Operation Restoration Hiring an Education Director

January 7, 2021
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Operation Restoration is hiring an Education Director to oversee our educational programming including our college in prison program, adult education clinic for formerly incarcerated women, lab assistant vocational programming and other initiatives! Formerly incarcerated women encouraged to apply!


Applications will be accepted until the end of January. Come work with us!


Job Posting: https://www.indeed.com/m/viewjob?jk=8a4a7d1e952f20d3&from=native&fbclid=IwAR0-zNGxWqfRrRw4CNjGxSq9Fy-DRjlFk1373q9yYq7p9agskRY0KoTkfxU


Information about Operation Restoration:

Mission:

Operation Restoration’s mission is to support women and girls impacted by incarceration to recognize their full potential, restore their lives, and discover new possibilities.


Overview:

Syrita Steib founded OR in 2016 after being incarcerated for 110 months beginning at the age of 19. She started Operation Restoration to build a community and support system for women impacted by incarceration. OR is based in Louisiana, which has the second highest incarceration rate in the world. The majority of girls and women that we work with are people of color, many fall below the poverty line, have not had access to education, and struggle to find meaningful employment. OR defines incarceration as confinement in prison, jail, immigrant, juvenile or military detention, or a deportation facility.  When women and girls are released from prison, detention or jail in Louisiana, OR staff help them access resources immediately and provide necessary items for their transition.

Since its founding in 2016, OR has expanded its capacity to include a 7 member board; 16 staff; and 15 contract employees. One of OR’s greatest strengths is that it is an organization created by and for formerly incarcerated women. All of OR’s full-time staff members identify as women or gender non-conforming, nine are formerly incarcerated or legal system involved, and 13 are directly impacted by incarceration through the incarceration of a family member. Thirty-one people, including contractors and staff, work together to grow and maintain OR’s 16 distinct programs which range from direct services, alternative sentencing, and a bail fund to adult education and higher education in prison. Every program and initiative that OR undertakes is led by formerly incarcerated women and designed in response to community needs.


Educational Programs:

Operation Education creates new career pathways and removes barriers to education for currently and formerly incarcerated women through following four programs:

  • Women FIRST Clinic: A reentry education program to prepare formerly incarcerated women to obtain their high school equivalency and other educational goals. The clinic also provides transportation, childcare and snacks.
  • College-In-Prison: The only in-person, secular, higher education opportunity available to women who are incarcerated in the state of Louisiana. The program is conducted at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) in partnership with Newcomb Institute and School of Professional Advancement at Tulane University.
  •  Lab Assistant Program: A training program that prepares women to work in laboratory healthcare setting and obtain immediate employment upon release, in partnership with Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW), Delgado Community College and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
  • STEM Program: A research project with support from the National Science Foundation to identify solutions to barriers faced by incarcerated people to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and careers.