Policy Organizer

Freedom Community Center

11 - 50 employees
St. Louis
Field / Organizing, Policy, Research
Entry Level, Mid Level
$45,000 - $59,999

Summary

Position Title: Policy Organizer

Reports to: Director of Movement Building and Storytelling

Location: Saint Louis City, MO

Send a resume and cover letter to info@freedomstl.org in order to apply.

The Freedom Community Center (FCC) is a new, Black-led organization in North St. Louis that was founded to dismantle systems of oppression that inflict harm and trauma on Black communities in St. Louis City, particularly the police and the criminal punishment system. We ground ourselves in the knowledge that the Black survivors of St. Louis have the solutions to the question: What will keep us safe? We seek to build a community-based approach centered in power, healing, accountability, and repair. Given the resources to alleviate immediate economic needs, the space to facilitate communal healing, and the time to dream collectively of alternative approaches, our community of survivors will meaningfully address harm happening in St. Louis City at the individual and systemic level. We dismantle mass incarceration by modeling alternative responses to the criminal punishment system.

The current punitive approaches to violence such as police and incarceration do not prevent future violence, they create it. At FCC, we take a survivor centered approach to build solutions that interrupt violence at its root. In the place of violence, we make peace and build power. Our approach fosters accountability, healing, repair and transformation. The cornerstone of our peacemaking work is the Free Us Project which is made up of several different transformative justice processes. One of our transformative processes is a restorative justice program that seeks to intervene and work with people who are experiencing or perpetuating harm before they interact with the police or at the beginning of their interaction with the criminal punishment system. In addition, we intervene with individuals who have experienced a violent injury in order to promote repair and reduce the likelihood of retaliation or re-injury.

At FCC, we have an opportunity to seek a different path, one marked by healing, true accountability, and reparative solutions that will transform those involved so that they might participate in imagining an alternative future for themselves and our community. This work is materialized through our Free US project but also through our community organizing branch called Power Builders, where we build power within our community members. We interrupt violence both systemic and interpersonal by forging a different path toward reconciliation, transformation, healing, and freedom.

Position Summary:

The Policy Organizer is responsible for leading components of Freedom Community Center’s work disrupting and dismantling systems of oppression and advocating for new transformative investments into solutions that actually keep us safe. The Organizer will serve as a policy expert on Freedom Community Center’s growing organizing team. They will be responsible for co-creating an advocacy agenda with our movement of survivors, our Director of Movement Building and Storytelling, and Executive Director, and implementing steps to achieve that advocacy agenda. They will stay up-to-date on criminal justice policy at the local and state level, and will participate in coalition efforts such as the Prosecutor Organizing Table, the People’s Plan STL, the Defund. ReEnvision. Transform. Campaign, statewide coalition efforts and others that arise during the course of FCC’s work. The Organizer will also support Freedom Community Center’s overall policy and advocacy work.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities:

Policy Advocacy and Organizing:

  1. Track legislation and executive/administrative action at the municipal/county and state levels that are relevant to Freedom Community Center’s policy agenda.

  2. Set metrics and benchmarks for policy goals & oversee progress to goals.

  3. Provide synopses of proposed bills, committee hearings, legislative and executive action pertaining to policy priorities to the Freedom Community Center team.

  4. Track the implementation of adopted policies at the municipal/county and state levels that are directly related to the People’s Plan STL or other Freedom Community Center priorities.

  5. Identify opportunities for public education and advocacy with legislators and other elected and appointed officials to provide information about FCC’s policy priorities.

  6. Build relationships with political stakeholders to create pathways for education on FCC policy priorities

  7. Coordinate with the Organizing Team at FCC to identify grassroots organizing opportunities related to policy issues and legislation.

  8. Research on our priority issues and produce:

    1. Educational content that may be used on our communication platforms as well as at our PowerBuilders MeetUps

    2. Policy briefs that could be used to craft new legislation for Missouri

  9. Represent Freedom Community Center at appropriate meetings or events related to criminal justice

  10. Attend national level meetings related to criminal justice

  11. Meet with legislators to discuss policies related to criminal justice

Other Duties:

  1. Contributes to grant reports for funds related to organizing and advocacy

  2. Assist with fundraising & donor stewardship as requested

  3. Serve as a spokesperson to the media on issues related to FCC policy and advocacy

  4. Supervise interns

  5. Other duties as assigned

Requirements

Qualifications:

You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to FCC’s mission to practice transformative justice responses to violent crime and commitment to Black liberation. You have a strong historical analysis of race and class and its impact on the oppression of Black and poor people – and ultimately all people. You are activist/organizing minded and invested into St. Louis’ political framework with bold ideas to change it. We’re looking for someone who is comfortable working independently and in a team-based setting. You have experience building out and strengthening organizing and advocacy efforts and have the ability to adapt to new or changing environments. We’re looking for a creative individual who thrives under pressure and is comfortable working independently or in a team-based setting. A sense of humor and willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a startup are essential. You value efficiency, hard work, and self-care.

To excel in this role, you should have:

  • Experience with canvassing, political organizing, and advocacy within and against the criminal legal system

  • Comfort and ease engaging with new community members

  • Experience with creating and curating training materials and facilitation of a coalition of volunteers and organizers

  • Familiarity with the criminal legal system (through education, criminal justice work, and/or personal experience with the system);

  • Experience with analyzing data and communicating data stories effectively to push forward change

  • Strong roots in the community and familiarity working with the justice-involved population in the U.S.;

  • Directly impacted by or experience with acts of harm and violence

  • The ability to work and problem solve through hard and intense situations and set boundaries with individuals

  • Excellent organizational and critical-thinking skills with superior attention to detail, follow-through

  • Ability to manage multiple projects while meeting tight deadlines

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak comfortably and thoughtfully with diverse populations

  • Experience with working closely with individuals impacted by the criminal legal system, trauma-informed training is a plus

  • A growth mindset meaning you are motivated to learn from feedback and to constantly improve your performance

  • Willingness to handle any task, no matter how small

  • Strong belief and commitment to social justice and transformative approaches to addressing harm

  • Effective communications skills

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, in-person and remotely;This is a full-time non-exempt position. The Freedom Community Center offers competitive health benefits, dental and vision plans, flexible PTO, and life insurance.

Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to info@freedomstl.org. In the cover letter, please address the following:

  • Why do you want to work for Freedom Community Center?

  • Please share 1-2 experience(s) that highlights why you would be a strong candidate for the Policy Organizer position?

No faxes or phone calls please. Applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Applications without cover letters will not be processed.

The Freedom Community Center is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of people of color, women, LGBTQIA people and formerly incarcerated individuals. We are committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.