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Restorative Facilitation Specialist

Restorative Facilitation Specialist

Restorative Justice Community Justice Higher Education

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Restorative Facilitation Specialist

Job Profile Title

Associate Director B, Academic Affairs, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Job Description Summary

The University of Pennsylvania’s Restorative Practices at Penn Program (RP@P) is committed to enhancing student development and campus culture through restorative practices workshops, consultations, and restorative facilitations to address harms that originate both from within and outside of the Penn community. Drawing from a diverse web of roots, including practices of various Indigenous peoples of North America, Australia, and New Zealand, Restorative Practices work to promote right relationships between people in all corners of the University. In situations of interpersonal harm, RP@P can provide safe, private, supportive resources to help the harmed party access healing and support, and for the responsible party to work toward accountability and repair. RP@P also implements proactive measures to build supportive communities and strengthen our collective capacity to handle harm when it inevitably occurs. RP@P aims to institutionalize, centralize, and support RP as a core aspect of the Penn community and culture.

The Associate Director of Restorative Practices (AD) oversees the implementation of RP for healing, accountability and community building for students, staff, and faculty in collaboration with campus partners. RP@P is embedded within and works closely with the Center for Community Standards and Accountability (CSA) to support RP response in student conduct cases, and partners with the Office of the Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX for RP cases involving Title IX violations. The RP@P Team consists of the AD, a Restorative Facilitation Lead, a Restorative Facilitation Specialist, a CSA Case Manager Liaison, and the Restorative Training and Partnership Specialist. This core team is supported by the Peer Restorative Practitioners (P-Reps), liaisons within the 12 schools of the University, 65+ trained campus partners and the Steering Committees. Maintaining and developing these relationships is critical to RP@P’s mission.

The Restorative Practices Facilitation Specialist (RPS) will support the continued development of the RP@P program and supplement the work of the Restorative Facilitation Lead in the areas of RJ facilitation for CSA cases and Title IX cases, and especially in proactive community building Circles with a focus on addressing the impact of global and national harms on members of the Penn community. These duties include personally facilitating conferences and circles, coordinating volunteer facilitators, scheduling conferences and pre-conference meetings, and managing all relevant data and records. The RP specialist will play an integral role in supporting faculty development in RP and in creating support spaces for faculty and staff, particularly around racial harm, and other bias related harms. The RPS will also support relevant trainings and workshops and develop relevant protocols and templates. The RPS will report directly to the Restorative Facilitation Lead.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities

  • Support case management of Restorative Practice cases.
  • Plan and implement community building restorative practices with campus partners, targeting faculty, staff, and students
  • Facilitate cases involving faculty, staff, and students.
  • Support advising and training Peer Restorative Practitioners.
  • Support training programs for students, staff and faculty.
  • Participate in development and on-going review of protocols, policies and practices.
  • Participate in case meetings and planning meetings with the CSA Team.
  • Support data management and record keeping for the Restorative Practices at Penn program.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree required with a minimum of 2-3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; 3-5 years of experience preferred. Direct experience with restorative practices, circles, restorative conferences, conflict resolution and mediation strongly preferred. Experience as a facilitator strongly preferred. Demonstrated strong people skills, organizational skills, and ability to work on a team; a general understanding of higher education policies and practices preferred. Excellent oral and written communications skills required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Provost Interdisciplinary Programs

Pay Range

$43,919.00 - $70,000.00 Annual Rate

Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile. 

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Location (Ie, City, State, Remote, etc) : PA

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