Job opportunities

Dream Defenders is currently searching for candidates for the following positions:

St. Petersburg Canvasser

Job Summary: This is an hourly position in a fast-paced campaign environment. Canvassers will work with the campaign’s Canvass Manager and the overall campaign team to implement the field plan by engaging in direct voter contact, including going door-to-door and making phone calls directly to voters to talk about the campaign. Applicants will be expected to be able to canvass for at least 5 hours per day. Shifts will be available seven days a week and at least 24+ hours a week will be available.

We are looking for community members who are not content just talking about problems but confronting them head on. We are looking for leaders who want to build real POWER in their communities, are not afraid of conflict, and are willing to challenge themselves. 

Canvassers must be willing to dedicate +24 hours a week to community organizing, follow up, and team building. Community Organizers create space for our community to join our efforts to change the world. Organizing—at its core—is the process of bringing people together to take collective action.

Each Canvasser is tasked with:

  • Collecting Voter Registrations – Canvassers will actively register voters.
  • Collecting Pledges – Pledges are issue-based pledges in which voters pledge to make their voice heard on Election Day. 
  • GOTV Mobilization – Canvassers will work with strategic partners to push the youth vote in the Midterm elections. 

Expectations:

  • Register 50 voters/week
  • Collect 50 voter pledge cards/week 
  • Community Canvassing
  • Approaching and talking to people in malls, on the street, and in their homes about the company or organization.
  • Attending rallies, shows, fairs, and other industry-related events.
  • Meeting reporting requirements and accountability guidelines
  • Working independently as well as part of a team
  • Meeting quotas set out by the company metric driven data.
  • All candidates must follow the campaign’s goals, messaging, and safety protocols (including the use of PPE and compliance with daily health and safety guidelines).

Job location: Pinellas County 

Canvassers may apply anywhere in Florida even if you are outside one of the following location:  

Eligibility Requirements: 

*Must be in Florida 

*Must be between the ages of *16-35

*Must be committed to leading social justice campaigns

*Must be accountable for their work 

*Must be able to able to problem solve

Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.

Dream Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary

Pay: From $17 per hour 

Canvassership Term: June  21st – November 2nd, 2021 

Applications Close: June 21st

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No

To apply, please email Lenisha Gibson at lenisha@dreamdefenders.org with ‘St. Petersburg Canvasser Application’ in the subject line.

Freedom fellow – Duval county

We are an organization of diverse youth, young adults and students fighting for our
future. We are a new generation of influencers, artists, leaders and organizers tired of
having our dreams deferred. Through direct-action organizing, and an unlimited
creativity, we build concrete POWER on our campuses and in our communities.

As Dream Defenders we defend the people’s POWER to determine the destinies of
our communities. We defend the right of all to a quality education and to live free of
police brutality, racial profiling, and mass incarceration. We believe that militancy;
nonviolence, love & unity will always triumph over racism and hate. We will not rest, until
victory is won.

In this crucial moment, we are dedicating ourselves to bring young people across the state of Florida together to bring swift, forceful change to this state that will benefit us all. Now more than ever, we need a strong movement of politically engaged, educated youth, community members, and students across class, gender, race, and sexuality to fight and unseat our current do-nothing politicians and create a new day in Florida.

We are looking for leaders who are not content just talking about problems but confronting them head on. We are looking for leaders who want to build real POWER in their communities, are not afraid of conflict, and are willing to challenge themselves.

Fellows must be willing to dedicate 20 hours a week to community organizing, follow-up, and team building.

  • Community Organizers create space for our community to join our efforts to change the world. Organizing—at its core—is the process of bringing people together to take collective action.

Each Fellow is tasked with:

  • Conducting one to ones – building relationships with people and engaging them in the program.
  • Hosting Community Town Halls – Opportunities to bring community together to build relationships and discuss important issues facing us all, and in turn what we can do about it.

Expectations

  • Collect Freedom Pledges
  • Community Canvasing
  • Recruit new members
  • Responsible for Data
  • Participate in in-person trainings or virtual Webinars
  • Have weekly check-ins with Regional Organizer
  • Host meetings/town halls focused on highlighting local criminalization issues/bad actors
  • Support statewide creative direction actions targeting candidates, wealthy individuals, and corporate institutions that are benefitting from mass incarceration with frame around the election.

Target Locations:
Duval County

Eligibility Requirements:
*Must be in Florida
*Must be between the ages of *16-35
*Must be committed to leading social justice campaigns
*Must be accountable for their work
*Must be able

$1200 Stipends will be provided on a monthly basis
Fellowship Term: June 1st – August 21st

DIRECTOR, HEALING AND JUSTICE CENTER

The Dream Defenders Healing and Justice Center develops community responses to gun violence and other forms of intra-community violence outside of police and prisons. Established in 2020 and based in Miami, FL, we work with a coalition of youth organizations, service providers, therapists, medical doctors and artists who are working to coordinate a multi-pronged, holistic approach for community safety. 

In Miami, 52 percent of murder victims are Black, even though black people only make up about 13 percent of the general population. In response, our communities are flooded with police. In 2020, Miami County commissioners voted unanimously to build a 400M jail. Meanwhile, our communities are starved of the resources needed to actually reduce violence and poverty – housing, jobs, after-school programming, mental health and healthcare. 

The Healing and Justice Center seeks to reduce community violence and reliance on policing and incarceration. We will test our impact by showing an actual reduction in calls to the police, and in violence in our neighborhoods.  The Director will work closely with this coalition and our program coordinator to test, implement, evaluate and refine the Center’s model and programming. 

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Lead strategy planning with partners to develop and implement the Center’s service delivery model and programming
  • Supervise staff of 1-2 employees 
  • Develop relationships with key community leaders and identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership 
  • Facilitate regular coalition meetings and work closely with partners to implement programs 
  • Research existing models for community-based safety and use this to shape our programming
  • Develop and implement data collection and evaluation efforts to track our impact and summarize data into reports, brochures, etc that can be used for advocacy efforts 
  • Work with the Co-Directors and Development Director to support fundraising efforts   

Experience 

  • Experience working with young Black people
  • Experience building strategy with a range of stakeholders including external partners, members, and staff  
  • Experience program design, implementation and evaluation 
  • 2+ years of experience managing multiple employees
  • Experience in healing justice, transformative justice and other community safety approaches
  • Experience working with partnership development and coalition building
  • Familiarity with traditional organizing tactics such as: organizing, facilitating effective meetings, one-on-ones, giving feedback etc. 
  • Experience as a program director 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jennifer@dreamdefenders.org 

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS coordinator

Dream Defenders digital communications coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and monitoring the organization’s Social Media strategy in order to support our campaigns and initiatives related to decarceration, decriminalization and building independent political power with young Black and Brown young people in the State of Florida.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, implement and coordinate our social media strategy
  • Work with Communications Team and membership to develop social media content 
  • Coordinate and oversee social media content
  • Measure the success of every social media campaign
  • Stay up to date with latest social media best practices and technologies
  • Monitor, listen and respond to users 
  • Develop community outreach strategies, including influencer efforts
  • Oversee social media image designs, including cover photos, thumbnails and profile pictures
  • Coordinate the production of internal and external emails as well as SMS
  • Design, create and manage promotions and social ad campaigns
  • Collaborate with other teams/team members to ensure brand consistency
  • Analyze key metrics and adjust strategy as social media evolves
  • Compile end-of-month (EOM) reports showing results

Experience 

  • 2-5 years of social media experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, journalism, public relations or related field preferred 
  • Experience juggling multiple high priority projects at once 
  • Proficient using multi-social posting programs such as Hootsuite and HubSpot
  • Strong computer skills using Microsoft Office and Adobe Suites
  • Relevant experience determining a target audience and how to cater unique marketing campaigns to capture their attention
  • Strong understanding of marketing strategy and how to effortlessly utilize these concepts throughout various forms of outreach
  • Enthusiastic about social media trend and new platforms, such as Tik Tok and Clubhouse
  • Experience working on diverse teams 
  • Passion for building political power with young Black people and advancing campaigns around our issues of policing and incarceration 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jennifer@dreamdefenders.org with the job title you are applying for and your name in the subject line. Please note: Applicants who do not use this format may not be considered.