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OpenDoors Reentry Communication VISTA: Health&Justice in RI
OpenDoors is the first and largest agency in Rhode Island dedicated to providing services to people who have been in prison. As an organization largely run by individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system, we are committed to being responsive to the needs of the formerly incarcerated community. OpenDoors is located in the Silverlake neighborhood of Providence, RI. We have a staff of around 20 individuals and have hosted VISTAs since 2004. We manage 80 beds of transitional and permanent reentry housing, provide job development and peer recovery support services, operate a transitional employment trucking company, and run a one-stop shop Reentry Resource Center. In addition, we engage in public education and community organizing to help advance policy work that will reduce barriers to reentry, and we have led multiple successful campaigns to change state and local policies. More information is available at This Communications Specialist position will help outreach to the public about our efforts, in particular our new Women’s Transitional House and our work to rethink the way the Rhode Island criminal justice system responds to justice-involved women. The position will also help produce outreach materials and educate the public about solitary confinement policies in Rhode Island. This position requires effective communication and team-working skills. We are looking for someone with excellent writing and computer literacy skills. Any experience with graphic design, videography or photography, social media, or other communication skill-sets is desirable. In addition to the VISTA living allowance, we will offer $250/month in living expense support (such as rent) and reimbursement for transportation. Our organization has had VISTAs go on to leadership roles in social justice and nonprofit administration, including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, New Urban Arts, and OpenDoors itself.
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Member Duties : • Assist with OpenDoors communications activities, including annual report & social media • Educate community orgs & RI communities about RI’s use of solitary confinement, its effects, and best practices from around the country regarding prison policies & uses of restrictive housing • Organize monthly events on this topic with partner schools, churches, & other community organizations, consisting of both online & in person events, featuring directly impacted individuals, correctional professionals, and community leaders. • Recruit and coordinate volunteers to assist with community events • Research best practices regarding diversion & alternatives to incarceration for women and develop opportunities for public education regarding Rhode Island's policies around the incarceration of women • Help coordinate meetings by directly impacted community leaders to provide community feedback into potential systems changes to the criminal justice system as it pertains to women
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Stipend ,  Housing Support ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Community Outreach ,  Education . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Recruitment . 
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OpenDoors Reentry Communication VISTA: Health&Justice in RI

Program Start/End Date
07/15/2024  -   07/14/2025

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations RHODE ISLAND   Boston  


Accepting Applications
From  12/19/2023  To  06/30/2024 

Contact Nick Horton
485 Plainfield St
Providence   RI   02909

Listing ID 113727


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