The position is part-time and works remotely.
Get On The Bus – uniting children with their mothers and fathers in prison-this statewide prison visiting program trains and educates hundreds of volunteers and supporters throughout California and engages the media to raise awareness about the plight of children with a parent in prison. Get On The Bus advocates for the right of children to see, touch, and talk to their parent who is incarcerated.
What is Get On The Bus?
Get On The Bus brings children and their guardians/caregivers from throughout the state of California to visit their mothers and fathers in prison. An annual event, Get On The Bus offers free transportation for the children and their caregivers to the prison, provides travel bags for the children, comfort care bags for the caregivers, a photo of each child with his or her parent, and meals for the day (breakfast, snacks on the bus, lunch at the prison, and dinner on the way home all at no cost to the children’s family. On the bus trip home, following a four-hour visit, each child receives a teddy bear with a letter from their parent and post-event counseling. Get On The Bus is a program of The Center for Restorative Justice Works, a non-profit organization that unites children, families, and communities separated by crime and the criminal justice system.
Title: Regional Coordinator, Get On The Bus (GOTB)
Reports to: Program Coordinator
Purpose of Job: Provides volunteer support, fundraising, and community outreach for the annual Get On The Bus program event for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day within assigned geographic areas of Northern California, Southern California and the Central Coast.
Scope of Work:
Position is part-time, hourly, and non-exempt and works from home or from assigned in-kind office space. Primary responsibilities are recruiting, training, and support of local volunteers and ensuring funds and resources in place for each bus from their area. Must attend the Regional Coordinator training meetings usually in the fall in Los Angeles. Hosts volunteer training and end of year evaluation in their assigned area.
The Regional Coordinator is the face of GOTB for their area. It is expected that the Regional Coordinator would convene interested people, give short presentations to churches, and facilitate media in the region.
Assists bus coordinator to raise $5,000 to $ 9,000 per bus.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Acts as a face of Get On The Bus in their region: Adheres to the Operational Mission of Get On The Bus: Accompaniment, Awareness, and Advocacy.
· Coordinates annual GOTB event for their region, including assisting volunteer and family approvals and paperwork; liaison with central office and volunteers; training programs, some event logistics, donations, recordkeeping, and data collection, and hosts evaluations in their region.
· Recruits, motivates, trains, and supports local volunteers, sponsoring agencies, and prison event team. Participates on all conference calls and follows up with volunteer’s in recruiting and training teams who make family visits. Assists volunteers to raise the required funds and obtain in-kind donations.
· Maintains and submits monthly records (timesheets, receipts, in-kind contributions, and general volunteers), collect data, and creates forms and reports to manage the program.
· Provides administrative support and customer service to ensure deadlines, assignments, and requirements are met so that all eligible children can get into the prisons to visit their parents and have a positive experience.
· Undertakes other duties and tasks as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- College degree preferred but not required.
- 1-3 years of administrative experience required with special event coordination highly preferred or a commensurate combination of education and experience. Experience working with prisons, criminal justice advocacy, children services, faith-based groups, or in a social services environment is helpful. Previous experience working with nonprofits highly preferred.
- Strong organizational and administrative skills; good verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail; and customer service skills required. Teamwork skills and ability to build rapport and connect with individuals at all levels required. Ability to organize and present training preferred. Public speaking skills required.
- Experience and facility working with computer, Internet, and basic office equipment; solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) required.
Person works from home or from assigned in-kind office space. Travel is necessary for meeting teams, attending prison meetings, and for the event and preparation.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $20.00 /hour