Overview

We are searching for a self-motivated independent contractor to act as a Campaign Coordinator for the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability.  The Campaign Coordinator serves as the administrator for the GAPA coalition. This person’s main goals are to uphold the values of GAPA’s community leaders and to ensure that the coalition works to achieve its desired objectives. As a coordinator, you will work with allied organizations, coalitions, elected representatives, and community leaders who are passionate about implementing the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance.

 

 

About GAPA
The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) is a broad-based coalition of six community organizations committed to making our neighborhoods safer, improving police practices and accountability, and transforming the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves.

 

GAPA groups work in neighborhoods across Chicago, including neighborhoods that are most directly affected by violence and police brutality, misconduct, and harassment. GAPA works to ensure that directly impacted community members – especially those in Black and Brown communities that are most affected by police misconduct – lead our work to implement lasting solutions around public safety.

 

The six GAPA organizations (Community Renewal Society, Southwest Organizing Project, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, ONE Northside and Target Area) are key members of the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) Coalition and alongside the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), SEIU HCII, and dozens of other partners, they led the campaign to create a community-led civilian oversight board of the Chicago Police. All the members of GAPA, alongside the rest of the ECPS coalition, will work to strengthen and implement the ECPS ordinance as a coalition.

 

 

Campaign Coordinator Responsibilities:

 

●        GAPA Goal Achievement and Accountability

o    Provide data and accountability measures to Coalition members to facilitate evaluation of Coalition progress on deliverables and timeline

o    Keep track of the Coalition’s progress on each goal

o    Ensure that relevant GAPA organizations, organizers, and partners work effectively, collaboratively, and in ways that are aligned with the goals and values of the coalition by checking in with organizations outside of meetings

●        GAPA Administrative work

o    Maintain shared drive with agendas, materials, and relevant documents and files

o    Track attendance for all meetings related to ECPS and GAPA

o    Maintain calendar with meetings with Strike Team, GAPA Coalition members, and meetings with other stakeholders

●        Meeting Preparation and Facilitation

o    Create agenda and prepare materials needed for steering committee meetings

o    Ensure that each GAPA meeting has Chair and someone to take notes

o    Create agenda and prepare materials (clearly define the decision that needs to be made etc.) needed for Strike Team meetings on Tuesdays

o    Follow up with Coalition members after each meeting to relate the tasks that need to be completed and include deadlines for each task

●        Ambassador to ECPS Campaign:

o    Attend weekly ECPS steering committee meetings and relate the work of the ECPS coalition to members of the GAPA Coalition

o    Participate in the work of the ECPS Coalition, where the work aligns with the short and long-term goals of the GAPA Coalition

o    Ensure that the position of GAPA leaders is relayed and accounted for in the decision-making of ECPS committees

o    Build relationships with members of the ECPS coalition

●        Fundraising

o    Assist with writing regular funding reports and maintaining records of grant deadlines

o    Serve as a point of contact for funders and schedule meetings between funders and GAPA leadership

o    Coordinate with the Coalition to gather information for grant reports and respond to funder questions

●        Outreach with External Stakeholders

o    Schedule meetings with external stakeholders when requested by the Coalition.

o    Reach out to other community organizations in other geographies to introduce them and incite them into the work of the GAPA Coalition

o    Provide educational materials and information to  the Illinois Alignment Table (IAT) and 501(c)(4) organizations to promote the role of local district councils (DCs)

o    Help coordinate events and actions hosted by GAPA member organizations and others that educate the public about the powers of the ECPS ordinance, including the work of the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability and the District Council elections

 

●        Communications for the GAPA coalition

o    Work as part of the communications subcommittee to ensure that the GAPA coalition is using media and communications on a consistent basis to fulfill its long and short-term goals

o    Coordinate with external communications consultant, where appropriate, to facilitate creation of communications materials

 

What to expect:

●        This role is primarily remote but will require occasional in-person participation for meetings, actions, press conferences, or one-on-one conversations. Travel within Chicago is necessary.

●        This person will be paid on a flat-fee basis for work that is expected to require at least 40 hours of work per week. The coordinator needs to be flexible and organize their time to fit the needs of the position. Evening and weekend work will be required on occasion.

●        GAPA currently anticipates this role will be needed at least until June 30, 2023.

 

Qualifications and necessary experience

●        Must have at least 2 years of experience in campaign coordinating, community organizing, or other relevant experience

●        Must share GAPA’s values and be passionate about improving safety and ending unjust policing

●        Must be willing to lead meetings, track time, and work collaboratively while following the lead of the member organizations

●        Must have outstanding writing and verbal communication skills

●        Must be comfortable working with a broad-based coalition of organizations that include community groups, political organizations, elected officials, etc.

●        Must be able to work with professional organizing tools (Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, etc.)

●        Must be able to manage time effectively, prioritize effectively, and work on multiple projects simultaneously

●        Must be able to manage administrative responsibilities of an independent contractor

●        Must be able to tracks their progress and work independently

 

Reports to: GAPA’s six coalition organization members; supervised through supervision committee of GAPA

Location: Chicago IL, but mostly remote

Monthly stipend at a level commensurate with experience; anticipated range of $5800-$6500 monthly

 

How to apply: please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of three employment references to gapacoordinator@gmail.com by February 10, 2023.  Be sure that all your files are in PDF or Word Doc format.

To apply for this job email your details to gapacoordinator@gmail.com

About GAPA (Grassroots for Police Accountability)

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

About GAPA
The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) is a broad-based coalition of six community organizations committed to making our neighborhoods safer, improving police practices and accountability, and transforming the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves.

 

GAPA groups work in neighborhoods across Chicago, including neighborhoods that are most directly affected by violence and police brutality, misconduct, and harassment. GAPA works to ensure that directly impacted community members – especially those in Black and Brown communities that are most affected by police misconduct – lead our work to implement lasting solutions around public safety.

 

The six GAPA organizations (Community Renewal Society, Southwest Organizing Project, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, ONE Northside and Target Area) are key members of the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) Coalition and alongside the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), SEIU HCII, and dozens of other partners, they led the campaign to create a community-led civilian oversight board of the Chicago Police. All the members of GAPA, alongside the rest of the ECPS coalition, will work to strengthen and implement the ECPS ordinance as a coalition.