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The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a Coordinator of Community Engagement to meaningfully engage clients, community members community-based organizations in our work. 

Overview

The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that works to radically transform how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal systems. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of almost 400 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, organizers, mentors, communications specialists who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have utilized a groundbreaking, nationally -recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.  

Each year, we defend more than 20,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, family regulation systems, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change. 

Role & Responsibilities

The Community Engagement Coordinator is a new role created in response to the organization’s commitment to broadening our community-focused relationships and initiatives. This role requires someone with deep community connections who can help to shape The Bronx Defenders reach and engagement into the community. The Community Engagement Coordinator will assist the project management of Phase II of our partnership with The Robinhood Foundation’s Mobility LABS. Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement, this role will work closely with the Chief of Staff, Managing Directors of our six legal and social work practices, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Chief Policy Counsel, Managing Director of Communication, Director of Community Organizing, and the Chief Practice Officer.  

  • Assist with project management of Mobility Labs Phase II, the creation of a multi-organizational community organizing hub, Support the co-directors of our Robert P. Patterson Mentoring Program  
  • Provide project support and collaborate with the BxD Pipeline Fellow 
  • Coordinate Know Your Rights training, including fielding requests, developing training materials, identifying trainers, and maintaining a database of all training  
  • Attend and support meetings and engagement with community-based organizations that are stakeholders in social justice and community organizing work 
  • Support and coordinate community-focused events, such as the Annual Block Party and Thanksgiving Dinner  
  • Support, liaise and coordinate with the BxD Community Advisory Board 
  • Work with Community Organizing to advance and support BxD community engagements 
  • Proficient with various databases including but not limited to Salesforce, Powerbase, Office Suite 
  • Travel outside of the office to various areas of the Bronx as needed 

Qualifications

To be eligible for this position, candidates must have: 

 

  • A minimum of 2 years of directly relevant experience either working with community based non-profit organizations or supporting local grassroots efforts   

 

Candidates must demonstrate: 

 

  • A deep connection to and understanding of the issues affecting the Bronx community 
  • Knowledge of  community based organizations working to achieve social justice and equity in communities impacted by government systems 
  • Experience consciously and effectively working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities targeted by carceral legal systems 
  • Results-oriented with effective  organization and planning skills, as well as strong attention to detail 
  • Ability to navigate high-volume internal and external communications 
  • Ability to motivate others   
  • Ability to build and sustain strong working relationships with colleagues and community members 
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and follow through on tasks in a timely manner 
  • Excellent active listening and communication skills  
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with people who come from a diversity of backgrounds, identities and experiences 
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information 
  • Ability to receive critical feedback constructively, demonstrate introspection and shift behavior accordingly  
  • Passion for holistic public defense, racial justice, and work on behalf of racially and economically marginalized communities 
  • Commitment to an anti-oppressive ethic and raising one’s cultural consciousness 
  • Prior community organizing experience preferred 

 

Salary is commensurate with experience with an expected range of between $53,000 and $55,000. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy; and a professional development fund. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.  

The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a Coordinator of Community Engagement to meaningfully engage clients, community members community-based organizations in…

Resumo dos Detalhes

  • Comprometimento de Tempo
    Carga Horária Integral
  • Prazo para Inscrições
    13 de dezembro de 2021
Salário
USD $53.000 - USD $55.000
/ ano

Localização

Temporariamente Remoto
O trabalho pode ser executado em ou perto de Bronx, NY
Local Associado
360 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451, United States

Como se inscrever

To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, and upload your resume and a cover letter in one document when prompted. If writing a cover letter is not accessible to you, you may upload your resume as a document and separately upload a video or audio statement instead of a cover letter if that is more accessible to you. Your cover letter or video/audio statement should share why you want to do this work at our office, some key lived and/or professional experiences that have prepared you for this position, and any additional information you would like for us to consider. Your cover letter may be up to one page if written or up to 3 minutes if an audio/video statement. This information allows us to understand your distinct perspective, experience, and potential beyond the work history summarized on your resume. Please remember that you may submit a written cover letter or an audio/video, but not both, and applications without either will not be considered.

The application deadline is December 13th, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Please contact Aleciah Anthony at alathony@bronxdefenders.org with any questions regarding the position. 


The Bronx Defenders is an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating an anti-oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities and experiences. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting hiring and promotion processes that are equitable and accessible to those commonly excluded from the workforce. We do not discriminate against and in fact specifically encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, neurodivergent and those directly impacted by criminal, civil, family and immigration legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience and particularly welcome applications from the Bronx community that we serve.  

 

To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, and upload your resume and a cover letter in one document when prompted. If writing a cover letter is not accessible to…

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