JOB OPPORTUNITY - REGIONAL ORGANIZER, JUSTICE LEAGUE CA

Organizational Description: Founded in 2005, 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. 

The Opportunity

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 Regional Organizers will be integral in our process of transition and transformation. The Regional Organizers will launch the Justice League CA, and build a growing movement of people fighting to eliminate the racial inequities that are the basis for mass incarceration in California and beyond.    

Job Summary

The Gathering for Justice seeks a passionate and talented candidate to join our dynamic and growing team as Regional Organizers. This new position is a critically important role, serving to build the foundation for changing the justice system in California. The person in this position will play a leading role in developing strategy that can advance policy change and shift culture, while recruiting and developing leaders who are ready to rise up in the face of emerging crises in communities affected by mass incarceration. Regional Organizers will work closely with the President and CEO to build capacity and strengthen partnerships, while recruiting, training, and developing youth member leaders to design and implement programming and campaigns. This is a grant-funded position that requires a thoughtful leader who can build the infrastructure necessary for sustainable change. 

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit members of the Justice League CA with an emphasis on people who are impacted by mass incarceration, youth, and young adults.

  • Build a program that includes pathways for youth leadership development, and conduct regular outreach to build awareness of Justice League CA programs and opportunities to increase membership and member leadership.

  • Manage a growing movement of volunteer leaders, and organize and facilitate Justice League CA meetings to provide opportunities for members to discuss ongoing local systems change work, including health, justice reinvestment, and peace building.

  • Train, support, and develop Justice League CA members to join, design, and lead campaigns for justice reform, and to rapidly respond to emergent crises.

  • Develop training, outreach, and communications materials.

  • Map the justice reform landscape in CA in partnership with the President and CEO, other Regional Organizers, and member leaders, and lay the foundation for organizing that will advance tangible policy change.

  • Build and maintain relationships with groups and organizations developing and leading justice reform and restorative justice campaigns in California, connect Justice League members to those campaigns, and serve as a representative of the Justice League CA in coalitions and city, county, and statewide campaigns.

  • Lead rapid-response campaigns and ongoing organizing grounded in the Justice League’s strengths and cultural relevance to build and mobilize power for justice reinvestment, community safety, and ending mass incarceration.

  • Build and maintain relationships with prominent leaders, elected officials, and communities throughout the region.

  • Participate in and lead grassroots components of campaign strategy, planning, and evaluation, and evaluate performance and impact.

  • Actively participate in organizational planning with other Gathering for Justice.

  • Regularly report progress toward goals, manage all grant requirements, and support donor relations as needed.

 Requirements

  • Previous experience working as a community organizer with communities of color, preferably with a focus on criminal justice reform, restorative justice, and/or transformative justice.

  • Demonstrated understanding of community organizing and policy advocacy landscape in California.

  • Outgoing personality and ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.

  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage diverse projects simultaneously.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and self-motivation.

  • Positive, proactive and personable team player.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.

  • Special interest in building power among low-income people of color to fight for social, economic and racial justice.

  • Willingness to travel, and to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends, as needed.

  • Comfort with social media and digital communication, and graphic design skills preferred.

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

  • Social work background and/or prior experience working with people with mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness and history of incarceration preferred.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

 Application procedure: If you are interested in applying please send your resume and cover letter to: careers@gatheringforjustice.org. Please write Regional Organizer Application in 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.