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Job Title: Community Organizer
Reports to: Policy Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Prepared Date: October 2018
Position Summary – Community Organizer
Public Rights Project is working to eliminate the gap between the promise of our laws and the lived realities of our most vulnerable communities. We do that by building the capacity of state and local public law offices (for example, city attorneys, district attorneys, and state attorneys general) to protect their residents’ rights. To achieve that mission, we need to develop strong community partnerships and on-going sources of community-generated information about local economic, environmental and civil rights harms. Ultimately, we need to increase community awareness of and confidence in state and local public law offices and those offices’ capacity to be responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.
The Community Organizer will educate and engage communities in the equitable enforcement work of our partner offices, helping to develop and test new approaches for community engagement. This role will implement regional campaigns, engage in public education, outreach and partner-building activities, coordinate events, and iterate to develop more effective models. This is a full-time position based in PRP’s Oakland office.
Coordinate PRP’s community outreach activities, including public education, training, organizing events, partner-building activities, grassroots outreach and assessment.
Help local offices better engage with their communities on topics like wage theft, toxic waste and illegal dumping, police violence, fair housing, and predatory lending.
Conduct outreach to communities in regions with PRP partnerships.
Plan and implement community engagement and listening sessions to allow for formal and informal testimony on relevant topics.
Develop and implement campaigns to inform residents of the role state and local prosecutor’s offices play in protecting the legal rights of communities.
Identify, recruit, educate, and empower neighborhood leaders to act as advocates.
Work closely with both the legal and data teams; use data to help influence strategy
Other Duties & Responsibilities:
Help document and publicize what we learn about effective community engagement to our network
Develop training materials and curricula for our government partners on community engagement approaches
Collect, record and help analyze data related to our community engagement work
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Familiarity with social justice issues, particularly related to economic justice, civil rights, and/or environmental justice.
The ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse populations.
An informed perspective on what works and what doesn’t work to reach specific communities that are vulnerable to rights violations (for example, immigrant and refugee communities, low-wage workers, LGBT youth)
High emotional intelligence and a great listener
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Drawn to data-informed approaches - loves learning, evaluating and improving programs
Experience with public speaking
Proficient computer skills. Skills in social media and digital outreach, a plus.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to travel 25 percent of the time
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
3+ years of experience in community organizing, a focus on political or issues-based organizing a plus
Significant personal or family experience of the types of harms PRP seeks to address, a big plus
Requires sitting, talking and listening for up to 8 hours per day. Certain situations may require lifting items up to 20 pounds. Position requires the ability to travel by local public transportation, car or plane for any local and national travel.
40 hours a week. Based in Oakland, with travel around the Bay Area, and to other regions where we have active partnerships.
$45,000 - $55,000 depending on experience. Generous benefits.
Public Rights Project, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
How to Apply
Applicants should send resume and cover letter to jenny at publicrightsproject dot org with “Community Organizer” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Public Rights Project seeks current law students for legal intern placements in Oakland, California for Fall 2018 and Spring and Summer 2019. Our summer internships are full-time; spring and fall placements can be part-time or full-time.
Public Rights Project is a public interest legal nonprofit launched in 2017 to empower state and local governments to protect the rights and freedoms that define us as Americans. We support progressive state and local governments to bring affirmative litigation to enforce civil rights, consumer protection, and environmental laws. Many of these cases are those the federal government may no longer pursue to protect communities from fraud, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. Public Rights Project helps states and cities increase state and local rights enforcement across the country.
We work with state and local prosecutors' offices, including Attorneys General, District Attorneys, and City Attorneys' Offices. We help them identify promising legal theories to enforce their residents' legal rights, and we help them marshal the resources to take action. We also run a fellowship program to embed early-career attorneys (3-5 years out of law school) in government for two years.
An internship with Public Rights Project would be ideal for students interested in cutting-edge impact litigation, public service, and creative strategies to push back against federal encroachment on core civil rights and the rule of law. Interns will have an opportunity to work directly with the Legal Director, President, multiple cities and states across the country, and nonprofit partners. Interns will also have an opportunity to help shape the direction of a nonprofit legal startup and gain valuable experience in organizational and program design.
Desired qualifications include:
Excellent research and writing skills
An interest in public service lawyering and/or nonprofit management
Experience working in government and/or on campaigns
Experience with clinics and/or plaintiff-side litigation is a plus, but not required
Coursework in Fed Courts, Advanced Civil Procedure, and/or Advanced Constitutional Law is a plus, but not required
Interested individuals should send a short email describing their interest and any relevant qualifications from the above to email@example.com, along with a resume.
We value diversity and welcome potential interns from all backgrounds. This is an unpaid opportunity, but we will happily work with interns to secure outside funding and/or course credit for their internship.
Public Rights Project (PRP) seeks an undergraduate intern to assist the President, Legal Director, and Director of Special Projects with research, organization building projects, and media assignments. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic candidates who believe in the power of state and local government to make positive, lasting change in the world. As part of a small and growing team, interns will play a crucial role in the success of day to day operations. This is a unique opportunity to work with a legal non-profit in the early stages of its formation as it develops legal and policy strategies to protect underserved communities.
Please note that this is an unpaid opportunity, however we are interested in helping interns obtain academic credit and/or scholarships for their internship.
A weekly time commitment of at least 8-10 hours is required. Interns must be able to work out of our Oakland office at minimum 2 days per week. Note that PRP is easily accessible by BART. Remaining duties may be performed remotely.
PRP Interns will assist with various aspects of the organization’s work, including:
Conducting policy research.
Monitoring current events and news related to PRP’s civil rights, environmental rights, and economic rights priority areas.
Drafting social media content for Facebook and Twitter.
Assisting with fundraising tasks.
Assisting with the organization and maintenance of media files.
Assisting with managing our new fellowship program, including the application, interview, and selection process.
Staff local conferences, convenings, receptions, fundraisers, and events.
Work with the President and other staff on miscellaneous research tasks as necessary.
Desired qualifications include:
Must currently be enrolled at an undergraduate institution.
Excellent communication skills.
Excellent attention to detail.
Ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work well with others and diverse groups.
An interest in public policy, communications, advocacy and/or state and local government work is a must.
Please send a resume, unofficial transcript, list of 3 references, and an email explaining your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We value diversity and welcome potential interns from all backgrounds. We will happily work with interns to secure outside funding and/or course credit for their internship.