Search

Job

Community Organizer

Posted by

Parole Preparation Project


New
|
Published 11 days ago

February 22, 2021
January 27, 2021
$55,000 - $65,000

Organizational Background

The Parole Preparation Project (PPP) provides critical advocacy and direct support to incarcerated people serving long sentences in New York State prisons.

More concretely, PPP trains community volunteers to work alongside parole-eligible people—many of whom have spent decades in prison and have been repeatedly denied release—as they prepare to apply for parole. Since our founding in 2013, we have trained over 500 community volunteers to work with more than 250 parole applicants in prison in New York State.

PPP is also one of the statewide leaders in the campaign to overhaul the parole release system. We work alongside our partners in the People’s Campaign for Parole Justice to advocate for changes in parole regulations, the appointment of new parole commissioners and the passage of relevant legislation. Currently and formerly incarcerated people are at the center of our work, leading our advocacy efforts, assisting in training volunteers and providing strategic guidance to the organization.

PPP currently has four full-time staff including the Executive Director, Director of Community Engagement, Program Manager and an Operations Manager.

Position Description

PPP seeks an enthusiastic and experienced Community Organizer to help strengthen and expand our statewide advocacy efforts, including our campaign to reform the parole release process in New York State.

The Community Organizer will organize, mobilize and build meaningful relationships with currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families, friends and loved ones. The Community Organizer’s goal is to build power among those who are directly impacted by the prison industrial complex to strengthen our grassroots movement and affect real change.

The Community Organizer will report to the Executive Director of PPP, but will work closely with the People’s Campaign for Parole Justice, a coalition of 16 other organizations that lead the statewide movement for parole justice.

The Community Organizer will begin full-time work in mid-February 2021.

Job Responsibilities

 Organize and Mobilize

●     Strengthen and develop relationships with currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families, friends and loved ones, with a specific focus on applicants of the Parole Preparation Project.

●     Build curriculum to educate and involve stakeholders in current reform campaigns, their necessity and their potential impact on those in prison.

●     Conduct leadership trainings for new movement leaders.

●     Mobilize constituents to participate in and lead these advocacy and legislative efforts.

 

Events and Engagements

●     Design, organize and implement base-building events, including teach-ins, forums, classes, rallies, demonstrations and actions to further push our advocacy agenda.

●     Utilize phone banking, text messages, email, flyers, social media blasts and more to recruit attendees.

●     Coordinate and oversee events like in-prison legislative hearings to ensure that the incarcerated people are central to key policy conversations.

 

Media and Communications

●     Develop strategies for bringing voices of currently incarcerated people into our advocacy efforts, including coordinating written and audio testimony to be shared with policymakers and media.

●     Support and train those directly impacted by the criminal legal system to speak and represent the movement for parole justice at events, forums, legislative meetings, media appearances and other public engagements.

 

Partnerships and Advocacy

●     Participate in People’s Campaign for Parole Justice weekly steering committee meetings.

●     Assist in building legislative and policy advocacy platforms.

●     Manage and expand existing organizational and community-based partnerships across New York State.

●     Meet regularly with legislators and policymakers to discuss platform and key issues.

 

Maintain Constituent Databases

●     Maintain electronic databases of in-prison and community contacts.

●     Update and grow PPP’s electronic database of organizing materials.


Requirements/Qualifications

Candidates must have at least two to three years of experience in criminal justice-related work and/or community organizing. Some experience working on issue-based campaigns and policy advocacy preferred.

Candidates should have strong interpersonal and facilitation skills and the ability to connect with a variety of stakeholders, including people in prison and their loved ones, policymakers, prison staff and broader community-based coalitions. Empathy, openness and a sense of humor are essential.

Candidates should also have a critical analysis of or a desire to dismantle the current criminal legal system, as well as an unwavering commitment to racial justice. An interest in or experience with the New York State prison system is helpful, but not required. 

Basic computer skills, including the ability to use the internet, email, word processing and spreadsheet programs are required.

Typically, the Community Organizer will be based at the PPP office in downtown Manhattan, but due to the global pandemic, all work will be done remotely. As the pandemic subsides, the Community Organizer will also frequently visit prisons across New York State and attend legislative meetings in Albany, NY. A driver’s license or the ability to obtain one is required, but applicants are not required to have their own car or mode of transportation.

Candidates with direct experience with the criminal legal system, whether personal or through family members or friends, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Organizational Background

The Parole Preparation Project (PPP) provides critical advocacy and direct support to incarcerated people serving long sentences in New York State prisons.

More concretely, PPP trains community volunteers to…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and begins at $55,000. Benefits include 20 days of paid vacation in the first year and 25 in every year after, four personal days, unlimited sick days, 100% employer-covered health and dental insurance and a strong 401(k).

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and begins at $55,000. Benefits include 20 days of paid vacation in the first year and 25 in every year after, four…

Level of Language Proficiency

English

English

Location

New York, NY

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and résumé as a single PDF addressed to Executive Director Michelle Lewin (she/her), at info@paroleprepny.org by January 27th, 2021 at 10am. In the subject line, please put “Application for Community Organizer”. No phone calls please.

 

The Parole Preparation Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQI and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are also seeking formerly incarcerated people, people with family members in prison or jail, and others who have been harmed by the criminal legal system.

Please send a cover letter and résumé as a single PDF addressed to Executive Director Michelle Lewin (she/her), at info@paroleprepny.org by January 27th, 2021 at 10am. In the subject…

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.