The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative — to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education, and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system. LDF continues to make an impact in the area of public service and was recognized by Fast Company as one of its 2023 Brands That Matter under its public service category.
LDF seeks a creative problem solver, strong advocate, and skilled Community Organizer to join its organizing team to advance its reform work in a full range of legislative and policy campaigns. This position will work across all four (4) core LDF issue areas with preferred experience in educational equity and/or criminal justice.
The Community Organizer will report to LDF’s Deputy Director of Community Organizing.
As of March 7, 2022, LDF transitioned to a hybrid work environment. Any candidate selected for this position should be prepared to work in the office location assigned at least two days per week.
- Valuing, highlighting and building the capacity of impacted communities to effectively organize initiatives that address LDF’s four (4) core issue areas;
- Investigating educational equity and racial justice issues through data, anecdotal, and other factual collection and analyses;
- Assisting Campaign Strategist in preparing campaign workplans;
- Cultivate external relationships with national, regional, and local organizations and allies;
- Working with local communities to assist in building their capacity to challenge discriminatory educational policies and practices including promoting inclusive, culturally responsive curricula on race and equity;
- Organizing communities or coalitions to advance reforms to public systems, including but not limited to educational systems;
- Developing and maintaining relationships, partnerships, and coalitions with parents, educators, organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials;
- Planning, implementing, and coordinating successful community outreach and public education campaigns;
- Devises and implements training for LDF staff, members, and supporters to build an ongoing growth and development process, including specific training on community outreach and engagement, meeting with elected officials, volunteer-led outreach like phone-banking and canvassing, data management, interacting with media, and using technology to take online activism offline;
- Collaborating and coordinating closely with the Policy, Litigation, Thurgood Marshall Institute, and Communications Departments to develop and sustain a multi-disciplinary and community-informed approach to LDF’s various advocacy efforts on racial justice issues;
- Tracking programs’ progress to achieve goals, producing reports, and highlighting and adjusting plans as necessary; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Community Organizing or Senior Management.
- Experience working on educational equity or criminal justice campaigns;
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in organizing communities or coalitions to advance reforms to public systems, including but not limited to educational and criminal justice systems;
- Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;
- Demonstrated commitment to valuing, highlighting and building the capacity of impacted communities to effectively organize initiatives that address racial bias in educational and criminal justice systems;
- Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and coordinate successful community outreach and public education campaigns;
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships, partnerships, with coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials via the internet, in-person and telephone;
- Ability to work well under pressure with attention to detail;
- Outstanding integrity, professionalism, discretion, and sound judgment to handle sensitive, high-profile, legally privileged and otherwise confidential information in an appropriate manner;
- Ability to work both in a team structure and independently, as required by different circumstances;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences of varying sizes and varying venues;
- Strong initiative and creative thinking;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Willingness to adhere to a flexible and sometimes demanding schedule;
- Extensive travel to both urban and rural areas in the United States is required; and
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
The salary range for this position is $62,000- 68,000. LDF offers a rich platform of benefits including medical (Empire), dental (Cigna), vision (NVA), flexible spending accounts (Flex Facts), transit/commuter plan, life insurance, AD&D, voluntary life & AD&D (UNUM), AFLAC, Employee Assistance Plan, and Health Advocate. As well as the many healthcare benefits, LDF offers a 403b plan with employer match, and a robust vacation, sick, and personal time program to ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance.
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.
Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.
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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.