In 1986, the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) was founded as a community service unit of Medgar Evers College, CUNY in Brooklyn, to serve as an institutional response to continuing racial injustices. CLSJ’s mission is to conduct quality legal advocacy, research, and training in a personal manner on major racial and social justice issues affecting New York City’s communities of African descent and the disenfranchised. CLSJ focuses on issues like racial violence in policing, voting rights, educational equity, and cultural rights. CLSJ’s values are the same as those that drove the Civil Rights and continuing liberation movements: we confront racial inequities with creative and innovative community-based collaborations, grounded in an integrity-driven approach to justice. We are dedicated to empowering New Yorkers of African descent and the disenfranchised to secure freedom and recognition for our collective humanity.
Achieving an accurate population count of Black New Yorkers on the 2020 Census, is one such major substantial racial and social justice issue.
Each year, based on census data, the federal government decides how to spend more than $675 billion dollars to pay for food, nurses, doctors, health benefits, affordable and emergency housing, teachers, bus and train lines, transportation infrastructure, senior services, infants and youth services, climate emergency care. That money is distributed in communities across the country. The government also uses the census count to determine how many elected officials each community is allotted. Communities that are undercounted on the census do not get their fair share of these resources or their fair share of political power. Increasing the 2020 Census response rate in New York City’s “Hard to Count” Black communities will play a significant role in securing the proper level of services and electoral representation for the next ten years.
CLSJ seeks an experienced community organizer to coordinate its Census Outreach work. Specifically, the Project Coordinator will:
- Manage various Census 100% Count activities and a team of outreach workers and volunteers who will provide information to community organizations (i.e. churches, neighborhood associations, etc.) about the importance of completing the 2020 Census, especially for communities of African descent;
- Promote partnerships with various agencies, local businesses and community groups to communicate the need to increase the numbers of people who complete the Census, particularly in hard to count areas;
- Drive the development and implementation of Census Justice social media campaigns and coordinate integration of Census campaigns into CLSJ social media platforms;
- Supervise team providing “door to door” onsite Census support services to both individuals and organizations in need of assistance completing the census;
- Perform administrative duties, maintain proper tracking and monitoring systems and prepare documentation and reports as required; and
- Communicate project developments regularly with the Executive Director/Project Director. Submit monthly written reports.
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred; Associate or equivalent required;
- Active involvement in community organizations that demonstrate a commitment to racial and social justice movements;
- Documented campaign coordination experience required: One to three years’ experience managing public education campaigns, preferably in a nonprofit, public policy or advocacy-oriented setting;
- Familiarity with excel or geo-mapping programs and their applications;
- Experience managing and supervising staff;
- Superb project management, communication and interpersonal skills;
- Well-organized and attentive to details; and
- Able to work independently and also collaboratively with others, maintaining a positive, professional attitude.
How to Apply
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