Hiring for Executive Director

A huge opportunity! CCJ has 40 years of experience of working in the field of restorative justice. This diverse experience includes working with the criminal justice systems, adults and juveniles; community and schools. Those who have worked in the field and are looking for an amazing opportunity to advance/enhance their own career; as well as expand restorative justice throughout Elkhart County should apply!


The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) is currently seeking an experienced strategic leader and restorative justice advocate to serve as Executive Director of a dynamic and growing organization.


  • Are you able to collaboratively develop and lead a strategic vision based on core values?
  • Does it seem as if you can often see consequences before others? Do you find yourself asking “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?”
  •  Are you energized when you encounter a barrier or a breakdown in the system? Analyzing the symptoms and identifying solutions?
  • Are you adept at allowing others to solve their own problems? Inspired by the process of individual and community restoration and growth?
  • Do you find yourself noticing when someone is disengaging from a group discussion or activity and seeking ways to draw them back in?
  • Are you comfortable being responsible for representing voices that are not usually heard?
  • Do you see the potential in others and enjoy watching others discover themselves in ways they never thought possible?

Summary & Scope

Manage all aspects of CCJ with the support of the Board of Directors
Maintain and strengthen financial position of the organization
Analyze operations to evaluate performance and adherence to CCJ’s core values and mission
Develop, articulate and direct CCJ’s strategic plan
Orient new board members and assist in seeking new board members

Key Success Measures

Successful implementation and growth of current programs
Develop succession plan for key leadership positions
Provides professional leadership to the Board of Directors to assure development of an effective and motivated board
Hires, grows, coaches and develops staff and creates effective work environment for team
Guides, supports and serves the Board of Directors in establishing goals and developing policies, procedures, budgets and programs that fulfill the mission

Position Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree and equivalent experience in Restorative Justice, non-profit management, human services or related fields- Master’s preferred
8+ years’ experience managing programs and services
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to collaborate across the community

Demonstrated critical thinking and just decision making

Ability to prioritize and manage processes
Self-starter with ability to manage individual and group outcomes
Experience preparing budgets for approval, including those for funding or implementation of programs
Knowledge and understanding of restorative practices, of the criminal justice process and community corrections principles and practices

Experience making public presentations

Ability to identify and work with community resources
Fundraising experience, including grant and proposal preparation
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships

TIME REQUIRED:  40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, occasional evenings or weekends.

Resumes and cover letters accepted via fax, mail or email

Center for Community Justice
Attn: Search Committee
121 S. 3rd Street
Elkhart, IN  46516
Fax: 574-522-6685

About CCJ

CCJ performs restorative justice through restorative mediation/facilitation, restorative training, and restorative re-entry.
  • Restorative Mediation & Facilitation – Rooted in restorative justice theory CCJ will provide mediation and facilitation services to help individuals, groups and communities address harms, misconduct and conflict.
  • Restorative Training – The Center for Community Justice seeks to promote and teach restorative practices, rooted in restorative justice theory, for use across a variety of environments including schools, businesses and other social structures; while equipping volunteers to work restoratively with clients through CCJ’s various services.
  • Restorative Reentry – Transitional coaching relationships will be a significant factor in reducing recidivism, in Elkhart County, by restoring formerly incarcerated individuals through their reentry journey; with forbearance, respect, care, trust, and humility.

   Our Vision:

Vibrant communities- safe, just and engaged.

Our Mission:

The Center for Community Justice
is transforming communities of Elkhart County

Center for Community Justice provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Center for Community Justice complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Center for Community Justice expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.