Justice Not Jails Seeks a Part-Time Organizer

Part-Time OrganizerOrganizer – Justice Not Jails Los Angeles
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Los Angeles, CA 90041
$1,000 – $2,000 a month – Part-time, Contract

Justice Not Jails, a faith-based network focused on mass incarceration and abusive policing, seeks a part-time organizer to help its multi-faith leadership team move the work forward. The organizer will interact with congregational clergy, leaders of allied organizations, policymakers, and others. An engaging confident manner, along with a grasp of how faith communities function and some event planning skills, are the keys to success in this position.

Justice Not Jails, a faith-based network focused on mass incarceration and abusive policing, seeks a part-time organizer to help its multi-faith leadership team move the work forward.

Launched in 2012, Justice Not Jails is an LA-based regional projected aimed at raising awareness and prompting useful action in relation to the mass criminalization regime that blatantly oppresses people of color: the school-to-prison pipeline, the racist war on drugs (a.k.a. war on black and brown people), horrific conditions inside the prisons and jails, the corrupt money bail system, the lack of meaningful integrated re-entry support systems, and similar issues. Justice Not Jails is rooted in faith values and theological grounding to address the intersection and deeper roots of incarceration, criminalization and race. Strategies include cultivating and supporting Beyond Bars Congregations that are engaged in advocacy, deepening understanding, and making their worshiping communities welcoming and supportive places for formerly incarcerated residents returning home. Justice Not Jails seeks to organize and train faith leaders (both clergy and lay) to bring a powerful, faithful voice to impact public policy issues that reduce incarceration and promote successful re-entry into communities.

Justice Not Jails is a program of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, and the Justice Not Jails organizer will report to IM4HI’s executive director. The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity is a movement-building, social justice organization that envisions a world where every human person is valued as sacred across all borders: geographic and those that divide us in our minds and hearts. Our mission is to achieve an equitable, inclusive and healthy society, culture and economy where the most vulnerable, disenfranchised and marginalized have equal opportunities and access to the resources and tools needed to achieve a dignified quality of life. We are fully committed to an analysis of racial justice and economic equity as central to our work. We work with a cross-section of religious communities across California to change the narrative and win policies and practices linked to ending deportations, detentions and mass criminalization by contributing transformative engagement of interfaith values and communities.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Justice Not Jails Organizer/Coordinator will be responsible for the following:

  • Provide coordination to the JNJ monthly organizing meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss and determine JNJ’s ongoing goals, activities, and programs. Participation in meetings will be robust among members and will grow to incorporate new leaders supporting this program. Organizer will alert members in a timely manner about the meetings, be responsible for getting input and setting the agenda, and helping to move along decisions and next steps that emerge out of these meetings.
  • Animate and expand the Beyond Bars Congregations network. Increase this network of 12 congregations to share best practices for re-entry support and accompaniment; Animate, support and organize those congregations to be actively engaged in JNJ’s policy advocacy goals for the year. Coordinate communication between congregational point persons and plan occasional convenings.
  • Continue to develop our grassroots base of faith leaders (clergy and lay) who can be mobilized to bring their faith voices to impact strategic policy changes around incarceration, criminalization and racial justice. This year a group of people has been meeting in Watts to develop a leadership core that can impact policies in their communities.
  • Cultivate and strengthen work with movement and coalition partners [e.g. Dignity and Power Now, LA No More Jails, Justice LA, and the Youth Justice Coalition] around specific advocacy goals for the year. Work with re-entry organizational partners in seeing how to build supportive relationships between faith communities and returning residents in a transformative way.
  • Work in coordination with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity’s other program staff and consultants on building the interconnection between mass incarceration and immigrant justice with a racial equity framework.

Qualifications and Skills

The Qualifications: Personal integrity; excellent communication, meeting facilitation and social media skills; a collaborative work style; and a capacity to manage multiple projects while staying focused are all required to be successful in this role.

Required Qualifications:

  • Committed to high standards of personal excellence and accountability.
  • Experience with interpersonal-skills, facilitation and community or congregational education.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and work independently.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team to offer and receive constructive feedback and possess a willingness to learn. Must be a team builder.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have a car and able to travel in the Greater Los Angeles region.

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience and past successes in social justice organizing, advocacy, and community movement work.
  • Past experience working with religious communities, particularly African American faith communities, Latino congregations or within an interfaith context. Cultural competence matters in this work: African-American or Latino candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of how faith communities and faith leaders work.
  • Proven proficiency in Word, Google Drive, PowerPoint and Social Media.

Benefits

At this point this position is a contract position without benefits. Our long-term goal is that this position could grow and become a benefited position.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Salary: $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 /month

Required experience:

  • social justice, organizing, advocacy: 3 years

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