The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in August 2007 and works across the South. Our mission is to promote justice by partnering with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights. SCSJ’s focus areas are community-driven, and currently include voting rights, justice system reform, and environmental justice. 

Hosting one of the country’s premier voting rights programs, SCSJ has litigated voting rights and redistricting cases all across the South, in states including North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida and Texas, including two United States Supreme Court arguments. Active in both state and federal court, SCSJ’s voting rights team litigates a broad scope of voting rights cases, including cases brought under state and federal constitutions, the Voting Rights Act, and the National Voter Registration Act. With a commitment to combating voter suppression in all its forms, SCSJ has also represented voters prosecuted for participation in the political process and voters who have been subjected to intimidation and defamation. Additionally, SCSJ works on proactive electoral reform advocacy projects. Our model of practice requires team members who work well with grassroots organizations and in collaboration with other civil rights groups, and who have deep passion for and commitment to fighting for inclusive political participation. For more information about our work and our unique community lawyering approach, visit our website at www.scsj.org. 

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: 

SCSJ is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, personal appearance, marital or family status, citizenship, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, natural hair styles, or other status as protected by State and Federal laws. It is our intention to promote the full realization of equality in opportunity and employment. 

SOLVE Overview: 

The Southern Leadership for Voter Engagement (SOLVE) is a multi-state network organized to collaborate and share best practices in multidisciplinary advocacy, sound grassroots mobilization, and legislative and legal strategies to ensure fair and equitable voting practices. SOLVE was formed in 2013 by SCSJ and regional allies as a means of building Southern strategies to combat voter suppression in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. SOLVE partners are working to reclaim and redefine the “Southern Strategy” because if we can win in the South, we can win anywhere.  We intend to do this by collectively addressing policies which have weakened the voting strength of southern communities and formed obstacles and hurdles in exercising the right to vote, and by collectively and proactively proposing electoral reforms which would contribute to inclusive political processes in the region. 

SCSJ is a founding SOLVE partner and facilitates network engagement. The SOLVE Communications Fellow position will be supervised by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Communications Director and advised by SOLVE’s Communications Working Group. 

Position Summary: 

The SOLVE Policy & Communications Fellow is a one-year position which will provide support for the SOLVE network’s growing policy and communications efforts. The Fellow will primarily assist with policy analysis, copywriting, media relations, and multimedia content creation for SOLVE partners, as well as help strategize narrative shifting campaigns and support grassroots advocacy. This position will also work closely with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s overall communications team and with the Voting Rights Networks Director. The Fellowship position is full-time. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Build a legislative bill tracker in Southern states that is accessible to SOLVE partners. 
  • Provide collaborative policy analyses to support SOLVE and SCSJ partners, programs and projects. 
  • Lead communications campaigns designed to amplify and support SOLVE partners, programs and projects. 
  • Provide communications support to SOLVE partners, including copywriting and editing, legacy media relations, and social media amplification. 
  • Provide routine updates to the SOLVE website, including member and partner information, web pages, multimedia content, and troubleshooting. 
  • Support SOLVE partner programs and projects by assisting with emails, writing and publishing announcements. 
  • Assist with the creation of and updates to SOLVE-related resources, including print materials, and other campaign, programmatic, or educational pieces. 
  • Assist with tracking and analyzing the success of SOLVE communications projects, online accounts, and output/processes throughout the year. 
  • Assist with modifying and testing national research for Southern audiences. 
  • Assist with design and graphic resources as needed. 
  • Other projects as assigned. 
  • Support communications campaigns related to voting rights as needed. 

Qualifications should include: 

  • Ability to be self-reliant, self-directed, and highly efficient under tight deadlines; to independently resolve problems; to communicate clearly as part of a team of lawyers, organizers, researchers and communication specialists; and to take responsibility for multiple projects or tasks simultaneously. 
  • Experience with policy work and analysis. 
  • Commitment to social justice principles and to SCSJ’s community-lawyering model of practice. 
  • Strong writing and editing skills. 
  • Demonstrated familiarity with content management systems like WordPress. 
  • Demonstrated familiarity with digital platforms, including social media. 
  • Some knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and other design programs, including Canva, is a plus. 
  • Some familiarity with HTML. 
  • Some familiarity with creating graphics. 
  • Some familiarity with public and media relations. 

Salary & Benefits:   

The SOLVE Policy and Communications Fellow starting salary range is from $50,000 to $65,000 a year, commensurate with experience, and includes comprehensive health and retirement plans. 

Location: 

The SOLVE Policy and Communications Fellow will work from SCSJ’s office located in Durham, North Carolina. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, SCSJ staff will be working remotely until advised that it is safe to return to work. During this period of remote time, we are working with staff on an individual basis to set up flex schedules if needed for childcare or other care commitments. 

To Apply: 

Candidates must upload a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample — a sample with policy analysis is encouraged — (no more than five pages) through the application form here. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.