Hogg Foundation’s Peer Policy Fellowship at Texas Jail Project
We are: A small advocacy group based in Austin, Texas that strives to empower Texas families to find services and solutions for incarcerated loved ones in crisis and to transform Texas county jails into more humane, healthier facilities.
We want: A Peer Policy Fellow who brings direct experience into the conversations about mental health, addiction, and criminal justice reform. With support from your supervisor and mentor, you will build relationships with key stakeholders, raise awareness about the cruel links between mental health challenges/addiction and criminal justice involvement; gather and analyze information about current issues and TJP cases; and develop written, audio, and video materials for social and traditional media. This position is funded through a two-year grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
• Lived experience with mental illness and/or substance use leading to experience with incarceration.
• Two years paid or volunteer experience being a recovery or reentry coach.
• Demonstrable history of willingness to use your lived experience for systems advocacy.
• Skill in communicating in formal and informal settings.
• Self-direction and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in teams.
• A passion for improving Texas criminal justice policy.
You might also have:
• Certification as a Reentry Peer Specialist or Recovery Coach.
• Work experience related to jails and mental health agencies at the state and county levels.
• Familiarity with the diverse cultures and languages of Texas.
Why should you apply?
You will be part of a small, nimble organization in Austin and will report directly to the Executive Director, Diana Claitor. The position pays $43,000 annually plus benefits and includes intensive professional development, networking, and content learning through participation in the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy and mentorship provided by Lynda Frost. Most importantly, Texas Jail Project* works on the front lines of policy change for some of Texas’ most vulnerable people.
*The Jail Project of Texas is our official name as a nonprofit tax-exempt organization in IRS and Secretary of State records, but we do business as Texas Jail Project.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to:
Texas Jail Project
Att: Diana Claitor
1712 E. Riverside Drive Box 190,
Austin, Texas 78741
We will review applications beginning May 28th and will accept applications until the position is filled.
The Texas Jail Project is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation.