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.
Lead the development of voter education materials.
- 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;
Lead the development and implementation of the Prosecutor Reform Project’s community engagement strategy.
Develop tracking and evaluation systems to measure efficacy and progress.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
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