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CURYJ Is Hiring!

We encourage formerly incarcerated people and young people to apply to all of our open positions.

Digital Organizer

ORGANIZATION
CURYJ unlocks the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. We look to young people to lead the way by transforming their community and investing in their healing, activism, and aspirations. Through our youth programs, life coaching, policy organizing and restorative retreats and trainings, we are building the world we believe in, where relationships matter and young people from all backgrounds are valued and supported in community.

POSITION
The Digital Organizing Department at CURYJ combines grassroots organizing and digital tools to impact policy and to support our  young leaders. We use digital tools to mobilize our staff, young leaders, and community online and in real life. This year we will be organizing a membership base for the first time.  The Digital Organizer will be primarily responsible for:
1. Managing CURYJ’s social media presence
2. Supporting organizing events
3. Providing digital organizing training for young leaders and CURYJ program participants 

The Digital Organizer will create content for external distribution on a consistent basis and collaborate with other CURYJ departments and programs. The Digital Organizer will contribute to digital media strategy and produce content to:

• Promote CURYJ events, programs, and policy campaigns
• Provide popular education that is relevant to the CURYJ base membership
• Cultivate positive relationships with our allies and partners 

The Digital Organizer will report to the Digital Organizing Director and help to recruit, train, and support the Digital Organizing Associate. The Digital Organizer should expect to work directly with young leaders at CURYJ through the organization’s internship and fellowship programs, and will work with all CURYJ staff to ensure safety and growth of the young people we serve. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Managing Social Media 
• Participate in weekly production meetings with Digital Organizing staff to set short term and long term goals for content production
• Use metrics and data to drive social media strategy, tactics, and aesthetics
• Monitor social media trends and ally organizations to inform strategy and address issues important to our community by regularly browsing CURYJ accounts
• Create, schedule, and publish high-quality images, graphics, animated gifs, and short videos across social media platforms (including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube)
• Document and support CURYJ actions by live-tweeting quotes, live streaming teasers, and sharing promotional material before, during and after events
• Participate in digital actions of our ally organizations by posting, liking, and organizing CURYJ staff, young leaders, and members to participate
• Maintain relationships with ally organizations by amplifying their content

Grassroots & Digital Organizing
• Lead digital actions such as twitter storms or thunderclaps by creating toolkits, organizing volunteers, and reaching out to staff and ally organizations
• Assist with coordinating direct actions, protests, car rallies, press conferences, and other events including planning logistics, assigning roles, and organizing volunteers
• Provide communication support to actions including press releases, flyers, talking points, spokesperson training, and leading documentation teams  (photo/ video/ live streaming volunteers)
• Support membership meetings and base building strategies
• Show up to CURYJ events including policy campaigns, events celebrating young people’s achievements, and cultural events; supporting with digital organizing and physical solidarity

Provide Digital Organizing Training 
• Provide media literacy and digital organizing training sessions to Homies 4 Justice high school aged interns and Dream Beyond Bars fellows (18 – 24 years old.)
• Update existing training materials to capture voice and current events
• Evaluate the success of trainings and request feedback from Program staff and young leaders
• Create a supportive learning environment for all young leaders and communicate about the wellbeing of young people to Program staff

QUALIFICATIONS
• At least three years of digital organizing or communications experience within a grassroots organization or an active campaign
• Preference for experience in organizing around youth justice, criminal injustice, decarceration, and immigrant rights
• Deep commitment to and understanding of youth justice issues and to elevating the voices of systems-impacted young people, including the Digital Organizing Associate
• Proficiency in technology including social media platforms, design tools, and communications tools
• Creativity with an eye for design aesthetics and ear for inspiring messaging
• Strong writing skills, utilizing an accessible and vibrant voice and attention to detail 
• Innovative and willing to try new strategies and adapt to changing conditions inside and outside of the organization 
• Ability to work collaboratively and well with diverse groups of people and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
• Capacity to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently and meet deadlines  
• Flexibility to work during non-traditional work hours (evenings and weekends) 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This position is exempt full time with excellent benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience in the range of $60,000- 65,000.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
Position will be work from home during shelter-in-place and then may move into an office setting in Oakland. Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer. Eventually, possible ability to travel to various locations within Bay Area.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
CURYJ is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

TO APPLY
Please email your Cover Letter, Resume + 1 Professional and 2 Personal References to
barni@curyj.org

Dream Beyond Bars Coordinator

Job Description 

Dream Beyond Bars Program Coordinator 

The mission of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) is to end cycles of violence and poverty by uplifting young people of color that have been impacted by incarceration. CURYJ believes that young adults are the experts on the issues affecting their lives and must be involved in developing solutions. 

About the Dream Beyond Bars Program 

Dream Beyond Bars (“DBB”) is CURYJ’s paid Fellowship program that engages systems-impacted young adults, ages 18-25, in trauma healing, leadership development, policy advocacy, and civic engagement opportunities. During the course of the 12-month paid fellowship, fellows will directly research, innovate, and transform flawed systems into the solutions that will meet their community needs. 

About the Dream Beyond Bars Program Coordinator Position 

The Dream Beyond Bars Program Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day program coordination and implementation of the program. This position will ensure seamless integration and alignment of; program planning and reporting, team coordination, curriculum development, program delivery, and evaluation. In this role, the Program Coordinator will both support young adults and be responsible for day-to-day program needs, any funding contracts and grant reporting, and internal program structure. 

Reporting to the Program Director, the Dream Beyond Bars Program Coordinator will also be responsible for supervising a part time program associate. 

This opportunity calls for an experienced manager who is talented at working with formerly incarcerated and systems impacted youth, focused on continuous learning and improvement, and energized to take the Dream Beyond Bars program to a new level of performance and impact. * The ideal candidate will be formerly incarcerated or systems-impacted. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Strengthen program model and team performance 

● Execute all facets of ongoing DBB program each year, including all program planning, coordination and delivery 

● Supervise CURYJ’s DBB Program Associate 

● Develop and execute Fellowship recruitment, application, and onboarding processes 

● Provide mentorship and support to DBB program associate and Fellows 

● Provide informal life coaching support to Fellows and make referrals to life coaching staff as needed 

● Co-facilitate DBB team meetings along with program associate 

● Work closely with program associate to identify trainings and leadership opportunities for Fellows 

● Work closely with Policy and organizing team to identify policy priorities for fellows to engage in 

● Able to coordinate and mobilize current and past DBB fellows to support CURYJ’s direct action campaigns and policies, when needed 

● Oversee and manage timelines, benchmarks, and deadlines for DBB program 

● Develop and maintain program and project master calendars 

● Lead ongoing curriculum development and ensure that curriculum is engaging, culturally rooted, justice-oriented, healing-informed, and aligned with other CURYJ programs 

● Facilitate social justice and life-skills workshops to Fellows, when necessary 

● Instill a sense of accountability and teambuilding by modeling excellent time management skills and professional conduct at all time 

● Collaborate with other program staff to improve cross-program coordination 

● Represent CURYJ at external coalitions and partner meetings when necessary, ensuring alignment with organization’s values and program goals 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

● At least three (3) years of direct experience coordinating and facilitating a youth program 

● Willingness to engage in continuous learning and training 

● Ability to manage multiple projects and stay accountable to individual and team plans and goals 

● Understanding of Oakland and East Bay cities and intermediate experience in community organizing 

● Experience working with low-income communities of color and/or formerly incarcerated people 

● Some experience and/or proficiency in curriculum development 

● Exceptional communication skills for working effectively with a variety of staff members, young people, and multiple stakeholders, including but not limited to the ability to facilitate and write persuasively and clearly 

● Excellent analytical, interpersonal, listening and organizational skills 

● Ability to work well with diverse groups of people and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace 

● Capacity to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently and meet deadlines 

● Experience building and maintaining team cohesion, supporting professional development and evaluating team members 

● Demonstrated ability to prioritize to meet aggressive goals and timelines 

● Deep commitment to and understanding of youth justice issues and to elevating the voices of systems-impacted young people 

● Flexibility to work during non-traditional work hours (evenings and weekends) 

● Ability to travel locally and on occasion to other parts of the state 

Compensation and Benefits: This position is exempt full time with excellent benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience. 

CURYJ is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, educational background, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic. We strongly encourage formerly incarcerated people to apply. Please visit our website to learn more about our work: www.curyj.org. 

TO APPLY Please email your Cover Letter and Resume to Lsanchez@curyj.org