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POSITION: Outreach coordinator, the recalL + Media Consultant, Inquest
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 20, 2023
The Institute to End Mass Incarceration (IEMI), through its online publication, Inquest, seeks to hire an Outreach Coordinator, in partnership with filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen. This is a part-time, nine-month position tasked with driving the day-to-day operations of a campaign already in motion. The Outreach Coordinator will work directly with the filmmaker and others to increase national engagement with The Recall and conversations centered around the issues it raises.
The Recall, a short documentary film, explores the 2018 recall of Judge Aaron Persky in California after the sentencing of Brock Turner. The film exposes elements of the story that were often overlooked in contemporaneous media accounts. In particular, it addresses the ways in which the case brought necessary attention to the importance of justice for survivors of sexual violence, while also interrogating how harsh sentences and carceral policies disproportionately harm low-income people and people of color.
IEMI’s mission is to work toward ending mass incarceration in the United States. Inquest is a forum for advancing bold ideas in support of this mission. Rebecca Richman Cohen (“the filmmaker”) is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. The Recall is a short film in a three-part documentary series that explores the collision of the #MeToo and racial justice movements—specifically the unintended consequences of carceral responses to gender injustice and sexual violence.
- Identify, develop, and sustain existing relationships with partners, potential partners, and individuals and organizations doing work at the intersection of decarceration, gender justice, and racial justice issues.
- Distribute and track distribution of individual film screener links.
- Monitor and post to The Recall’s social media accounts.
- Keep detailed meeting notes and track ongoing correspondence with partners.
- Use Streak (Gmail add-on) to blast out bulk emails daily, then track correspondence and action items for potential screening hosts.
- Help to finalize and distribute resource and discussion guides.
- Help to implement a social media & new media strategy for Inquest. Work might include producing reports on website traffic analytics; analyzing Mailchimp open and clickthrough rates for patterns; strategizing to increase newsletter signup; offering recommendations about new social media platforms to consider adopting; and assisting with generating social media campaigns.
- This is a part-time, nine-month term appointment, with possibility of extension dependent on mutual agreement and funding. The anticipated term of the appointment is between February 2023 and November 2023, for 20 hours per week.
- Flexwork requests should be discussed with the Institute’s Executive Director and must align with Harvard’s flexwork policies, payroll guidelines, and HLS’s flexwork guiding principles.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- A strong interest in (based on direct experience or otherwise) social justice, racial justice, feminism and its intersection with the criminal legal system, and the crises of our criminal legal system and mass incarceration is preferred.
- Background in community organizing, social justice communications, or audience engagement for film is preferred.
- Highly organized, self-directed, and able to juggle and prioritize multiple tasks and switch gears when the campaign requires it.
- Experience using Google Suite for collaborative content creation and content/database management, including using Calendar, Forms, Sheets, and Docs (and suggesting/editing tools).
- Familiar with the Gmail add-on, Streak.
- Flexibility to meet with the film team and partners via Zoom on a daily basis.
- Experience working in settings involving harm reduction or restorative/ transformative justice practices, or engaging in any kind of work focused on decarceral responses to violence is a plus.
Applications Due: January 20, 2023. Please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to [email protected].
Individuals who are members of or identify with underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+, ability/disability and non-binary gender identities, among others, are encouraged to apply, as are people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.