[COMM-ORG] job: organizer, New York, no salary info

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From: "Emily C. Dreyfus" <emily at justice4all.org>

The Criminal Justice project at LDF is looking to hire a community 
organizer. Please forward and share this announcement with any potential 
candidates and or Listservs.
Thank you,
Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele

April 24, 2012
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an 
experienced and dynamic individual to serve as a Community Organizer in 
its Criminal Justice Project.
LDF is a non-profit, legal advocacy organization that assists African 
Americans and other people of color in securing their civil and human 
rights. Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 
1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation’s promise of 
equality into reality for all Americans.
As part of its commitment to racial justice, LDF strives to combat 
racial bias and discrimination in the criminal justice system. Although 
we work primarily through the courts, our strategies include 
non-litigation advocacy, monitoring of the executive and legislative 
branches of the United States government, coalition building, policy 
research, public education and community engagement. It is our belief 
and experience that advocacy outside the courtroom – specifically, 
community engagement and organizing – is a particularly critical 
component of any effort to achieve sustained and comprehensive criminal 
justice reform. Therefore, LDF has expanded its Criminal Justice Project 
to include Community Organizers to further this objective. The 
Organizers help LDF support communities of color in challenging racially 
biased practices in the criminal justice system, such as police 
misconduct and the misuse of prosecutorial discretion, by demanding 
accountability and by fighting for appropriate, effective and unbiased 
criminal justice policies.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Community Organizer will draw upon the legal knowledge, experience, 
communications capacity and reputation of LDF’s Criminal Justice Project 
to support communities of color in their struggle to achieve racial 
equity and criminal justice reform. The Community Organizer will help 
build LDF’s relationship with the people who are most affected by the 
inequities of the criminal justice system, so that our advocacy efforts 
will be tailored to the real and expressed needs of the community.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a demonstrated 
commitment to racial justice and criminal justice reform; a willingness 
to advocate for LDF’s criminal justice priorities; excellent oral and 
written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex 
information effectively to a wide range of audiences of varying sizes; 
the capacity to plan, implement and coordinate successful community 
outreach and public education campaigns; the ability to integrate 
organizing objectives with legal strategies; the capability to develop 
and maintain relationships, partnerships, and coalitions of 
organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials via the 
internet, in-person and telephone; the professionalism, discretion, and 
sound judgment to handle sensitive, high-profile, legally privileged and 
otherwise confidential information in an appropriate manner; the ability 
to work both in a team structure and independently, as required by 
different circumstances; strong initiative and creative thinking; 
well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with 
diverse groups; excellent organizational skills; and a willingness to 
adhere to a flexible and sometimes demanding schedule that may require 
working evenings and weekends. Extensive travel to both urban and rural 
areas throughout the United States is required.

The ideal candidate for the Community Organizer position will have a 
college degree, a valid driver’s license, substantial organizing 
experience, an understanding of overall social justice issues and a 
demonstrated commitment to race and criminal justice reform.

This position is located in our New York office.

Annual Salary:
Competitive Salary; Commensurate with Experience.

Medical and Dental Insurance, Group Term Life Insurance, Tax Saver 
Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, Short Term 
Disability, Long Term Disability, and Tax-Deferral Retirement Plan.

To Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter:
Email to: jobs at naacpldf.org
Monica Garcia
Director of Human Resources
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600
New York, New York 10013
We seek to fill this position immediately
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity 
Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities 
without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex 
(including pregnancy), sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran 
status, disability or genetic information.

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele
Senior Community Organizer
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10013

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