Community Advocate
Southern Poverty Law Center - Jackson, MS

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The Southern Poverty Law Center, through
its Mississippi Office (based in Jackson, MS), works to reduce the imprisonment
of children in the Deep South by advocating for juvenile justice, mental
health and educational systems that are responsive to the needs and strengths
of children, families, and communities. Specifically, SPLC works to end school
disciplinary practices that exclude students from public schools, to ensure
that juvenile justice systems are humane, and to ensure that public systems
build on the strengths of young people, their families and communities.

We use a variety of strategies in our
work—including community organizing and mobilizing, legislative and media
advocacy and litigation. SPLC attorneys have successfully protected the constitutional
rights of imprisoned children throughout the state of Mississippi. Litigation
has resulted in a substantial reduction in the number of imprisoned young
people. Our public policy campaigns have secured funding for community-based
alternatives to incarceration and reformed Mississippi’s Youth Court Act.

We are looking for someone with:

· Initiative, vision, and a strong
commitment to the struggle for social justice;

· Strong written and oral communication

· A non-hierarchical, client-centered
approach to advocacy, and experience working with and for parents, students,
and/or imprisoned young people;

· The ability to take initiative, work
independently and meet deadlines;

· A willingness to travel and work
evenings and weekends.

Responsibilities will include:

· Working with a team of attorneys and
advocates to execute multi-strategic campaigns targeting Mississippi’s juvenile
justice, public education, and mental health systems;
  • Visiting
    mental health facilities, juvenile detention centers, jails, and prisons to
    conduct client interviews;
· Outreach to current and prospective
clients and community organizations;
  • Facilitating
    education advocacy or know your rights trainings for adults and/or youth; Conducting
    policy, social science, and factual research;
· Tracking down and obtaining documents;

· Preparing and organizing research, notes
and legal documents.

This is an entry level position that
does not require a law degree. SPLC staff will provide training on advocacy
skills and juvenile justice, education, and mental health law and policy. The
Center provides an excellent benefits package. Qualified candidates should submit
a cover letter, resume, and three references to

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on
the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender
identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with
regard to public assistance.

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