Freedom Agenda is organizing with survivors of Rikers and impacted families to shut it down, and coordinating partners and allies in support of that goal. This position will work with project staff and members to develop and implement campaign strategies, focused on reducing jail incarceration in New York City, improving conditions of confinement, and securing community reinvestment.  

Freedom Agenda is a small team doing big things, and we are looking for someone who is proactivecommitted, and excited to apply their skills in a variety of ways to advance our work. For someone who is flexible and driven, there will be opportunities to work on a lot of different things. 

Main responsibilities 

  • Support Co-Directors in developing and implementing strategic work plans for advocacy campaigns, which include engaging members, partners and government officials  

  • Identify and co-develop action opportunities (including rallies, social media actions, online petitions, etcaround key legislative dates or political developments  

  • Engage with elected officials and agency staff to advance our campaigns, including scheduling and coordinating meetings, and tracking lobbying hours  

  • Track relevant legislation and conduct research to inform development of new legislation or policy demands as needed  

  • Lead efforts to engage supporters, including Monthly Orientation & Action nights 

  • Lead team efforts to utilize our database to best advance campaign goals 

  • Facilitate and prepare agendas for meetings and presentations; including coalition meetings, issue-specific working groups, and briefings for elected officials or other stakeholders 

  • On-board and supervise interns and/or volunteers as needed 

 The ideal candidate will have 

  • A commitment to our mission & our work: organizing with people and communities directly impacted by incarceration to achieve decarceration and system transformation 

  • 5+ years of combined experience in community organizing, advocacy campaigns, and/or policy developmentwith a focus on social justice, racial justice or human rights  

  • Ability to create plans and implement them with attention to detail and strong follow through, including when managing multiple projects, meeting tight deadlines, and responding to new developments 

  • Proficiency in and familiarity with NYC and NYS legislative processes and key stakeholders 

  • Knowledge of New York City’s organizing landscape, particularly around decarceration and criminal legal system reform  

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral   

  • Comfort facilitating meetings and presentations for varied audiences  

  • Familiarity with and comfortability working in impacted communities like Brownsville, the South Bronx, and South Jamaica 

  • Strong computer skills (email, MS Office, Google suite, database management, etc.) and willingness to learn new programs as needed 

  • Fluency in multiple languages is a plus 

  • People who have been impacted by the criminal legal system or are formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply 

Salary & Benefits 

$60,000-65,000 per year, along with a generous benefits package including full medical benefits and paid vacation.  

Please note, our team works in person in New York City. While Monday and Thursday are our in-office days, our work often requires us to be present in person for other events throughout the week, including actions, presentations, and community outreach. 

How to Apply 

Please email cover letter and resume to fa [at] with “Campaigns Coordinator” in the subject line. 

Position is open until filled. We will begin interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis, with the goal of filling the position by January 2023. 

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, SOGIE, age, disability, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status.  


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