We are hiring! Fulltime Program Assistant

Illinois Access to Justice Program Officer

Job Description

The Westside Justice Center is a community-centered organization that promotes a holistic approach to justice by: 1) Facilitating legal literacy to reduce recidivism; 2) Providing legal and quasi- legal assistance to individuals; and 3) Establishing and nurturing community trust through participatory deliberations and restorative justice practices, to collaboratively mitigate the consequences of incarceration on criminalized communities.

This is a full time position, supporting grant administration. This position will help with maintaining systems, processing personnel information and state vouchering.

Reports to: ILA2J Program Manager


  • Assists with contract administration, including program work plans, financial and budget requirements, and assisting with the Request for Proposals (RFP’s) as needed.

  • Supports the selection process:

  • Participates in the selection and review process;

  • Collaborates with the Program Officer to recruit, train and coordinate the work of ILA2J external review committee.

  • Monitoring and evaluation:

  • Maintains and updates all relevant data for use in tracking, analyzing, including data collection, input, and reporting;

  • Collaborates with the Program Manager and Officer to conduct site-visits to evaluate and support partner performance, identify weaknesses and strengths, assists with outreach plans, provides technical assistance and training;

  • Reviews subgrantees’ program reports for accuracy and completeness;

  • Collaborates with the Program Officer on gathering data and information needed for the evaluation process.

  • Subrecipients Support:

  • Gathers and distributes resources for and from subgrantees on a weekly basis;

  • Curates and maintains resource manuals and documentation for subrecipients;

  • Conducts site visits to provide hands on support and be a liaison for Westside Justice Center.

  • Program Responsibilities:

  • Participates in the design, implementation, refinement and adaptation of grantmaking strategies and in planning future program strategies;

  • Assists in the design of new initiatives;

  • Identifies and works with prospective grantees to develop programs that advance grantmaking strategies;

  • Manages ILA2J online platforms.

  • Other duties:

  • Prepares periodic reports for internal and external purposes

  • Builds and sustains relationships with colleagues with leaders, actors and organizations in relevant fields, including the public and commercial sectors

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in nonprofit management, operations, or development and fundraising, including experience working with community based organizations;

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership;

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on areas of responsibility and successful implementer.

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation;

  • Experience with database management.

  • Experience in training and community outreach preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal, public speaking and organizational skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Word, Access and Excel.

Application Process:

Please send your resume, a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position and contact information of 3 references to admin@westsidejustice.org. Please note what position you are applying for in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Start Date: As soon as possible

The Westside Justice Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQI-GNC people, and formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

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