Program Manager, Trauma to Trust (Baton Rouge)

  • Full-time

Company Description

About us: Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) is a national organization working to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that break cycles of trauma. We work at the intersection of criminal justice, public health, and racial justice to elevate healing and safety over retribution, advance racial equity, and meet the needs of survivors. 

How we do it: Our programs work to end the death penalty, expand community-based healing and violence prevention programs in impacted communities, reduce the scope of policing, and change the national narrative on violence and accountability. EJUSA has a bold vision for healing and equity that directly aligns with this urgent national moment – making this an exciting time to join our team and design the next phase of EJUSA’s strategy!

Our team members: EJUSA is a team of fierce organizers and advocates, many of whom have been touched by violence and the justice system. We bring a broad span of perspectives to our work, united by one common belief that everyone deserves safety, healing, equity, and well-being. 

What it’s like to work here: EJUSA is a special place to work. Our team is made up of passionate and collaborative leaders who treat each other as whole people. Our organizational culture is rooted in the values that drive our mission so we work to ensure that equity, partnership, transcending divides, and healing are embedded into every aspect of our daily operations, from staff policies to salaries. We are an entirely remote organization, and have been honing ways of building and maintaining trust across our team virtually since long before the rest of the world had to. 

Job Description

About this role: We are seeking an engaging, organized Program Manager to manage and operate the Trauma to Trust program in Baton Rouge, LA. The ideal candidate will be energetic, passionate about centering healing and have a strong commitment to racial equity.  Trauma to Trust is a community-centered program that engages community members and police officers in exploring multiple levels of trauma, understanding historical and systemic impacts on individual and community trauma, and gaining tools to create participants’ healing journeys through demonstrating empathy and collective action. The Program Manager will manage relationships with stakeholders (including community members and the Baton Rouge Police Department) and manage training sessions.

EJUSA has 34 staff members throughout the country, and a small national office in Brooklyn, NY. This position reports to the Program Director of Trauma to Trust and supervises the Program Coordinator of Trauma to Trust – Baton Rouge. This position will be remote but is based in Baton Rouge.


  • Knowledge of trauma and its relationship to violence, marginalization and racism.
  • Strong facilitation skills, including ability to facilitate conflict and support others to do so.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, networking, and social skills; ability to connect authentically with diverse groups of people; team-oriented and collaborative with partners, and other key stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical abilities, computation, negotiation, and problem solving skills to address issues as they arise.
  • Ability to make public presentations and to work successfully with community groups, government, law enforcement, faith and educational communities.
  • Staff management, leadership development, and team building skills to drive and encourage team.

General EJUSA

  • Strong organizational ability, including the ability to juggle multiple projects, meet deadlines, and keep things moving, while maintaining a high attention to accuracy and detail
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience developing messages and writing for different goals and audiences
  • Familiarity with the Google workspace and web-based computer applications
  • Comfort working with volunteer management software
  • Comfort working with a Mac-based environment, or willingness to learn
  • A positive attitude, friendly personality, sense of humor, and the ability to get along with many types of people
  • Ability to manage confidential information
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 20% of the time
  • Commitment to the mission and core values of Equal Justice USA, including a commitment to racial equity


  • Lead the development, operation and strategy of the Trauma to Trust program in Baton Rouge, in collaboration with the Trauma to Trust team,.
  • Manage recruitment, onboarding and training of local facilitators.
  • Support facilitators in guiding participant engagement during training sessions.
  • Manage any on-site correspondence with leadership including venue directors, supervising law enforcement, and media. 
  • Manage off-site correspondence with leadership including community organizational leaders, city representatives, Baton Rouge Police Department, and others.
  • Organize community and law enforcement participation for training cohorts.
  • Support efforts in the creation, amending and expansion of Trauma to Trust training content. 
  • Supervise and support the Trauma to Trust Program Coordinator - Baton Rouge (to be hired). 
  • Serve as a thought leader for Trauma to Trust at local events such as forums, panels, discussions, conferences, etc.
  • Manage contracts and payments for training facilitators. 
  • Collaborate with the Program Administration Manager to coordinate travel arrangements for national facilitators if necessary.
  • Facilitate Trauma to Trust training sessions on an as needed basis.
  • Collaborate with EJUSA Baton Rouge-based staff and relative program team members on community-centered public safety ecosystem efforts.

Additional Information

Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Target start date: July 2023

Compensation: $70- $74k, commensurate with experience and considering organizational equity. Excellent benefits include employer-paid medical and dental care, a retirement plan, 4 weeks paid vacation, 12 sick days, 12 holidays, 5 personal days, disability insurance, and a professional development allowance.

Other Perks: 

  • While we have 40-hour work weeks, employees of EJUSA also enjoy human-first wellness-focused schedules because we understand that life happens and the impact of the work is more important than strict adherence to structures. 
  • We come together as a group in person twice a year for week-long staff retreats to bond, plan, learn, and hang together at different locations throughout the country. Past destinations include Newark, Tampa, Philadelphia, and Puerto Rico. 
  • We have structures to support and back up our organizational values, ranging from benefits that help cover home office set-up, cell phone bills, and caregiving emergencies. 
  • Staff members also have the opportunity to join affinity-based caucuses, a wellness team dedicated to centering the physical and mental health of all staff, the retreat team to help plan our semi annual convening, and our race equity leadership team that contributes to our organizational commitment to becoming an anti-racist community.

Deadline: Open until filled

To apply: 

  • Visit to apply online
  • Upload a resume AND complete the screening questionnaire 
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Applications will be reviewed immediately on a rolling basis
  • No calls, please

EJUSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage a diverse pool of candidates to apply, including those impacted by the issues we work on. We consider all applicants on the basis of their ability to perform the job, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, physical appearance, age, mental or physical disability, credit history, veteran status, uniform service member status, justice system involvement, survivor of domestic violence, stalking, or other crimes, political affiliation, or any other legally protected class. EJUSA does not tolerate discrimination or harassment against any of the above-listed classes.