Feb 24, 2023

Director of Organizing

  • On-Ramps
  • Remote
Full-Time Other

Job Description


Public Rights Project (PRP) is a public interest legal nonprofit, headquartered in Oakland, with a remote team based throughout the United States. Its mission is to close the gap between the promise of our laws and the lived reality of our most vulnerable communities. Since 2017, PRP has been working at the intersection of community organizing and state and local government enforcement to build a scalable, equitable community-based enforcement model to protect civil rights and advance economic justice. PRP supports progressive state and local governments, including Attorneys General, District Attorneys, and City Attorneys' Offices with legal strategy, research, fellowships, and community partnerships to help offices develop high-impact legal cases. The PRP team is a fully-remote staff of 23 and counting in cities including Oakland, LA, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Durham, and Seattle (among others), and have a regular rotation of legal fellows, interns, and law school clerks.

Learn more about Public Rights Project at https://www.publicrightsproject.org/.


The Director of Organizing (DO) will develop a national, multi-issue organizing strategy that builds relationships and supports individuals impacted by harms from the under enforcement of laws designed to protect them. The DO will play a critical role in identifying national and local partners across a range of issue areas that advance progressive values and policies. These mutually beneficial partnerships will help PRP's legal team identify, amplify the voice of, and protect individuals while placing pressure on local governments to take action. PRP's organizing strategy will be simultaneously national in scope and hyper local in focus, balancing its long-term issue priorities with urgent and emerging advocacy needs.
This is an ideal opportunity for a veteran organizer to impact a range of national issues. They will leverage PRP's strong existing organizing framework and current network to build an effective strategy that advances justice. The DO reports to the Chief Program Officer and will hire, manage, and support a team of organizers in the next year. As a manager, the DO will sit on PRP's leadership team and help execute and refine PRP's strategic plan, while serving as an external voice of PRP's work, particularly with partner organizations.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Organizing Strategy

  • Develop a long-term partnership strategy with a range of community partners and institutions in each of PRP's core issue areas (e.g. reproductive rights, workers rights, voting rights, and criminal justice reform) equipped and motivated to spur action by government partners
  • Create a strategy to identify individuals that are impacted by active cases PRP's team is litigating, ensuring coordination between its work and others on the ground throughout the duration of the case/initiative
  • Build momentum through coalition building to bolster PRP-led legal work and other advocacy efforts (e.g., calls to action, partner brief sign-ons, mobilizing FOIA requests) and occasionally convene (in-person and/or virtually) coalitions of CBOs, unions, governments, and academic leadership
  • Build a digital outreach strategy to activate partners (e.g. ads, field surveys, virtual interviews) to vet potential individuals who can supply quantitative/qualitative data to support cases
  • Codify an approach to convert individuals from various engagement platforms into witnesses and spokespersons for cases and identify longer-term how to engage these individuals with PRP's network of partners
  • Ensure PRP's organizing strategy is both national in scope but also hyper local, engaging and learning from community partners and individuals in a way that is mutually beneficial, engaging, and supportive

Team Leadership and Management

  • Hire and develop a team of full time employees in 2024 that can effectively support PRP's organizing strategy and grow the team over time in coordination with PRP's strategic plan
  • Design a departmental structure, corresponding job descriptions, and accountability charts that map back to PRP's national and local approach to community organizing and engagement
  • Ensure that the organizing team's culture and methodology align to PRP's core values and commitments to racial equity, belonging, and inclusion
  • Provide coaching, inspiration, support, and professional development as a direct manager to this growing team in addition to conducting annual and mid year reviews of the team
  • Determine strategy for engaging consultants and part time support to lead dive into specific cases and issues as priorities shift in response to national events

Organizational Leadership and Collaboration

  • Serve as a member of PRP's leadership team, effectively coordinating across departments to ensure needed collaboration with the legal, marketing and communications, and development teams
  • Working with the legal and communication team, generate joint and cross-shared media, storytelling, and communications content with partners to effectuate outside pressure for government action
  • Serve as an external face of PRP's organizing work, representing the organization in a wide variety of forums, including before city councils, with key actors and partners across a range of issues
  • Advise and support PRP's leadership in implementing and adapting its strategic plan to reflect community voice and the needs of the department

Hiring Organization

Public Rights Project


  • A proven track record of designing and building effective organizing strategies at the national and local level that result in positive and tangible wins
  • Expertise in developing organizing strategies related to core issue areas (e.g. reproductive rights, workers rights, voting rights, and criminal justice reform)
  • Experiencing collaborating across departments and functions to advance departmental and organizing needs
  • Strong relationship building skills with national and local organizations, and a diverse spectrum of actors from community leaders to vulnerable / adversely impacted individuals
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of individuals and build genuine, long-term relationships based on a passion for our mission
  • Commitment to supporting and providing opportunity for the professional and skill development and refinement of the organizing team
  • A demonstrated commitment to working cross-functionally across an organization with a desire to learn the work that others do and to find new and innovative ways to partner in an integrated workplace
  • Commitment to building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at PRP and in our programs
  • A deep sense of commitment to yield results that benefit the organization, fellow team members and the communities PRP serves
  • A belief in the power of state and local government to make positive, progressive change in the world
  • A passionate commitment to economic, racial, gender, and environmental justice

Remote, US

Industry/Service Area

Public Policy




The determined salary range for this role is set at $120,000-145,000 (for internal equity, PRP can not engage in salary negotiations outside of this range)

Application Instructions

Qualified Individuals, please apply: https://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/2917

PRP is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. A diverse and inclusive workplace, both at PRP and within the government offices they serve, is a key ingredient for achieving PRP's mission of building equitable enforcement capacity within state and local government.

PRP aims to assemble a team that reflects the world we live in and the communities we serve with respect to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and immigration status. People with personal or family experience with the type of harms we seek to combat, including wage theft, predatory lending, fraud, discrimination, and environmental degradation are particularly encouraged to apply.

PRP is an equal opportunity 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, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status.

On-Ramps is committed to the inclusion of all qualified individuals in the hiring process, including but not limited to those with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application or interview process, please contact info@on-ramps.com.

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