SCSJ has an immediate opening for an organizer with policy advocacy experience to work with our voting rights team on our election protection and election administration advocacy work While the position will initially focus exclusively on voting rights issues, motivated candidates may later seek opportunities to participate in SCSJ’s other practice areas as well.
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 youth justice, 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 in the last two years. 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 combatting voter suppression in all its forms, SCSJ has also represented voters prosecuted for participation in the political process and voters who have been subject 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.
- Ability to be self-reliant, self-directed, and highly efficient; 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 simultaneously.
- Commitment to social justice principles and to SCSJ’s community-lawyering model of practice.
- At least 2-5 years of relevant organizing and/or policy experience (including elections/voting related organizing or elections/voting policy analysis).
- Training and volunteer management skills strongly preferred.
- Scrupulous attention to detail to support volunteer and collaborative work with community-based organizations across the South
- Representing SCSJ in election protection coalition spaces and, where appropriate, convening stakeholders in such spaces
- Collaborating with North Carolina partners, at first, to ensure that election protections needs are met and gaps are filled in preparation for each federal election
- Coordinating SCSJ staff efforts to engage in non-partisan election protection activities such as voter hotline staffing, rapid response deployment to counties during voting, or attendance at county board of election meetings.
- Memorializing and institutionalizing best practices in election protection and working through our SOLVE (Southern Leaders for Voter Engagement) network to support election protection efforts across southern states
- Helping the voting rights team design and implement election administration advocacy campaigns for partners centering racial equity in their democracy work
- Lead local elections monitoring efforts, including data collection and rapid response.
- Lead/Support volunteer management and coordination efforts across target counties.”
- Supporting partners in North Carolina and across the South in building their monitoring and advocacy skills with local election administrators, including through internal and coalitional relationship building with such local decisionmakers (and county funding decisionmakers, where needed); including leading trainings and other events dedicated to preparing organizations and individuals for monitoring and advocating before local election boards/officials
- Representing SCSJ in advocacy and informational communications and meetings with local-level governmental entities, including as county boards of election
- Mentoring and providing feedback to interns/volunteers where appropriate
- Representing SCSJ in community education events and public speaking engagements that raise the profile of SCSJ and increase awareness of attacks on democratic processes
- Occasionally representing SCSJ in attendance at significant voting rights gatherings to raise our profile and discuss our work
Start Date: ASAP.
Salary & Benefits: The Election Administration Advocate salary will range from $50,000 to $65,000 a year, commensurate with experience, and include comprehensive health and retirement benefits.
Location: The Election Administration Advocate 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.
Candidates must combine cover letter and resume into one PDF file and upload at this link. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
SCSJ is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, or disability. If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance completing the online application, please contact Heather Mims at (919) 323-3380 or email@example.com for assistance.