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RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZER (Posted 11/18/20)

Location: Philadelphia

Reports to: Executive Director

Job Type: Full time, $48,000 salaried position, some evening and weekend hours required

Benefits: Health insurance benefit of up to $400/month, 35 days (280hrs) of paid time off annually

Application Deadline: Rolling basis; priority consideration December 1, 2020

Start Date: January 01, 2020


RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZER • Position Overview  

Abolitionist Law Center is a nonprofit organization that works to support and build the  movement to abolish mass incarceration through public interest litigation and community  organizing. As the movement to end racist state violence and abolish police and prisons  has grown, so has our work. We are seeking a Racial Justice Organizer (RJO) to facilitate  impacted communities in organizing for self-determination and against state violence. 

Working with directly impacted community members in Philadelphia, the RJO position  will contribute to Abolitionist Law Center’s ongoing campaigns to abolish solitary  confinement, to end death by incarceration sentences, and build community power to  confront institutions of state violence, particularly police and prisons. This includes  recruiting volunteers, facilitating meetings, engaging varied constituencies in discourse  on equity and social/racial justice, advocating with and on behalf of people of  color, and researching emerging needs in impacted communities. Along with contributing  to these campaigns, a key task for the RJO will be organizing the Philadelphia chapter of  the Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners.  

A strong applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to racial, social and economic  equity, as well as a familiarity with the abolitionist movement and the Black Radical  Tradition. Identifying as an abolitionist is not a requirement of the job; however,  openness to abolitionist ideas and a commitment to studying the Black Radical Tradition are required.  

Responsibilities  

• Recruiting and training volunteers 

• Organizing meetings and events 

o Organizing event logistics (venue, attendance, transport, refreshments, etc) o Preparing and sharing agendas in advance of meetings  

o Facilitating or delegating the facilitation of meetings 

o Assuring meeting notes are taken and later shared with attendees o Preparing after-event reports to share with ALC’s organizing team • Additional responsibilities 

o Tracking work hours by project name 

o Attending regular ALC staff meetings 

o Participating in ALC fundraising 

Requirements  

• Experience with formerly incarcerated people and/or communities impacted by  criminalization; 

• A broad understanding of Philadelphia’s history of racist state violence and  resistance to that violence; 

• Significant experience organizing and facilitating volunteers; 

• Excellent public speaking skills and adequate writing ability; 

• Strong time management skills; and  

• Good recordkeeping  

Salary and Benefits  

The Racial Justice Organizer will be based in ALC’s Philadelphia office. This is a full time, salaried position with some evening and weekend hours required. This position has  a six-month introductory period. The salary for this position is $48,000 annually, with a  health insurance benefit of up to $400/month and 35 days (280hrs) of paid time off  annually. Start date is January 1, 2021. 

Reports to: Executive Director 

Application Process  

Please send your resume, two professional references, and a cover letter explaining your  interest in the position to info@abolitionistlawcenter.org. Applications will be accepted  and reviewed on a rolling basis, but candidates are encouraged to apply by December 1,  2020 to receive priority consideration. This position is open until filled.  Abolitionist Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women,  indigenous people, LGBTQI-GNC people, and formerly incarcerated people are strongly  encouraged to apply.