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 

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. 

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS 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
  • 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 

  • 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.