Restorative Practices Trainer
Job Type

Restorative Practices Trainer

Reports to: Restorative Justice Training Coordinator

Full Time: Exempt

Salary: $54,080

Basic function: RJ Trainer facilitates training, assessments, and consultations designed to build capacity for Restorative Justice at assigned schools and sites across the state of Illinois. 

Full time with Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b) retirement plan, Holidays, Paid Time Off 

Alternatives Overview

Our mission is to inspire young people to create a just future through practices that heal individuals, restore communities, and transform systems. Since 1971, Alternatives has modeled innovative alternatives to the status quo in Chicago's youth services field. Our school and community-based therapy, prevention and leadership development programs support young people to individually and collectively address causes of substance abuse, grief and trauma while building social-emotional, career and social change skills.  In addition to working directly with young people, we train, coach and advocate for youth-serving institutions like Chicago Public Schools to be restorative and trauma-informed.

Position Overview 

Our Restorative Justice (RJ) programs provide direct support, training, leadership development, and capacity-building to schools and organizations that seek to become restorative. This position provides training, assessment, and consultation designed to build capacity for Restorative Justice at assigned schools and organizations in Illinois.


Perform the following from a racial, gender, sexuality, and ability equity lens:

  • Build restorative mindsets and capacity for school staff, students, and community stakeholders, to implement Restorative Practices. 
  • Facilitate various forms of professional development:
    • Thought-partnering, collaborative reflection, and planning
    • Modeling, co-facilitating, and observing Restorative Practices implementation
    • Small-group and whole-staff training and workshops
    • Consultation to school leadership and school teams on the development and implementation of systems and structures for Restorative Practices
  • Facilitate Alternatives’ RJ trainings for districts and sites in Illinois and Alternatives staff as assigned. 
  • Participate in relevant staff and team meetings, including weekly supervision
  • Conduct diagnostic assessments and create final report for each project including recommendations for growth 
  • Actively participate in all applicable staff and team meetings, professional development trainings and supervision meetings.
  • Represent Alternatives at relevant forums and events as assigned. 
  • Participate in Alternatives’ fundraising initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  1. Experience in using and coaching others on restorative mindsets, restorative language, talking circles, restorative conversations, peace circles, and peer conference 
  2. Experience working in schools (a background in social service, student support, or community organizing also considered) 
  3. Knowledge of adult learning principles and ability to deliver engaging and clear staff professional development 
  4. Ability to assess existing school structures and policies with a restorative lens and coach school teams in areas needing improvement 
  5. Ability to develop respectful professional relationships, build trust in a limited time, and engage and inform school leaders, staff and students around Restorative Practices 
  6. Ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities and work in multiple school buildings or online 
  7. Ability to efficiently and strategically build school capacity within the constraints of limited resources 
  8. Cultural competency and ability to navigate and promote sensitivity to issues of race and equity 
  9. Competency with Google Drive and Microsoft Office and video conferencing tools
  10. Professionalism in the areas of punctuality, documentation, organization, and phone/email responsiveness 
  11. Meticulous attention to detail and meeting deadlines
  12. Consistently learning and working within the following frameworks: Anti-oppression, Positive Youth Development, Trauma-informed and Balanced and Restorative Justice.
  13. Skilled at working with young people at high risk for juvenile justice and child welfare system involvement
  14. The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all employees to the full extent permissible under applicable law

To Apply:  Please submit a resume, cover letter and 3 references, with at least 2 references from previous employment supervisors, and a few 30 min time slots for a phone screen to Your cover letter can include why you are interested in the position, your approach to youth development and a concrete story that demonstrates how you have applied restorative justice in your work or personal life.

Applicants from the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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