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NEW POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Organizer for Community Defense


Job Posting (as of November 16, 2022)

Applications Deadline: December 19, 2022 – Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, preference will be given to applications received by December 19, 2022.

Salary: 50k – 65k annually plus benefits (medical, dental, retirement)


Location: New York City           Start Date: ASAP

About the Justice Committee: The Justice Committee (JC) is a grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in NYC. We organize New Yorkers of color who are directly impacted by racist and abusive policing to lead campaigns that decrease police violence, increase police accountability and reduce the size, scope, and budget of the NYPD.


For almost 40 years the JC has been supporting and organizing families who have lost loved ones to the NYPD. The families are at the core of our work and leaders in the JC and the movement.


Job Summary: 

The Organizer for Community Defense will be responsible for coordinating the Justice Committee’s Community Defense Program Area (CD). This position will work closely in partnership with relevant staff, members, and allies to advance our work in three major areas:

  1. Reducing the size, scope, and budget of the NYPD.

  2. Removing the NYPD from mental health response and other social service roles.

  3. Keeping communities safer through education and skills-building, and by deterring, documenting, and exposing NYPD violence.


The Organizer for Community Defense will report to the Executive Director.




Campaigns and Projects that Reduce the NYPD’s Size, Scope, and Budget (70%)

Work with relevant members to:

  • Shift the public narrative about public safety from reliance on policing to effective alternatives.

  • Remove the NYPD from mental health response and ensure culturally competent, community-based, people-centered mental healthcare.

  • Provide members with the resources and skills needed to advance organizing goals and campaigns.

  • Increase our base, strengthen current alliances and build new alliances that increase our collective power and advance our organizing goals and campaigns.

  • Coordinate communications strategies (traditional and digital media) for relevant campaigns to advance organizing goals. 

  • Develop relevant materials that help educate, promote and advance campaign goals.

  • Coordinate member turn-out for CD meetings, actions and other activities.


CopWatch Program (20%)

  • Train, build and maintain our internal CopWatch team.

  • Deploy our internal CopWatch team and our broader CopWatch alliance as needed.

  • Coordinate training and deployment requests for CopWatch in neighborhoods, actions and events.


Other (10%)

  • Supervise interns, consultants, and volunteers as needed.

  • Help promote JC events, activities and campaigns.

  • Participate in organizational meetings and events, as required, including staff meetings.

  • Represent the organization publicly, as approved or requested by the Executive Director. This can include in the media and at meetings and events.

Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • At least 2-4 years experience planning and coordinating grassroots campaigns, particularly organizing low-income Black and Latinx communities.

  • 2-4 years experience base-building and developing the leadership of members in organizing campaigns.

  • Track record in effective program planning, implementation and evaluation.

  • Strong interpersonal communication, facilitation, and training, including experience leading teams and groups to consensus decisions and collective action; ability to understand and act on complexities of group/coalition dynamics.

  • Organized, detail oriented, and demonstrated ability to manage multiple campaigns, with a strong ability to prioritize areas of work.

  • Ability to write and communicate clearly.

  • Collaborative person who is also capable of working independently.

  • Ability to work evenings/weekends as necessary.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

  • Knowledge of the landscape of the New York City anti-police violence movement preferred.

Compensation and Schedule: This is a full-time salaried position with a generous benefits package. Current annual salary range for this position is $50K-$65K based on experience and qualifications. Most work will be during business hours, but schedule varies based on activities of the project/campaign, and will require working some evenings and weekends, as needed. 

To Apply:

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and your analysis of police violence and its impact on low-income communities of color. Please state in your cover letter how you heard about this opportunity.  Please send applications to, using the following conventions:


Subject Line:  Application: Organizer for Community Defense

Cover Letter:  yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.doc

Resume:  yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.doc


The Justice Committee is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of color, formerly incarcerated people, women, LGBTGNC people, and low-income people to apply.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to those received before December 19, 2022. Application deadline will remain open until filled.  No phone calls please.  We appreciate all applicants, but please be advised that we can only respond to those we intend to interview.  For more information about JC, please visit our website at