Join Our Team!
We're Hiring a Campaign Organizer!
The Carolina Youth Action Project (CYAP) is an abolitionist organization building power among girls, transgender youth, and gender nonconforming youth through political education, creative resistance, and community organizing.
We believe young people can most effectively transform their communities when they have access to political education, leadership development, and organizing opportunities. By building power among girls, transgender youth, and gender nonconforming youth, the Carolina Youth Action Project works to develop the necessary infrastructure for radical change in the South.
The Carolina Youth Action Project is seeking a temporary Campaign Organizer to support the development of and facilitate long-term campaigns led by youth organizers in Charleston, South Carolina. The Campaign Organizer will serve as a member of a collective of core organizers who ground and guide the organization’s work. They will work closely with CYAP’s Youth Initiative Organizer, who coordinates the Youth Action Alliance and Youth Leader Institute.
We believe that our leaders should reflect the communities in which we work. Therefore, women, transgender people, gender nonconforming people, people of color, working class people, and people who have been directly impacted by the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.
Serve as point of contact for two youth-led campaigns, including one to remove police officers from public schools in Charleston
Guide CYAP’s organizational campaign strategy
Coordinate bi-monthly campaign meetings
Co-facilitate weekly meetings with youth organizers
Plan and provide organizing trainings for youth organizers, CYAP organizers, and community members
Organize local events including direct actions and community forums
Develop and implement organizing strategies to recruit, sustain and actively engage community members
Expand CYAP’s active base of supporters and volunteers
Track engagement of campaign supporters and volunteers
Create campaign-related educational materials
Conduct research about campaign related topics including: historical context, political landscape, law and policy, cultural organizing, acts of resistance, and former local, regional, national, and global campaigns
Document and evaluate campaign strategy
Core Collective (shared responsibilities)
Attend and co-facilitate weekly core team meetings
Contribute to strategic planning and organizational development
Support youth initiatives
Support fundraising and grant writing efforts
Communicating with board members
Support with future hiring and training of new organizers
Assist with communications and social media strategy
Travel to select conferences, trainings, convenings, and site visits
Develop and strengthen alliances with (potential) partner organizations
Create and be accountable to individual leadership development plan
Participating in semi-annual evaluations
Engage in continued self-reflection and political development
Helpful Skills & Experience
Experience working with criminalized youth, particularly youth of color, queer and trans youth, and poor and working class youth
Holding space and relationship building
Facilitation and curriculum development
Base-building and outreach
Communications and social media strategy
Direct action coordination
Political education and skill sharing
Helpful Political Understandings
Prison abolition and transformative justice
Feminism / womanism, anti-racism
Trauma-informed youth work
Identity, intersectionality, positionality
Respectability and disposability politics
Impact of neoliberalism, capitalism, colonization, imperialism, militarism, and other forms of state violence on various communities
Political landscape in Charleston and the larger state of South Carolina
Legacy of violence and resistance in the Southeastern United States
24 hours a week at $15 per hour. The Campaign Organizer position will exist as a temporary role between September 2018 and May 2019. There is potential, however, for the position to extend beyond May 2019 and/or become permanent.
Application deadline: Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 - 11:59 PM EST
Ideal start date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
To apply, send your contact information and responses to the three questions/prompts below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What specific skills or experiences will you bring to the Campaign Organizer position?
Share a story that speaks to your belief in and/or commitment to southern political organizing and resistance.
Submit a brief outline for a grassroots event (community forum, direct action, etc.) to support CYAP’s youth-led campaign to remove police officers from public schools in Charleston.