Unlock the Vote AZ Program Coordinator

Who We Are:

The Arizona Coalition to End Jail Based Disenfranchisement is a group of organizations committed to ensuring every eligible incarcerated voter has access to their ballot, voter registration, and voter education. The Coalition came together informally to bring an incarcerated voter his ballot in 2018, and it has grown in the last two years to advocate for systemic and meaningful jail-based voting policy reform across the state. 

The Coalition is composed of directly impacted individuals, public defenders, criminal (in)justice reform organizations, abolitionist organizations, voting rights advocates, and community organizing hubs. Members include All Voting is Local - AZ, AZ Advocacy Foundation, AZ Center for Empowerment, Arizona Coalition for Change, American Friends Service Committee - AZ, Mass Liberation AZ, One AZ, Poder in Action, the Campaign Legal Center, and various public defenders and local attorneys.

AZAN/F is devoted to defending and deepening Arizona’s commitment to democracy. We believe the cornerstones of a vibrant democracy are voting rights and meaningful access to the ballot, political decisions driven by voters instead of money, and a fair and independent judiciary. We work to tear down barriers to civic participation and to modernize outdated election rules that keep citizens from voting. We provide a consistent voice in defense of democracy at the Arizona Legislature, with elections officials, and in our communities.  

AZAN/F is committed to advancing equity in our democracy by centering the voices of communities of color, particularly BIPOC communities, and other historically disenfranchised Arizonans. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to equity. AZAN/F encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. People with personal experience with the criminal justice system, including people who are formerly incarcerated or have a close family experience with incarceration, are encouraged to apply for this position.

 

Who You Are: 

The Program Coordinator should be a highly organized individual with a deep commitment to social justice. Additional qualifications (can be professional, lived experience, or volunteer work) include: 

  • Lived experience as someone systems-involved or experience working with system-involved people and communities.
  • Strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, attention to detail and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities
  • Effective communicator, comfortable with communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Creative problem solving abilities.

 

Huge plus, but not required:

  • Bilingual, especially in Spanish.
  • Experience as a community organizer.
  • Experience working with diverse coalitions of stakeholders.

 

Role Responsibilities: 

The Program Coordinator will oversee the Unlock the Vote AZ program, which is the Coalition’s outreach efforts to incarcerated voters during the 2020 elections. The program includes an education-by-mail program, jail visits by local attorneys, online outreach, and a prepaid hotline for incarcerated voters. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Oversee website development with jail-based voting resources.
    • Coordinate logistics of a statewide hotline to connect incarcerated voters to resources, and to record instances of jail-based voter disenfranchisement.
    • Oversee mailing program to all incarcerated voters in the 15 counties’ jails.
    • Coordinate jail visits by volunteer attorneys to directly assist voters with registration and ballot requests.
    • Assist Coalition members with publications and reports, as needed.
    • Assist with the campaign for rights restoration reform, as needed.

 

  • The Program Coordinator will receive support and training to meet these responsibilities.

 

Compensation and Logistics:

  • This is a full-time position through November 30, 2020, with the possibility of extension.
  • Salary is competitive.
  • Health, dental, and/or vision insurance are provided via premium reimbursement.
  • This position will be remote until the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided and it is safe to work in person. At that point, this position will be based in Arizona, with significant in-person presence in Phoenix.

 

To Apply: 

Email adrienne@azadvocacy.org with your resume and, in lieu of a cover letter, please let us know why ending jail-based disenfranchisement is important to you by Friday, July 17. Please put “Program Coordinator” in the subject line.