Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
Status: Full-Time, Specific Term (3 years)
For consideration, please attach your cover letter and resume to the online application.
AFSC Arizona works to reduce incarceration through state sentencing reform, fighting prison and detention expansion, and improving conditions of confinement. One key piece of this work is challenging for-profit, private prisons. As the for-profit prison industry is expanding into treatment centers, re-entry programs, and alternatives to incarceration, AFSC has created a campaign to expose and oppose this development, which we are terming the “Treatment Industrial Complex” (TIC).
AFSC has secured a second round of grant funding for three years that will allow the Arizona office to continue and greatly expand our work on this burgeoning issue by creating and leading a national network of groups and individuals in opposition to the TIC. The Program Coordinator will build, launch, and coordinate the TIC network, while working in close collaboration with other AFSC Arizona staff.
Summary of Principal Responsibilities
The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Program Director on strategic planning, development, and management of ongoing statewide campaigns as well as the creation, launch, and coordination of the national network. Additional responsibilities include research, writing, and editing of campaign materials; event planning; and grant management and reporting. The work requires frequent out of state travel as well as working some evenings and weekends. The Program Coordinator will work collaboratively with staff and contribute to other areas of program work as needed.
Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Program Coordinator include the following:
- Campaign planning, development, and management, including legislative and agency administrative policy reform
- Statewide and national outreach, networking, and coalition building.
- Facilitation of regular communication and collaboration among numerous national stakeholder groups and individuals.
- Research and development of materials, replicable tools, model policies, and legislation for use at various levels of government and administration.
- Grant reporting on the budget and activities of the Treatment Industrial Complex Campaign.
- Development of messaging and framing materials, conduct media outreach, give interviews and speak at press conferences; contribute to AFSCAZ’s presence on social and alternative media (blogs, Twitter, etc.)
Education: Bachelor of Arts or the equivalent of at least three years in organizing and coalition work on criminal justice issues.
- Strategic planning of social change, labor organizing, or similar campaigns
- Project organization and management
- Demonstrated experience building and maintaining strong, active working partnerships with diverse stakeholders on a statewide, regional, and/or national level
- Research (qualitative and quantitative)
- Extensive knowledge/experience with issues related to the criminal justice system and mass incarceration, particularly prison privatization and related industries
- Policy analysis and change advocacy (administrative, ordinances, legislation)
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
- Computer proficiency including experience with Microsoft Office, email, and internet search tools.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Shows initiative and ability to take on new projects
- Public speaking, conducting trainings and presentations, and media interviews
- Ability to work with diverse constituents and colleagues, including state officials and corrections; people of many backgrounds and experiences.
- High level of organization, initiative and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
- Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
- Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
Compensation: Salary Range starts at $52,831 – Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is represented.
The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.