NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Seeks Senior Community Organizer (NYC)

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as Senior Community Organizer. The Senior Community Organizer will report to the Director of Community Organizing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for supervising the work of two Community Organizers, in addition to working in conjunction with the full LDF staff on projects, cases and initiatives;
  • Assist in the implementation of LDF’s strategic plan and assist the Community Organizing Director in creating necessary workplans;
  • Supervise Community Organizer’s implementation of workplans;
  • Responsible for providing regularly scheduled updates to LDF’s legal staff. Additionally, the Senior Community Organizer will draw upon their knowledge, experience, communications capacity and reputation of LDF to support communities of color in their struggle to achieve racial equity and Justice;
  • Help build LDF’s relationship with communities most impacted by racial discrimination so that our advocacy efforts will be tailored to the real and expressed needs of the community;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience organizing communities to advance racial justice and reforms to public systems;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences of varying sizes;
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan, implement and coordinate a broad range of successful campaigns;
  • Ability to train community members to conduct and facilitate trainings and workshops;
  • The capability to develop and maintain relationships, partnerships, and coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials;
  • Professionalism, discretion, and sound judgment to handle sensitive, high-profile, legally privileged and otherwise confidential information in an appropriate manner;
  • A demonstrated ability to work both in a team structure and independently, as required by different circumstances;
  • Strong initiative and creative thinking;
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with diverse groups;
  • A demonstrated ability to adhere to a flexible and sometimes demanding schedule;
  • Willingness to travel extensively to both urban and rural areas in the United States;
  • A valid driver’s license.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time

To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:



Oris Diaz, Director of Human Resources/Administration

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

40 Rector Street, 5th floor, New York, New York 10006


The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.


New York, NY