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Youth Justice Organizer (Charlottesville)

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Legal Aid Justice Center
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Charlottesville, VA

Legal Aid Justice Center


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Published 6 days ago

April 15, 2021
March 31, 2021
$45,000 - $60,000The salary range is $45,000 to $60,000 based on years of relevant experience and LAJC’s formal salary scale.

About the Youth Justice Program

LAJC’s Youth Justice Program supports local and statewide efforts to build communities where all youth can thrive. In addition to representing young clients with individual legal issues, we use community organizing, policy advocacy, and litigation to promote systemic reforms in the public education system, juvenile justice system, children’s mental health system, and foster system.

About the Position

LAJC seeks a full-time youth justice organizer to lead and support various strategic campaigns, including the Fund Our Schools campaign, to build thriving and just communities for all children and families. The ideal candidate can work successfully within teams at both grassroots and grass-tops levels, is comfortable with using multiple advocacy strategies, and will apply a racial justice lens to campaign strategy. While the work will have statewide reach, this position will be based out of our Charlottesville office.

Job Duties

• Build leadership and power among youth and families directly impacted by the education, juvenile justice, mental health, and foster systems

• Relationship building, outreach, and community education with individuals, organizations, and coalitions in Charlottesville and statewide

• Lead and support existing advocacy initiatives, including Fund Our Schools, and build new initiatives from the ground up

• Coalition building and leadership with diverse communities in Charlottesville and statewide

• Use multiple forms of media to educate community members on their rights and relevant policies

• Work within teams to develop and implement organizing strategies incorporating impact litigation, direct legal representation, and policy advocacy

• Refer individuals to other community resources and legal services as appropriate

• Mobilizing and supporting community groups to win policy change, including events and actions such as campaign rallies, town hall events, listening sessions, and lobby days

Required Qualifications

• Strong commitment to racial, social, and economic justice

• Experience with community organizing, advocacy, or strategic campaigns: candidate should know how to identify issues, bring communities together, and achieve lasting change

• Demonstrated experience working with individuals and/or communities directly impacted by economic, social, and racial injustice

• Ability to work in teams and own or delegate tasks as defined by team roles

• Access to reliable transportation and willingness to occasionally ravel to other parts of the state and to LAJC’s other offices

• Excellent interpersonal communication skills

• Demonstrated concern for the needs and rights of low-income youth

• Willingness to work a flexible schedule that will include evening and weekend events

Preferred Qualifications

• Spanish language proficiency

• Lived experiences in communities historically under-resourced and marginalized due to race, class, gender, etc.

• Experience using media to amplify needs of diverse communities

• Ability to use a variety of tools to reach the community, account for accessibility needs, and keep people engaged (ex. online tools, door-knocking, social media)

• Familiarity with one or more of the Youth Justice Program’s issue areas, including education equity, juvenile justice, the foster system, etc.

• Familiarity with local and state legislative and budget processes

About the Youth Justice Program

LAJC’s Youth Justice Program supports local and statewide efforts to build communities where all youth can thrive. In addition to representing young clients with individual legal issues, we use community…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Benefits

• Generous leave

• Excellent family health, dental, and optical insurance

• 403(b) pension plan

• Personal professional development budget

Benefits

• Generous leave

• Excellent family health, dental, and optical insurance

• 403(b) pension plan

• Personal professional development budget

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish

Spanish

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Charlottesville, VA
Associated Location
1000 Preston Avenue, Suite A, Charlottesville, VA 22903

How to Apply

Email a cover letter or advocacy writing sample and resume to Rachael Deane at hiring@justice4all.org. If you’re able, please submit your application as a single PDF titled “[date submitted in yyyy.mm.dd format][last name][first name][position sought].” Please include “Youth Justice Program Organizer” in the email subject. Applicants are encouraged to highlight experience in working with low-income individuals and communities, connections to organizing in the youth justice space, any other experience in organizing for change and reform and/or coalition building. Please also highlight any specialized skills, such as fluency in a second language or technology skills.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions about the role? Contact Rachael Deane at rachael@justice4all.org or hiring@justice4all.org.

Email a cover letter or advocacy writing sample and resume to Rachael Deane at hiring@justice4all.org. If you’re able, please submit your application as a single PDF titled “[date…

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