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 judicial system.
LDF understands that advocacy outside the courtroom – specifically, community organizing – is a critical component of any effort to achieve sustained and comprehensive reform. Thus, to advance its educational equity campaigns, LDF seeks a dynamic and innovative Community Organizing Fellow to work with communities of color on education and criminal justice related issues. The duration of this position is two (2) years.
The Community Organizing Fellow will report to LDF’s Deputy Director of Organizing.
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.
· Valuing, highlighting and building the capacity of impacted communities to effectively organize initiatives in collaboration with LDF’s advocacy on racial justice issues;
· Working with local communities to assist in building their capacity to challenge racially inequitable educational policies and practices;
· Organizing communities or coalitions to advance racial equity in public systems, including but not limited to K-12 educational systems and higher education;
· Developing and maintaining relationships, partnerships, and coalitions with organizations, community members/leaders, public officials, and other interested stakeholders on issues pertaining to racial justice and educational equity issues;
· Planning, implementing, and coordinating successful community outreach and public education campaigns;
· In collaboration with the Communications, Policy, Litigation, and Thurgood Marshall Institute Departments, developing persuasive and informative outreach materials, including fact sheets, talking points, and sample letters-to-the-editor;
· Tracking programs’ progress to goals, producing reports, and highlighting and adjusting plans as necessary;
· Collaborating and coordinating closely with the Policy, Litigation, and Thurgood Marshall Institute Departments to develop and sustain a multi-disciplinary and community-informed approach to LDF’s various advocacy efforts on racial justice issues; and
· Other responsibilities as assigned by the Deputy Director of Community Organizing, Director of Community Organizing, and Senior Management.
· Experience working on educational equity campaigns, including without limitation campaigns regarding school discipline, school funding, affirmative action, and racial integration, preferred;
· Minimum of two years of experience in organizing communities or coalitions to advance racial justice and educational equity;
· Demonstrate a commitment to racial justice mission of LDF and educational equity;
· Familiarity with issues and campaigns pertaining to educational equity, including without limitation school discipline, school funding, affirmative action, and racial integration, and with the organizations and coalitions currently working on these issues locally, regionally, and/or nationally;
· Demonstrate a commitment to valuing, highlighting and building the capacity of impacted communities to effectively organize initiatives to address the school to prison pipeline and discriminatory educational policies;
· Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement and coordinate successful community outreach and public education campaigns;
· Demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials via the internet, in-person and telephone;
· Ability to work well under pressure with attention to detail;
· Outstanding integrity, professionalism, discretion, and sound judgment to handle sensitive, high-profile, legally privileged and otherwise confidential information in an appropriate manner;
· Ability to work both in a team structure and independently, as required by different circumstances;
· Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences of varying sizes and in varying venues;
· Responsible, thoughtful, and effective ambassador for LDF;
· Strong initiative and creative thinking;
· Excellent organizational skills;
· Willingness to adhere to a flexible and sometimes demanding schedule;
· Extensive travel to both urban and rural areas in the United States is required; and
· Must have 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.
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.
Director of Human Resources/Administration
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
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…