All interested candidates should submit their application materials via the Travis Hill NOLA website.
This is a unique position that affords the right person a great chance to use their administrative and project coordination skills to fully engage with two organizations working to address long-standing challenges in the criminal and juvenile justice systems in New Orleans.
The Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant (Coordinator) will work with staff of Travis Hill NOLA’s Welcoming Project and will be physically located in the Welcoming Project Office. We estimate that the Coordinator will spend approximately 50% of their time working in service of the Welcoming Project. In addition, the Coordinator will provide critical administrative support and project coordination with the Community Advisory Group, for approximately 50% of their time.
The Coordinator plays a critical role supporting the work of the Welcoming Project. The primary function of this position at the Welcoming Project is to provide top notch administrative support to the Operations Manager and Deputy Director and to help streamline and improve a range of administrative functions that often take up critical time and impair the Welcoming Project’s ability to meet the needs of its students. These will include: supporting student enrollment, organizing and managing travel to/from Welcoming Project events, managing space and office use at the community center where the Welcoming Project is located, ensuring that office equipment and supplies are maintained and organized, helping to improve our capacity to operationalize a number of activities including tracking student attendance and academic performance at school, managing personal finances, and organizing outings and exposure events.
The Coordinator will also provide critical support for the Community Advisory Group. In this capacity, the Coordinator serves as the sole paid staff member of the CAG, and therefore supports a broad array of its functions. These include: arranging the logistics for CAG events (including drafting and printing materials, arranging for food and meeting space, etc.), maintain CAG and CAG partner calendars, support and track volunteer hours, track and process all financial expenditures in line with CAG policies and procedures, provide a range of administrative support to CAG leadership and working groups, and maintain accurate and up-to-date files and key meeting notes for the CAG. The Coordinator will also assist CAG members in organizing activities in line with the CAG strategic plan of operations
Travis Hill NOLA and the Welcoming Project: Mission, Background
At Travis Hill NOLA we equip system-involved young people with the academic, workforce readiness, and social and emotional skills they need to be free, successful, contributing members of the New Orleans community. Our work at Travis Hill NOLA includes the Travis Hill Schools and the Welcoming Project.
At the Travis Hill Schools, located inside of the City’s juvenile detention center and adult jail, we provide teens and young adults with a top notch education that is relevant, meaningful and designed to help students re-engage with school, both while detained and upon release.
Upon release, we embrace Travis Hill students through the Welcoming Project, our transition support and community engagement initiative. At the Welcoming Project we surround students with a team of caring adults, help them develop and pursue a passion, and offer unrelenting support and care for up to five years.
At Travis Hill NOLA, we see our students as fully worthy of our collective embrace; young people who, with love and support, will make the great city of New Orleans even better, now and in the future. Travis Hill NOLA is an initiative of the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Additional information about Travis Hill NOLA is available at our websites, www.ceeas.org and www.travishillnola.org.
Community Advisory Group: Mission, Background
The Community Advisory Group for the New Orleans Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) , founded in 2017, is composed solely of volunteers. Our mission is to support and participate in the successful implementation of the SJC by holding public agencies and officials accountable to the SJC plan to reduce the jail population and increase equity within the criminal justice system. Our members dedicate substantial time and effort to hold public officials accountable for successful implementation of the SJC strategies. We perform two major functions: 1) we claim, foster, and maintain space for public input and transparency in city decision-making on implementation; and 2) we spread awareness and knowledge about the SJC strategies beyond traditional government structures into our own communities.
Desirable Qualifications and Experiences:
Ability to maintain goals and priorities in dealing with varying challenges
Ability to be flexible in working with people and organizations
Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to build rapport with a wide range of stakeholders
Highly organized, detail oriented and self-motivated
Highly proficient with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Forms as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; comfortable working with and learning other software and social media communication tools
A true commitment to integrity, honesty and transparency at the workplace
Ability to self-reflect and ask for help
Firm belief that all students have strengths and talents and that it is our responsibility to help students find these and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears
Embrace and nurture a culture that requires all staff to create an environment filled with hope and high expectations, where Fellows will radically improve their academic, employment and socio-emotional skills
Possess an unrelenting belief that all students can achieve and succeed
Committed to a lower New Orleans jail population and reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the New Orleans criminal justice system.
Salary and Benefits
The Coordinator will be a full-time staff member of CEEAS, with duties divided between Travis Hill NOLA and the CAG, as noted above. CEEAS offers Travis Hill NOLA staff a competitive salary and benefits package on par with local nonprofits based in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Our salaries are on par with local schools and nonprofit organizations. CEEAS offers a Simple IRA plan for all staff, and provides a 3% employer contribution once staff has worked for six months. CEEAS provides health care coverage for all staff and covers approximately 80% of the monthly premiums and 50% for dependents of employees.
This position is a 12 month, full-time position, that runs through the summer.
CEEAS is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that a diverse staff is a better staff. Women, persons of color, and individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply to work with us at Travis Hill NOLA.
For additional information about CEEAS and Travis Hill NOLA,
please visit our website at www.ceeas.org.
Effective: October 25, 2019
Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Community Advisory Group and Travis Hill NOLA’s Welcoming Project