Apply for Care Coordinator

Written by Birhon Quizhpe

On May 18, 2023

Job Title: Care Coordinator
Location: All sites and remotely

Effective Date: June 1
Job Type: Part-time : 8-25 hours/week, with built-in flexibility regarding days/hours (on call for occasional after hours and weekend emergency calls)

Our Mission and Core Values:
Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing.

Sustainability: We aim to operate in a way that is environmentally, socially, and economically responsible.
People focus: We put people’s needs and satisfaction at the center of our organization.
Excellence: We strive for the highest standards in everything we do.
Collaboration: We work together to achieve shared goals and outcomes.
Integrity: We strive to act with honesty, awareness, fairness, and transparency.
Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and outcomes, and practice restorative justice in times of conflict.
Learning: We believe in continuous curiosity, learning, and growth, both as individuals and as an organization.
Persistence: We have an ongoing commitment and effort to work towards creating positive change, even in the face of obstacles, setbacks, and resistance
Joy: We believe joy is not just an individual feeling, but it is also a social and political act that can be cultivated through the pursuit of justice, equity, and freedom for all.
Creativity: We like to work smarter not harder and find innovative solutions
Acceptance: We acknowledge and embrace the inherent value and worth of all individuals, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, or any other defining characteristic
Respect: We treat all life with dignity and value unity across differences.
Empowerment: We give our people the freedom and support to take initiative and make a difference.

Job Summary:
The Planting Justice Care Coordinator will work with the PJ Re-Entry Coordinator to support individuals in re-entry with their needs, build networks of healing justice practitioners and institutional supporters, maintain an up-to-date list of local resources, build relationships with school counselors, offer individual support to staff and youth interns, and attend meetings to offer community resources and support to staff. The coordinator will also send out a weekly “Wellness Wednesday” game-plan, be a standing member on the PJ Staff Meeting Planning Committee, and deliver quarterly reports to PJ operations.

Responsibilities of the Care Coordinator

  • Work closely with PJ Re-Entry Coordinator to support folks in re-entry with their individual needs and goals
    * Train Re-Entry coordinator in techniques of healing
    * Attend weekly meeting between re-entry coordinator, Co-director, and Director of Operations
  • Build a network of healing justice practitioners from a variety of modalities (therapists, counselors, herbalists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, spiritual advisors, etc.) who are interested and willing to provide support to PJ staff, and refer staff and youth interns as needed
  • Build a network of institutional supporters (low-cost housing providers, emergency housing providers, medical providers, mental health professionals, etc.), and refer staff and youth interns as needed
  • Keep an up-to-date list of local resources that individuals can draw upon to find support around health, healing, and healing justice issues
    * All resources need to be accessible to all staff and up-to-date
    * In collaboration with the Education Team, build strong relationships with school teachers and counselors
    * Maintain open office hours on a weekly basis to offer individual support to staff and youth interns around health, healing, and healing justice issues
  • Maintain open lines of communication with Leadership Council members, team leads, youth mentors/educators, and other staff leaders who can help identify when members of PJ’s staff/community need extra support
  • Attend bi-monthly staff meetings, monthly nursery and other PJ site meetings, and the beginning of each youth internship (introduce Skill Will Hill intern form) to offer community resources, introductory trainings, and individual support to PJ staff about health, healing, and healing justice issues
    * Be a standing member on the PJ Staff Meeting Planning Committee
  • Send out a ‘Wellness Wednesday’ game-plan for the week to all staff via email by Tuesday morning and allow people at each site to execute the activity
  • Deliver confidential quarterly reports to PJ operations that generally outline the services and resources provided during that time-frame.

Responsibilities held collaboratively with others

  • Work closely with PJ Re-Entry Coordinator to support folks in re-entry with their individual needs and goals

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Strong commitment to land-based healing, indigenous land sovereignty, social, racial, gender, and economic justice
  • Basic understanding of challenges in the food system and food justice efforts aiming to
  • Dismantle systems of oppression
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of a variety of healing modalities
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Formerly incarcerated OR experience working with currently or formally incarcerated community members
  • Experience working with trauma-informed healing and addiction
  • Positive outlook & solutions-oriented
  • Active listening, emotional intelligence, and respectful communication skills
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • On call nights and weekends

Work Style:

  • Active listening
  • Confidence
  • Conscious of nonverbal cues
  • Conciseness
  • Self Awareness
  • Proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills

Education and Experience:

  • A masters of social work degree~experience weighs in heavily
  • 6 – 9 years of experience working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals

Physical Requirements:

  • Walking short distances
  • Bending, stooping, twisting
  • Reaching above and/or below shoulder
  • Handling/grasping documents or office equipment
  • Sitting and/or standing for short or extended periods of time
  • Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person and/or on the telephone
  • Vision sufficient to read source materials and computer screen data
  • Repetitive motions for computer equipment use
  • Requires exertion of force of 25-40 pounds occasionally, 10 pounds frequently, and/or 5 pounds continuously to lift/carry/move objects, files and documents
  • Work is performed primarily in an office/home (remote); outdoors (farm); yurt (nursery) and environments using standard office equipment

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Minimum salary rate for the position of Planting Justice Care Coordinator begins at $35.00 per hour [PT $36,400 per year +/-] to $45.00 per hour (PT$47,400 per year +/-), with room for negotiation based on experience, with a 3% increase in annual pay per year.
  • Annual professional development stipend of $500, plus other paid training opportunities.

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and resume to
Formerly incarcerated, Black and African-American, Latinx, Native and Indigenous, women, and LGBTQIA+ encouraged to apply.

Planting Justice is an equal opportunity and at-will employer.

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