Participatory Defense Coordinator

The Participatory Defense Coordinator will oversee Statewide Participatory Defense Hubs in Alameda County, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Additionally, the Participatory Defense Coordinator will lead YWFC’s San Francisco PD work including outreach and the organization and oversight of weekly meetings. This position will work under the direction of the Director Local Initiatives and in partnership with the Policy Director and other members of YWFC’s team that work directly with incarcerated cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys, and gender-expansive youth. The Coordinator will be responsible for organizing all statewide participatory defense work, including training, providing support for, and strategizing with all site-based hubs. The Coordinator will also focus on engaging families and communities in the court advocacy process, attend court hearings in the Bay Area, and report back to the Participatory Defense Network on court practices and policy implementation in our work at all sites.

Community Outreach/ Base Building

  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly participatory defense calls with all staff involved, including logistics of weekly meetings and ensure adequate volunteer base
  • Provide support to YWFC staff members engaged in participatory defense work, including training, social biography support, and organizing strategy
  • Maintain and update tools and resources for participatory defense on google drive and share with all sites
  • Support the development of a YWFC statewide participatory defense strategy and ensure implementation at all sites
  • Attend court in San Francisco and Alameda Counties to learn the players, build relationships, and take notes to inform the work and the Alameda County Hub and San Francisco site 
  • Create and foster relationships with Public Defender’s office in San Francisco, Alameda County, and Los Angeles
  • Support families with loved ones facing charges and bail hearings to prepare social bio packets, court support, and character witnesses for hearings, and weekly participatory defense meetings and activities at YWFC
  • Coordinate and communicate with De-Bug staff to attend trainings,  provide any reporting and tracking, and gain resources and tools to bring to all participatory defense work at YWFC
  • Coordinate and communicate with YWFC staff to ensure that activities related to this position are aligned with YWFC activities
  • Work collaboratively with members of the community, families, loved ones doing time, and other members of the San Francisco hub to coordinate meetings, develop agendas, ensure resources (food,  wireless internet,  markers, etc.) and ensure notes go out immediately

Administrative Duties

  • Maintain accurate and thorough notes, updated weekly
  • Prepare appropriate documents for court, sharing information with other providers, referrals, etc.
  • Represent the organization in the community, with funders, stakeholders, state convenings, community partners, and to the young cis and trans women, and gender-expansive youth that we work with, in a respectful manner that embodies the organization’s values and is in direct alignment with your job description and role on the leadership team
  • Work with people to increase their ability to advocate for themselves and navigate the systems and service providers they are involved with
  • Participate in organizational events, staff meetings, supervision, program strategy meetings, trainings, staff development opportunities, and any other relevant training and or meetings/ tasks you may be assigned on an ongoing basis
  • Embody and model the values of the organization: siblinghood, self-determination, social justice, and spirituality
  • On an ongoing basis, work to ensure the organization’s mission, vision, and guiding principles are a guide for your work at the Center and that all program activities, curriculums, etc. are developed based on these principles

What we are looking for

  • The ideal candidate has strong ties to the Bay Area Community and a deep understanding of the issues facing young cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys, and gender-expansive youth involved in systems and at risk for sexual exploitation
  • Deep commitment to the mission and vision of the Young Women’s Freedom Center and has a commitment to the leadership of young women and girls
  • Innovative, thoughtful, and action-oriented
  • Understands the criminal, juvenile justice systems and the current landscape of services, advocacy, and systems change work in California and the United States
  • Experienced in case management and or supportive counseling, project, and people management, and working in a start-up environment
  • Proficient in keeping and maintaining detailed documentation, meeting deadlines for submitting reports, and communicating effectively with a team to gather data
  • At least two years of youth program coordination/ management experience

Apply Now!

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to with “PD Coordinator _(LastName)” in the subject line.

Deadline: June 21, 2021

We strongly encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities and nontraditional professional backgrounds to apply. Young Women’s Freedom Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we’re not able to respond personally to every candidate. We do review every submission carefully and we will contact those who we’d like to interview.

Position Title: Participatory Defense Coordinator

Program: Policy/Participatory Defense

Work location: San Francisco and Oakland

Reports to: Director of Local Initiatives

Classification: Full-time (1 FTE), permanent, Exempt

Compensation: $24.03-$26.44/hour (commensurate with experience)

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