Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization, which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
TITLE: Temporary Program Associate, A Friend of a Friend Program
STATUS: Part Time – 20 hours/week, Specific Term
SUPERVISOR: Dominque Stevenson, Friend of a Friend Director
REGION/UNIT: South Region
LOCATION: Baltimore, MD
DATE APPROVED: October, 2012
SUMMARY OF PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The program associate will work under the direction of the Friend of a Friend director to support mentoring and conflict resolution work in the Maryland Prison System.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: The key responsibilities of the Program Associate include the following:
1. Facilitate sessions on conflict resolution, communication and other program components with prisoners in Maryland prisons,
2. Solicitation of volunteer participants for the program;
3. Reach out to federal prisons and other state institutions around the country to expand the program;
4. Coordinate meetings, phone calls and develop agendas, contact volunteers for the purpose of orientation and debriefing; follow up correspondence with prisoners and volunteers;
5. Selection and development of resources and materials for training purposes;
6. Travel back and forth to the prisons for participation in sessions,
7. Attends regularly scheduled local staff meetings dealing with the operation and care of the region.
8. Carries out other duties as assigned by the Program Director.
1. Two years of college course work in related field, or equivalent experience.
2. Background or experience working with prisoners; ability to work in a non-judgmental manner and in an environment that is subject to constant changes.
3. Demonstrated experience identifying, soliciting, and working with volunteers in carrying out programmatic activities, and ability to follow through on planned activities.
4. Possess a valid Maryland driver’s license and reliable transportation.
5. Excellent communication skills (speaking, writing, and listening), and competence in using MicroSoft Office software.
OTHER REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Commitment to the faith-based principles and guidelines that define the work of AFSC, including a commitment to nonviolence, equality and anti-oppression work and a belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
2. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
3. Ability to connect with diverse audiences and to influence situations using tact and diplomacy.
4. Ability to persuade and motivate others and to gain the respect and attention of AFSC staff members and volunteers.
5. Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities.
6. Ability to travel regularly and to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings.
COMPENSATION: Hourly position – Non-Exempt – Specific term position.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. This is a non-represented position.
The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.
Please submit resume and cover letter to Dominque Stevenson at DStevenson@afsc.org.