The Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for building and coordinating VOCAL-NY projects related to prosecutor accountability and advancing criminal justice reform. The Coordinator will also work with VOCAL-NY’s Civil Rights team on collaborative campaign projects to advance criminal justice reform. All VOCAL-NY campaigns are led by VOCAL-NY members who are directly impacted by incarceration and this role will be to support the vision and leadership of our members to advance campaigns.
This includes, supporting grassroots advocacy in Albany and at City Hall via lobby days and meetings with elected officials, organizing rallies and actions to draw attention to campaigns, representing VOCAL-NY in coalitions to advance campaigns and leading coalitions around our core campaigns. Examples of recent campaigns include: passing legislation to reduce the use of money bail, discovery reforms, ending solitary confinement, police response to mental health issues, challenging wrongful convictions, restoring the right to vote for people in prison.
We have a highly collaborative office environment where staff members provide regular support for each other’s campaigns, which is in part a function of our limited resources and ambitious scope of work.
This position will be based in New York City.
• Facilitation and Organizing – organize and facilitate regular member leadership meetings (2x monthly) in order to design campaigns and move them forward
• Leadership development – Support and foster the development of people directly impacted by our core issue areas as campaign and movement leaders
• Training & Education – create accessible and engaging trainings for VOCAL-NY members and leaders around general issues such as political education and speaking to media, as well as specific content on campaigns
• Policy documents – Develop educational tools and materials for the general public related to issue areas
• Communications & Media – Respond to press inquiries related to issue area and work with VOCAL-NY members and leaders to be featured
• Represent VOCAL-NY publicly in coalitions and meetings with elected officials
• Supervision – Supervise base-building organizer and interns
Requirements / Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong inter-personal, public speaking, writing, and problem solving skills. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform and a willingness to approach these issues through a racial justice analysis. People directly impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have:
· A deep commitment to ending mass incarceration.
· A deep commitment to working with and promoting the leadership of people directly impacted by mass incarceration.
· At least 2 years of full-time community organizing, advocacy (or related) experience.
· Familiarity with the New York City and State criminal legal system – including key players, processes, and practices – and an understanding of why the system is in need of reform.
· A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment, with changing assignments.
· An ability to lead their own projects, and take initiative.
· Excellent ability to facilitate meetings and trainings, coordinate coalitions, and develop partnerships among a wide and diverse array of stakeholders.
· Excellent written communication skills.
· Excellent organizational skills.
· Proficiency with common business software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail).
This is a full-time position. The position will require occasional attendance at evening and weekend meetings.
Compensation & Benefits:
The salary range will be commensurate with experience. VOCAL-NY offers a generous benefits package of twenty days of paid vacation, monthly metro card, full cell phone coverage, a 100% employer-covered health and dental insurance plan, and a 401(k) retirement plan with a 5% match.
VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization working to create healthy and just communities by building power among people affected by HIV, drug use, mass incarceration, and homelessness. We do this through community organizing, leadership development, participatory research, policy advocacy and direct action with the belief that true social change must come from the bottom up and be led by those most directly impacted.