CWN is hiring a Volunteer Coordinator

About Court Watch NOLA:

Since 2007, Court Watch NOLA has recruited, trained, and supported volunteers in observing and reporting on whether Orleans Parish Criminal Court judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and other public servants are doing their jobs effectively, transparently, and efficiently. Volunteer court watchers wear bright yellow badges and carry yellow clipboards, and their daily presence in the courtroom helps identify systemic problems while sending the message that New Orleanians care about making the criminal justice system more accountable and just.

Court Watch NOLA’s mission is to promote greater efficiency, transparency, and procedural fairness in Louisiana criminal courts through citizen involvement and courtroom observation.

About the Job:

The Volunteer Coordinator will be a full-time employee paid a competitive salary commensurate with his or her experience. The Volunteer Coordinator duties include:

  • Recruiting, training, and managing volunteers from all walks of life;
  • Working with social, civic, and religious organizations to develop partnerships, where appropriate, to develop and/or utilize volunteers;
  • Identifying community outreach opportunities such as fairs, festivals, conferences, local markets, and community organization meetings;
  • Hosting and attending recruiting events within the community to attract qualified candidates;
  • Maintaining weekly court availability calendars by communicating with Clerks of Court regarding courtroom closures;
  • Assigning volunteers who have limited technological access to monitor courtrooms;
  • Supervising volunteers in all monitored courtrooms, including attending court with them for volunteers’ first observation, answering questions, and troubleshooting;
  • Coordinating with other local organizations to recruit volunteers interested in participating in upcoming criminal justice elections;
  • Coordination of all voting training sessions;
  • Spearheading voter education and voter registration efforts;
  • Working with social media;
  • Maintaining accurate records and providing timely statistical and activity reports on volunteer participation;
  • Acting as a single point of contact for communications to current and potential volunteers;
  • Distributing information relevant to volunteers on a weekly basis; and
  • Ensuring that data is entered into databases on a timely and consistent basis.

Desired Job Qualifications:

  • Experience working with grassroots volunteer coordination
  • Familiarity with the Greater New Orleans community
  • Familiarity with the criminal courts of Orleans Parish
  • Interest in current affairs and ability to write about them to a wide audience
  • Strong creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Firm commitment to objective, unbiased government oversight
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work with community groups and individuals from all backgrounds
  • Demonstrated capability to conduct oneself in a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with the public and/or complicated situations
  • Demonstrated capability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job
  • Ability to meet tight and/or unexpected deadlines
  • Either have own transportation or ability to navigate public transportation
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, Google applications, Survey Monkey, and social media

Time Commitment:

The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for working 40 hours a week.  Often, those hours will include morning, and in some circumstances, evening and weekend hours. The Volunteer Coordinator can work from her or his home or the Court Watch NOLA office. The Volunteer Coordinator will be expected to take part in weekly staff meetings.

How to Apply: 

If you are interested, please e-mail a cover letter, detailed resume, and list of three references to no later than August 1, 2018. Interview decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Job Details:

Employer: Court Watch NOLA
Job Location: 4035 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125
Job Type: Full-Time Salary
Application Deadline: August 1, 2018
Industry: Nonprofit / Legal, Crime and Safety

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We at Court Watch NOLA are immensely grateful for contributions to support our cause: ensuring direct accountability, transparency, and fairness in Orleans Criminal Courts. Please consider helping Court Watch NOLA this ‪holiday season by any of three ways:

1) BECOME a volunteer court watcher by signing up here;

2) DONATE by clicking the PayPal donation button on the right or by sending a check to P.O. Box 750633, New Orleans, LA 70175-0633; or

3) PURCHASE goods by signing into your account through this link.