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Justice Reform Partnership Strategist

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT – January 19, 2022

Justice Reform Partnership Strategist

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) invites applications for a Justice Reform Partnership (JRP) Strategist to join its Public Policy Unit (PPU).

About SCHR and the Justice Reform Partnership (JRP)

The Southern Center for Human Rights is working for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. SCHR embraces multifaceted strategies in its fight for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.

Over our forty-five-year history, SCHR has forced county, state, and federal governments to make significant improvements in prisons and jails to reduce overcrowding, provide adequate medical and mental health care, and abate violence and abuse. We have argued and won five death penalty cases at the United States Supreme Court, four of which challenged profound race discrimination in capital trials. Our combined litigation and policy advocacy helped bring about the creation of a statewide public defender system in Georgia. Our advocacy has also advanced significant reforms in the Georgia General Assembly as well as in local governmental bodies. For more information about SCHR, visit www.schr.org.

The Justice Reform Partnership is a statewide coalition of over fifty organizations and individuals working for harm-reductive criminal legal reform in and around Georgia, both locally and at the state level. The JRP was founded in 2015 as a grouping of just five organizations working on statewide advocacy during the legislative session and now works year-round on critical justice reform efforts. The JRP serves as a statewide information-sharing network, a hub for criminal legal advocacy and coalition building, and a facilitator of community education and outreach, among other purposes. For more information about the JRP, visit https://justicereformpartnership.org/.

About the Position

The role of the JRP Strategist is to advance the work, mission, and membership of the Justice Reform Partnership in advocating for Partnership priorities, expanding the JRP’s membership across Georgia, coordinating Partnership logistics, planning and facilitating Partnership events, and engaging the Partnership in all aspects of the work.

The JRP Strategist is housed within SCHR’s Public Policy Unit (PPU) and collaborates with the PPU and full JRP membership. The JRP Strategist is supervised by the Public Policy Counsel and the Public Policy Director.

SCHR seeks applicants who are highly motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, communicate well with others, have strong writing skills, and have a deep commitment to the work of SCHR and the JRP. The candidate should be both a strong team player and able to work independently. The ideal candidate is someone who has prior employment or volunteer experience with marginalized communities harmed by criminal legal systems. People with direct personal or familial experience with the criminal legal system are deeply welcome to apply.

Responsibilities 

  • Strengthening processes for partner engagement and intra-partner collaborations, including traveling to visit partners across the state;
  • Conducting outreach across the state to engage new organizations and community leaders in the JRP;
  • Prioritizing the engagement and membership of formerly incarcerated and most-impacted communities and establishing protocols to ensure the same;
  • Identifying and leading efforts to advance advocacy and public education activities;
  • Supporting the coalition in developing and executing advocacy campaigns;
  • Managing administrative tasks including co-planning and co-facilitating monthly partner meetings, project team meetings, and annual strategy sessions;
  • Leading and managing the planning for advocacy and public education events, including Justice Day and the Talk Justice Tuesday series; and
  • Conducting other administrative and operational activities on behalf of the coalition to ensure strategic goals are met. 

A successful JRP Strategist:

  • Operates within liberatory anti-racist frameworks when approaching tasks, community, and colleagues;
  • Is highly organized with strong administrative skills and attention to detail;
  • Is an experienced facilitator or convener of large coalitions;
  • Has community organizing experience and is familiar with or experienced in public policy advocacy at the state and local level in Georgia;
  • Is able to bridge the gap between and work collaboratively with partners with a diverse range of ideological approaches;
  • Is comfortable working independently and being self-directed, while staying regularly connected with the Public Policy Unit and the rest of the organization;
  • Is a strategic thinker with excellent research, prioritization, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills; and
  • Is able to think ‘big picture’ as well as translate ideas into realistic, actionable plans. 

Applicants must be: 

  • willing to travel extensively by car in Georgia and have a valid driver’s license;
  • trustworthy with confidential information;
  • committed to serving low-income communities and other communities targeted by the criminal legal system; and
  • dedicated to uprooting anti-Black racism and working to advance SCHR’s commitment to antiracism.   

Commitment and Compensation

SCHR seeks a commitment of at least one year. This is a grant-funded, one-year position with the possibility of renewal. The start date is negotiable. Salary is commensurate with experience, within SCHR’s modest, public interest salary range of $45,000-$50,000. SCHR offers an excellent, 100% premium-paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision care, and life insurance. Additional benefits include modest stipends for transportation and wellness, access to a flexible spending account, and childcare assistance (if eligible). 

COVID-19 logistics

SCHR’s office, located in downtown Atlanta, will re-open in accordance with advice and guidelines provided by public health experts. SCHR provides PPE for employees and has a safety protocol that staff members must abide by. Employees must be fully vaccinated. 

TO APPLY

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply immediately. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Email [email protected] with the following:

  • Statement in the subject line of the e-mail that you are applying for the JRP Strategist position;
  • Letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • If applicable, please share any links or literature related to any campaigns you have led or been involved with.
  • Contact information for three references.

The Southern Center for Human Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, nationalities, military status, as well as those who have been system-involved.