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.
Freedom Community Center seeks a Project Associate who will be primarily responsible for providing administrative support to the leadership team. This will include administrative and project support for the Executive Director. The Project Associate will also work closely with the Director of Operations and Finance to develop FCC’s communications and donor relations.
This position is ideal for a recent college graduate who is interested in learning about abolition and criminal justice in a dynamic and fast-paced organization. A successful candidate will be fast-paced, highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to respond quickly to a variety of tasks.
- Provide administrative support to the Executive Director
- Manage schedules across multiple time zones, book travel and prioritize emails and tasks.
- Assist with research, writing, development, event planning and other tasks of the leadership team.
- Provide administrative support to the Director of Operations and Finance as necessary
- In collaboration with the Director of Operations of Finance, develop an individual giving recruitment strategy to recruit and sustain individual donors.
- Coordinate a monthly newsletter to donors
- Communicate with each individual donor.
- Ensure that donation receipts are sent to donors in a timely manner.
- Collaborate on grant calendar management, write grant applications, and create grant reports on existing grants
- Coordinate individual giving campaigns such as Give STL Day and Giving Tuesday
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 new programs 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:
- Skill and experience in administrative support including scheduling, prioritizing tasks, and project management
- Fluency in research and writing for different audiences including print news, social media, speeches and other mediums
- Experience with donor organizing and communicating an ambitious mission to a variety of audiences
- Experience with canvassing, political organizing, and advocacy within and against the criminal legal system is a plus
- Familiarity with the criminal legal system (through education, criminal justice work, and/or personal experience with the system);
- 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
- 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
- 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;
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.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.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 Project Associate position?