JSA specializes in designing and implementing large and small group multi-stakeholder agenda setting and decision-making processes. Our niche focuses on using alternative dispute and conflict resolution techniques (fact-finding, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, consensus building, etc.) in public policy, civic engagement and organizational development processes related to achieving sustainable community development, environmental justice and smart growth.

At JSA you’ll discover challenges that excite you as you develop professionally and explore many career paths based on your interests and abilities. Our team is comprised of urban planners, project managers, graphic designers, social media strategists, civil engagement consultants and event planners just to name a few.

JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at JSA are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. JSA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment.

Current Open Positions

The Associate will have responsibility for collaborating on multiple projects varying in size and complexity in one or more areas to include transportation, land use planning, economic development, social sustainability and organization development. Under direction of a Principal or Senior Associate, the Associate will utilize alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques (fact finding, conflict analysis, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, consensus building, etc.), engagement methodologies or organization development methods to prevent or resolve conflicts and develop agreement among stakeholders in the interest of achieving sustainable community development, environmental justice, and smart growth.

The Associate will model the core values of Justice and Sustainability Associates and be passionate in the desire to not only produce sustainable agreements but agreements that are just for all stakeholders and have a desire to build a progressive institution(s).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide input into the design, implementation, documentation and evaluation of small and large group processes that effectively and efficiently engage a diverse range of stakeholders (i.e. government agencies, policy makers and the public).
  • Participates in multi-party policy dialogues, negotiations, strategy development projects.
  • Participate in the assessment, design and delivery of collaborative processes. Assist with the development of consensus documents, and conduct implementation activities.
  • Provides assistance with project management and strategic direction across a portfolio of projects.
  • Interfaces with clients, consultants and key stakeholders as directed.
  • Identifies the appropriate resources as needed to ensure timely completion of assigned project.
  • Maintains knowledge and assist with adhering to project budgets and ensures expenses meet project requirements.
  • Participates in the development of project plans and provides regular updates to the clients and senior management team.
  • Collaborates with project team to evaluate progress and refine plans as needed.
  • Assists with developing and implementing marketing and outreach plans.
  • May represent project externally at conferences, community meetings and other events.
  • Write program reports and summaries.
  • Responsible for note-taking at meetings and distributing meeting notes/summaries in the standard format within 24 hours.

Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Graduate degree plus 3 to 5 years of years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, proposals, marketing collateral, and policy/procedure manuals; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of known variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram formats.
  • Under direction where a definite objective is set up and the employee plans and arranges own work, referring only unusual cases to supervisor.
  • Considerable responsibility regarding general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work; may also occasionally assist in the planning of work assignments performed by others within a limited area of operations.
  • Support the measuring of project outcomes against standards, while making necessary changes along the way.
  • Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance, either of which would affect the work operations of small organizational component and the organization’s clientele.
  • Contacts with other departments or offices and frequently with individuals in middle level positions; consulting on problems which necessitate judgment and tact in presentation to obtain cooperation or approval of action to be taken. Also, important contacts with associates as required in advanced supervisory jobs, plus frequent contact with senior level internal officials.

Must be able to demonstrate a successful track record of

  • Organization and time management
  • Strong mediation and facilitation skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong presentation and deliverable creation skills
  • Independent critical thinking
  • Research skills
  • Meeting design and facilitation skills
  • Continuous process improvement (Kaizen)

Professional Attributes

  • Evidence of self‐management and success at “managing up” as well as “managing down”
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively internally and externally
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results orientation

Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability (LTD/STD), Life Insurance

Preferred Geographic Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Interested candidates should send an electronic candidate’s package to careers@jsallc.com along with the following:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae
  2. A written essay stating what you want to do for JSA and what you want JSA to do for you (2 pages max, 1.5 spaced)
  3. Minimum salary requirements

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/ADR/MEDIATION/CONSENSUS BUILDING

Justice and Sustainability Associates (JSA) is an alternative dispute, and civic engagement firm founded in 1999 in Washington, DC. We are hiring Associates in support of advancing our mission. If you have the heart, mind, and soul to help us do good and do reasonably well, this may be the place and we may be the people for whom you’ve been looking.

At JSA, our passion is for the people we serve!! Our Associates have responsibility for collaborating on multiple projects varying in size and complexity in one or more areas to include transportation and infrastructure, land use planning, economic development, social sustainability, and history and conciliation.

Under the direction of a Principal or Senior Associate, the Associate will utilize alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques (fact finding, conflict analysis, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, consensus building, etc.), engagement methodologies or organization development methods to prevent or resolve conflicts and develop agreement among stakeholders in the interest of achieving sustainable community development, environmental justice, and smart growth.

Associates will model the core values of JSA and be passionate in the desire to not only produce sustainable agreements but agreements that are just for all stakeholders and have a desire to build a progressive institution(s).

IF JSA SEEMS LIKE THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU, PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE JOB POSTING AND SUBMIT YOUR CANDIDATE PACKAGE ALONG WITH YOUR SALARY REQUIREMENTS AS INSTRUCTED. IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR CANDIDATE PACKAGE, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide input into the design, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of small and large group processes that effectively and efficiently engage a diverse range of stakeholders (i.e., government agencies, policy makers and the public).
  • Participate in the assessment, design, and delivery of collaborative processes.
  • Assist with the development of consensus documents and conduct implementation activities.
  • Interface with clients, consultants and key stakeholders as directed.
  • Identify the appropriate resources as needed to ensure timely completion of assigned project.
  • Maintain knowledge and assist with adhering to project budgets and ensures expenses meet project requirements.
  • Participate in the development of project plans and provide regular updates to the clients and senior management team.
  • Collaborate with project team to evaluate progress and refine plans as needed.
  • Assist with developing and implementing marketing and outreach plans.
  • May represent project externally at conferences, community meetings and other events.
  • Write program reports and summaries.
  • Continuous process improvement (Kaizen)
  • Responsible for notetaking at meetings and distributing meeting notes/summaries in the standard format within 24 hours.
  • Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.

REQUIRED EDUCATION

Graduate level degree plus 3 to 5 years of years related work experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

  • organization and project/time management
  • oral and written communication skills (see below for details)
  • meeting design and facilitation
  • research, monitoring and evaluation skills, including the ability to analyze data
  • comprehension skills, including the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram formats
  • problem-solving and decision-making skills, including the ability to take initiative and discern when to consult with senior leadership
  • collaboration and client/community relations skills, including the ability to establish productive relationships with clients and internal and external collaborators and stakeholders at all levels

Strong communication skills (written and oral) are essential to this job. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate that they can:

  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Produce professional documents, such as reports, business correspondence, proposals, marketing collateral, and policy and procedure manuals
  • Take clear and accurate notes during meetings
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of stakeholders
  • Create and deliver presentations using tools such as PowerPoint and Google Slides

Technology skills are also necessary to perform the tasks required for this job. Preferred candidates will have experience using:

  • MS Office applications, especially MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (at the intermediate level or above)
  • Project management software
  • Microsoft 365
  • Polling software, such as Google poll, Formstack and SurveyMonkey
  • G-Drive, Google Docs and Google Slides
  • Virtual meeting platforms, such as Zoom

PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Evidence of self-management and success at “managing up” as well as “managing down”
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively internally and externally
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results orientation
  • The ability to pivot effortlessly with changing priorities.

Why Work at JSA?

JSA offers a comprehensive compensation package that includes a competitive salary, career growth opportunities as well as Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability (LTD/STD), Life Insurance, 401(k), paid holidays and paid time off.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should send us your:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A written essay stating what you want to do for JSA and what you want JSA to do for you (2 pages max, 1.5 spaced)
  • Minimum salary requirements

Please use the online form below or email us at careers@jsallc.com.

JSA is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

JSA welcomes all applicants, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

JSA’s Corporate Vision

Technologically “smart,” culturally competent, environmentally secure, economically just, moral, humane “beloved communities” across the world.

JSA’s Corporate Mission

Help community and neighborhood residents, government agencies and developers reach just and sustainable agreements about land uses.

    JSA is seeking a professional and creative Project Coordinator who can manage simple and complex tasks to ensure our programs and projects are delivered with high quality and excellence. In this role you will be responsible for supporting all forms of project and program management activities. The Project Coordinator manages project-related resources and information and is responsible for scheduling and planning meetings and events. The Project Coordinator contributes to the entire project lifecycle, engaging in additional duties and obtaining expertise in specific areas as required.

    We are looking for individuals who are driven to succeed, have a passion for civic engagement and social justice work. Is that you?

    If so, please continue reading the job description to the end and follow all instructions for submitting your candidate package. If you do not submit a complete package you will not be considered for this opportunity.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Meeting & Event Coordination

    • Organize and attend stakeholder and client meetings
    • Manage various aspects of the event planning process, including collaboration with subcontractors, venue identification, menu development, printing and design of materials and budget tracking
    • Distribute meeting materials and ensure all key stakeholders and participants receive access to documentation
    • Serve as rapporteur in key meetings using select frameworks when applicable
    • Document and follow up on important actions and decisions from meetings
    • Ensure projects adhere to frameworks and all documentation is maintained appropriately for each project

    Project Management

    • Develop an in-depth understanding of project scope and particulars (i.e., timeframes, project context, outcomes)
    • Act as a point of contact by managing relationships with clients and providing information and regular support to stakeholders
    • Support and attend meetings with clients
    • Support the communication and coordination of staff and internal resources
    • Meet with project team members to identify and resolve issues
    • Coordinate with cross-unit team members to make sure that all parties are on track with project requirements, deadlines, and schedules
    • Capture and record hours and expenses related to a given project
    • Help ensure project deadlines are met

    Collateral Development & Production

    • Develop informative collaterals (signs, palm cards, banners, etc.) that help increase public knowledge about a specific project
    • Collaborate with local vendors on production materials
    • Ensure proper organizational branding and client representation on all collateral materials

    Inbox & Calendar Management & Coordination

    • Create and manage project management calendar for fulfilling each goal and objective
    • Update, modify and manage schedules in real time using Google calendar
    • Generate labels and filters for specific projects using G-Suite as well as Office 365
    • Assess communication priorities and alert administration to respond to key issues

    Documentation Development & Management

    • Initiate project folders and ensure proper maintenance of project folders based on JSA protocols and procedural alignments
    • Create and maintain accurate directory lists for administrative leaders, key stakeholders, and project participants
    • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation to support scheduling, organization, and implementation of deliverables (i.e., Gantt chart, project log, statement of work, fee schedule, etc.)
    • Capture and record hours and expenses related to a given project
    • File documents in appropriate project folders via project log, communication, and meeting log, as well as tracked expenses log

    Additional Duties

    • Provide administrative support as needed
    • Develop project strategies
    • Assess project risks and issues and provide solutions where applicable
    • Undertake additional project tasks as required

    REQUIREMENTS

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    • Previous experience in related field (alternative dispute resolution, business administration, event planning and coordination etc.)
    • Commitment to building justice and sustainable communities, and guided by values of integrity, honesty, and collaboration
    • Demonstrated administrative capacity to coordinate events and/or organize meetings
    • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills, with an ability to communicate with people of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
    • Highly organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize
    • Basic computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Drive
    • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Receptive to constructive feedback
    • Self-starter with strong initiative

    Must be able to demonstrate a successful record of accomplishment for:

    • Organization and time management
    • Strong writing skills (including accurate notetaking)
    • Strong presentation and deliverable creation skills
    • Independent critical thinking
    • Verbal communication
    • Research skills
    • Meeting design and facilitation skills
    • Continuous process improvement (Kaizen)

    Professional Attributes

    • Evidence of self-management and success at “managing up” as well as “managing down”
    • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively internally and externally
    • High level of personal and professional integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results orientation
    • Strong evidence of pivoting to other priorities on short notice

    BENEFITS

    Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability (LTD/STD), Life Insurance, 401(k), paid holidays and paid time off.

    HOW TO APPLY (PLEASE FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS)

    Interested candidates should send an electronic candidate’s package to careers@jsallc.com (or using the online form below) along with the following:

    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • A written essay stating what you want to do for JSA and what you want JSA to do for you (2 pages max, 1.5 spaced)
    • Minimum salary requirements

    JSA welcomes all applicants, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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