ARC is seeking a Credible Messenger to provide holistic, individualized, focused reentry services to emerging adults returning to their communities from an 80 bed, in-custody, fire-training program in Pine Grove California.  This is an onsite, in person position.  The Credible Messenger, will utilize their lived-experience within the Juvenile Justice and/or Criminal Justice systems to relate to young people and build trusting relationships to help young incarcerated individuals develop their reentry and rehabilitation plans and access resources in the community. They will also play a critical role in bringing hope and opportunities to young, incarcerated individuals and prepare them for their continued relationship with ARC upon release.

Being formerly incarcerated is considered a valued asset in this position, along with passion and commitment to social justice reform.  This is a position that will interact with governmental agencies, ARC staff, as well as community organizations.


  • Each Credible Messenger shall take an innovative approach to restorative justice that relies on unique relationships with the youth. They must have effective communication, listening and conflict mediation skills.
  • Credible Messengers shall work in conjunction with staff to model positive behavior, be respectful, supportive and encouraging to youth during challenging and stressful situations while providing them with the tools and skills they need to be successful.
  • Credible Messengers shall work with youth on an individual basis and in group settings to assist them in modifying and changing their individual behaviors by connecting with the youth through their own life experiences and challenges.
  • Credible Messengers shall guide and motivate at-risk youth to challenge and transform negative thinking, attitudes and actions while promoting restorative justice, family involvement, community engagement and supporting a re-integration plan to help youth engage in transitioning back to their communities.
  • Attend staff meetings, organizational trainings, stakeholder events as required.
  • All other work-related responsibilities assigned by supervisor.


The Credible Messenger will have the following experience and attributes:

  • Have been previously incarcerated in an institutional setting or at-risk program in the community.
  • Have a minimum of one (1) year of documented experience as a credible messenger counseling/working in a facility, community organization or treatment center working with incarcerated youth and at-risk youth.
  • Have a minimum previous experience facilitating individual and group sessions; assisting, guiding, and monitoring clients over time promoting and encouraging with their overall treatment progress; anti-social and at-risk behaviors that interfere with treatment and recovery.
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule. Hours are subject to change based on program needs.
  • Have excellent people and communication skills, with experience in collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse and dynamic team environment.
  • Have strong and effective problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Be able to pass a CDCR background check.
  • Have personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to ARC’s mission.


  • Salary range $56k – $58k.
  • ARC pays 75% medical/dental/vision benefits for individual; 50% for dependents.
  • 10 paid vacation days, 6 paid sick days.

 Please note that employment is contingent upon proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.