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Philadelphia Community Organizer

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Straight Ahead Organization
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Philadelphia, PA
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Published 13 days ago

Straight Ahead is seeking a full-time Community Organizer for an aggressive volunteer community organizing operation to help build political power for communities impacted by state violence and pass legislation that will substantially reform the Commonwealth’s criminal legal system.

This Community Organizer position will be located in Philadelphia.

Straight Ahead will be undertaking a statewide campaign to pass legislation that will offer parole opportunities for more than 1,100 people serving life-without-parole (LWOP) sentences for felony murder convictions, and for the 10,000 elderly incarcerated people serving long or life sentences that will likely end with their death in prison without parole reform. Over the next two years, Straight Ahead will pass legislation that will contribute substantially toward shifting the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania from a punitive to a restorative paradigm, by:

  1.  Organizing impacted communities and allied organizations across the state to train them as advocates and build legislative support, with an emphasis on directly impacted people, progressive organizations, faith groups, and activists across the state to change narratives around crime, violence, and incarceration
  2.  Creating a statewide strategic communications campaign that will change the narrative around LWOP, long-term incarceration, violent offenses, and parole eligibility; and
  3.  Introducing legislation and keeping a permanent presence in the state capitol of Harrisburg.

Community Organizers are responsible for building a grassroots network of volunteers capable of engaging with elected officials as we work to move legislation.

Community Organizers serve an important role within the campaign and are responsible for the day-to-day recruitment, instruction and management of volunteer teams. For this reason, it is preferred that applicants for the position have at least three to six months of canvass or other community organizing experience on an issue advocacy, voter mobilization program, or legislative campaign. Strong organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to multitask and meet deadlines are required.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the implementation of all aspects of the grassroots program, including but not limited to the recruitment, instruction and day-to-day management of volunteer teams
  • Carry out community organizing events with the intention of increasing volunteer network 
  • Provide volunteer teams with the necessary guidance and resources required to master advocacy and mobilization best practices
  • Maintain connections with base both in already established networks in Philadelphia Area and with newly made connections from community events 
  • Respond with timeliness to all issues and incidents on the ground as well as communicate all relevant issues and incidents to the Statewide Community Organizer.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and promote a culture of teamwork and cooperation within the assigned teams.

Requirements:

  • A can-do attitude and a strong commitment towards achieving criminal justice reform and progressive change
  • Community/advocacy/legislative experience; a minimum of three to six months preferred but not required
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Able to perform under tight deadlines while maintaining good judgment
  • Proficient in VAN, Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs a plus
  • Willing to work extended hours, evenings and weekends is required
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license are a plus.
  • Willingness to have meetings in person, both indoors and outdoors.

Salary and Benefits

This Community Organizer will be located in Philadelphia. This is a full-time, salaried position with some evening and weekend hours required. This position has a six-month introductory period. The salary starts at $48,000 and is negotiable based on experience. The position comes with a health insurance benefit of up to $400/month and 35 days (280hrs) of paid time off annually.

Reports to: Statewide Community Organizer

Application Process

Please email your resume, two professional references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position as a single PDF to roxanne@straight-ahead.org. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

Straight Ahead is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, Indigenous people, LGBTQI-GNC people, and formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Straight Ahead is seeking a full-time Community Organizer for an aggressive volunteer community organizing operation to help build political power for communities impacted by state violence and pass legislation that will…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    November 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 31, 2021

Compensation

USD 48,000 - USD 48,000

Benefits

The position comes with a health insurance benefit of up to $400/month and 35 days (280hrs) of paid time off annually.

The position comes with a health insurance benefit of up to $400/month and 35 days (280hrs) of paid time off annually.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Philadelphia, PA
Associated Location
Philadelphia, PA, USA

How to Apply

Please email your resume, two professional references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position as a single PDF to roxanne@straight-ahead.org. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

Please email your resume, two professional references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position as a single PDF to roxanne@straight-ahead.org…

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