Vice President for Organizing and Policy

Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.  Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted.  Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.

Common Justice knows that communities impacted by crime and violence—and crime survivors in particular—have essential expertise about what produces safety, what constitutes accountability, and what facilitates healing.  We believe that any social change platform—including a policy agenda, budgetary priorities, local social service needs, and community mobilizations—must be deeply rooted in the wisdom, power, and engagement of the people whose lives are at stake in these changes.  

There are a wide range of extraordinary advocacy groups in New York State, most of whom are intently focused on winning critical, shorter-term victories.  Common Justice’s policy work will never compete with these advocates; rather, it will aim to anchor a longer-term policy vision that takes on and better answers the question of violence. To do so, we will begin laying the foundation for the long haul ahead and building the power that will be necessary to secure transformative change.  

The project seeks an experienced, committed leader to join its executive team and lead its growing organizing and policy work.

Responsibilities

The Vice President for Organizing and Policy is responsible for developing and leading the healing equity movement-building dimension of Common Justice’s work.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

The Vice President for Organizing and Policy is a new role that will supervise the United for Healing Equity staff and will build a growing organizing team.  The Vice President for Organizing and Policy plays a core role in the Common Justice executive team. They will be responsible for conducting foundational listening sessions; developing and leading Common Justice’s base-building strategy; developing membership and leaders among people impacted by violence; co-developing a long-term policy agenda to address violence in a way that ensures healing equity and does not rely on incarceration; developing and implementing an advocacy strategy to secure those changes at the municipal and state levels; expanding and leading a national network of people and organizations committed to healing equity; working collaboratively with the Director of Communications to elevate the voices of those impacted by violence; managing training and technical assistance efforts related to healing equity and supporting targeted allied efforts nationally.

Qualifications

  • Eight or more years experience in organizing and advocacy work
  • Five or more years experience supervising staff/managing a team
  • Strong organizing and base-building background
  • Experience developing and implementing campaigns from the ground up
  • Experience working with victims of crime/survivors of trauma strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Flexibility, creativity, and ability to manage multiple responsibilities effectively
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Formerly incarcerated people and survivors of violence strongly encouraged to apply
  • Some evening and some weekend hours will be required

Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter to: jobs@commonjustice.org.   

Common Justice is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status. Common Justice values diverse experiences, including regarding educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.