ADVOCATE COORDINATOR FOR VOTING RIGHTS- Southeast Region
Voting rights is one of LJP’s core areas (pillars) of work, along with economic justice, immigrant rights, policing and criminal justice reform, racial justice, and issues specific to Puerto Rico. LJP utilizes multiple strategies, including litigation, advocacy, and community engagement and education, to protect and advance the voting rights of the Latinx and other communities of color across the country.
Protecting voting rights includes challenging vote denial practices such as failure to provide bilingual assistance at polling places, discriminatory voter roll purges, and unnecessary voter challenge practices. LJP also targets at-large election structures and unfair redistricting plans that attempt to dilute the power of the Latinx vote. Our Rights Restoration Project provides advocacy and legal assistance to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated Latinxs throughout the country. LJP’s Cada Voto Cuenta, a bilingual election protection program created in 2016 recruits and trains bilingual volunteers to monitor polling places in several states.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF (LJP) seeks a dynamic, creative, and committed advocate and organizer to further LJP’s goals in the areas of voting rights and election protection in the Southeast Region.
This full-time position is based in LJP’s Southeast Regional Office located in Orlando, FL and will entail travel throughout Florida, Georgia, and other states in the southeast region. The Coordinator is a member of the Advocacy team which includes an Advocate Coordinator for Voting Rights for the Northeast Region and a Digital Organizer, all reporting to the Chief of Advocacy in LJP Headquarters in New York City. This role is under hybrid work model, with 60% flexible remote work and regional and local travel as work requires.
Primary job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:
- Formulate and execute advocacy campaign and community education and engagement projects, on voting rights at the local and state levels in the Southeast Region, in collaboration with LJP’s legal, advocacy, and communications teams.
- Build and maintain relationships with coalitions, organizations, community stakeholders, academics, and thought leaders primarily in the Southeast region to engage them in LJP’s work and implement collaborative projects.
- Provide training and workshops, especially during legislative sessions in identified states, about how the legislature works and other related topics; create workshop agendas and content.
- Represent LJP and speak at conferences, meetings, rallies, hearings, and community events.
- Collaborate with LJP’s advocacy, communications, and legal teams to engage in legislative advocacy activities before local and municipal legislative bodies, as needed.
- Advocate in support of LJP's priority voting rights bills by identifying and convening supporters and testifying in support of LJP's priorities.
- Work cross-functionally with internal stake holders in creating content for posting on various social media platforms and create and disseminate voting rights-related social media toolkits to partners.
- Guide and participate in LJP’s Cada Voto Cuenta bilingual election protection program in Southeast Region states, including Florida and Georgia, in cross-functional collaboration i with LJP’s legal, advocacy and communications teams.
- Collaborate with LJP’s advocacy and communications teams to conduct focus groups with Latinx communities to understand the barriers they face to voting in Spanish in select jurisdictions.
- Collaborate with LJP’s legal, advocacy and communications teams to develop educational materials and public service announcements regarding voting rights and protections afforded by federal and state law and processes, in Spanish, and distribute this information to community-based groups in various states.
- Work on special projects and other duties as assigned.
- Familiarity with subject areas related to LJP’s mission, with commitment to social justice and civil rights.
- Minimum of five years of advocacy, organizing, and community education experience. Strong writing skills, for community education, advocacy, organizing and policy.
- Strong communications skills and ability to lead and facilitate community education and engagement meetings.
- Spanish language competency
- Experience in voting rights and election protection work with knowledge of voting rights laws.
- Reliable, creative, self-motivated, able to take initiative and work well in teams or individually.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a Union position and salary is determined by Collective Bargaining Agreement. The salary range for this position is based on years of experience, starting at $57,457 for five years of experience.
LJP offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, and a voluntary 403(b) retirement plan, as well as generous paid time off benefits.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or any other legally protected status.
By submitting an application for employment you attest that all the information provided is true, accurate and complete. You acknowledge and are aware that the falsification, misrepresentation or omission of any requested information on your application and any accompanying documents will be grounds for denial of employment. In the event such falsification, misrepresentation or omission is discovered subsequent to an offer and acceptance of employment, you acknowledge that any such false or misleading information in your application or provided during interview(s) will constitute grounds for discipline including termination of employment and discharge, regardless of when or how such false or misleading information was discovered.