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Director, RISE Family Program

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Director, RISE Family Program

Position Description
The Director of the RISE Family Program is responsible for the recruitment of participants, curriculum and program development, facilitating classes and one-on-one discussions, and supporting both incarcerated program participants and their loved ones.  We are seeking someone who is passionate about supporting healing and restoration within families impacted by the criminal justice system in support of RISE’s mission to break generational cycles of incarceration. This position reports to the Director of Programs.

About RISE
RISE is a nonprofit organization that facilitates an innovative program for people who are currently and formerly incarcerated. The RISE program focuses on employment readiness, character development and entrepreneurship. RISE works with program graduates pre-release and post-release on reentry planning, navigating returning home to find housing and employment, and connecting them with wrap-around services and resources in the community. RISE’s vision is that all people will find freedom from cycles of incarceration.


  • Recruit program participants including RISE pre-release graduates and any system-impacted people in Nebraska.
  • Research and develop evidence-based best practices for reentry youth and family support programming and services.
  • Work with RISE Reentry team, Pre-Release Program team, and program participants to identify their needs and those of their families to increase the likelihood of reentry success. 
  • Explore and compile resources and services in Nebraska available to serve youth and families navigating incarceration, including reentry support and reunification.
  • Communicate with families on their loved one’s participation and progress in RISE pre-release programming.
  • Develop and lead workshops both inside correctional facilities and in the community.
  • Community outreach and speaking engagements focused on fostering empathy for system-impacted families.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree preferred with coursework in Social Sciences, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Psychology or related field
  • Certified peer support specialist preferred
  • Combination of training, education, or lived experience working/participating in a program or organization serving individuals with criminal histories 
  • Knowledge and/or experience of jail/prison environment and knowledge of the criminal justice system preferred
  • Experienced in facilitating group discussions in a trauma-informed approach, preferred
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, able to navigate emotionally charged situations with poise and professionalism
  • Scrappy, adaptable, entrepreneurial and innovative
  • Ability to work evenings and some weekends

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