Community Advocate - Miami, FL
The Southern Poverty Law Center - Miami, FL

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The Southern Poverty Law Center works to improve educational outcomes and reduce the imprisonment of poor children and children of color by advocating for juvenile justice and educational system reform. SPLC works to end school disciplinary practices that exclude students from public schools, to limit policies and practices that push children into the juvenile justice system, and to ensure that all child-serving systems are humane.

The Community Advocate will use community outreach, mobilization, litigation support, and public policy advocacy to further the Center's juvenile justice and education reform work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities may include the following. Other duties may be assigned to meet Center needs:
  • Investigate and document children's and families' experiences in the juvenile justice, criminal justice and educational systems
  • Mobilize and support community partners and families of children to advocate for juvenile justice and education policy change
  • Research and write informational materials
  • Facilitate and present "Know Your Rights" trainings on topics of concern
  • Field complaints and conduct case development
  • Provide litigation support on Center cases
  • College degree
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • One to two years' experience with community organizing, outreach, or mobilization, and/or one to years' experience with at-risk youth
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Commitment and passion for social justice
  • Computer knowledge and willingness to learn and use internal systems and databases
  • Position requires travel and work on evenings and weekends

This position will be based in our Florida office in Miami, Florida.

The position provides a very competitive salary and excellent benefits, including a generous 401(k) plan. To apply for the position, please send 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.