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Opportunity: Organizing Fellow


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position: organizing fellow

Deadline: Rolling

The Institute to End Mass Incarceration seeks to hire an organizing fellow to support the Institute’s work helping community-led movements build power to end mass incarceration. Fellows will work to develop strategies, resources, and trainings that help to leverage collective action and community power toward decarceral change. Fellows will also collaborate closely with lawyers, including public defenders, to help build bridges between organizers and advocates in the broader movement to end mass incarceration.

The fellowship is a full-time term position expected to extend through 6/30/2022, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding and need. Fellows report jointly to the Institute’s Executive Director and Executive Faculty Director, and will work with the leadership and broader team of the Institute, including in its in-house clinic.

Essential Functions:
  • In collaboration with the Institute’s leadership and the clinic’s students, develop strategies and frameworks for public defender / organizer collaborations, particularly based on the Institute’s focus areas.
  • Engage in ongoing brainstorming and innovation with other Institute team members, community partners, advocates and attorneys in various jurisdictions.
  • Assist in the creation of resources and materials to support both organizers and public defenders seeking to work together toward the broader movement to end mass incarceration.
  • Assist in the creation of resources and materials focused on the Institute’s advocacy campaigns and educational efforts.
  • Engage with and mentor law students enrolled in the Institute’s in-house clinic.
additional responsibilities:
  • May be asked to engage in public education or training sessions for target or general audiences.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
Additional information:

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  • This is a full-time term position expected to extend through 6/30/2022, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding and need.
  • Flexwork requests should be discussed with the Institute’s Executive Director and must align with Harvard University’s flexwork policies, payroll guidelines, and Harvard Law School’s flexwork guiding principles
  • Harvard University will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage.
  • Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience, with a minimum annual salary of $55,000 plus generous benefits, including eligibility for medical insurance, commuter benefits, retirement savings account, paid holidays, and time off.
  • To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV or resume to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.
Qualifications, knowledge, skills & abilities:

Basic Qualificaitons

Minimum 3 years of related experience as a community organizer. We are seeking candidates who have experience in or around the criminal legal system – personal, professional or both – and who are dedicated to transformative change that will maximize liberty and self-determination for all. Candidates who have community organizing experience should have some experience working with lawyers, even if not extensive. Candidates with requisite experience as an organizer and an attorney are eligible to apply for both the organizing fellow and the advocacy fellow positions.

Additional Qualifications:

Experience in organizing collective action campaigns is particularly welcome. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to challenging racial, economic and carceral injustice, and be skilled at working creatively and independently. Individuals who are members of or identify with underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+, ability/disability and non-binary gender identities, among others, are encouraged to apply, as are people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system.

reporting relationship & supervisory responsibilities:

Reports to Executive Director and Executive Faculty Director, Institute to End Mass Incarceration

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.