Overview: The Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) seeks a Coordinator for the coalition. The ideal candidate is deeply rooted in New Orleans’ communities most impacted by criminalization and incarceration, and is highly motivated to coordinate and lead a diverse coalition. The position will begin as a 3-6 month internship in collaboration with the current coordinator in order to build up the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully transition to the Coordinator. This will help foster a seamless transition for both the future coordinator and the Coalition itself.
About OPPRC: Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition is a grassroots membership-based coalition of organizations and community members. Our mission is to decrease the size of the jail and improve the conditions of the Orleans Parish Prison system for inmates and family members of incarcerated people. OPPRC has one staff member, the OPPRC Coordinator, and a small operating budget.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate, oversee, and bottom all OPPRC activities
- Develop and coordinate the implementation of strategic grassroots organizing campaigns in collaboration with OPPRC members
- Coordinate community meetings, activities, and actions to support the work of OPPRC
- Expand and strengthen OPPRC’s network and membership. Conduct regular outreach to increase OPPRC’s membership and increase popular education. Work with members to identify and coordinate outreach opportunities, and build and develop relationships with partners and allies.
- Work with OPPRC to raise funds, including grant-writing, and coordinating grassroots fundraising events, and developing strategies to encourage new or increased funding streams
- Maintain and develop all administrative infrastructures. Review operating practices and procedures to determine whether improvements can be made in areas such as funding, outreach, communications, strategy, etc.
- Coordinate all communications strategies, including working with the press, developing social media strategies, and developing and disseminating all fact sheets, publications, etc.
- Represent OPPRC at meetings and activities
- Work with OPPRC’s Steering Committee to develop, maintain, and support the organizational, administrative, financial structure and stability of the organization.
The job requires a very high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
- Deep connection to and knowledge of communities impacted by incarceration and criminalization in New Orleans.
- Dedication to the leadership of directly affected people and to the mission and work of OPPRC
- Strong project management skills; experience overseeing and bottom-lining multiple concurrent projects.
- Strong time-management, writing, office, and organizational skills
- Creativity, patience, positive attitude, and energy
- Ability to work independently, take initiative, be a self-starter
- Ability to communicate with a range of people, including elected officials and policy makers, formerly incarcerated people, and community partners.
- Willingness to work long, nontraditional hours, including early morning, evening, and weekend hours.
The OPPRC Coordinator is the only paid staff member of OPPRC. The Coordinator is accountable to OPPRC’s Steering Committee, and OPPRC members. The OPPRC Coordinator will work closely with OPPRC’s fiscal sponsor.
The selected applicant will intern with the current OPPRC Coordinator for 3-6 months. Upon successful completion of the internship, the candidate will transition to becoming the full time coordinator.
Because OPPRC is fiscally sponsored, the OPPRC Coordinator is currently an Independent Contractor position, and receives compensation equivalent to a full salary and benefits package. The internship will be paid.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Coordinator Job Application” by June 15th. Please also include brief answers to the following questions (1-2 paragraphs each):
- Why are you interested in the work of OPPRC? Please describe your involvement, if any, with any of OPPRC’s efforts in the past.
- What personal or professional experience do you have in the areas of criminal justice, organizing, policy, community-building, or other relevant areas?
- Please describe your involvement in grassroots organizing work in New Orleans or elsewhere.