Philadelphia Community Organizer

Job Type

Full Time




United States


About JustLeadershipUSA

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. On the guiding principle that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. JLUSA was launched in November 2014.

Open Position

JLUSA seeks a driven and energetic Community Organizer in Philadelphia to work on a campaign aimed at shuttering the House of Correction. The Philadelphia Community Organizer will work with JLUSA’s National Advocacy Team to build grassroots power and mobilize directly impacted communities across Philadelphia in support of the campaign. The Philadelphia Community Organizer will play a key role in developing and advancing campaign strategy.

JLUSA seeks a Community Organizer with experience in grassroots, policy, and/or legislative advocacy efforts, who has strong coalition building, membership-development, direct-action and event planning skills to fill this dynamic role. The ideal candidate is deeply committed to JLUSA’s mission, flexible, collaborative, and works effectively in a fast-paced environment. With our bold and ambitious mission and unique theory of change, the right candidate will have a significant impact on redefining justice in America.

The Philadelphia Community Organizer will report to the Philadelphia Campaign Coordinator and work closely with JLUSA staff, membership, and partner organizations to build the movement to reach #halfby2030. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the development and implementation of strategy for the campaign including campaign landscaping, and work-plan development
  • Assist the Campaign Coordinator in developing and executing targeted base-building efforts and campaign member development
  • Grassroots organizing – developing membership and the leadership of individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration
  • Building and maintaining strategic partnerships with organizations and networks across Pennsylvania
  • Public education and community engagement
  • Legislative advocacy and engagement of elected officials
  • Planning and execution of creative events, direct-actions, lobby days, etc.
  • Supervising interns and/or volunteers, and collaborating with staff and/or volunteers remotely
  • Identifying and reporting responsibilities and successes
  • Flexibility for travel and ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Timely and organized reporting


JustLeadershipUSA seeks a candidate with the following qualities, skills and experience:

  • 2+ years of community organizing (preferred)
  • Employing grassroots strategies for social change, including base-building and developing directly impacted leadership
  • Building organizational partnerships and working on coalition-based policy/advocacy campaigns
  • Knowledge of and interest in criminal justice reform, including a serious commitment to ending mass incarceration
  • Comfort working collaboratively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, as well as working independently on specific projects
  • High energy, strong interpersonal, public speaking and problem-solving skills;
  • Computer-skills proficiency (Microsoft suite, Google suite, client management systems) preferred

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample detailing your interest in JustLeadershipUSA and the role of Job Title to jobs@justleadershipusa.orgwith subject line: Last Name, First Name, Job Title.

Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

JustLeadershipUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status. JustLeadershipUSA values diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system involvement. People with criminal justice records are encouraged to apply. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

For more information about JustLeadershipUSA, visit our websites at


Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample detailing your interest in JustLeadershipUSA and the role of Job Title to jobs@justleadershipusa.orgwith subject line: Last Name, First Name, Job Title.