Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking to hire three organizers for a one-year commitment to restore voting rights to tens of thousands of Alabamians with felony convictions. Up until last year, Alabama’s felony disenfranchisement law silenced the voices of over 280,000 Alabamians, but the legislature recently passed a law that limits the scope of disenfranchisement, restoring the right to vote to tens of thousands of, possibly more than a hundred thousand, people. Tens of thousands of others who have lost the right to vote are likely eligible to restore their right to vote through a simple application to the state. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people enfranchised by the new law do not know about their newly restored voting rights. This is a unique window of opportunity to restore voting rights tens of thousands of Alabamians who have been too long disempowered.
The Re-enfranchisement Fellows will provide direct voting rights restoration services, train community leaders on the new law, and engage in a broad public education campaign. Direct services tactics will include hosting clinics and street canvassing. To train community leaders, fellows will host workshops and present at organizational meetings. Fellows will be expected to work in coalition with local organizations and to coordinate student and community volunteers to assist with activities. Fellows must keep accurate and organized records of their individual services and to follow up with various state agencies until a constituent’s rights are restored. Fellows will help design their campaign plans and monthly priorities; thinking strategically, creatively, and boldly about how to reach and build power in affected communities is a must.
• Direct rights restoration services for persons with felony convictions and managing the cases of those constituents;
• Outreach tactics including tabling, street canvassing, and phone banking;
• Training community leaders on voting rights restoration ;
• Building coalitions with grassroots community organizations and helping to develop long-term strategy for those coalitions;
• Working closely with the other two fellows and supervisors to determine what tactics work well and to share stories of challenges and success.
• 1+ years of organizing experience;
• Demonstrated knowledge and skill in organizing and coordinating volunteers;
• Experience providing direct services to underserved clients is a plus;
• Strong public speaking skills;
• Demonstrated success canvassing and phone banking;
• Commitment to working long hours and weekends;
• Passion for civic engagement and criminal justice reform ;
• Ability to travel frequently;
• Willingness to relocate to an assigned region is preferred.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.