The Freedom Fund is a social justice organization that pays bail to secure the liberty and safety of low-income individuals in jail and immigration detention who cannot afford their bond amounts, particularly LGBTQ people and those living with HIV/AIDS. In tandem, we work to build a critical mass against the mass jailing of individuals. For our website, please visit us at: https://www.lgbtqfund.org/
Working with the Executive Director, the Project Director will be responsible for the day-to-day running, growth and direction of our bail-out and HIV/AIDS programs.
This will primarily involve case management and community-based social justice work.
Applicants should demonstrate a strong, pre-existing commitment to advocacy work in their personal, educational or professional lives -- at home, work, school, or in the community. This could be commitment in many different areas, such as racial, queer, economic, immigrant, criminal-legal, or HIV/AIDS justice.
The Freedom Fund highly values lived experience and strongly encourages all individuals to apply, such as those living with HIV/AIDS and queer individuals. We also encourage people of color and those with a history of incarceration to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer. We encourage those who do and do not have educational degrees to apply as well.
Full- or part-time
The Project Director will spend most of their time:
- Securing the release of participants as soon as possible after arrest; meeting with and supporting them at jail upon release and afterwards; building strong, long-lasting relationships with participants; and facilitating linkages for participants to medical, legal and social services, with particular focus on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. The Project Director will also provide HIV/AIDS counseling, including on-site point-of-care HIV/AIDS rapid testing.
- We do this work to: (1) secure people's freedom from wealth-based detention (2) preempt the harmful consequences of short term jail stays and (3) bring people into HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services who may otherwise not be. In detention, even for a day, there are collateral consequences: individuals risk losing their jobs, housing, and continuity in medical, psychiatric and substance use treatment, all of which may lead to poorer health and legal outcomes.
The Project Director will also:
- Do community-based social justice work with Freedom Fund participants and the Executive Director, including coalition-building, media appearances, court watching, government meetings, awareness campaigns, etc. This may include campaigns against: the criminalization of homelessness, racial and LGBTQ disparities in policing and courts, inadequate HIV/AIDS work in South Florida, constitutional violations in the immigration and criminal legal system, etc.
These are primary tasks but work will include other tasks not enumerated here.
The Project Director is:
- A fierce advocate for formerly incarcerated and LGBTQ people, in tasks big and small (i.e., waiting hours outside a jail for or making reminder calls to a participant). Our participants are from many different backgrounds, with histories of sex work, homelessness, drug use and psychiatric illness.
- Comfortable working independently.
- Able to efficiently organize, promote, and execute multiple tasks.
- Comfortable speaking to groups -- or willing to get there with practice.
- Comfortable working from different locations, including working outside jails while waiting for clients; at home, remotely; and in the Freedom Fund’s office.
- Patient and willing to grow with us – the Freedom Fund started operations in 2018.
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience in social service work or a helping profession is preferred.
- Candidates must be able to travel regionally and nationally.
- Applicants must currently live in or be willing to relocate to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Most of our work, at least initially, will be done in downtown Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach.
- A valid Florida driver’s license, safe driving record and proof of automobile liability insurance.
- Able to work some weeknights and weekends.
- FLDOH certified for HIV/AIDS counseling and testing – or willing to get the necessary certification.
Salary for this position is $44,591, which is equal to that of the Executive Director’s. We are a small, new organization and unable to provide health, dental or other benefits.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to email@example.com. Please indicate, “Project Director Application,” in the subject line of the email, and indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this job posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please note that we are not able to respond directly to each applicant. Should your application be a good fit we will be in touch. The Freedom Fund considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does the Freedom Fund discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.