We're Hiring An Organizer

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Amistad Law Project is hiring a new organizer! Contact us at amistad@amistadlaw.org to apply. 

 

About Amistad Law Project: 

Amistad Law Project is a public interest law firm and organizing project working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania and fighting to get our communities the resources they need to thrive. We work with people in prison sentenced to life and long term sentences and their families.

About The Role:

We are seeking a driven and organized individual who wants to help build a movement to change entire systems. As an organizer with Amistad Law Project you’ll help get family members of incarcerated people organized in Free Them to Heal Us, our base building project. You’ll develop the leadership of people impacted by mass incarceration so we can build the collective power to bring the people we care about home from prison. You will take people new to organizing and advocacy up a ladder of engagement and help build their skills and confidence so they can move from movement participants to strategic leaders charting the course of their own liberation. With direction from Amistad Law Project’s leadership team and our organizing department you will help move campaigns to win changes at the Board of Pardons and the state legislature that will reduce the sentences of people sentenced to long term and life sentences so they can come home.

Responsibilities:

  • Reach out to new family members of incarcerated people to get them organized. 

  • Help prepare and run monthly meetings of chapters of Free Them to Heal Us in counties outside of Philadelphia.

  • Get members inspired to organize other new family members and move our ‘Each One, Bring One’ model so we can build the numbers and power we need to win. 

  • Work with members to take action steps such as meeting with legislators or holding a small rally. 

  • Build the skills of members to facilitate meetings, develop talking points and speak to the press, organize events and to develop strategy. 

  • With members and Amistad’s leadership team advance campaigns to bring people home from prison. 

You are someone with: 

  • Previous organizing experience and the ability to move people. We need a candidate who can inspire, develop and lead people to action. You must have a strong relational ability and must be willing to build authentic relationships with our members. 

  • The ability to be self directed. We will collaboratively design a work plan with you at the beginning of the week and do an accountability check-in at the end of the week, but you must be able to move through your work plan and complete the tasks we collaboratively set together.

  • Proficiency with Google Sheets and a willingness to learn a new database program so we can chart the activity of our members. Familiarity or willingness to learn peer to peer texting software in order to mobilize members. 

  • A valid driver’s license or willingness to get one (you will be organizing in counties outside Philadelphia so there are times you will need to be able to drive)

  • A willingness to work weekends, evenings and extended hours as needed in the course of the work. Organizing work sometimes has an irregular rhythm. We offset this with a generous vacation policy. 

Compensation: Salary starts at $41,600. Benefits include healthcare of which we pay 90% of the premium, generous vacation time and a subsidy for technology needed for the job (cell phone and computer). If you are interested in applying contact us at amistadlaw@amistadlaw.org. If you have a resume please provide, if not please explain relevant work experience and why you would be a good fit in the e-mail. 

People who are directly impacted by mass incarceration or who have a family member who was directly impacted by mass incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply. Black and brown people who come from communities directly impacted by mass incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply. Women  lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons are also encouraged to apply especially if they are impacted by mass incarceration or come from a community impacted by mass incarceration. 

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law. 

You Report To: Organizing Director and Amistad Law Project’s three person Leadership Team. 

How To Apply: Write to us at amistad@amistadlaw.org if you'd like to apply for the position. If you have a resume please provide, if not please explain relevant work experience and why you would be a good fit in the e-mail. 


 

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