinator 

PDA Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is hiring a Full-Time CoLEAD South Program  Coordinator to oversee CoLEAD operations in the City of Burien and oversee the CoLEAD team based  out of south King County temporary lodging locations. CoLEAD staff consist of Outreach Responders and  Outreach Responder Shift Leads who are on-site in temporary lodging locations and in the community to  respond to our participants’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic in new and innovative ways that  includes a hotel-based interim lodging response. This position is employed by the LEAD Project  Manager, the Public Defender Association. Co-responder Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (CoLEAD)  is an emergency response to individuals with current or potential criminal legal system involvement  during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The South Program Coordinator will directly supervise the South CoLEAD response team responsible for  providing outreach, engagement and intensive case management services to adults. CoLEAD Outreach  Responders have caseloads of 1:12 and will provide companion-based services to ensure people are  identified and assessed, supported in navigating the current Phase of the shelter in place landscape,  including accessing and connecting to all necessary social services (behavioral health treatment, primary  care healthcare, basic needs, entitlements, employment opportunities, and any services or  appointments that are indicated). This position will oversee all aspects of referral, outreach and  engagement, intensive case management services, as well as coordination with other providers to  assure successful transition of participants to on-going care once the COVID emergency resolves or is  more fully managed.  

The South Program Coordinator will be responsible for outreach, screening and intake functions and south participant care coordination. 

(1) Outreach, screening and intake functions - oversee all intake and screening functions for the South  Co-LEAD program by working closely with the CoLEAD leadership team to manage in-flow to Co LEAD. 

a. Train, educate and support shift leads and outreach responders to perform the duties of  screening, intake and placement into Co-LEAD. Under the leadership of the South Program  Coordinator, staff will learn and be guided screening to all areas of CoLEAD eligibility  (behavioral health history, criminal legal context and healthcare needs). 

b. Work with the CoLEAD leadership team to set protocols and policy who CoLEAD can best  serve. Plan and oversee screening processes with the south CoLEAD team, includes outreach with law enforcement, when appropriate, ensuring approval of eligibility (both  criminal legal system and behavioral health information) and planning for placement. 

c. Oversee and engage in continuous improvement of the placement process from outreach  to lodging for new participant to ensure it is a smooth process for initial stabilization in  CoLEAD, which includes completions of forms, assigning a case manager, entering all necessary data into Kaleidacare (the CoLEAD case management system) and initial  healthcare and basic need coordination. 

(2) Participant care coordination —oversee case management assignments, transfers of care to other  case managers when needed and support care coordination activities (under the direction and  leadership of CoLEAD Operations Manager, Entry & Services Manager and Medical Provider) along  and Shift Leads, to ensure linkages are made to other care and ensure follow-up: 

a. Ensure coordination with LEAD prosecutorial liaisons for criminal legal system coordination  to reduce criminal legal system involvement and barriers (e.g. warrant quashing) b. Healthcare and system coordination for participants to address participants primary care  and behavioral health needs, and appropriate use of the CoLEAD Medical Provider Ensure coordination 

This position is responsible for oversight, training and capacity building of multiple CoLEAD Shift Leads  and Outreach Responders assigned to the South region.. This position will include the following scope of  work: 

• Train and oversee other Co-LEAD staff to ongoing criminal legal system/court coordination. • Serve as an expert in outreach and case management for the Co-LEAD population and provide  training, skill building and on-site coaching for shift leads and outreach responders to provide  high quality, person-centered and harm reduction-oriented outreach and case management  services

• Provide oversight and training on documentation of all screening, intake, case note and all  other related documentation in the CoLEAD case management system, Kaleidacare • Provide oversight and leadership to CoLEAD South program development activities to ensure  CoLEAD is a high-quality care coordination program grounded in harm reduction and person centered approaches 

• Work closely with the Co-LEAD leadership team on continuous quality improvement efforts to  improve case management activities, educate staff on related social services systems and  resources relevant to client support 

• Educate on clinical boundaries in providing participant support and work with shift lead and  outreach responder staff to provide on-site supervision and accountability for all care  provided 

• Direct oversight of CoLEAD shift leads assigned to the South region and will be responsible for  related performance management 

• Respond off-hours as needed, sharing those duties with other leadership team members and  shift leads to ensure adequate supervisory coverage 24/7 

• Perform other duties as assigned, related to implementation, sustainability and expansion of  the CoLead program 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

● Three or more years providing supervision of case management and/or outreach in a social  services/human services program 

● Interest or experience in working with clients who have difficulty engaging with traditional  programs and clients with criminal legal system involvement 

● Ability to implement harm reduction techniques within a client centered framework, e.g.  motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and low-barrier assistance 

● Ability to meet state requirements for Agency Affiliated Counselor or higher credential

● Ability to communicate and provide leadership development and supervision of staff from various backgrounds. 

● Ability to work effectively with participants displaying a wide range of behaviors

● Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration  and respect for participants 

● Current Washington State Driver’s License, current auto insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

● Lived and/or work experience with criminal legal systems, including jails, law enforcement and  courts 

● CDPT/CDP or LMHC or LiCSW in the State of Washington 

● Three years of experience in work related to social work or outreach programs

● Academic training in the social service field and in the area of substance use disorder and mental health treatment 

● Leadership training and development centering racial justice and intersectional approaches 

● Experience providing services from a harm reduction perspective to individuals experiencing  behavioral health challenges  

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

PDA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, gender identity age, disability, marital or relationship status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status. PDA works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and criminal legal system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission. 

Projected pay scale; range dependent on experience and qualifications 

Starting salary $79,897 + DOE 

Generous health benefits for all employees at .5 FTE or higher 

Cell phone and laptop provided for work use 

Please send your resume and cover letter to PDA Deputy Director Jesse Benet at jesse.benet@defender.org before January 31, 2021.

 

Albany LEAD Project Manager

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 jurisdictions in various stages of LEAD design and implementation work.

The Public Defender Association (PDA), which manages LEAD, 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 Policing: 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.

Albany LEAD was established in 2016 as a new harm-reduction oriented process for responding to low-level drug, alcohol and mental-illness based offenses. LEAD gives police officers the discretion to divert these offenses out of the criminal justice system for case management. The program is a multi-agency partnership between the Albany County Executive, District Attorney, Sheriff, Mayor of Albany, Albany Police Department, Center for Law and Justice, and Central Avenue Business Improvement District with strong support from Catholic Charities.

Position Description

The available LEAD Project Manager (1.0 FTE) position would be part of a team engaged in the project management of NSB’s LEAD effort in Albay, and would entail close collaboration with law enforcement, case managers, prosecutors, and neighborhood and community leaders. 

LEAD Project Manager positions are FLSA-exempt. Work outside of normal business hours is expected. Work within the City and County of Albany will be required, and some travel may be required. This Project Manager position will report directly to the LEAD National Support Bureau, in coordination with the Albany LEAD Policy Coordinating Group (PCG).

Job Responsibilities:

In addition to day to day maintenance and troubleshooting of LEAD operations, this position likely will focus on developing LEAD in the City of Albany or other areas within Albany County as assigned and approved by the PCG.

  • Project Management: day to day maintenance and troubleshooting of LEAD as designed, implemented and in coordination with the Albany Policy Coordinating Group;
  • Management of regular operational 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;
  • Project Design and Implementation: coordinate with stakeholders (including law enforcement, service providers, prosecutor’s office, businesses and other community safety advocates) to design and implement LEAD within other Albany County jurisdictions as coordinated by NSB and the Albany PCG.
  • Community Education: 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;
  • Maintain awareness of grant opportunities. Write and submit grants to Federal, State, and/or local sources and private charitable foundations to secure future funding for LEAD, and other grant-related activities, as agree by NSB and the Albany PCG.
  • Collaborate with the Community Engagement Coordinator, the PCG, and the OWG to ensure that community representatives understand LEAD’s objectives and methods.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements / Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to LEAD’s core principles
  • 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 and 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 local communities is valuable in this position
  • Commitment to the mission and approach of the Public Defender Association and of Albany LEAD
  • 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. Excel) are required

Compensation:

Salary and Compensation Package Commensurate with Experience

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 LGBT are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Send application package by email to: Albany LEAD at bcox@leadbureau.org and janet.ector@leadbureau.org with the subject line: “Albany Project Director – (YOUR NAME)”

The position will remain open until filled.

 

LEAD Community Organizer

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion/Let Everyone Advance with Dignity (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/Let Everyone Advance with Dignity (LEAD): LEAD connects those who engage in low-level law violations, because of unmet behavioral needs or extreme poverty, into wrap-around case management services in order to address the underlying cause for this behavior. Individuals approved for LEAD receive immediate access to harm reduction based intensive case-management. Working with their case managers, participants develop an individualized plan identifying the types of services most relevant for them including, but not limited to: Housing, Employment, Legal Issues, Family Reconnection, Reducing Drug Use/Access to Medication Assisted Treatment, Mental Healthcare, and other Physical Healthcare needs. Law enforcement or community can refer individuals. 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 Policing: 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 Community Organizer (1.0 FTE) position would be engaged in the project management of PDA’s local LEAD work, and would entail collaboration with law enforcement, case managers, prosecutors, and neighborhood and community leaders.

This Community Organizer position is FLSA non-exempt.  Work outside of normal business hours is expected. Travel throughout Seattle will be required, and some travel outside Seattle may be required. During Covid-19 conditions, day-to-day work has moved remotely, and in-person meeting and community engagement will only be required when deemed necessary. We will continue to monitor Public Health guidelines and Governor’s orders before considering returning to work in person.  This Community Organizer position will report directly to LEAD Senior Project Manager, Tiarra Dearbone, and would work under the overall guidance of Seattle King/County LEAD Project Director, Tara Moss, and PDA Director, Lisa Daugaard.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will focus on assisting the LEAD Project Management Team with efforts to outreach neighborhood leaders, organizers, businesses, business groups, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood associations and other entities who engage, or could potentially engage, in utilizing LEAD (and projects associated with LEAD) as a response to people struggling with behavioral health challenges and income insecurity, and public order issues and law violations related to those circumstances. The LEAD Community Organizer will also identify areas of opportunity for neighborhood based community collaboration and LEAD engagement.

  • Community Engagement  and Education: 
  • Identify important community groups and organizations within specific neighborhoods based on current and anticipated LEAD activity.
  • Reach out to these organizations by either direct contact (email/phone calls) or joining public meetings (i.e. community meetings, public safety meetings, fundraisers, etc.).
  • Educate community members (including individuals, businesses community groups, and social service providers) on how LEAD works and potential ways to effectively utilize the program in their community. 
  • Work with community groups to understand current public health and public safety needs within their community.
  • Keep community members and stakeholders informed of the work of LEAD, and gather and respond to feedback and requests.
  • Provide administrative assistance to the LEAD Project Management Team as requested (i.e. scheduling, documenting meetings, organizing community contact lists, etc.)
  • Tracking and participating in online conversations regarding LEAD
  • 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
  • Ability to proactively identify and engage new potential partnerships and important community members 
  • Knowledge of Seattle communities city-wide
  • Ability to clearly communicate core principles and support and advise others with less experience in harm reduction-based social work
  • Understanding of behavioral health conditions, substance use disorder, client-centered care and harm reduction strategies
  • Experience and knowledge of local homeless services and housing systems is preferred
  • Commitment to the mission and approach of the Public Defender Association
  • 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 or familiarity with community and human services dynamics and public safety/order issues in Seattle communities is valuable in this position
  • 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 and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential 
  • Experience coordinating meetings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email (Google platforms as used at PDA), word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word), spreadsheets (e.g. Excel), and video conferencing platforms including Zoom, are required

 

COMPENSATION

The starting range is $52,182 -$80,938 annually, depending on experience, with 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 LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter and résumé to  careers@defender.org. In the subject line, please put “LEAD Community Organizer [Your Name]”. No phone calls please.

The position will remain open until filled. Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

 

Racial Disparity Project: Internship & Externship Opportunities

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: 

• Let Everyone Advance with Dignity / 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).
 
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.
 

Intern Duties

An intern with the Racial Disparity Project will work under the supervision of the Senior Attorney to research and write legal memoranda, engage in individual representation of clients, work on current policy advocacy projects, and assist in the preparation of filings for ongoing litigation.  The intern will also gain an understanding of the multifaceted work done by the LEAD team, the Civil Survival Project, and the Community Justice Project.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

The intern will develop an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice reform work in which PDA engages and the public health perspective PDA utilizes.  Excellent writing and communications skills are required.  Applicants should have strong interests in policy advocacy, litigation, public education and organizing on issues that systemically affect people who are or area likely to be engaged by the justice system.  A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences is also expected.  Candidates must have completed at least one year of law school.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Public Defender Association is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and are committed to race equity in all aspects of our work.  PDA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction.  Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please fill out and submit the PDA Volunteer or Intern Questionnaire and someone will reach out to you if/when an internship opportunity is available.  No phone calls please.

Note: Only intern candidates under consideration will be contacted.