The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)  is Seeking a Full-Time Community Organizing Coordinator

About the Position

The Community Organizing Coordinator will work in a hybrid environment in close collaboration with other QDEP coordinators, the advisory board, the steering committee and the QDEP membership.

The Community Organizing Coordinator will be responsible for aligning issue campaigns, movement politics, and leadership training with QDEP’s mission, vision and core values. Responsibilities include strengthening the membership base, grassroots community organizing, base and coalition building, etc. centering power-building, abolition, and liberation from structural racism and the carceral state.

This position is rooted in social justice principles and will require critical thinking about how external systems impact the work of QDEP. Understanding how racism, transphobia, sexism, homophobia, white supremacy  and their intersections with poverty, impact our work with immigrants are required job skills and core values. This position is based in New York City.

Anticipated Start Date: April 17th, 2023


Key responsibilities

Plan and engage in base-building and membership recruitment.
Coordinate the organization’s issue campaigns and direct the day-to-day community organizing operations to advance QDEP’s campaigns and Mission.
Responsible for training and leadership development programs for members who are targeted for programming including BIPOC, Trans, Queer, and Cis-Gender Women, and Gender Non-Conforming Immigrants,
Coordinate community education, meetings and events towards building a leadership pipeline.
Build coalitions and maintain relationships with mission-aligned leaders of partner or potential partner organizations, groups and individuals.
Monitor and gather data on organizing trends and provide thoughtful vision, goals and strategies for QDEP’s organizing agenda.
Keep board and staff members fully informed on the status and progress of the organizing program.
Engage with key stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization.


Desired Skills, Experience, and Values

Ability to integrate and apply a racial, gender, class and power analysis to social justice, training and as an organizational framework for staff, volunteer, and intern recruitment.
Supervision of a small and diverse group of staff and volunteers by setting expectations, and providing clarity on outcomes.
Proven track record of leading successful organizing campaigns and implementing organizing initiatives.
Facilitation of meetings and training sessions.
Effective interpersonal skills and a genuine comfort working with individuals and groups representing the diversity of our community.
A commitment to fostering a culture of staff trust, empowerment, and team development.
Minimum of 5 years of on-the-ground experience as a community organizer.
Excellent oral and written English. Ability to speak Spanish or French strongly preferred but not required
BIPOC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming folks

directly impacted by the ICE detention and immigration system are strongly

encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should live in New York by the start date.


Compensation and Benefits

$60,000, annually with benefits (a generous paid time off package that includes vacation, holiday and sick time, health insurance, Employer’s FICA, NYS Unemployment, NYS Disability, Worker’s Comp, 403B retirement plan). This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position.


Application Process 

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit for this role. Send your materials to careers@qdep.org and indicate “Community Organizing Coordinator” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023.

CTA is an equal opportunity employer. Employees are hired based on their merit, ability, experience, and training without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, size, religious affiliation, genetic make-up, military/veteran status, domestic violence victim/survivor status, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, or past participation in the discrimination complaint process.

We are committed to being an inclusive organization and encourage people from diverse communities to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to careers@qdep.org

About Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

QDEP assists folks coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services. We work to organize around the structural barriers and state violence that LGBTQIA TS & GNC detainee/undocumented folks face related to their immigration status, race, sexuality, and gender expression/ identity.

We are committed to assisting folks in building lives outside of detention, to breaking down the barriers that prevent folks from building fulfilling and productive lives, and to keeping queer families intact by demanding an end to deportations/ detention/ policing. We believe in creating a narrative of thriving, not just surviving.

QDEP is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. The successful applicant will be an employee of CTA. Read more about QDEP and its programs at https://www.qdep.org/.