The People’s Parity Project (PPP) seeks a creative, self-motivated, and strategic Organizing & Network Director to join a growing team and lead the organization’s work building, supporting, and emboldening a diverse community of lawyers and law students dedicated to bold advocacy and fearlessly challenging entrenched power structures. We’re fighting hard fights, but always make time to celebrate the wins, no matter how big or small. This is an exciting opportunity to grow and shape a fast-growing movement aimed at unrigging the legal system and building a justice system that values people over profits.
About the Organization
The People’s Parity Project was founded in 2018 on the belief that a movement of law students and attorneys, organizing to democratize the legal system, empower working people, and challenge corporate influence, has the power to move us towards a world where workers have power, vulnerable communities need not fight for dignity and respect, and the levers of law and government seek to increase the well-being of all. Learn more: peoplesparity.org/about.
About the Position
The core of PPP is our organizers: law students and lawyers who are volunteering their time and energy to unrig the law. The Organizing & Network Director will be supporting these organizers at every stage of their involvement with PPP: recruiting them to become members of the organization, supporting organizing campaigns and chapter development, providing training and learning opportunities for organizers at all stages of their work with PPP, and building a community that supports members in using their legal degrees to build a just and equitable world.
This is a remote position: candidates can apply and work from anywhere. Some travel will be expected, consistent with relevant COVID restrictions. As such proof of full COVID vaccination will be required at the time the Organizing & Network Director starts. The Organizing & Network Director is a full-time position with flexible hours (work on nights and some weekends is required) and reports directly to the Executive Director. Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2021; the position has an anticipated start date of January 11, 2022.
The Organizing & Network Director portfolio includes:
- Developing and implementing a strategy for expanding PPP’s base of organizers—i.e., through the development of new campus chapters and lawyer chapters and by bringing new organizers into PPP’s national advocacy teams.
- Supporting existing chapters to engage in meaningful organizing work aimed at achieving our vision for a justice-producing legal system. This includes:
- Providing meaningful learning and community-building opportunities for organizers, both virtually and in-person.
- Supporting chapters through weekly network-wide organizing meetings and regular 1:1 check-ins with lead organizers.
- Working with Policy & Program Director to assess local campaign opportunities, refine campaign strategies, build or join coalitions, and otherwise provide support for organizer-led campaigns.
- Managing the administrative and logistical aspects of a national network of organizers. This may include managing the details of in-person and virtual national gatherings, compiling regular reports on the PPP network, etc.
- Supporting PPP’s processes for internal democracy in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
- Developing career-focused programming for current law students and practicing attorneys aimed at combating the law school-to-corporate law pipeline.
- Tracking the career paths of PPP organizers and using data to meaningfully assess PPP’s impact.
- Managing internal and external communications related to PPP network & organizing efforts, which may include newsletters, social media posts, talking points, and more.
- Representing PPP in collaborations with partner organizations to develop strategies aimed at building a robust network of public-interest lawyers.
- Working with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to identify new opportunities to develop our network and expand our organizing work.
- Working with the Executive Director to identify new potential sources of grant funding to support this network and organizing work.
- Tracking and reporting for grants relating to the network and organizing portfolio.
To be considered, a candidate must have:
- Deep knowledge of the legal system and the role that the legal profession currently plays in upholding systems of corporate power and worker oppression.
- Significant experience developing and leading deep, base-building organizing work.
- Desire to work in a small, startup environment.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and personal attributes:
- Law degree or other experience as a law student; bar admission not necessary. If a candidate has deep knowledge of the legal system and the role that the legal profession currently plays in upholding systems of corporate power and worker oppression (e.g., an individual with deep organizing experience in the labor world who has worked closely with lawyers through that role), a law degree is not necessary.
- Critical and creative thinking to challenge systems of oppression and the people and institutions that uphold them.
- Commitment to challenging subjugation in all forms, and to building internal structures that elevate historically marginalized groups and individuals.
- Ability to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, in a way that moves people to take action. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with both external or public-facing communication, and internal and 1:1 communication.
- Ability to work in a self-directed manner, solving problems and navigating obstacles as they arise, while also taking initiative to seek support when needed.
We strongly encourage people with the following identities to apply: Black and Indigenous people; people of color; LGBTQIA+, women and non-binary people; people living with disabilities; and others with lived experience being part of marginalized communities.
Benefits and Perks
- $60,000 annual salary.
- 100% company-paid individual medical, dental, & vision insurance coverage.
- Home office and mobile data plan stipend.
- 401(k) company match (after six months of employment).
- Three weeks paid time off and 10+ paid organizational holidays.
- Ability to work remotely and flexible hours.
Send resume, cover letter, writing sample for which you are the sole author (any length), and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2021.