Center for Community Alternatives
  • Full Time
  • Immediately
  • 803 West Ave, Rochester, NY 14611
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Statewide Organizer


Statewide Organizer



About Center for Community Alternatives:

Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) was founded in 1981 with the belief that solutions to poverty, addiction, and violence rest in communities, not incarceration.  Recognizing the devastating impact of incarceration on low-income communities and communities of color, CCA became one of the first community-based alternative-to-incarceration programs in New York State. Today, CCA continues to be a leader in decarceration efforts through organizing, advocacy, and direct services. Our work is informed and guided by the adults, youth and communities we serve and organize alongside.


Position Description:

Center for Community Alternatives is hiring a Statewide Organizer in Rochester who will be responsible for building a base of campaign members and leaders, coordinating coalitions, and playing a key role in our advocacy, policy, and campaign efforts to dismantle systems of mass incarceration and mass criminalization. This Statewide Organizer will play a leadership role in our Clean Slate campaign, fighting to end perpetual punishment and win the passage of legislation that will automatically expunge old conviction records. Other advocacy efforts include parole justice and sentencing reform to decarcerate jails and prisons and win real investments in community-based services and resources.


We are looking for candidates who have experience working on grassroots campaigns, have strong base-building and leadership development skills, and are committed to building power to win transformative policy and legislative change. Ideal candidates are strategic, passionate, and collaborative.


This is a full-time position. While we are currently all-remote, but when public health allows it, this position will require regular travel to Albany and other parts of New York State, including occasional overnight travel. Candidates must also be available to work some evenings and weekends. Applicants must be based in Rochester, NY.


The Statewide Organizer will report to the Director of Advocacy and Organizing and will work closely with other members of the advocacy staff.


Responsibilities include:

  • Community Outreach, Base-Building and Leadership Development: Build the membership and leadership of people who have been impacted by mass incarceration and mass criminalization by conducting outreach, developing events and trainings, and coordinating monthly member meetings.
  • Coalition and Partner Organizing: Develop strategic partnerships and coordinate coalitions with grassroots, direct service and advocacy organizations.
  • Campaign Actions, Events and Mobilization: Collaboratively envision, plan, and coordinate campaign actions to strategically move forward policy and legislative goals. Ensure the leadership of impacted campaign members in planning rallies, town halls, press conferences and lobby days.
  • Policy & Legislative Advocacy: Play a key role in coordinating Albany-based events, scheduling and planning meetings with elected officials and developing campaign materials. Stay up-to-speed with policy issues and support the political and policy education of members. Engage in campaign strategy development and execution.
  • Communications: Participate in writing op-eds, letters to the editors, press quotes, and social media posts. Work with campaign members to develop materials that elevate their voices. Prepare members for press interviews and other public speaking roles.
  • General Support: Manage day to day operations and provide administrative support as needed.


Requirements & Qualifications:

Ideal candidates are self-motivated and passionate with strong speaking, writing and interpersonal skills and a clear commitment to racial and economic justice. In addition, we are looking for these qualifications and skills:

  • 3+ years of relevant experience, including community organizing and work on issue or policy campaigns.
  • A serious commitment to dismantling systems of mass criminalization and to building the leadership of directly impacted people.
  • An understanding of the criminal legal system and key policy issues. 
  • Experience with base-building, identifying and supporting members, and leadership development.
  • Demonstrated ability to build organizational partnerships, coordinate coalitions, and effectively facilitate meetings.
  • Knowledge and experience organizing events and actions, such as press conferences, rallies, trainings, teach-ins, and town halls.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Top-notch organizational skills.
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively, as well as an ability to work independently and effectively move work forward.
  • Flexibility for statewide travel and ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • People who have been impacted by the criminal legal system or are formerly incarcerated are encouraged to apply.


Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.


How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications to Katie Schaffer ( Please use the subject line: "Statewide Organizer [Your Name]". All applicants must submit a cover letter.


For more information about CCA, visit our website at: 


CCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek talented, dedicated individuals who possess a strong commitment to CCA’s mission, including those with relevant personal experience in terms of recovery and/or justice involvement.