Job Announcement: National Membership Coordinator

Deadline to Apply: July 22, 2019 | Position starts: Early September, 2019

Critical Resistance (CR), a national grassroots organization working to end the prison industrial complex (PIC), seeks a National Membership Coordinator to support the recruitment, leadership, and the healthy active engagement of our volunteer membership base. This position will be based in Los Angeles, CA and will require travel to our other chapter cities.


Position Description:

The National Membership Coordinator will work alongside members as well as CR Co-Directors, other national staff and local staff Chapter Organizers to strengthen and improve engagement of member leadership in our abolitionist organizing. Work will include member recruitment and onboarding, one-on-one member engagement, organizing training and leadership development, political education, and conflict and accountability mediation.


Roles and Responsibilities:

Member Recruitment and Orientation

  • Support recruitment and onboarding of new members, including orientation to organizational structure, practices, culture, history, and current work and campaigns

  • Develop and improve engagement and leadership of people most impacted by the PIC and imprisoned people

  • Work with chapters to develop local outreach, recruitment, and orientation plans

Member Leadership

  • Work with members and other staff to create national member leadership program

  • Participate as staff support in the National Membership Workgroup to work with members on developing structures and practices related to orientation, onboarding, recruitment, evaluation, etc

  • Help develop member organizing skills through one on one engagement and member trainings on topics such as effective outreach, coalition-building strategies and tactics, research, action planning, strategy development, etc in conjunction with Co-Directors

  • Support development and maintenance of national political education curriculum, resources, materials

  • Work with Campaign Director to implement Abolitionist Training School program

  • Engage chapters and members in regular political education nationally (either through training and prepping members to host or by directly leading PE sessions)

  • Work with members to develop mentee and mentorship relationships within the organization, with Community Advisors and with movement partners

Volunteer and Partner Engagement

  • Work with chapters to develop strong volunteer programs and recruitment/engagement practices

  • Serve as primary point of contact for chapters to engage interns. This includes helping to develop workplans, support and supervision structures, as well as intern training.

  • Work with Campaign Director and local staff Chapter Organizers to support outreach to coalitional partners

  • Partner with other organizations to collaborate on national political education through events and programming

Healthy Member Participation and Engagement

  • Strengthen organizational accountability by engaging members in consensus decision making, workplan development and implementation, and regular participation

  • Work with members to support harm and conflict resolution through principled accountability methods such as transformative justice methods and mediation

  • Manage contact information and systems for members, volunteers, and interns

  • Maintain strong member contact through shared work and check-ins. Along with other staff, serve as a staff liaison to chapters and across the national membership.

  • Track membership development interests, skills, work areas in order to engage successfully




  • Understanding of and political commitment to prison industrial complex abolition

  • Experience developing, coordinating and work in a member- or volunteer-led organization and/or an organization with strong commitments to volunteer leadership development

  • Strong background in facilitating and supporting leadership development

  • Accountable to working in a membership led organization with consensus-based decision making

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Experience in training and group facilitation

  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities well, set priorities, and follow work plans

  • Willingness and ability to seek out relevant work and allies for building partnerships and coalitions

  • Accountable and responsive

  • Basic computer skills (word processing, database, and some financial software a plus)

  • Based in Los Angeles with willingness to travel approximately 8 times per year

Additional Skills and Experiences

  • Experience supporting and supervising interns and volunteers

  • Spanish language skills a plus

  • Strong public speaking skills

  • Experience with Salesforce or relevant database management a plus


 Candidate Recruitment:

  • Formerly imprisoned people are highly encouraged to apply. We also encourage people of color, women, queer and trans/gender-nonconforming people to apply.

  • We welcome people from all educational backgrounds to apply.

Salary is $51,860 per year, plus good benefits and generous vacation. Salary is commensurate with other CR staff.  We offer medical, dental, and vision benefits.



Please email a cover letter and resume to: with your last name and position title in the subject line, or mail a hard copy to:

Critical Resistance Hiring Committee

1904 Franklin St., Suite 504

Oakland, CA, 94612.

In the cover letter, please share any experiences, skills, and talents that you believe equip you to do this job. Though not required, we also welcome you sending us any supporting materials with your application (for example, a work plan, a plan/outline for a skill-building training session, a facilitation plan, or any other relevant materials).

Send any questions regarding the position to or call 510-444-0484.

Deadline to Apply: July 22, 2019 | Position starts: Early September, 2019