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Street Vendor Project Seeks Lead Organizer

Founded in 2001, the Street Vendor Project (SVP) is a grassroots membership-led organization working to defend the rights and achieve just working conditions of the community of workers, self-employed people and small business owners who make their living as vendors on the streets and sidewalks of New York City. Through direct leadership development, education, legal support, and strategic legislative advocacy, SVP builds power and community among vendors in the fight to legalize street vending.

About the Position

SVP is looking for a Lead Organizer to collaboratively implement strategic grassroots organizing campaigns, grow our membership, and design and implement leadership development programs for our members. We are seeking a new team member with experience working within multicultural, working class and immigrant communities. SVP currently has 4 full-time staff and anticipates growing our staff to include borough-specific organizers through the leadership of the Lead Organizer.

QUALIFICATIONS

Our ideal candidate is:

  • Relentlessly dedicated to building the power of working class, immigrant communities of color to incite transformative social and economic justice movement building;
  • Excited about working across multiple cultures and is flexible and patient when communicating with people who speak different languages;
  • A thoughtful communicator with excellent interpersonal, written, and public speaking skills;
  • A team-player eager to collaborate with diverse, intergenerational, and multicultural stakeholders to achieve systemic change;
  • Experienced with outreach, base-building, member leadership development, and organizing campaigns;
  • Knowledgeable of New York City and New York State organizing and political landscape, with particular attention to racial, economic, and gender equity;
  • Able to read and assess the current political landscape and make strategic choices to advance SVP’s organizing agenda;
  • Bilingual in either Spanish or Mandarin – enough to engage members in organizing and political conversations – written ability a plus;
  • An experienced facilitator with the ability to plan and facilitate meetings with sensitivity to the needs of a diverse membership;
  • Committed to and knowledgeable of SVP’s mission and movement building, and enthusiastic about nurturing leadership growth among members.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Currently, the Lead Organizer will focus on:

  • Fortifying and growing SVP’s grassroots membership structure of individuals interested in and excited about advancing street vendor rights;
  • Facilitating legislative campaigns that engage members and leaders to win concrete improvements in the lives of vendors.
  • Coordinating and implementing membership recruitment activities including direct outreach on-the-street and through partner organizations;
  • Developing and supervising an organizing team composed of full time organizers, an apprentice, and interns, in collaboration with the Deputy Director and Director
  • Receiving vendors who come in to the office during SVP drop-in hours;
  • Developing leadership skills of potential members, and nurture the leadership of our Leadership Board members
  • Planning and facilitating regular membership and committee meetings focused on skill shares, political education, connection to campaign work;
  • Designing, leading, and running workshops and trainings for members;
  • Maintaining database for tracking participation and development of members

Application Deadline: November 10th at 11:59 pm. Applications submitted prior to this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Start Date: ASAP, or by December 2nd

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to svp@urbanjustice.org

Participatory Budgeting Project Seeks Manager, Democracy Beyond Elections

PBP is seeking a Manager of our Democracy Beyond Elections campaign to join the small but effective team of our award-winning organization. The Manager of Democracy Beyond Elections supports our work to build demand and support for participatory democracy practices that enable people to make decisions in government, centering equity. Democracy Beyond Elections is a collaborative campaign to win structural democracy reforms that deepen participatory democracy and civic engagement, beyond and between elections. We are convening national engagement, policy, and organizing groups to develop a shared policy agenda for democracy beyond elections, build political and community support, and launch collaborative pilot programs that model a more equitable and participatory democracy. This position reports to the Director of Democracy Beyond Elections, works closely with our staff. Preference for candidates based in New York.

The Director will be in charge of planning and implementation of the campaign with partners. Your role will be to support her in implementation and coordination of the campaign and pilot programs. This includes building relationships with local leads and with national partners to increase the visibility and impact of participatory democracy across the United States. Primary responsibilities include supporting a new collaborative campaign focused on democracy beyond elections, building relationships with key partners to increase the adoption of participatory budgeting and broader participatory democracy policy development. The Manager will support strategic campaign development, activate partners to step up as leaders, and ensure day to day campaign deliverables.

About PBP

For 10 years, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered people to participate in democracy through revolutionary civics in action. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over the money that affects their lives. We create and support PB processes in cities, schools, and public agencies across the United States and Canada to address deep community needs, develop new community leaders, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 30 cities, we have engaged over 534,000 people in deciding how to spend $337 million.

 

Key responsibilities

Campaign Management (90% time)

  • Coordinate and support Democracy Beyond Elections network building and advocacy
  • Support delivery of educational talks and presentations to partner organizations, funders, national networks, and supporters
  • Support partners in planning and piloting participatory democracy programs
  • Manage support staff in planning convenings with partners and broader audiences.
  • Develop content aimed at expanding participatory democracy, for marketing and program materials, blog posts, social media, and our website, alongside other PBP staff.
  • Manage our CRM work to coordinate partner follow up

Organizational Development (10% time)

  • Participate in organization-wide calls and activities, including contributing content to activities.

 

Desired Experience and Skills

  • Deep commitment to PBP’s mission, and passion for participatory democracy, community empowerment, and equity.
  • At least three years of demonstrated experience performing related work, with progressively increasing responsibilities.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize, and effectively delegate large volumes of work. At least 3 years experience in a managerial role with supervision, project budgeting, and/or funding cultivation responsibilities
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Excellent judgment, decision-making skills, and creativity; ability to exercise discretion.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team; demonstrated ability to work on challenging, dynamic, and multifaceted projects.
  •  Experience working in an effective political or advocacy campaign, ideally in partnership with other organizations.
  • Experience with participatory budgeting and other kinds of civic participation.
  • Flexibility to adapt as our organization and work changes rapidly.
  • Experience working with elected officials, government institutions, and organizing and advocacy organizations.
  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with G Suite, social media, and CRM systems.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

Position requires some travel to attend meetings and events. Up to 25% of time may be spent traveling in North America and beyond.

 

Values, Compensation, and Location

Our organizational practices embody our values of community, equity, learning, participatory democracy, and transparency. All staff are deeply engaged in the organization’s planning and decision-making. Our office culture is friendly and supportive, with regular potlucks and celebrations, and an emphasis on maintaining a healthy work life balance. We invest in the professional growth and personal care of our people, including strong benefits:

  • 4 weeks annual paid vacation and a slew of paid holidays
  • Full coverage for health insurance (including dental and vision), flexible spending account, life insurance
  • Retirement plan with employer match
  • Generous sick day and family leave policy
  • Professional development resources
  • Schedule and work site flexibility to accommodate your life, including families, continuing education and community leadership.
  • Preference for candidates based in New York City, and offers ample flex time to accommodate the requirement of non-traditional hours. Salary range, depending on relevant experience: $54,000-$70,000.

PBP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, strongly committed to building a staff that represents the diversity of communities we work in. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC), women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities.

 

How to Apply

Please email applications to jobs@participatorybudgeting.org, with Program Manager in the subject line.

Applications should include the following, if possible compiled in a single pdf:

  1. A cover letter explaining your relevant experience and interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. A list of three professional references with contact information,

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received before September 22, 2019. 

For more information, visit participatorybudgeting.org

Sadie Nash Leadership Project Seeks Executive Director

Sadie Nash Leadership Project provides award-winning experiential social justice education to more than 700 young women and gender-expansive youth of color in New York City and Newark each year. Operating with love and rigor, we use the tools o f popular education to build critical consciousness, community, and college readiness. Our programs include a nationally recognized six-week summer institute, in-school and after-school classes, college access and persistence support, and an advanced-level fellowship to design and implement an original social justice project. We strengthen, empower and equip our participants to lead lives in committed pursuit of joy and liberation for self and community.

Over the past five years, we have experienced significant growth. We have doubled the number of participants, broadened our scope beyond high school to include middle school and college students, and expanded our geographical footprint by launching two new Summer Institute sites in Queens and Brooklyn (in addition to existing sites in Manhattan and Newark). Our full-time staff has grown from five to twelve people, and our part-time and seasonal educators now number more than 100. As a result of this growth, our annual budget has more than doubled, from $1 million in 2014 to nearing $2 million in fiscal year 2020.

As we look toward the future, we are operating with a more expansive, bolder definition of impact. We will continue to be a site for transformational leadership programming for youth. In addition, we recognize that we also serve as a testing and training ground for innovative and effective practices in curriculum development, research and evaluation, facilitator training and workplace and governance policies. Over the next five years, we are committed to sharing our approach and influencing national conversations about youth work, feminism, leadership, and equitable workplaces toward an orientation of joy and liberation.

THE OPPORTUNITY

SNLP has a tested model of leadership development, a creative and energetic staff, a committed Board of Directors, and a broad base of supporters that ensure its strong financial position.

SNLP’s Board now seeks a dynamic and creative Executive Director to lead the organization’s next phase of development, identifying new ways to increase the organization’s impact and ensuring the continued success of proven programs.

Building on nearly two decades of accomplishment, this is a rare opportunity for the right person to chart an exciting course for the next decade of youth development rooted in the values of social justice and feminist activism. Working closely with the Board of Directors and dedicated staff, and interacting regularly with Nashers (program participants), the new Executive Director will plan the organization’s strategic trajectory and ensure effective implementation of all SNLP programs and activities.

The successful Executive Director of SNLP will seek out strategic opportunities for the organization, stay current on developments in the fields of youth development, feminist leadership, and network effectively with leading programs across the country. They will also orchestrate effective fundraising efforts with institutional and individual donors, and pursue other appropriate revenue options. In the years ahead, the Board expects SNLP to continue its strong trajectory of innovation, impact, growth, and financial stability, and to further fortify its leadership position.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Leadership and Management

  • Building and advancing overall organizational strategy

  • Fostering SNLP’s participatory, collaborative, and feminist organizational culture

  • Leading and managing the senior leadership team responsible for program, fundraising and operational execution, ensuring day to day execution is aligned with overall strategy

  • Developing short- and long-range financial plans and strategies to ensure the solid capitalization of SNLP, in keeping with best practices in the field

  • Engaging and liaising with the Board of Directors to meet SNLP’s current and future goals

Fundraising and Resource Development

  • Strengthening SNLP’s robust fundraising program, deepening engagement with current institutional and individual donors and broadening the base of supporters

  • Cultivating SNLP’s external relationships across constituencies and developing strategic partnerships and alliances with funders, peer organizations, educational institutions, local government and other relevant groups

  • Identifying opportunities to build earned revenue stream in alignment with overall strategic goals

Growing Impact and Reach

  • Developing and sharing thought leadership in the field of youth development via public speaking and other mechanisms

  • Creating and maintaining a robust communications strategy

  • Developing and executing new strategies for articulating and sharing SNLP’s methodology and impact

  • Cultivating a dynamic community across varied SNLP constituencies (alumnae, deans, faculty, supporters, board members)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE 

The Executive Director will be a passionate, effective leader with demonstrated experience in articulating an organizational vision, mobilizing allies, and achieving goals.  Familiarity with the youth development field is strongly desired, and proven experience in fundraising and resource development is essential.

Important competencies and characteristics include:

  • 10+ years of relevant management and leadership experience, and familiarity with the nonprofit sector.

  • Passion for the Mission:  Alignment with SNLP’s core values and philosophy centered around leadership, feminism and social justice, teaching and learning, and community

  • Commitment to a feminist workplace: Demonstrated commitment to cultivating and promoting a culture within the workplace and Board that advances equitable and feminist principles in alignment with the content of Sadie Nash programming.  Enthusiasm for cultivating joy and accountability in the work environment.

  • Leadership skills:  Strong strategic thinking skills and proven ability to inspire others and lead organizational advancement. Experience working with a board of directors and building high-performing teams of people with diverse backgrounds and interests. Proven ability to succeed in an informal but highly energetic, outcomes-driven workplace that thrives on entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative practice.

  • Management experience: Demonstrated success coaching and empowering a team to execute on vision.

  • Organizational execution: Experience overseeing program, financial, fundraising and human resources systems and processes. Strong organizational skills and experience in building and managing budgets, and ability to juggle multiple competing priorities.

  • Fundraising talent: Appetite for seeking and securing contributions from diverse sources, and proven track record of successful fundraising of at least $1 million from foundations, corporations and individuals.

  • Communication skills: Experience serving as an external ambassador across a variety of communities.  Strong speaking, writing and presentation skills.

  • Familiarity with youth programming in the greater New York City metropolitan area: Relationships and experience with peer organizations and funders in this market.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Sadie Nash Leadership Project is committed to operating an equitable workplace grounded in feminist principles.

Salary range is between $120,000-$135,000 and will be commensurate with experience.

We provide generous benefits including three weeks of paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, highly subsidized health, vision, and dental insurance, along with a wellness stipend, a retirement savings plan with a guaranteed 2% match, and opportunities for professional development.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer which means we are committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants for employment. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, religion or creed, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offenses, military status, credit history, unemployment status or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Sadie Nash supports inclusivity in our staffing and values. We strongly encourage applications from women and gender-expansive people of color, particularly those reflecting immigrant, working-class, first-generation college-going/graduate and queer identities.

TO APPLY

Please email your cover letter and resume to  SadieNash@crenyc.org by October 25, 2019. In your cover letter, in addition to sharing why you are excited for this position, please include answers to the following questions:

  1. What about Sadie Nash’s philosophy and model resonates with you most, and why?

  2. In your personal and professional life, how have you navigated and worked to transform systems of power and privilege?

No phone calls please.

We will notify leading candidates about next steps in the selection process.

Teachers Unite Seeks Organizing Director (NYC)

Teachers Unite (TU) is an independent membership organization of public school educators in New York City, collaborating with youth and parents to transform public schools. We resist institutions that segregate and criminalize Black and Brown youth, such as the school-to-prison pipeline, by organizing educators to work as allies in campaigns for social and economic justice. We develop and share resources for restorative justice and school-based power-building that promote grassroots leadership in public education, and we conduct collaborative research on pressing educational issues. We believe that schools can only be transformed when educators work with and learn from parents and youth to achieve social and economic justice.

TU seeks an experienced organizer to join our team and grow a powerful and strategic base of educators as allies to NYC communities of color in the fight for social justice. The Organizing Director will oversee, implement, and carryout a wide range of organizational activities related to base-building, leadership development, and campaign development, including: one-to-one meetings with members, prospective members, and allies; coordination of members’ activities in our coalition campaign; communications development and management; coordination of TU leadership cohorts and political education trainings; community event planning. The Organizing Director will work with the Executive Director, TU leaders, and allies to develop a campaign that demands the Department of Education divest from NYPD and invest in school staff hires that support positive school climates.

We are seeking a candidate who can work in a consultant capacity for two months (within a mutually agreed upon scope of work and budget), with the opportunity for being hired January 1st as full-time staff with salary in the range of $55K-$65K.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate TU members to lead 3-4 borough-based cohorts where educators develop school-based organizing projects that interrupt the School to Prison Pipeline.
  • Develop political education and organizing training series for members and allies
  • Grow TU’s dues-paying membership by planning and executing strategic outreach and recruitment campaigns (including email, text, phone calls, school-site meetings, one-to-one meetings)
  • Coordinate TU member representation and leadership within Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York
  • Attend monthly DSC-NY Steering Committee meetings
  • Attend monthly DSC-NY Campaign Meetings
  • Recruit and prepare TU membership in DSC-NY meetings, public actions, op-eds, meetings with decision-makers, etc.
  • Recruit and support TU participation in occasional DSC National activities and meetings
  • Support participatory campaign research as needed: identify key questions from members and support any necessary data analysis
  • Manage administrative tasks including updating calendar, collecting and submitting receipts, data entry and organization, correspondence, note-taking, Google Drive document organization, etc.
  • Support social media, website, and other digital content development
  • Coordinate community-building events including support with grassroots fundraising event planning, particularly as pertains to TU member participation in, and leadership of, those events.
  • Attend Board meetings and prepare discussions relevant to Organizing Director’s scope of work

Requirements

➢ Minimum three years experience in community, school, and/or labor organizing including: member outreach and recruitment, leadership development, and issue campaign development

➢ Demonstrated commitment and passion for social justice and understanding of grassroots organizing approach to social change

➢ Knowledgeable about issues pertaining to the Prison Industrial Complex; prison abolition; school-to-prison pipeline; and transformative justice

➢ Direct experience with New York City public schools (Experience as a public school educator a plus!)

➢ Curious, inquisitive, and demonstrates a love of learning

➢ Self-starter and self-directed leader with a proven ability to envision new possibilities, think strategically, work collaboratively, and take initiative

➢ Experience with (and willingness to) work within small staff team; willingness to roll up sleeves and manage minor organizational and technical tasks as necessary

➢ Have strong written and verbal communication skills

➢ Strong interpersonal skills; positive attitude, team-player; proven ability to share leadership, delegate appropriately, develop shared accountability structures, be held accountable to agreed upon outcomes, and hold others accountable to agreed upon outcomes as well

➢ Excellent ability to work with diverse groups

➢ Ability to work some evenings and weekends as necessary

We see structural racism and capitalism as the core of the problems in public education. These roots manifest in a wide range of issues in our school system including the disappearance of Black and Latinx educators, criminalization and police in schools, funding disparities, culturally unresponsive curriculum and pedagogy, and so much more. These issues directly impact people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people in detrimental ways. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to sally@teachersunite.net.

 

La Colmena Seeks Executive Director (Staten Island, NY)

About La Colmena: La Colmena is a community based organization with the mission to empower the immigrant community through education, organizing and economic development. It was founded in 2014 by domestic workers, day laborers and community allies to establish a membership based organization that advocates and improves the lives of Staten Island’s low wage immigrant workforce.

Current Priorities: La Colmena continues to be a recognized force in the struggle for immigrant rights, workers rights and racial, social and economic justice. The stakes for immigrant communities are at their highest in the current climate, and we are seeking an Executive Director that will support the vision and deepen the mission of La Colmena. This position will bring civic and political leadership to La Colmena, build organizational infrastructure for the long term, and center organizing and programming by and for immigrant Staten Islanders.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for La Colmena’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.The Executive Director will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and strategic direction.

Responsibilities 

Leadership & Management: 

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Actively engage and energize La Colmena’s staff, board members, committees, members, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain La Colmena’s staff
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and members

Fundraising & Communications: 

  • Raise funds to grow the organization’s impact and profile
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger image.
  • Review and implement La Colmena’s Fundraising and sustainability plan

Planning & New Programs: 

  • Lead the design and implementation of La Colmena’s Strategic Plan
  • Begin to build partnerships in new areas, establishing relationships with funders, and political and community leaders
  • Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes achieved

Qualifications 

The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to La Colmena’s mission. All candidates should have proven community empowerment, grassroots leadership, passion for workers and immigrant rights, relationship management experience, fundraising and government contract experience

Specific requirements include:

  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish required
  • Previous experience in a senior leadership role

How to Apply

Please send your resume and letter of interest in one PDF file to EDsearch@lacolmenanyc.org

Letter of interest should directly address the following questions:

  • What experiences and skills will you bring to help La Colmena meet its goals and its overall mission?
  • What excites you most about the work of La Colmena and why?

People from communities that traditionally experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity or immigration status; women; new parents; people with disabilities; and LGBTQIA people are especially encouraged to apply.

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Seeks Census Coordinator

Organizational Summary: The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is a racial justice and migrant rights organization which engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building in order to strengthen a national movement to end racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement in African American and Black immigrant communities. BAJI’s headquarters are in Brooklyn, NY and we have additional offices in Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA,  Miami, FL, Minneapolis, MN and Washington, DC.

BAJI strongly believes that those most impacted by injustice are best positioned to lead social movements. For this reason, we engage in organizing and leadership development in order to empower Black immigrants and refugees to effectuate change.  To implement this strategy, we host BAJI organizing committees (BOC’s) in 5 metropolitan regions – New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, and the Bay Area. We also anchor the Black Immigration Network (BIN), an alliance of nearly 60 Black-led organizations and over 50 individuals serving Black communities who are focused on supporting fair and just immigration, and economic and social policies that benefit these communities. In addition, BAJI engages in several strategic initiatives targeting particularly vulnerable groups, including Black immigrant and refugee women and youth.  Each of these programs are staffed by an organizer who supports local outreach initiatives, leadership development, and campaigns.

Position Summary: An inclusive, fair and just census count must prioritize the most marginalized voices and this will in effect support other community needs. In order for Black immigrant and refugee families and communities to truly thrive in the U.S., their voices need to be fairly represented in the count.

The Census Coordinator will advocate, educate, and organize Black immigrants, especially the Hard-to-Count members of the community, around the 2020 Census as part of our overall 2020 civic engagement.

Duties & Essential Job Functions

  • Lead the national engagement work for 2020 Census, 2020 election, and other major civic engagement work through December 2020
  • Manage the Census work of the Black Immigrant Network (BIN)
  • Represent BAJI on the 2020 Census tables in immigrant rights and Black/African American network
  • Educate community members and key stakeholders including policymakers, opinion leaders, and advocates on the unique issues impacting Black immigrants that impacts the census
  • Assess and implement BAJI’s census strategy in coordination with national and local policy staff
  • Monitor, research and interpret relevant census updates for internal and external distribution
  • Anticipate possible developments and outcomes and prepare contingency plans and strategy adjustments
  • Develop and implement processes for tracking and measuring census efforts
  • Supervise volunteers, interns, and/or junior staff
  • Travel is required

Other Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of the census bureau and process
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to discuss the census in relation to Black immigrants clear and concise
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable and experienced in fast-paced environment and handling multiple deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including news media, about complex census issues
  • Extremely well organized and systems oriented
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences
  • Knowledge of BAJI’s mission and commitment to racial justice and immigrant rights issues
  • Minimum 2-5 years experience in the areas of immigration, civil rights, criminal justice and/or racial justice

To apply: Please email resume and cover letter with your full name in the subject line to jobs@baji.org. For questions email jobs@baji.org.

Individuals of color, LGBTQ identified individuals, individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.