The Organizing & Advocacy Director will be responsible for training and supporting YASP’s team of youth organizers in building power to end youth incarceration in Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on our campaign to end the prosecution and detention of youth as adults. This position will work closely with YASP’s Co-Directors to support youth staff in developing and implementing campaign strategies, creating public support for ending youth incarceration, and envisioning alternative responses to youth violence.
Work closely with YASP leadership and youth organizers to develop and implement campaign strategies
Provide regular supervision, training, and support for YASP youth organizers
Build relationships with young people and families directly impacted by the criminal legal system to invite them into campaign work
Support YASP youth leaders and members in telling their stories in ways that are empowering and center their agency and power
Provide regular updates to all staff on campaign strategies, tactics and outcomes
Grow support for YASP campaigns through public events, social media engagement and community outreach
Represent YASP in various coalitional spaces, such as the Care Not Control campaign, the #No215Jail Coalition and others
Develop relationships with key political allies to advance our campaign goals
Work with YASP Development Coordinator to produce updates on our campaign work for funders and individual donors
Additional duties per discretion of YASP Co-Directors
At least two to three years of organizing experience, including experience in planning and implementing campaign strategy. This can be paid or volunteer experience.
Deep commitment, experience and skill in working closely with young people in ways that lift up and center youth leadership
Knowledge and experience in utilizing social media to promote advocacy campaigns and share information
An understanding of the many harms caused by mass incarceration and a firm commitment to ending mass incarceration and creating restorative, transformative responses to harm and violence
Familiarity with the criminal legal system and its impacts on young people, families and communities
Proficiency with Google Drive and Google Calendar and/or willingness to learn
Flexibility with schedule and willingness to occasionally work evenings and weekends
People directly impacted by incarceration and the criminal legal system - or who have a family member who has been directly impacted - are strongly encouraged to apply. Black and brown people who are from communities directly impacted by mass incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.
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