New York City Community Organizer

10 Nov, 2021


New York City Community Organizer

Release Aging People in Prison Campaign
New York, NY

RAPP seeks a driven and experienced New York City Community Organizer. The position will include leading RAPP’s community organizing, base building, membership and leadership development efforts in support of our current and future campaign efforts in the five boroughs of NYC. The NYC Community Organizer will also help organize events, engage in legislative advocacy, and interface with the media. The NYC Community Organizer will work closely with RAPP’s NYC Community Leaders—RAPP leaders with family members in prison—RAPP NYC members, RAPP’s Associate Director and RAPP’s NYC intern.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead RAPP’s community organizing and base building efforts throughout New York City.
  • Organize people in various constituencies impacted by the criminal legal system into RAPP’s work, including formerly incarcerated people, family members of people in prison, victims/survivors, and others.
  • Grow RAPP’s base of new members in NYC to consistently engage in RAPP events, outreach, and other work in NYC
  • Engage in constant and constituent follow up meetings, trainings, and delegation of tasks with new and potential RAPP members.
  • Empower current RAPP members to elevate their level of participation and leadership, including by organizing people to speak and represent RAPP at events, preparing people to speak with the media, and training people to engage in meetings with legislators and other advocacy efforts.
  • Help plan and facilitate meetings and events in NYC, including press conferences, town halls, advocacy days, protests, and NYC chapter meetings.
  • Manage and expand existing organizational and community-based partnerships in NYC.
  • Engage in legislative strategy and advocacy.
  • Participate in media appearances.


  • A passion for and working knowledge of social justice and change
  • Demonstrated ability to engage a variety of stakeholders including communities, coalitions, forums, foundations, and supporters
  • A willingness to engage in evaluation of work and values
  • Highly organized and adaptable in an evolving, fast-paced environment, with a focus on clarity and solutions
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong coalition building skills and high-level of knowledge of incarceration and its toll on older people and people serving long sentences
  • Experience working on issue-based campaigns, policy advocacy and grassroots organizing
  • Direct personal experience with the criminal legal system is preferred
  • Easy access to a car and transportation is strongly preferred
  • The person must be a resident of NYC

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Job posted: 2021-11-10