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Director of the Center for Restorative Practices - University of Washington Medicine

Director of the Center for Restorative Practices - University of Washington Medicine

Restorative Justice Higher Education

Please note the position has a titled listed as 'Assistant Director of Center for Restorative Practices'. The University of Washington has specifics of how jobs can be coded. This position's working title will be 'Director of the Center for Restorative Practices' and will report to the Chief Equity Officer. 

Position Description:

Shape the future of restorative justice in our diverse healthcare community. As Assistant Director of Center for Restorative Practices (Job profile: Assistant Director-Program Operations (E S 9)), you'll build and lead the Center for Restorative Practices (CRP), advancing UW Medicine's equity mission. This leadership role contributes significantly to creating a more just and equitable healthcare system for all and will report to the Chief Equity Officer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall leadership and management: Ensure the CRP fulfills its mission and strategic goals, prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Implementing restorative practices: Develop training, build partnerships, and integrate restorative practices across UW Medicine, including leading conferences and interventions.
  • Promoting the CRP: Build community awareness and partnerships with other organizations.
  • Supporting equity initiatives: Play a key role in the Bias Reporting Tool and Equity Consult Service, guiding conversations and restorative pathways.
  • Supervisory role: Lead program team members and equity/restorative practice consultants.

    Position Complexities
    Navigate a complex environment: The CRP is housed in the Office of Healthcare Equity, which provides services across all of UW Medicine. This includes our hospitals and clinics, the School of Medicine, and more. The Assistant Director must be able to navigate the complex nature of an academic healthcare institution that has reach across the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho region. In addition, this position will partner with Human Resources, UW Ombud, UW Civil Rights Investigation Office, School of Medicine Personnel Policy Unit, Risk Management and other critical leaders.

    Position Dimensions and Impact to the University
    At UW Medicine, we believe that healthcare is a fundamental human right and everyone should have the same access and opportunities for the best possible outcomes. This belief is very clearly tied to our mission to improve the health of the public. However, it’s important to acknowledge that institutional racism has created inequities in society — even within our own healthcare system — that result in health disparities. We are committed to transforming the way care is provided to eliminate these inequities. Healthcare equity isn’t owned by one department or leader – everyone shares responsibility. We can all take action in our own spheres of influence and in the work we control.

    Research shows that members of marginalized groups – including women, LGBTQ+ identified people, Black, Indigenous, and people of color tend to apply to jobs only if they meet every single requirement listed. At UW Medicine, we want the best candidates for the job, and those candidates may have different forms of experience than the qualifications listed. If you are passionate about uniting, empowering, and celebrating diverse communities for all and breaking down barriers for equity, we encourage you to apply.  UW Medicine seeks leaders who represent our diverse workforce and the communities that we serve.

    Program Leadership 50%
  • Collaborate with OHCE staff and leaders from across UW Medicine to develop and implement the Center's strategic plan, aligning it with best practices in restorative justice and prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects.
  • Oversee the entire restorative practices ecosystem, from training of the UW Medicine community in the essentials of restorative practices to incident/case management, ensuring effective utilization of resources.
  • Build and deliver training programs using a blend of instructional design models, delivery methods, and interactive activities. Leverage data and feedback to continuously improve, ensuring effective knowledge transfer and measurable performance improvement.
  • Develop and ensure efficient and effective case management processes are in place throughout the system, (intake, assessment, implementation, closure), considering diverse needs and perspectives ensuring compliance with relevant policies.
  • Support and develop a network of site leaders and volunteer facilitators to lead community building restorative practices and identify needs for restorative justice across the UW Medicine community.
  • Design and implement a robust system for monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the effectiveness of our programs and services, informing continual improvement efforts with a focus on equitable access and outcomes.
  • Communicate program outcomes to stakeholders in a clear and compelling way, highlighting the impact on diverse communities.
  • Partner with the Bias Reporting Tool Committee to ensure effective communication and streamline overarching and connected processes.

    Restorative Practices and Equity Consultation: 30%
  • Conduct restorative practice prework, implementation, and follow up (inclusive of circle design)
  • Stay informed about emerging trends and best practices in restorative justice, continually adapting and improving program offerings.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to staff on incorporating restorative principles into their work with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Utilize a deep understanding of the concept of equity, including the historical and ongoing systemic disadvantages faced by different groups based on factors like race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. while consulting on various issues across UW Medicine.

    Team Leadership: 20%
  • Lead a diverse team of professionals (1.0 FTE with plans to grow up to 5.0 FTE over several years) with expertise in restorative practices, conflict resolution, and related fields, fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging.
  • Delegate tasks effectively and provide comprehensive support for professional development and growth.
  • Motivate and inspire staff to achieve excellence in their work, ensuring restorative practices are implemented authentically and respectfully across diverse contexts.

  • Bachelor's degree in human services, social work, public administration, or a related field and 4-5 years experience in a related field.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • Training and experience in leading restorative circles both for community building and to address harm.
  • Experience in leading restorative justice work in a large complex organization.
  • Deep understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, including cultural considerations and trauma-informed approaches.
  • Possess a deep understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, including cultural considerations, trauma-informed approaches, facilitation and design of restorative circles, and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Experience leading restorative justice initiatives in complex settings, including facilitating circles, designing trauma-informed interventions, and demonstrating expertise in principles, practices, cultural considerations, and conflict resolution.
  • Proven track record of success in program development, implementation, and evaluation, with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Familiarity with research and best practices in promoting equity, including knowledge of successful interventions, data-driven approaches, and emerging best practices in the field.

  • Strong analytical and data-driven decision-making skills with a commitment to using data to inform equitable practices.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills, with the ability to build trust and rapport with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience working in multicultural environments
  • Experience working in a complex academic healthcare environment
  • Proven ability to manage administrative operations efficiently and effectively
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and policies: This could include anti-discrimination laws, affirmative action policies, and specific policies related to conflict resolution or restorative practices.


Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Location (Ie, City, State, Remote, etc) : Seattle WA

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