Senior Manager for Prison Programs 

Full Time Position (40hrs/wk)

Position Overview

The Senior Manager for Prison Programs is responsible for the following programs.


Job Responsibilities

  • Manage an in-prison program called Realize at two California Prisons: Valley State Prison, and Mule Creek Prison. Realize is a 16 month circle program in California prisons where participants explore their relationship to intimate violence – which includes family abuse, sexual violence and domestic violence. Drawing on restorative justice practices and trauma healing philosophy in a supportive setting, we explore topics such as trauma, resiliency, accountability, gender socialization, structural and historical conditions of violence, shame and worth, breaking silence, cycles of harm, and impact on victims/survivors. In each session, we talk in circle, process in small groups, are presented with concepts, and utilize experiential exercises. We interact with guest speakers and survivors of violent crime. Our circles are co-facilitated by incarcerated leaders and free facilitators.

  • Manage an in-prison program called Empathize at California Correctional Women’s Facility in Chowchilla and at the California Training Facility in Soledad. Empathize is a 9 months circle program in California prisons focusing on victim impact awareness. Topics include trauma, shame, accountability, seen and unseen impacts of violence, grief, remorse and self-forgiveness. An integral part of the program is in-person survivor sharing of their experience of harm. Empathize participants have the opportunity to submit an apology letter to the person they harmed through the CDCR Office of Victim Services. 

  • Responsibilities for Realize and Empathize include facilitating programs in-person in prison that can turn into a correspondence-based program during COVID outbreaks. The program manager will manage and mentor facilitators at each prison, lead facilitate groups in at least two prisons (one for Empathize, one for Realize), design and deliver trainings in California to new potential facilitators, work closely with survivors and people who have committed harm, collaborate with the Victim Offender Dialogue program on work related to survivors and apology letters, and adapt curriculum as needed. Ability to travel to prison sites, and work two weekend days a month is a must, as prison programs happen on the weekend. 

  • The program manager is responsible for all logistics of this program, such as organizing travel accommodations, invoicing, gate clearances and tracking participants, and interacting with prison staff.  

  • The program manager is responsible for grant reports and some light grant writing.


Other Responsibilities Include:

  • Participate in Ahimsa Collective staff meetings, committee meetings, and other events. 

  • Being able to be present three days of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday + one flex day) at The Ahimsa Collective office in Oakland, CA.

  • New Job Responsibilities as assigned.


  • 3-5 years experience facilitating in-prison programs.

  • 3-5 years experience engaging in, developing and/or implementing curriculum centered in healing, accountability, sexual harm and survivor impact. 

  • Capacity to adapt between in-person and correspondence curriculum delivery and the ability to track in detail facilitators’ work and participants’ needs.

  • Experience in restorative justice and healing justice parctices. Has worked with survivors and people who have committed harm.

  • Comfortable working with complex issues around sexual harm, patriarchy, gender socialization, and gender-based violence.

  • Skilled at being in relationship with survivors of severe harm and holding the emotional, physical and spiritual impact of their experiences. 

  • Relationship-building skills, passion for creating deep community connections and build a culture of facilitators and participants through this program.

  • A strong understanding of the many environmental, social, and historical conditions that impact communities of color, and a commitment to support communities of color in their own agency and leadership.

  • A solid understanding of racial justice and patriarchy in specific and social justice in general, and how it impacts our work and our communities.

  • Strong organizational skills and a strong ability to track multiple projects at once.

  • Ability to manage, track, and complete workload independently. Self motivated, self paced, and self driven. This is a highly self motivated job. Applicants should have a strong work ethic.

  • Capacity to self reflect, grow, forgive oneself, work with a team, and work through conflict. Strong communication skills are a must.

  • Ability to track one’s own feelings and needs, recognize vicarious trauma that can come from the work, and ask for help when needed. 

  • Ability to work two weekend days a month, and occasional nights.

  • Ability to attend conferences or events.

  • Willingness to communicate through many media platforms in a timely way, and depending on needs of participants: email, phone, text, etc.


Compensation & Benefits

  • This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position.

  • Starting salary is $70,000.

  • Benefits include health coverage, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays. 

How to Apply

Apply immediately by emailing with your resume and cover letter to Write your full name and “Senior Manager for Prison Programs” on the subject line. Application deadline is rolling. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


The Ahimsa Collective is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a culturally diverse work environment that reflects the make-up of the communities we serve. People with diverse personal experiences are urged to apply, especially people of color, bilingual English-Spanish speakers, LGBTQIA+, women-identified, and those that have been formerly incarcerated or impacted by incarceration.