Director of Community Organizing

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Published 23 days ago

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just criminal legal system. It is our belief and experience that advocacy outside the courtroom – specifically, community organizing – is a particularly critical component of any effort to achieve sustained and comprehensive racial justice. LDF’s Community Organizing Department supports Black communities in challenging racial discrimination within the intersections of educational, criminal justice, political participation and economic justice.

LDF seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as Director of Community Organizer. The Director of Community Organizing will report to the Associate Director Counsel and will be responsible for leading the national work of the community organizing team.

This position will be remote until September 2021. Beginning October 2021, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.

Responsibilities include:

·      Help build LDF’s relationship with communities nationwide most impacted by racial discrimination so that LDF’s advocacy efforts will be tailored to the real and expressed needs of the community;

·      Engage as thought-partner with other program staff, including LDF’s litigation, policy, and TMI teams, to inform our broader programmatic work, strategy and community engagement;

·      Work in conjunction with directors of litigation, policy, communications, and other identified staff on projects, cases and initiatives to advance the collective work and mission of LDF;

·      Provide regularly scheduled updates to LDF’s legal staff of ongoing organizing work as well as national organizing landscape;

·      Supervise and oversee the work of the Deputy Director of Community Organizing and a growing staff of community organizers;

·      Work with the Deputy Director of Community Organizing to develop an organizing department strategic plan and create deliverables, timelines, and workplans to advance the implementation of the plan;

·      Propose and manage the department’s budget and spending;

·      Assist with developing the skill sets of the full organizing team;

·      Extensive travel to both urban and rural areas in the United States is required; and

·      Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications include:

·      Minimum of eight or more years of experience leading community organizing initiatives and campaigns that advance racial justice and reforms to public systems; national organizing experience is strongly preferred;

·      Experience supervising and managing staff, including developing workplans, providing feedback and guidance, and seeking and offering staff opportunities for professional development;

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences;

·      A demonstrated capacity to plan, implement, coordinate, and evaluate a broad range of successful campaigns; ability to engage through digital organizing is a plus;

·      The ability to develop and maintain relationships, partnerships, and coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials at the local, state and national levels;

·      Ability to design trainings and workshops that will be conducted by organizing team to develop the capacity of community members;

·      Professionalism, discretion, and sound judgment to handle sensitive, high-profile, legally privileged and otherwise confidential information in an appropriate manner;

·      Experience managing departmental budget and spending;

·      A demonstrated ability to work both in a team structure and independently, as required by different circumstances;

·      Experience leading, developing and supervising staff;

·      Ability to represent LDF and the Community Organizing Department in local and national convenings;

·      Ability to coordinate local and national gatherings and convenings;

·      Strong initiative and creative thinking;

·      Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with diverse groups;

·      A demonstrated ability to adhere to a flexible and sometimes demanding schedule;

·      Willingness to travel extensively to both urban and rural areas in the United States; and

·      A valid driver’s license.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.


Oris Diaz

Director of Human Resources/Administration

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006


The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S…

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