UnCommon Law is seeking an uncommon leader to build and support an uncommon workplace and team. At UnCommon Law, we believe all people are deserving of healing, justice, and advocacy. We believe this work can and should be led by people with personal experience; a belief increasingly reflected in the growth and diversity of our team, many of whom are formerly incarcerated, system impacted, and/or POC. Our trauma-informed approach has yielded transformative results among our clients and community members; now, The Director of People & Culture will help us be accountable to ensuring that our staff experience an equitable, trauma-informed workplace as well.
UnCommon Law is at a key inflection point, recently expanding from a staff of 10 to 25. The Director of People & Culture will serve as a “Culture Keeper” who will lead our efforts to develop a well-defined organizational culture that equitably supports our passionate staff: translating our values into actionable processes that promote racial equity, sustainability, and inclusion. At UnCommon Law, we are especially committed to supporting formerly incarcerated and system-impacted staff members to grow as leaders. The Director of People & Culture will play a key role in ensuring that we realize this commitment.
We encourage people who have been directly impacted by incarceration to apply. We do not require candidates to have a college degree and we welcome candidates with non-traditional backgrounds and experience. The strongest candidates will let us know how their experiences and abilities relate to this role. We greatly value lived and related experience, and transferable skills.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of People & Culture will report to the Executive Director, work closely with the management team, and be responsible for:
Organizational Leadership & Culture Setting
Professional Development Design & Facilitation
Who Should Apply
UnCommon Law is looking for an uncommon person to fill this newly created and carefully defined position. The successful candidate will be an out-of-the-box thinker who can imagine a transformative work culture and provide leadership to help us achieve that vision. They will bring systems expertise, commitment to our mission, and a belief that organizational systems should support and nurture the people who give their all to the fight for justice. The ideal candidate is culturally competent, innovative, and emotionally intelligent; they are a compassionate problem-solver and respected as a leader. They embrace change and are comfortable leading change strategies.
Abilities and Attributes
About UnCommon Law
UnCommon Law fights to ensure that all people incarcerated for violent crime have access to healing, justice, and effective legal representation.
Through our unique, trauma-informed model of advocacy, we provide the space currently missing in the system for healing, accountability, and safe pathways home from prison. In developing new self-narratives, the people we serve are able to more effectively disrupt violence inside and outside prison and become leaders who change negative societal narratives about those incarcerated for violent crime. Our groundbreaking approach is changing policy and outcomes, driven by the voices and experiences of system-impacted communities.
UnCommon Law’s core values include empathy, audacity, imagination, tenacity, sustainability, excellence, reflection, and equity.
Benefits and Support
Currently, UnCommon Law offers 100% Paid Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance. To support our team’s mental wellbeing, we also provide a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) of $200/month in reimbursable funds to cover therapeutic expenses. We also offer a family leave policy, flexible hours, regular access to training and clinical support, flexible paid time off and generous sick leave. In addition to the formal benefits, we are committed to building and maintaining a culture of sustainability and connection where each team member can thrive, and have a life outside of work. You’ll see this in the acknowledgements in staff meetings, team days off, and community lunches.
Please submit a resume and a cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience for the role, along with contact information for two professional or academic references to our hiring portal (https://uncommonlaw.bamboohr.com/jobs/). Applicants who submit cover letters that are not tailored to the position or the organization will not be considered.
Please note that all correspondence in the hiring process will be through the BambooHR portal. Following the submission of your application, you should receive an automatic response (via email) thanking you for your application. If you do not receive this, please check your Spam folder.
UCL is committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. UCL does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or prior contact with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people impacted by incarceration as well as from traditionally underrepresented communities.
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