Director of Organizing
LAJC is seeking an experienced advocate to serve as the Director of Organizing. This position will work closely with LAJC advocacy teams and community partners to advance our ambitious agenda to achieve economic, social, and racial justice throughout the Commonwealth.
LAJC’s programs use various tools to dismantle the systems that contribute to poverty in Virginia, including individual representation, organizing, policy advocacy, major litigation, and community education and technical assistance. In collaboration with program Directors, the Director of Policy, and Director of Communications, this position will help advocacy teams develop and implement multi-faceted campaigns by advising them on a range of organizing methods, outcomes and strategies, fostering collaboration across programs, ensuring that organizing goals are community-driven to the extent possible, and integrating organizing work with LAJC’s other strategies. The Director of Organizing will share responsibility for directly supervising organizing staff with program directors.
Although the programs will take the lead in setting community-driven campaign goals and supervising day-to-day work, the Director of Organizing will have primary responsibility for promoting organizing skill development, advising/troubleshooting on tactics and strategy, and helping organizers develop relationships with directly impacted community members and community partners. In collaboration with the Director of Professional Development, the Director of Organizing will also have primary responsibility for ensuring the professional development of organizers, including ensuring that they receive any necessary trainings, mentorship, and technical assistance. Finally, the Director of Organizing will serve as a key member of LAJC’s management team, which advises the Executive Director as she decides organizational priorities for all programmatic work and provides stewardship of organizational resources.
We’re seeking candidates who excel at working effectively in teams and communicating across lines of identity and difference.
- A track record of developing and advocating for major organizing campaigns at local, state or federal levels
- Mission-aligned experience (work or lived) partnering with and advocating in low-wealth communities and communities of color
- Strengths in organization, time management, oral and written communications, and demonstrating initiative.
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend events, as well as travel (primarily within Virginia)
- Significant (10+ years) organizing experience
- Management experience
- Experience working with lawyers and/or familiarity with legal advocacy
- Prior advocacy experience (work or lived) using an explicit race equity lens
- Spanish proficiency
Email a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should highlight any experience (lived or worked) advocating for justice for people who experience marginalization because of their race or economic status and/or specialized skills, such as data analysis, technology skills, or language fluency.
Open until filled. Applications will start being reviewed immediately and on a rolling basis. Questions? Contact Angela Ciolfi at email@example.com.
The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.