EMPLOYMENT WITH ALC

The Abolitionist Law Center is hiring for the following positions:

Community Organizer (Allegheny County) – FT – Posted 10/21/21

Disability Justice Advocate – Ten Month Contract – Posted 10/21/21


The Administrative Manager (FT) posted 09/16/21) has been filled.

The Project Manager (Python/JSON/Airtable) posted 10/21/21 has been filled.

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Posted: 10/21/21

Rolling Application; Position Open Until Filled

Community Organizer (Allegheny County)

About ALC: The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) is a nonprofit law firm fighting to defend prisoners and abolitionists, and a community organizing project aiming to build a world without police and prisons. Our work is currently based in Pennsylvania, where we have sued the Department of Corrections, local jails, and the Commonwealth to defend prisoners from abuse and to win release for as many people as possible. Our organizing work is statewide and focused on abolishing the use of solitary confinement and ending life without parole sentences (aka death by incarceration), among other things. As the movement to end racist state violence and abolish police and prisons  has grown, so has our work. We are seeking a Community Organizer for Allegheny County to facilitate  impacted communities in organizing for self-determination and freedom from state violence.

Position Overview:  Working with directly impacted community members in Allegheny County, the Community Organizer will be tasked with the responsibility of organizing events that contribute to growing and deepening the racial, social, and disability justice movement in Allegheny County. Additionally, the Organizer will contribute to the 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. The organizer will cross county lines, working in solidarity and coalition with social justice movement groups across Pennsylvania.

A strong applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to racial, social and economic  equity and inclusion, 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 prioritizing abolitionists reforms for harm reduction are expected of the candidate.

Responsibilities: The Community Organizer (Allegheny County) will:

  • Support statewide campaigns specific to ALC’s interests, including but not limited to, the fight to end death by incarceration (DBI) and solitary confinement
  • Strategize campaigns focused on Allegheny County and Allegheny County Jail litigation by ALC movement lawyers
  • Deeply engage with ALC’s Court Watch program and the integration of disability justice as a focus area.
  • Grow a volunteer base through outreach and leadership development.
  • Build and maintain relationships with allies and collaborative partners.
  • Create a database of contacts, coalitions and efforts based on your organizing.
  • Organize and document meetings and events and their logistics (venue, attendance, transport, refreshments, etc) 
  • Participate in internal meetings and formulate periodic internal staff workshops to showcase your work.
  • Participate in ALC’s grassroots fundraising efforts.

Requirements 

  • Experience with formerly incarcerated people and/or communities impacted by  criminalization
  • A broad understanding of Pittsburgh’s history of apartheid policing, and detainment practices and familiarity of the racist state violence and  resistance to that violence
  • Participation and support of statewide and national campaigns
  • Significant experience organizing and facilitating volunteers
  • Excellent public speaking skills and adequate writing ability
  • Strong time management skills; and good document and recordkeeping  

Salary and Benefits 

Location and Compensation: This Community Organizer (Allegheny County) will be based in ALC’s Pittsburgh office. This is a full time, salaried position with some evening and weekend hours required. This position has a three-month introductory period. The salary for this position is $50,000 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, 2022. 

Reports to: Director of Organizing

Application Process: Please email your resume, two professional references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position as a single PDF to aredcross@alcenter.org and info@alcenter.org.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. This position remains open until filled.

ALC is an equal opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQI-GNC people, women and formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Posted: 10/21/21

Rolling Application; Position Open Until Filled

Disability Justice Advocate

About ALC and ALC Court Watch: The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) is a nonprofit law firm fighting to defend prisoners and abolitionists, and a community organizing project aiming to build a world without police and prisons.  In January 2020, ALC launched ALC Court Watch: a volunteer-run court watch program committed to transformative racial justice by keeping the courts accountable through observation, data collection, and public reporting. Volunteers gather court docket and arrest data in order to produce reports that benefit community members organizing against mass incarceration, state violence, and racial apartheid in the Pittsburgh region. ALC Court Watch’s most recent work has focused on public access to virtual, remote preliminary hearings and organizing for unconditional pre-trial freedom for those held in Allegheny County Jail.

Position Overview: The Abolitionist Law Center is hiring a Disability Justice Advocate to focus on the experiences and needs of people with intellectual disabilities who come into contact with the Allegheny County criminal courts and jail We will be gathering information about how many people who come through the courts or jail with developmental disabilities and what they experience, and propose decarceral interventions that will reduce the jail population, divert people with disabilities from the criminal punishment system, and contribute toward shifting from racist and punitive state practices that target the disabled to policies of solidarity, care, and social support rooted in a disability justice framework.

ALC’s Disability Justice Advocate will assist in organizing an advisory committee of impacted people, advocates, and experts to guide our work on this project. With the assistance of the advisory committee and ALC staff, the Disability Justice Advocate will devise a research plan to map out the intersection points between people with intellectual disabilities and the criminal punishment system in Allegheny County, eventually producing a report that analyzes current practices, identifies information gaps, and makes recommendations that will inform advocates, organizers, and government officials.

Responsibilities

● Develop an advisory group of stakeholders and experts to help us expand our understanding and practice of how best to integrate the needs and experiences of people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities into our Allegheny County Jail and court-focused litigation, community organizing, and public education and media outreach.

● Explore methods for modifying court and jail intake procedures to identify those with intellectual and cognitive disabilities and connect them with appropriate supports and interventions.

● Expand the focus of our Allegheny County Jail advocacy and our Court Watch program to begin to gather data regarding how many people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities come into contact with Allegheny County courts and ACJ, and what they experience.

● Consulting with experts, community members, and allied organizations to build advocacy and public support for meaningful reforms (especially early diversion processes) that reduce the instances of incarceration of people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities in Allegheny County.

● Collect, analyze, and publicly present data and recommendations garnered through the above efforts.

Qualifications

●  Excellent research and writing skills.

●  Professional experience in capacity research is a plus.

●  Community organizing or advocacy experience is a plus.

●  Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Location and Compensation: Applicants for the Disability Justice Advocate contract position must be located in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County. This is a 10 month contracted position at an hourly rate of $20.00  per hour, requiring 10-20 hours per week. This contracted position is expected to require 70% remote / digital work and 30% in-person related work per week or month.

Reports to: Director of Organizing

Application Process: Please email your resume, two professional references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the contracted position as a single PDF to aredcross@alcenter.org and admin@courtwatch.org.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. This contracted position remains open until filled.

ALC Court Watch is a project by the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC). ALC is an equal opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQI-GNC people, women and formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.


To learn more about our staff and board members, click here.