Texas Jail Project is proud to announce that the Hogg Foundation is funding a two-year Peer Policy Fellowship at TJP!

May 11th, 2018 | By | Category: Lead Article
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 post the photo of Sandra Bland to honor her name and in gratitude for the changes brought about her tragic death.

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 beginning on July 1st 2018 from the The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

You have:
• 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 based 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 Dr. 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 email a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to: peerfellow@texasjailproject.org

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.

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