Job opportunities

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

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 

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Our growing Statewide Organization is seeking a seasoned and skilled operations coordinator with strong administrative skills, who is goal-oriented, and eager to learn. In this role, you will support the organization’s logistical needs for the sake of building a strong, robust movement organization that can expand its efforts to reach young Black people across the state of Florida. You will coordinate with vendors, support our office needs, and maintain stock of all supplies/merchandise. You will also greet visitors and conduct some clerical duties. You will be an essential part of the smooth daily operation of our organization.

The successful applicant will be responsible for maintaining, membership and vendor relations and performing a variety of administrative tasks, including scheduling, answering phones and managing office supplies and inventory. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a busy office environment where multitasking and prioritizing were required. Those with experience in an office administration role are encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning what it takes to build a strong grassroots organization. 


Position Responsibilities: 

  • Greet and assist visitors. Maintain polite and professional communication with all Dream Defenders staff, membership and community members via phone, e-mail, and mail
  • Communicate with vendors to gather information and explain the payment process. 
  • Works closely with Operations Director on assigned projects.
  • Manages materials requests 
  • Maintains supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
  • Keep a master calendar of schedules and vacations
  • Monitor the Dream Defenders voicemail and email system and make sure messages get to appropriate staff people.
  • Contributes to team effort and success of Dream Defenders by accomplishing related results as needed in a timely manner and with a problem-solving orientation to the work. 
  • Work with Operations Director to continuously identify gaps and improve processes and systems 

Qualities: 

  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple last minute requests
  • Able to ask for help 
  • Orientation towards creative problem solving
  • Able to understand the multiple stresses and priorities moving through the organization and act with empathy for the needs of staff, members, and community members. 
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Is able to give and get feedback in a professional, respectful manner
  • Direct communication 
  • Patience
  • Able to deal with multiple pressures and requests, while maintaining a polite and professional demeanor
  • Trustworthy and able to hold confidential information
  • Reliable and consistent 

Experience: 

  • Proven admin or assistant experience
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • NetSuite proficiency (preferred but not required)

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. 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Dream Defenders is looking for an Executive Assistant to perform a variety of administrative tasks and support our organizations Co-Executive Directors. The Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for the Co-Directors and will support them as they oversee the growth and strategy of a statewide movement organization focused on expanding its reach to build political power among Black and brown young people in Florida.

The Executive Assistant will manage organizational related tasks for the Co-Directors such as creating reports, organizing travel and accommodation, taking minutes, developing proposals and being responsive to other organizational tasks and needs as they arise. To do this role properly you should have a detailed understanding of the full Microsoft Office suite and gsuite, be extremely fast at solving problems and have experience as an executive or administrative assistant in the past.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Act as the point of contact among staff and other external partners
  • Manage information flow in a timely and accurate manner
  • Manage co-directors calendars and set up meetings
  • Make travel and accommodation arrangements
  • Format information for internal and external communication – memos, emails, presentations, reports
  • Take minutes during meetings
  • Screen and direct phone calls and distribute correspondence
  • Organize and maintain the office filing system
  • Using various software, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.
  • Experience as a virtual assistant.
  • Opening, sorting and distributing incoming faxes, emails, and other correspondence.
  • Provide general administrative support.

Requirements:

  • Proven experience as an executive assistant or other relevant administrative support experience.
  • In-depth understanding of entire MS Office suite and google suite
  • Ability to organize a daily workload by priorities.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced quickly changing environment.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills.
  • Professional level verbal and written communications skills.

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. 

PRESS SECRATARY

Dream Defenders is hiring a Press Secretary to drive strategic press coverage around the organization’s campaigns tied to decarceration, decriminalization and building independent political power with young Black and Brown people in the State of Florida.  The Press Secretary will primarily be responsible for garnering media coverage for the organization and our issue areas through developing our press strategy, pitching, and building relationships with reporters.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Develop media relations strategy to place stories that progress our mission, insert Dream Defenders into local, state and national discussions on decarceration and decriminalization and elevate the voices of young Black organizers in the press
  • Generate creative and timely story ideas and pitch them to media on a regular proactive basis
  • Support rapid response and reactive media strategy around Dream Defenders’ issue areas and campaign work 
  • Build and manage relationships with media and serve as their primary liaison to Dream Defenders
  • Write press materials including press releases, op-eds, blog posts, fact sheets, talking points, etc.
  • Develop and coordinate media events with staff, coalitions, and our members 
  • Conduct media trainings and prepare staff and membership for interviews and press events
  • Support on digital communications including social media and multimedia work, as needed

Experience 

  • Experience working with press to field inquiries and to proactively pitch and place strategic stories
  • Command of news trends and a demonstrated understanding of print, broadcast, and online media
  • Ability to work with and forge new relationships with reporters and editors 
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • 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. 

Social Media coordinator

Dream Defenders is a social media coordinator 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
  • 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 

  • 3-5 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. 

Data strategist

Dream Defenders is hiring a Data Strategist to lead the organizing of its database, build out new systems of data organization and take our organization to the next level of quantitatively driven strategic racial justice organizing. 

Responsibilities

  • Develop & implement processes across Every Action, VAN
  • Produce and maintain reports and data analysis to track, support, and coordinate partner/coalition work
  • Mentor and advise on-going data training of staff and network partners
  • Conduct training on data structures, best practices, data collection methods, and analysis.
  • Manage contracts and vendor relationships.
  • Effectively plan and delegate work.
  • Effectively navigate complex internal and external situations and help maximize results for the organization.
  • Proactively provide analysis and information that effectively supports decision making.
  • Work with teams across the organization to use and track data effectively. Teams include communications, digital, organizing, and political departments.

Experience 

  • At least 3 cycles of electoral data experience 
  • Complete knowledge of Excel
  • Deep knowledge of all aspects and ability to implement processes in Every Action,  VAN (Voter Activation Network)
  • Experience cleaning and manipulating different data sets.  Experience with census and voter data is a plus. 
  • Understanding of how tables interact in SQL & how to perform a join.
  • Understanding of CSS and website integrations 
  • Experience creating data visualizations (including maps) with Google Sheets, Tableau, Excel or other tools.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and robust organizational skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Work or volunteer experience in civic engagement, political, or issue advocacy.
  • A track record of supporting racial equity outcomes and ability to work effectively with communities of color in political settings.

Additional preferred skills include:

  • G-Suite Administration 
  • Experience in IT administration

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. 

Membership Coordinator/Deputy Organizing Director

Dream Defenders is hiring a Membership Coordinator to lead the organization in recruitment, retention, and development of our rapidly growing membership base. We are looking for experience in leadership development, and training facilitation.Our ideal candidates are strategic thinkers, who are goal oriented, think outside the box, are great relationship builders, and manage their time effectively. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruitment
    • As needed coordinates membership drives and other communications efforts with the Comms Team.
    • Conduct outreach and recruitment activities, and research approaches to gain new members and new constituencies
    • Prepare mailing lists for various member outreach efforts
    • Receive and respond to membership inquiries
    • Support launching new squadds 
  • Retention
    • Coordinate membership calls
    • Maintain new and renewing members through: Events, Trainings, 1 to 1’s and Emails
    • Developing and sending print and email solicitations, reminders, and thank you communication to members
  • Member Development
    • Organize local trainings, events and meetings strengthen leadership development
    • Support squadds in organizing regular base building events and new membership orientations.
    • Revise membership handbook as needed
    • Support organizrs in starting new SquaDDs
  • Database/Tracking
    • Maintains organization’s membership database 
    • Prepare Membership Report (monthly) including active vs. inactive membership .
    • Track the success and overall performance of membership activities
    • Evaluate current database and provide feedback on effectiveness and/or need for improved systems.
    • Provide technical support to chapters and members related to registering, renewing, or pausing their membership
    • Ensure members dues are up to date and renewing as designed, as well as, creation, implementation, and management of systems to keep dues current

Qualifications

  • Deep familiarity in movement building and mass organizations.
  • At least 1 year experience in movement building: grassroots organizing, base building, membership, leadership development, etc.
  • Commitment to learning, leadership development, and relationship building
  • Vision, creativity, enthusiasm and excellent interpersonal skills
  • A passion for human rights, civil liberties, racial justice, immigrant rights, and other social justice issues
  • Proficient written and oral communication
  • An ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment and to manage several projects simultaneously;
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher) and social media networking;
  • Experience working cooperatively with diverse groups and organizations;
    Ability to build vision, to stimulate, and inspire others
  • Ability to work cooperatively and willingness to learn new skills; and
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings, and to travel throughout the state of Florida, and particular within the county you will be organizing in 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

This job will require travel, development of reports and carrying materials/boxes (Up to 20lbs).

About Dream Defenders

Dream Defenders is a membership-based organization of diverse youth, young adults and students fighting for a better future across the state of Florida. Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, we organize campaigns, services, and political-education programming. Today, Florida’s young people are experiencing ever increasing violence, incarceration, poverty and profit for a few. Tomorrow, through building deep, local power in our communities, we will make Florida a place where everyone’s most basic needs are met – safety, food, shelter, healthcare and education. 

For more information, visit: www.dreamdefenders.org 

“Dream Defenders”, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in  the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.”

Membership Coordinator is a 40 hour per week position and the starting salary is $50,000. Employee benefits include: medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement savings plan options, disability and life insurance options, and a flexible spending plan. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

Lead organizer

Dream Defenders is hiring a Lead Organizer in Miami to lead the organization in building out a base and running campaigns in each city. We are looking for strategic thinkers, who are goal oriented, think outside the box, are great relationship builders and have the ability to organize community members and decision makers alike. The ideal candidate should be a team player, flexible, and manage their time effectively. 


Dream Defenders is a membership-based organization of diverse youth, young adults and students fighting for a better future across the state of Florida. Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, we organize campaigns, services, and political-education programming. Today, Florida’s young people are experiencing ever increasing violence, incarceration, poverty and profit for a few. Tomorrow, through building deep, local power in our communities, we will make Florida a place where everyone’s most basic needs are met – safety, food, shelter, healthcare and education. 

For more information, visit: www.dreamdefenders.org 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build, maintain, and coordinate a strong base of people who are engaged in local community work, campaigns, regular member meetings, events and trainings. 
  • Develop and implement growth strategy for growing Dream Defenders base in the region and support leaders in building out local city and campus-based SquaDDs (chapters). 
  • Work with members to develop and execute local campaign plans  based on the organization’s overall strategy. Support members in identifying campaign demands, targets, possible allies, campaign tactics, etc. 
  • Conduct outreach and recruitment activities, including community doorknocking, individual meetings with current and potential leaders/members, new member events and research approaches to gain new members and new constituencies
  • Conduct community mobilizations and actions to advance campaign goals and strengthen leadership development
  • Organize regional trainings, events and meetings.
  • Represent the Dream Defenders in select coalitions.
  • Maintain database to capture organizing goals and contacts. 

Qualifications

  • A minimum of one year experience with organizing and grassroots mobilization
  • A passion for human rights, civil liberties, racial justice, immigrant rights, and other social justice issues
  • Demonstrated experience successfully working in a local, state or federal advocacy campaign, including the ability to understand, articulate and power structures in order to successfully change policy;
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • An ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment and to manage several projects simultaneously;
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher) and social media networking;
  • Experience working cooperatively with diverse groups and organizations;
    Ability to build vision, to stimulate, and inspire others
  • Ability to work cooperatively and willingness to learn new skills; and
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings, and to travel throughout the state of Florida, and particular within the region you will be organizing in 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

This job will require frequent travel, setting up and facilitating trainings/workshops,  relational organizing in a hyper-local community-based setting, building relationships with partners, attending statewide and national conferences and meetings, development of reports and carrying materials/boxes (Up to 20lbs.) 

“Dream Defenders”, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in  the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.”

Lead Organizer is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

POLITICAL DIRECTOR

Dream Defenders is hiring a Political Director to oversee the organization’s political and civic engagement strategy throughout the state of Florida. We seek an experienced and energetic professional who will work closely with members, staff and coalition partners to develop and execute a strategy for strengthening the political power of  young Black and brown people in Florida so that we can advance our issues and transform the state. Dream Defenders uses a unique blend of tactics including: direct action organizing, base building, deep leadership development, voter engagement, candidate endorsements and policy advocacy. 

The Political Director will  manage major efforts including: voter registration, independent expenditures for local, state and federal races, legislative advocacy and a candidate recruitment program. 

Position Responsibilities: 

Political Engagement and Advocacy 

  • Work with members to research, develop and implement plans for engaging elected officials and candidates on organizational priorities.
  • Track and build relationships between Dream Defenders local leaders, elected officials and other leaders in Florida.

Electoral strategy 

  • Map key electoral opportunities in the state and develop organizational electoral strategy to advance local issues, candidates 
  • Develop voter registration and voter engagement programs
  • Direct strategy and implementation of independent expenditure programs in conjunction with Dream Defenders Political Action Committee (State PAC) and Dream Defenders Fight PAC (Federal Super PAC) 
  • Develop and implement candidate recruitment strategy with a specific focus on young people who align on our issues

Campaign Development and Advancement: 

  • Work with the Organizing department to build out local field and civic engagement programs  based on overall organizational campaign strategy
  • Build the partnerships, and identify tools and resources, to advance Dream Defenders electoral strategy 

Leadership Development, Programs and Training 

  • Work with Organizing Director to build trainings, fellowships and other leadership development programs to support the development of our members and young people in Florida to advance our strategy and grow as organizers 
  • Work with the Organizing Director, regional organizers and membership to develop programs and strategies to build Dream Defenders’ relationship with community and practice alternatives development in service of building dual power. 
  • Develop and co-direct Dream Defenders organizing fellowship program 

Research and Systems Development 

  • Work with Organizing Director, regional organizers membership to assess political landscape and build informed plans for organizational growth and identify opportunities to advance our strategy
  • Research and implement innovative practices and tools for organizing
  • Direct and the organization’s data management systems 

Experience 

  • 5 + years of applicable political work experience
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Experience building strategy with a range of stakeholders including external partners, members, and staff  
  • 2+ years of experience managing multiple employees
  • 2+ years experience managing electoral campaigns and candidates  
  • 3+ years of experience using Votebuilder 
  • Understanding of excel and data management 
  • Understanding of mail programs, digital ad buys, media buys and other electoral tactics 
  • Ability to write and implement electoral campaign plans and budgets 
  • An understanding and commitment to Dream Defenders core ideology of socialism, Black feminism, internationalism and abolition. 
  • Deep understanding of traditional organizing tactics such as: organizing, facilitating effective meetings, one-on-ones, giving feedback etc. 

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

About Dream Defenders:

Dream Defenders is a membership-based organization of diverse youth, young adults and students fighting for a better future. Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, we organize campaigns, services, and political-education programming to build power in our communities. Today, Florida’s young people are experiencing ever increasing violence, incarceration, poverty and profit for a few. Tomorrow, through building deep, local power in our communities, we will make our country a place where everyone’s most basic needs are met – safety, food, shelter, healthcare, jobs and education for all. Check out our vision at www.DreamDefenders.org/freedompapers

“Dream Defenders”, a project of Tides Advocacy, a 501c4, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.”