COMMUNITY ORGANIZER – SOUTHEAST OFFICE
POSITION DESCRIPTION - MARCH 2017
LatinoJustice PRLDEF (LJP) is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country. By litigating precedent-setting law reform impact cases across the country and training young people to be leaders in their community, LJP has profoundly improved the way Latinos are treated in U.S. society, working to ensure that they have more opportunities for political, economic, social and educational equality. Our areas of focus include immigrants’ rights; voting rights; employment discrimination and worker’s rights including the treatment of day laborers; and racial profiling / law enforcement issues.
Under the leadership of our President and General Counsel, LJP’s work is focused on addressing systemic discrimination and ensuring equal access to justice in the advancement of the rights of formerly incarcerated persons and Criminal Justice reform. LJP aims to include the Latino voices in the criminal justice conversation, and to generate the public will necessary to reduce mass incarceration in America. For this purpose, LJP is seeking to hire a full-time Community Organizer based in its Southeast office in Orlando, Florida.
COMPETENCIES AND JOB DUTIES
The Community Organizer will be a key player in elevating LatinoJustice PRLDEF (LJP) as the leading voice and resource of the Latino Criminal Justice Reform movement. In collaboration with our local partners, the Organizer will identify, cultivate, and educate individuals to become members of a task force of spokespersons/ambassadors to help break down some of the misconceptions about Criminal Justice Reform. The Organizer will use ground-level organizing tactics and digital media tools to engage and educate the community on criminal justice reform, rights restoration, and “ban the box”, with the intent to increase Latino support for mass incarceration reform. The Organizer will also focus on Latino victims of crime and other Latinos with a more law and order approach to illuminate and elevate the way that criminal justice policies have been used to create a de-facto caste system.
This position reports to the Director of Communications and Community Engagement. In all matters addressing LJP’s work in criminal justice, policing, and drug policy reform, this position collaborates closely with and takes guidance from the President and General Counsel, who leads the Criminal Justice Reform project at LJP.
Attends Criminal Justice Reform-focused community engagement events and forums on behalf of LJP and conducts presentations in collaboration with community-based partners. Collaborates with current allies and reaches out to new, helping them understand the intersection between their concerns and Criminal Justice reform. Explores opportunities for coalition work and joint efforts.
Will build local and regional coalitions with Latinos and non-Latinos, primarily in Florida and assist those efforts in additional states identified by LJP.
Develops a Latino taskforce, comprised of representatives from each of the main national Latino advocacy organizations, to articulate policy positions and advocate on behalf of Latinos impacted by criminal justice issues. Coordinates taskforce member meetings, community workshops, and other community-building and educational forums.
Will identify, train and equip the task force with critical data related to Criminal Justice Reform, rights restoration, and “ban the box” knowledge. Equips and trains Latino ambassadors to reach out to communities where we don’t usually have reach.
Uses variety of media tools, such as social media campaigns and films, to tell stories to educate and persuade the Latino community and galvanize its awareness, interest and action on these issues. Coordinates local media and publicity to create awareness.
- Commitment to civil rights and social justice issues; direct experience in advocating criminal justice, policing, and drug policy reform issues preferred.
- Minimum of 2 years of experience in relevant community organizing.
- Demonstrated ability engaging communities and building coalitions.
- Ability to work well both independently and in teams; strong supportive leadership skills a plus.
- Tech and social media savvy; knows how to leverage technology as a supportive educational and persuasive tool.
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and for regular in-state and occasional regional travel
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Fluency in Spanish, verbal and written, required.
- Formerly incarcerated individuals strongly encouraged to apply.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Compensation is competitive and determined by Collective Bargaining Agreement. LatinoJustice offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, vision, life, long-term disability and a voluntary 403(b) retirement plan, as well as generous paid time off benefits.
Send Cover letter, resume and writing/media sample to:
Director of Human Resources and Operations
Email subject: Community Organizer - SEO Deadline: until filled
LatinoJustice PRLDEF is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.