Amendment 4 Implementation Coordinator

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) is a statewide organization led by formerly incarcerated returning citizens. FRRC works with Returning Citizens and allies to end disenfranchisement and discrimination against convicted people and to create a more effective and humane reentry system that facilitates successful reentry, reduces recidivism and increases public safety. FRRC has 12 chapters across Florida. 

In 2018, FRRC was at the forefront of a historical national victory that ushered in the largest expansion of voting rights since the Civil Rights era. Amendment 4, a ballot measure to restore voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians barred from voting because of felony convictions, passed with 64% support from voters. The measure garnered more votes than any candidate from either political party.

Now, FRRC and allies are poised to implement the law over the coming years in order to make the right to vote a reality for millions of people who have done their time and paid their debt, but still been denied a rightful second chance to meaningfully participate in civic life until now.  The implementation of Amendment 4 both a culmination of years of hard work and commitment is a new beginning for formerly incarcerated people to take back their lives.

POSITION SUMMARY:

FRRC is seeking an experienced high-level organizer or advocate to lead a integrated comprehensive public education, voter registration, advocacy, and communication effort statewide in Florida with responsibility for implementation of the Amendment 4 ballot measure that restores voting rights to over 1.4 million returning citizens. Implementation strategy will be based on an existing blueprint developed in collaboration with allies and partners and in relationship to FRRC’s updated strategic plan for the organization.

This is a full-time exempt position based in Orlando, Florida, offering a competitive salary and benefits package. The Amendment 4 Implementation Coordinator will serve in a senior position in FRRC and represent the organization in diverse circles and with a broad range of key state and national stakeholders as part of this role. The ideal candidate for this position would have diverse experience in a range of areas including civic engagement, legislative and legal advocacy, capacity building and managing coalition partnerships at both the state and national level.  Familiarity with a variety of organizing models and tools, existing relationships with national and state grassroots organizations and familiarity with voting rights and or criminal justice issues is also desirable. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works with colleagues on the FRRC team as well as with a coalition or matrix of allies, advisors, partners, and other stakeholders to implement tactics in the A4 implementation blueprint, starting with engagement, building buy-in and support for the plan, and creating meaningful accountability for follow-through on key measures of success.
  • Identifies attacks on the new law or resistance to implementation (including delay) and quickly develops rapid response tactics to combat these efforts with engagement from FRRC and allies.
  • Works with FRRC internally to facilitate continued effective public education efforts that reach targeted voters (returning citizens and their families) in order to meet voter registration and membership goals. Efforts can a range of tactics like one to one outreach to voters, wholesale outreach, digital and earned media communications.
  • Convenes and manages meaningful collaboration among external partners across the political spectrum to reach larger goals on public education, voter education, and advocacy related to A4 implementation.
  • Develops and executes with FRRC’s Senior Leadership Team a strategy for the education, engagement and participation of local, city and county agencies and elected officials that institutionalize practices for voter registration of returning citizens through local government.
  • Establishes a system for regular reporting, review, debrief and other processes that promote accountability and that incorporate metrics-based and qualitative evaluation of progress.
  • Facilitates legal compliance with applicable rules for issue education, voter registration, lobbying and advocacy campaigns.
  • Develops materials, trainings, and other tools as needed for implementation work.
  • Represents FRRC at meetings, conferences, and in other appropriate venues.
  • Other responsibilities and tasks as needed. 

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Experience with and comfort working across the political spectrum, in a non-partisan or bipartisan environment that leads with issues rather than political party is critical.
  •  Knowledge of basic campaign tactics including canvassing, using voter tools like VAN, earned media, lobbying, digital organizing, legal compliance rules is required.
  • History and comfort working with racially and economically diverse communities and organizations. Commitment to racial, gender and economic justice is required.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a variety of grassroots organizations of varying political leanings including labor, worker centers, congregation-based groups, civic engagement, service-oriented, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform and racial justice groups.
  • Ability to drive fast-paced campaign tactics, to work well under pressure, manage accountability in a coalition environment and to effectively absorb and incorporate feedback.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively as part of a small team of colleagues as well as to work independently without supervision.
  • Strong follow-up skills, including excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong verbal (including public speaking) and written communications skills.
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited institution of higher learning preferred, or equivalent job-related work experience required.
  • Must have 10-12 years of experience leading political, union, civic engagement or issue advocacy campaigns in states or at the national level.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited institution of higher learning preferred, or equivalent job-related work experience required.
  • Must have 10-12 years of experience leading political, union, civic engagement or issue advocacy campaigns in states or at the national level.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for criminal justice and the mission of FRRC.
  • Strong computer skills and proficient in using Google's G-Suite.
  • Collaboration Skills.
  • Time Management.
  • Effective Communication.
  • Flexibility.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people and organizations.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for criminal justice and the mission of FRRC.
  • Strong computer skills and proficient in using Google's G-Suite.
  • Collaboration Skills.
  • Time Management.
  • Effective Communication.
  • Flexibility.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people and organizations.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

The Implementation Coordinator will interact most frequently with the Senior Leadership Team but will also interact frequently with FRRC members, community stakeholders, and coalition partners.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to sit, bend, stand for long periods of time, climb a minimum of one flight of stairs and occasionally lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Manual Dexterity enough to operate a computer keyboard, tablet, mobile and desktop telephone system.
  • Requires normal range of hearing and vision.
  • Ability to travel on occasion locally and regionally. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Office employees will normally work in an office environment (Orlando based HQ) with some time spent working in the field.  
  • Remote employees will normally work in the field with some time spent working in the (Orlando based HQ) office.
  • Noise level is moderate, with some frequency of interruptions. 

Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

FRRC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status or current employment status.

Please forward all inquiries/resumes to the following email address: careers@floridarrc.org