ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Founded in 2005 by Harry Belafonte, the mission of The Gathering for Justice is to build a movement to end child incarceration while working to eliminate the racial inequities in the criminal justice system that enliven mass incarceration. The Gathering for Justice also oversees two state based task-forces: Justice League CA and Justice League NYC.


Since 2013, The Gathering has stepped up our work building justice initiatives and supporting movements on multiple fronts. We’ve led policy initiatives for police accountability, organized as a diverse ‘family coalition’ to build the agenda for sustained black and brown liberation, catalyzed the re-introduction of federal legislation to end racial profiling and stop the militarization of law enforcement, engaged a serious and sustained effort for Raise the Age in NY State, and created a blueprint for criminal justice redress and accountability for NY City and State.

This success, along with our work with the Women’s March, has led to huge impact. Now we’re ready to take our organization to the next level, and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) role will be integral in our process of transition and transformation. As we grow, the COO will lead all aspects of building organizational capacity, from financial sustainability to strategic human resources, while strengthening an organizational culture aligned with our values and impact. In partnership with the President and CEO, and our Board of Directors, the COO will shape our next strategic plan, streamline our processes, and oversee all aspects of our operations. 


The Gathering for Justice seeks a highly-qualified and entrepreneurial candidate to join its dynamic and growing team as COO. This new position is a critically important role, serving as a thought partner to the President and CEO, strengthening the internal foundation that supports the President and CEO's significant external responsibilities and commitments to The Gathering’s partners, funders, and the Board of Directors. The person in this position will play a leading role in developing strategy and implementing all aspects of operations and programming as the organization grows.

The COO leads The Gathering for Justice’s senior leadership team, responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, finance, human resources, and other key functions of our dynamic organization. This position is responsible for the overall development and sustainability of the organization, and ensures the impact of our programs by managing a high performance workplace, including managing staff to ambitious goals and supervising contractors, as needed. This position reports to the President and CEO, and works with staff across departments to operationalize the organization’s strategic goals.


 Administrative Oversight

  • Oversee financial management and administrative processes with an eye toward continuously improving systems, including the development and management of program budgets across the organization, implementing protocols and controls to ensure responsible management of funds and clear reporting of all revenue and expenditures, and providing monthly and quarterly reports to the Board of Directors

  • In collaboration with the President and CEO, oversee preparation and finalization of materials for The Gathering’s Board of Directors meetings.

  • In collaboration with the President and CEO, ensure The Gathering’s fund development plan is being advanced; build and strengthen infrastructure for the overall sustainability of The Gathering, including building a Development team.

  • Serve as primary liaison to legal counsel in addressing legal issues

  • Review and record all MOUs and Agreements entered into by The Gathering, ensuring alignment with HG mission and practices

  • Administer payroll, employee benefits and organizational insurance.

  • Manage workplace safety and security planning

  • Work closely with the Board’s Governance Committee to ensure that The Gathering is meeting all compliance requirements, including federal and state filings, insurance, and workplace rules and regulation.

Strategic Planning & Organizational Capacity Building

  • Serve as strategic thought partner to the President and CEO; develop organizational strategy and oversee implementation plans as a part of the senior leadership team, ensuring alignment with organizational vision, mission, goals, and resources.

  • Strengthen organizational infrastructure as we grow and support programs as they scale; ensure continuous alignment across all programs in the next stage of growth to maximize impact.

  • Promote and model a culture of high performance and continuous learning that values integrity, quality and impact.

  • Work with staff to integrate assessment and evaluation into all organizational programs and initiatives; oversee data reporting for The Gathering, ensuring that all program teams are centrally tracking outputs and impact metrics established by the leadership team

  • Lead and manage a team of internal professional staff and external resources while ensuring adherence to appropriate Human Resource practices, including hiring, data tracking, orientation, professional development, and performance management

  • Manage organizational calendar and lead quarterly and annual planning processes.

  • Lead the development of new strategic plans in anticipation of the completion of current plans.

  • Embody the core values of The Gathering and model for staff and volunteers and ensuring a cohesive and respectful work environment.

Special Projects

  • Leadership of special projects: Scope, plan, and execute strategic organizational projects as agreed upon.


  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform, youth leadership development, organizing and activism.

  • Strong strategic vision and agility, including leadership, management, and communication skills, and the ability to develop productive working relationships with a variety of internal and external individuals and groups

  • At least 8-10 years of experience demonstrating progressive responsibility in a closely related field, including managing operations, finances, HR, and/or compliance functions, preferably in a grassroots movement building organization

  • Experience in nonprofit financial management, including setting up new systems and an understanding of protocols, budgeting, nonprofit fund tracking, financial reports, audit processes, as well as compliance requirements

  • Experience working with donor management/CRM platforms, such as Salsa, DonorPerfect or similar.

  • Expertise in HR practices, including an understanding of federal, state and local regulations

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of integrity and sound judgment, and demonstrated ability to communicate and work collaboratively across the organization openly and with respect

  • Enthusiasm, passion, patience, flexibility, and high-energy

  • Strong emotional intelligence, self-motivation, and strong analytical skills

  • Understanding of restorative practices preferred

  • This role includes privileged access to the inner workings of The Gathering and to highly sensitive information. The successful candidate will be discrete, energetic, strategic, proactive, a direct communicator with superior written and oral communication skills, detail oriented, and committed to the vision and values of The Gathering.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: If you are interested in applying please send your resume, cover letter, a brief writing sample and salary requirements via email to: Please write Chief Operating Officer Application on the e-mail subject line.

DEADLINE: We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


The Gathering for Justice is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQ persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.