The Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) seek a Campaign Organizer to further CAIC’s efforts to end the torture of solitary confinement in New York State. The Organizer will support CAIC’s public education, grassroots organizing, leadership development, and advocacy. Specifically the organizer will further the goal of passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, A. 4401 / S. 2659 in New York through strategic community outreach and follow up, in-district organizing in strategic districts, support and leadership development for people who have survived solitary or have family members inside, and advocacy toward key policy-makers. The full-time position will be based in New York City. The CAIC Campaign Organizer will be a staff person of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. This is a new position that is currently funded for two years, with a competitive salary and full benefits (health, dental, vision, retirement). The Campaign Organizer will be based in Manhattan, New York City.
1. Mobilize and Organize People in New York State re Solitary Confinement:
- Set up strategic public actions and events in areas with constituents of key policy-makers needed to support HALT, including communities most directly impacted by solitary and incarceration, and other potential allies and partners.
- Pursue in-depth follow-up with participants and key allies after events in order to develop important relationships, increase engagement in the campaign’s efforts to end solitary, and build future leaders and partners. Lead trainings, connect important allies to advocacy efforts, help place articles and op-eds in selected districts of the state, and other related activities.
- Partner with other campaigns and groups who are pushing for policy changes that also challenge incarceration in New York, including campaigns related to parole reform, bail reform, bringing back higher education to incarcerated people, stopping staff brutality and closing abusive prisons and jails, and promoting alternatives to incarceration.
2. Support and Advance the HALT Solitary Confinement Act:
- Push for more policy-makers as well as the leadership of the NY legislature and the Governor to support and pass HALT.
- Help organize people to meet with policy-makers in their local districts and in Albany. Connect people who have been educated, mobilized, and trained (above) with opportunities to meet with and advocate toward their legislators.
- Participate in some meetings with legislators in their district offices as well as in Albany, including during larger Advocacy Days, and also help set up and coordinate meetings for others to meet with policy-makers.
- Help CAIC build relationships with key legislators and garner their support, while keeping the pressure on all policy-makers through grassroots activism and strategic media coverage.
The ideal CAIC Campaign Organizer will possess key leadership and organizing abilities and have in-depth knowledge of CAIC and the campaign’s strategies and activities. People’s first-hand experience of solitary confinement and incarceration is highly valued as important expertise for the position. People of color and people who are survivors of incarceration and solitary confinement are strongly encouraged to apply. We also seek someone who can work independently and as part of a large coalition. Specifically, key qualifications for the position include:
- Knowledge of the criminal injustice system, incarceration system, and solitary confinement, preferably including first-hand experience of solitary and incarceration.
- Commitment to CAIC’s mission to end the torture of solitary confinement in NY and to challenge the incarceration system.
- Extensive experience and expertise engaging in grass-roots organizing and policy advocacy as part of coalitions and campaigns, particularly in New York State.
- Strong communication and relationship-building skills and experience, including experience carrying out one-on-ones and other community organizing techniques.
- Desire to work collaboratively with people of all different backgrounds, including currently and formerly incarcerated people, family members of incarcerated people, advocates, organizations, members of the faith and health communities, and other concerned people.
- Ability to be a strong self-starter, take direction, and work as part of a team and large statewide coalition.
- Experience training others and engaging in leadership development activities.
- Skills for engaging in email listserv communications, social media (including Facebook and Twitter), and other forms of internal and external campaign communications. Ability to use google documents, spreadsheets, doodle polls, and other tools to organize and share information with campaign members.
Applications are due by Monday, November 28. To Apply: Please submit the following by email to the CAIC Campaign Organizer Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls.
1. Cover letter, including 3 references (with daytime phone numbers and email addresses)
3. Brief writing sample, such as a blog post or article
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