JAC Friends ($10 -$999)

JAC's Friends support our ability to answer hundreds of calls and requests for legal assistance with expungements and re-entry every year.

JAC Partners ($1,000 -$4,999)

JAC Partners support the costs required to host one of JAC's 36 expungement events and ensure that individuals returning home from Angola receive necessary supports for successful re-entry. ​ 

JAC Angels ($5,000+)

JAC Angels provide the support required to measure our impact. JAC's Angels are integral in driving change.

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JAC Louisiana, 4035 Washington Avenue, Suite 203, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125

The Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana seeks a full-time Programs & Policy Manager to work with and for currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families to mitigate the collateral consequences of the criminal legal system.

 

The Programs & Policy Manager will oversee JAC’s clinics that address the legal needs of those re-entering our communities after incarceration while advancing a statewide campaign for criminal records expungement and supporting JAC’s overall legislative and policy agenda, both proactive and defensive. This is a new position so we are seeking a self-motivated, creative, organized, and energetic individual to fill the role.

Primary Job Functions:   

  • Manage and staff our ReEntry Legal and Expungement clinics and ReEntry Docket programs;

  • Identify, recruit, and train pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and students;

  • Perform legal and policy research;

  • Develop and file public records requests;

  • Track proposed national, state, and local legislation, regulations, and policies;

  • Monitor implementation of national, state, and local laws and regulations;

  • Research and draft talking points, one-pagers, op-eds, issue briefs, white papers, and other communications in JAC advocacy areas of interest;

  • Coordinate with data management systems of partner agencies;

  • Gather and analyze data for sharing with partners, the public, volunteers, donors, and foundations as ethically permitted under law;

  • Draft and edit grant reports, working with staff to gather necessary information;

  • Identify systemic issues arising from clinics and programs, connect them to larger policy and legal solutions, and develop and implement strategic plans of action;

  • Manage contract attorneys and workers around the state;

  • Work closely with other JAC staff to ensure complete communication and collaborative interaction of each other’s skills, ideas, and strategies; and

  • Coordinate and communicate with our partners to ensure true collaboration.

Education & Experience:

  • 5+ years of law practice, program management, and/or advocacy work is required;

  • Experience identifying and advancing solutions to problems through policy advocacy, legislative change, and/or impact/class litigation is required;

  • Experience with Louisiana expungement law strongly preferred;

  • J.D. or Master in Public Policy preferred;

  • Grant and donor identification, and grant writing and donor development experience, is a plus; and

  • Experience working with volunteers, students, or pro bono attorneys preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:  

  • Flexible, organized, and creative;

  • Proven collaboration and coordination skills;

  • History of employing extreme accuracy and attention to detail in all work;

  • Administrative and facilitation skills;

  • Self-awareness;

  • Self-directed, with an ability to independently identify next steps and follow through on them;

  • Supervisory skills, particularly with volunteers and students of varied skill levels;

  • Commitment to racial equity, social justice, and decarceration;

  • Ability to communicate effectively with courts, attorneys, clients, donors, media, government agencies, and the general public;

  • Analytical skills including the ability to see the system and the infrastructure while also realizing the tasks and activities required to reach larger goals;

  • Grant writing and reporting skills; and

  • Ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of a developing organization working on multiple pilot projects.

Additional Considerations:

  • This is a full-time, exempt, professional position with a salary range of $50,000 to $60,000, depending on experience. Benefits are 100% paid.

  • The Programs & Policy Manager may be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, including the potential for evening and weekend work. JAC encourages work-life balance and utilizes a comp time model.

  • Travel - particularly throughout Southeast Louisiana and to Baton Rouge and occasionally overnight - will be necessary. An independent form of reliable transportation is required.

  • This position is currently grant funded for one year, with a possibility for renewal.

  • JAC is an extremely small non-profit, which requires consistent dedication to mission, the ability to say no, and the willingness to stretch beyond comfort zones in order to move toward mission and goals. We also all make our copies, schedule our own meetings, and answer the phones.

Application Process:  

Please email your cover letter, resume, a writing sample fully of your own creation, 3 references with contact information (we will not call without permission), and transcripts if you obtained your higher education within the past 5 years to info@jaclouisiana.org with “Programs & Policy Manager [Your Name]” in the subject line. Please state where you learned of this position.

The Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana seeks a full-time Community Organizer to work with and for currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families to mitigate the collateral consequences of the criminal legal system.

 

The Community Organizer will manage the Louisiana Stop Solitary Coalition and develop a coalition to advance a statewide campaign for criminal records expungement. They will develop community leaders, particularly those affected by the criminal legal system, and educate the public about JAC’s policy campaigns through social media, true partner collaboration, showing up for others, and building relationships. This is a new position so we are seeking a self-motivated, creative, organized, and energetic individual to fill the role.

Primary Job Functions:   

  • Create and manage a coalition to advance a statewide campaign for criminal records expungement, including identifying and recruiting members;

  • Manage the Louisiana Stop Solitary Coalition (LSSC);

  • Maintain coalition member information and activity in our CRM system;

  • Identify and develop leaders who have been directly affected by criminal convictions and solitary confinement who can serve as spokespeople for the campaigns;

  • Provide technical assistance, leadership development training, campaign workshops (public speaking, engaging with media, civic participation, effective advocacy, etc.) and administrative support to these coalition leaders;

  • Create and present “Know Your Rights” materials and workshops relative to re-entry, particularly criminal records and solitary confinement for the general public;

  • Organize campaign actions and activities;

  • Mobilize significant numbers of community members to lobby days, legislative and court hearings, meetings, and other events through phone banking and relationship building, among other methods;

  • Develop and implement communications plans for the LSSC and expungement campaigns;

  • Develop content for and manage JAC social media platforms, newsletters, and web site(s);

  • Document events, activities, and the experiences of people affected by the criminal legal system through photography and video;

  • Gather and analyze data for sharing with partners, the public, volunteers, donors, and foundations as ethically permitted under law;

  • Provide support for other community organizing and campaigns around criminal justice reform as needed;

  • Conduct outreach in person, through social media, and by collaborating with partner agencies and organizations; and

  • Attend and thoughtfully participate in task force, coalition, and committee meetings with an eye toward systemic solutions.

Education & Experience:

  • 2+ years of experience managing coalitions is required;

  • 2+ years of community organizing experience, including interaction with traditional and social media, is required; and

  • High School Diploma or HiSET/GED required.

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:  

  • Flexible, organized, and creative;

  • Proven collaboration and coordination skills;

  • History of employing extreme accuracy and attention to detail in all work;

  • Administrative, project management, and event-planning skills;

  • Meeting planning and facilitation skills;

  • Self-awareness;

  • Self-directed, with an ability to independently identify next steps and follow through on them;

  • Commitment to racial equity, social justice, and decarceration;

  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds;

  • Experience delivering workshops to audiences of more than 10 attendees;

  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email, word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) and spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel) programs;

  • Analytical skills including the ability to see the system and the infrastructure while also realizing the tasks and activities required to reach larger goals; and

  • Ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of a developing organization working on multiple pilot projects.

Additional Considerations:  

  • This is a full-time, exempt, professional position with a salary range of $45,000 to $55,000, DOE. Benefits are 100% paid.

  • The Community Organizer may be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, including the potential for regular evening and weekend work. JAC encourages work-life balance and utilizes a comp time model.

  • Travel statewide will be necessary. An independent form of reliable transportation is required.

  • This position is currently grant funded for one year, with a possibility for renewal.

  • JAC is an extremely small non-profit, which requires consistent dedication to mission, the ability to say no, and the willingness to stretch beyond comfort zones in order to move toward mission and goals. We also all make our copies, schedule our own meetings, and answer the phones.

Application Process:  

Please email your cover letter, resume, a sample of writing, video, or photography fully of your own creation, and 3 references with contact information (we will not call without permission) to info@jaclouisiana.org with “Community Organizer [Your Name]” in the subject line. Please state where you learned of this position.

FOR BOTH POSITIONS:

Please respond by December 15, 2019. Applications will immediately be considered on a rolling basis. Targeted start date is January 20, 2020. If you would like to be considered for both, please apply separately to each per the specifications above.

 

No phone calls. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

JAC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. People with criminal convictions, individuals with family members involved in the criminal legal system, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note: If you do not have this exact combination of skills, tell us about your strengths that we did not ask about that you think will advance JAC’s mission to reduce barriers for people impacted by the criminal legal system.