The Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI) is a multidisciplinary center within the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF). Launched in 2015, the Institute complements LDF’s traditional litigation strengths, by arming LDF with dedicated support for three critical capabilities in the fight for racial justice: research, targeted advocacy campaigns, and organizing. The Institute also houses LDF’s Archives—a collection of materials chronicling the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement. 

Thurgood Marshall Institute seeks a project manager, an experienced policy advocate, and community engagement specialist to serve as the Manager for the Prosecutor Reform Project. The Prosecutor Reform Project aims to educate African-American communities on the importance of prosecutor elections to reform the criminal justice system. Through the Prosecutor Reform Project, the Manager will provide non-partisan assistance to enable community partners to lead voters in evaluating prosecutor candidates around issues that bear directly on eliminating racial discrimination from the criminal justice system.

Under supervision of the TMI Director and collaborating with LDF colleagues and key external allies, the Manager will help create a voter education infrastructure, in overlooked African-American communities, for elective offices that bear on the local justice system. This position is grant funded for one year.

The Manager, Prosecutor Reform Project must be a creative and forward-thinking problem solver who is eager to tackle an array of diverse duties in the service of LDF’s racial justice advocacy mission. The ideal candidate has a passion for policy and advocacy, facility with logistics, and experience in community organizing and/or leading legislative or policy campaigns.

Responsibilities:

Lead the development of voter education materials.

  • In partnership with the Communications Department, develop and brand an array of user-friendly prosecutor reform education materials including but not limited to:

    - Fact sheets explaining key issues (progressive prosecution, local concerns) and advocacy activities for community members;

    - Templates that will enable community partners to organize candidate forums and develop candidate questionnaires and voter guides;

    - Videos/visuals/infographics explaining the impact of prosecutors and the need to hold them accountable;

    - Scorecards to evaluate each candidate’s record and proposed agenda, as well as fulfillment of campaign promises;

  • Conduct research and community outreach to create tailored educational materials for targeted jurisdictions.

Lead the development and implementation of the Prosecutor Reform Project’s community engagement strategy.

  • Plan and execute a grassroots advocacy strategy to educate and engage Black voters in prosecutor elections in the selected jurisdictions;
  • Cultivate and sustain relationships with our community partners to advance the reach of the Prosecutor Reform Project;
  • Provide trainings for our community partners and community members in the selected jurisdictions on the role of the prosecutor in eliminating racial bias in the criminal justice system;
  • Support communities in hosting and conducting candidate forums.

Develop tracking and evaluation systems to measure efficacy and progress.

  • Track components of project operations including schedules, finances, grant reports, evaluations, and logistics;
  • Work in close partnership with the TMI Director and LDF staff to develop and implement processes and metrics that align with the Prosecutor Reform Project’s goals and project timeline;
  • Conduct an evaluation at the conclusion of the Prosecutor Reform Project assessing the project’s efficacy.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in program management, policy reform and advocacy;
  • Strong project management skills, including tracking deadlines, and assisting with reporting and correspondence from various units and stakeholders;
  • Superior written and oral communications skills;
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with national and grassroots coalitions of organizations, community members, and community leaders;
  • Commitment to LDF’s mission;
  • Collaborative and approachable in style;
  • Self-confident, self-sufficient, and self-directed.

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