The Southern Poverty Law Center, through its Mississippi Office (based in Jackson, MS), works to reduce the imprisonment of children in the Deep South by advocating for juvenile justice, mental health and educational systems that are responsive to the needs and strengths of children, families, and communities. Specifically, SPLC works to end school disciplinary practices that exclude students from public schools, to ensure that juvenile justice systems are humane, and to ensure that public systems build on the strengths of young people, their families and communities.
We use a variety of strategies in our work—including community organizing and mobilizing, legislative and media advocacy and litigation. SPLC attorneys have successfully protected the constitutional rights of imprisoned children throughout the state of Mississippi. Litigation has resulted in a substantial reduction in the number of imprisoned young people. Our public policy campaigns have secured funding for community-based alternatives to incarceration and reformed Mississippi’s Youth Court Act.
We are looking for someone with:
- Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- A non-hierarchical, client-centered approach to advocacy, and experience working with and for parents, students, and/or imprisoned young people;
- The ability to take initiative , work independently and meet deadlines;
- A willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends.
Responsibilities will include:
- Working with a team of attorneys and advocates to execute multi-strategic campaigns targeting Mississippi’s juvenile justice, public education, and mental health systems;
- Representing individual students in school disciplinary proceedings, Individualized Education Plan Meetings, and providing other school related advocacy to public school students;
- Outreach to current and prospective clients and community organizations;
- Facilitating education advocacy or know your rights trainings for adults and/or youth;
- Legal, social science, and factual research;
- Tracking down and obtaining documents;
- Preparing and organizing research, notes and legal documents.
This position does not require a law degree. SPLC staff will provide training on advocacy skills and juvenile justice, education, and mental health law and policy. The Center provides an excellent benefits package. Include a cover letter and resume when applying.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.