Durham Beyond Policing is seeking an Organizing Coordinator of People’s Policy & Base Building who will co-lead organizing campaigns that win urgent, tangible improvements in our daily lives that get us closer to ending policing and incarceration. You will support Black and Brown working class community members teaching ourselves how to delve into municipal, county, and school budgets so we can understand how the system is misallocating our public dollars to fund policing and incarceration instead of human needs. You’ll help us distill complex concepts into clear, vivid ideas that inspire our base to take strategic action. You will choose the battles that matter most to our communities, that will deepen our consciousness and grow our base, and that will put us on a path to win more of what our people want and need over time.
You are an organizer at heart, with a passion for listening to all kinds of people regardless of background, life experience or social upbringing, and you possess the ability to persuade community members to take courageous action together. You will bring your years of experience skillfully connecting state and local policy to creative, audacious, joyful on-the-ground organizing. You are focused on people, and sharing the stories of those who have been actively silenced. You understand the power of targeted one-on-ones and relational organizing to grow a membership base with patience and care. You embody leadership through love, listening, respect, and a bold commitment to liberation.
When you represent Durham Beyond Policing, you honor the humanity of those you interact with. The way you practice rigor and care in relationships reinforces DBP as a respected community organization and a trusted organizational partner. You move easefully through your tasks, and find fulfillment in amplifying organizing and advocacy work. You do your work through a lens of justice, liberation, inclusion, and accessibility.
You have a transparent, fair, collaborative leadership style. You embrace the opportunity to give and receive constructive feedback. You are clear on your commitments and you follow through. You care for yourself in ways that allow you to sustain consistency, encouragement, and inspiration.
Hours: 35hrs/week, mostly 9:30AM-4:30PM Monday-Friday with regular evening meetings and occasional weekends.
Location: Must be based in Durham, NC
Desired Start Date: December 2022, with a 90-day evaluation [timing is negotiable].
Compensation: The annual salary for this position is $55,000. DBP offers a flexible, affirming and encouraging work environment; health insurance, PTO and vacation.
Application deadline: Position open until filled
Experience in community organizing or social justice activism
Training in popular education and critical participatory action methodology, or an eagerness to learn
Background in public policy
Experience using online project/team management tools like Slack, Signal, Basecamp, and other platforms
Multilingual ability is a plus, especially Spanish/English
Required skills and abilities:
Strong interpersonal communication skills and commitment to building authentic relationships
Passion for designing campaign arcs with strategic purpose that build people power through every tactical step taken
Passion for coordinating community events that nourish and unite
Confidence in public speaking and speaking with the media and coaching community members to do so
Direct, caring communication and steady patience while collaborating with others
Ability to manage multiple projects and learn new technology platforms quickly
Ability to meet deadlines and collaborate well with others
Joyful about working in a Black and Brown-led multiracial organization
Reliable transportation, as this position is not remote and will require occasional local travel.
- Developing a strong organizing strategy and implementation plan, in authentic collaboration with membership, fellow staff, and advisors, and seeing the plans through to fruition
- Developing outreach materials highlighting and announcing DBP’s community organizing work and events
- Participating in weekly meetings with DBP staff
- Facilitating meetings and workshops with members
- Creating weekly reports to keep track of ongoing work
- Building relationships with community members and trusted partners
- Acting as a DBP spokesperson
Reports to Co-Director of People & Organizing
Accountable to staff, DBP membership body and leadership
About Durham Beyond Policing:
Durham Beyond Policing (DBP) is a grassroots abolitionist formation devoted to the end of policing in all forms, and the creation of systems of safety rooted in care and community accountability. We are pro-Black, we are Black and Brown-led, and we trust the leadership of Black women, trans, and gender non-conforming people. We are survivors of state-sanctioned, interpersonal, racial, sexual, and gender-based violence, and these experiences root our commitment to abolition.
We are working to defund and abolish the Durham police, the sheriff’s department, and the jails, while simultaneously redistributing public resources and funding towards the institutions and culture shifts necessary to keep us all truly safe. Ultimately, we are building a beloved community where those who have committed and experienced harm are never disposable, and where policing, surveillance, and incarceration are no longer part of how we relate to each other.
Currently, we have a small staff and a large team of amazing, active volunteers who power our work. Our volunteer work is themed around Arts and Culture (design, printmaking, street art, community engagement projects); Communications (press releases, earned media, op-ed authorship, social media); Funds (grants, events, crowdfunding, budgeting); Advocacy (meetings with electeds, observing public meetings, tracking campaign opportunities); Research (literature review, writing reports/op-eds, presenting recommendations); and Outreach (base building, mobilizations, events, workshops, demonstrations, direct action).
Our volunteer-driven work will continue to play a crucial role in continuing the work of Durham Beyond Policing in coming years, and we are looking for staff who understand the role of social, economic, and environmental justice organizations in building transformative movements. We’ve seen the nonprofit industrial complex replace mass-based organizing with overworking a few paid staff to do the bidding of funders and this dynamic damages the work. We seek to build the opposite– staff members working a healthy work-life balance in ways that enhance coordination, strengthen participatory democracy practices, and increase organizational follow through by cultivating and supporting member leadership, with the majority of contributions coming from committed grassroots donors.
Because of our particular focus in Black communities, communities of color, and working class communities in Durham, we are seeking candidates with familiarity and strong relationships in these communities.
For more information on Durham Beyond Policing, please visit www.durhambeyondpolicing.org
On hiring in a movement
Durham Beyond Policing has been a powerful grassroots formation composed of a large number of mostly unpaid visionaries since 2016. We know applying for jobs in our home city and within a justice movement can feel complicated. We will receive more qualified candidates than we can afford to hire and we will have to make very difficult choices. We hope that our hiring process introduces us to wonderful collaborators, even if we are unable to hire everyone. We intend for our hiring processes to build bridges and forge new relationships.
The truth is that movement organizations cannot win on staffing alone. We staff to improve our coordination and effectiveness, but we win by successfully growing our base of Durham residents from every walk of life engaged in participatory decision-making, with people from marginalized and exploited communities at the leadership center.
- Health insurance
- Thirteen paid holidays and 24 days of paid time off that is accrued on a monthly basis
- Paid and unpaid leave policies detailed in the personnel handbook.
Category: Exempt employee
If you require reasonable accommodation during your application process, please let the hiring committee know.
Submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org :
Subject line: “People’s Policy & Base Building Coordinator application from <YOUR NAME>”
In the body of the email include:
- cover letter describing your interest in the position and any relevant experience
- attached resume
- three references, including a recent supervisor and colleague (name, phone, email, relationship to you)
Black people, indigenous people, people of color, persons with disabilities, women, trans and gender-nonconforming people, LGBTQ+ people, and people with lived experience surviving criminalization, repression, policing or jails and prisons, are strongly encouraged to apply. There are no formal education or degree requirements for this role.
Durham Beyond Policing is fiscally sponsored by Southern Vision Alliance (SVA). We have programmatic independence, we are supported by SVA’s administrative care for sponsored projects, and SVA’s board has ultimate fiscal and legal responsibility for Durham Beyond Policing’s actions.
Durham Beyond Policing and Southern Vision Alliance are equal opportunity employers. We recruit and hire qualified candidates on the basis of their qualifications and without regard to race, class, religion, sex, gender expression or identity, pregnancy status, marital status, or family responsibilities, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or any basis prohibited by law.