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The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice team is dedicated to building a more equitable and a just Louisiana. Our employees work across the state to build power and make connections in their communities. Power Coalition has a dynamic workplace that values innovation, social justice, and a commitment to creating a better future for our state.

Open Positions

Policy Analyst and Researcher
Environmental Justice & River Parish Organizer
Data Manager
Kaitlyn and Ashley from Power Coalition
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Crowd Academy Redistricting Fellowship

Program overview

Supported by in-state redistricting experts and partners leading democracy organizing, this program will identify and train community leaders to serve as regional Census and Redistricting Fellows for 12 months starting in the first quarter of 2021. Fellows will learn skills critical to monitoring and intervening in the 2021-2022 redistricting process at every level.

Background

In the first redistricting cycle since losing Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, voting rights advocates must approach redistricting community education and advocacy in a more strategic, efficient manner.  Section 5 provided advocates and litigators a notification system to monitor and act when appropriate on redistricting changes proposed in formerly covered jurisdictions (17 states, mostly in the South, that were, prior to the United States Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, subject in whole or part to Section 5’s preclearance requirement).

Section 5’s preclearance requirement also bought affected communities time to assess proposed redistricting changes because those changes could not legally be implemented until federal approval was obtained.  Without Section 5, redistricting changes will go into effect immediately upon passage.  This increases the pressure on communities to object to problematic plans during the legislative process and, if unsuccessful, to litigate those plans immediately after passage.

Without the notification element and the extra time afforded by the preclearance process, advocates must equip and support communities across the South to both act as the “eyes and ears” notification system lost after the Shelby decision, and to engage meaningfully in the redistricting process, from demystifying the process to producing, analyzing and advocating for maps.  Following the return of the decennial census data, redistricting at all levels of government--from congressional districts to town council districts.  There are simply not enough experienced voting rights advocates to be in every community, but those advocates can provide support--technical, legal and base-building--so that communities themselves can utilize the tools those experienced advocates use.  And those communities, already deeply familiar with the electoral systems and how those systems are structured to serve (or not) their best interests, will be well positioned to participate in the redistricting process and advocate for their own best interests.

Policy Analyst and Researcher

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is a coalition of community-based organizations that work together to educate and activate voters across Louisiana. Through our voter engagement and community organizing work, we seek to unify our collective voices into a stronger, more cohesive force that can successfully advocate for an agenda of shared values and issues. Our work is diverse and includes power mapping, listening sessions, organizing, voter engagement, policy advocacy, and leadership development. It is centered on creating spaces where communities can come together to lift up the issues that impact them, and then connect those issues to local, regional, and national resources.  Check out our website powercoalition.org to learn more about our work.

Job Summary:
The Power Coalition is seeking a policy analyst to work on policy and research issues that affect Black and Brown communities across the state. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strong writing, research, and interpersonal communications skills, and a deep interest in state, local, and federal policy issues. The successful candidate will work to promote social, racial, and equity by conducting research, analyzing data, writing reports and blogs, and representing the organization in public forums. 

Responsibilities for Policy Analyst and Researcher:

  • Conduct research and analysis on policy options for Black and Brown helping families, and communicate that research in clear, compelling ways through reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, blog postings, and public presentations. 
  • Represent the Power Coalition before constituency groups, policymakers, and the news media through presentations, testimony, media interviews, and other means. 
  • Monitor local, state, and federal policy issues and emerging trends by tracking state and national policy proposals, data sources, and news stories in Louisiana and national news media. 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with elected officials, administrative staff, opinion leaders, and allied community organizations. 
  •  Support the work of coalition partners on state and federal policy issues impacting Black and Brown families 
  •  Draft  reports  based on organizational research needs 
  • Assist in coordination and planning of meetings and events
  • Assist with developing communications strategy and messaging

Qualifications for Policy Analyst and Researcher:

  • Background in public policy public finance, public administration, or related fields
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with the legislative process
  • Strong commitment to applying a racial justice lens to policy work
  • Ability to work in a fast organization with varying work hours 
  • High attention to detail
  • Proficient in technology especially Microsoft Office applications
  • Proactive qualities with the willingness to learn
  • Ability to work well under pressure and with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to work long hours seated and in front of a computer
  • Reliable transportation (minimal travel may be required up to 30%)

This position can be located in Baton Rouge or New Orleans and will be required to be in the office primarily (located in New Orleans) 

Send resumes to info@powercoalition.org Attention: Power Coalition Staff 

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is an equal opportunity employer. Power Coalition for Equity and Justice prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law

Environmental Justice & River Parish Organizer

Power Coalition is building power throughout Louisiana by engaging communities and voters, advocating for equitable policies, and building leadership capacity. The Environmental Justice and River Parish Organizer will be responsible for working with Black Led organizations in the river parishes, implementing, organizing, and supporting these organizations and providing leadership and strategic vision for their work. 

ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OR CURRENTLY LIVE IN ASSIGNED REGION

Position Description:

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is seeking an organizer who will support organizational programs by executing voter engagement programs and environmental justice campaigns in Louisiana, with a geographical focus in the river parishes. The organizer will work as part of Power Coalition’s broader objective of advocating for racial justice and building power throughout the state for Black communities and other communities of color. The priority for this role in 2022-2023 is to ensure that grassroots leaders, community stakeholders, and their organizations are supported in driving long-term base-building work through civic engagement, voter participation, and combating environmental injustice.

This organizer will work on campaigns at the intersection of climate change, environmental justice, economic justice, racial equity, and more. We’re looking for folks who are passionate about strengthening capacity in local communities to sustain powerful grassroots movements for social change at the local, state and federal levels.

Responsibilities:

  • Act as the convener of the cohort and responsible for overall management of the committee. 
  • Work with Committee to create and implement an overall strategy for achieving goals. 
  • Monitor annual work plan and ensure work is moving forward smoothly. 
  • Plan and facilitate bi-weekly committee calls. 
  • Keep committee members up to date on development and activities. 
  • Coordinate with anchor organizations staff at member organizations to recruit participants in activities as needed 
  • Develop and implement strategies to engage community members, such as community training and capacity building. Policy Analysis and Advocacy: 
  • Lead the development of policy proposals, in coordination with Committee members and other staff. 
  • Advocate in the legislature for our policy positions both locally and statewide. Analyzing documents, and drafting comment letters 
  • Lead advocacy to improve and deepen analysis
  • Together with Policy Advocate, develop political strategies to move our issues in statewide policy.
  • Together with committee and staff 
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with key allies and decision-makers. 
  • Participate in relevant networks or meetings to advance program goals.
  • Develop fact sheets, briefings and other written products to support program implementation

Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Participate in Committee meetings to present and report on program progress. 
  • Actively participate in program strategy, planning, tracking and reporting, and staff meetings.
  • Work with staff to provide timely reporting on program activities for funding purposes.
  • Actively participate in events 
  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation among staff, community members, and affiliate organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Directors. This position requires travel and reliable transportation.  Employee is expected to travel  frequently and make occasional trips to areas where members are located
  • Work with existing partner organizations and grassroots leaders in assigned regions and issue areas:
    • River Parishes and Environmental Justice
    • Support organizing efforts around environmental justice, racial justice, and voter mobilization (GOTV)
    • Assist team members to execute in person and virtual convenings, training sessions, voter engagement (GOTV), environmental justice, and redistricting outreach activities in their assigned region. Create a plan to integrate work on change with our racial and economic justice organizing and state power building.
    • Coordinating ongoing communications with the network of Power Coalition partner organizations in designated regions. Such communications include Slack, Mobilize, e-mail discussions and/or video conferencing.
    • Assist with planning special events and providing social media content related to efforts for State Coordinator and
    • Providing weekly updates to supervisory staff
    • Research policy issues related to structural inequalities at the municipal and Parish levels.

Qualifications:

  • At least 2-3 years managing VR and GOTV programs, and/or experience working in organizing, issue advocacy, and/or political campaigns.
  • Experience working on environmental justice and climate change campaigns, or a deep understanding of environmental justice and its impacts on vulnerable communities.
  • Familiarity with VAN and various texting platforms
  • Familiarity with organizations and issues within assigned region.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Experience coordinating projects with multiple partners/stakeholders, and experience working directly with community members from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.
  • Ability to work independently with strong time management skills in a fast-paced environment and proficiency with Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and various social media platforms.
  • Current experience in specified region is preferred

Travel Requirements:

  • Ability and willingness to travel locally approximately 30% of the time

Send resumes to info@powercoalition.org Attention: Power Coalition Staff 

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is an equal opportunity employer. Power Coalition for Equity and Justice prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law

Data Manager

Organization Description

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) is dedicated to supporting and coordinating the civic and voter engagement efforts of our partner organizations serving communities across Louisiana. We are guided by values of justice and racial equity and work with our partners to build an integrated civic engagement strategy that amplifies the voices of those who have historically been ignored, and organize them into a unified movement.

Position Summary

Data is one of the most important and powerful ways we support grassroots organizing and social change in Louisiana. The Data Manager plays an important role in helping to set shared strategy among a wide set of organizations that sit at the state tables. The person in this position is responsible for using voter, demographic and other data to help inform partner programs as well as support groups to integrate data best practices to inform field organizing strategies. The Data Manager informs the collective strategic planning process and works at the direction of the Data and Targeting Director. In the future, this position may manage a Data Associate.

Location

This is a remote position that may require travel around Louisiana. We will consider candidates who currently live out of state and who are willing to travel to Louisiana at least quarterly for in-person meetings with fellow staff and stakeholders and to host training sessions for partner organizations as needed.

Principal Responsibilities: Data Strategy and Table Support

  • Using data, VAN, and other technologies, work with partner organizations to support the development of their field organizing and voter contact plans and make strategic recommendations on how best to use data effectively, including standards for data collection, data acquisition, and preservation.
  • Provide relevant materials that support collective strategy and partner programs, including the creation of target universes, list match reports, and trends/disparity analyses.
  • Provide technical assistance with the use of VAN and other field tools which includes handling partner data requests, uploading data, setting up predictive dialer phone banks, robocalls, and robosurveys, supporting MiniVAN, etc.VAN & Tools Management
  • Monitor use of the system to ensure compliance with state and national policies, including the data MOU process. Provide training on better data hygiene and data collection practices.
  • Maintain documentation of all voter contact, turnout, and election protection data.
  • Make recommendations for additional field tools that will support PCEJ’s strategies and partner fieldwork.
  • Provide VAN administration by managing user and security settings for PCEJ’s partners and their consultants.
  • Function as part of a national data peer network, which includes regular calls and training with State Voices national data team and American Votes national data team to help maintain a shared data infrastructure across the states. 
  • Participate in national working groups to develop nation-wide standards and best practices.
  • Lead the PCEJ Data Council meetings and share data and tactic best practices during these meetings.
  • May manage a Data Associate.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Help build and solidify PCEJ organizational practices, to ensure we ourselves are creating a sustainable and just workplace and organization.
  • Support the tracking and evaluating of programming, staffing, and organizational impact.
  • Commitment to PCEJ strategies, objectives, and activities which include (but are not limited to):
    • Aligned Strategic Planning: Create deeper political alignment and cultivate movement building to ensure that the network is innovative, impactful, and equity-centered
    • Commitment to Racial Justice: Define what is needed to equip PCEJ and our partners with the skills to sustainably do racial justice work and how these priorities can be reflected in daily and long-term work.
    • People-Power Building: Work with partners to focus our collective energy on building organized bases of Louisianians with an emphasis on long-term relationship building, political education, infrastructure building, and more.
    • Strong Coalitions: Support the capacity needed for coordinating coalition work and create opportunities for deeper relationship building and support for navigate conflicts that may arise

Experience & Skills: 

The ideal candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • At least one year serving in a data role, or at least two previous cycles of field experience.
  • Experience using VAN (Voter Activation Network)/VoteBuilder or other civic engagement platforms.
  • Base knowledge of how to read and understand voter, demographic, and other data sets and ability to communicate about that data to non-technical audiences.
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and a solutions-oriented work style.
  • Candidates must have a willingness and aptitude to seek out and learn new technical skills that will further the mission of PCEJ and assist in presenting data to partners in an accessible manner.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and racial and gender equity, and record of success working with BIPOC communities, poor and working class people, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and young Louisianians.
  • Background in 501c3 and/or 501c4 work or the desire to work with progressive
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and time management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends and to travel throughout the state as needed, especially during campaign season.

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge or willingness to learn about the political landscape in Louisiana
  • Experience with one of the following: Mapping tools (Examples: QGIS, Maptitute, etc) or visualization tools (Examples: Power BI, Tableau, Periscope, etc)
  • Experience conducting small group trainings and developing training materials for end users.
  • Experience mentoring, managing, or training staff and volunteers is preferred.

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is an equal opportunity employer. Power Coalition for Equity and Justice prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.