Georgia Justice Project

Mission of the organization

The Georgia Justice Project (GJP) defends people accused of crimes, and win or lose, stands with them while they rebuild their lives by offering free legal services coupled with a full range of social and employment services.  The Fellow will work directly with the Executive Director as well as key staff members. The Fellow's focus will include direct service, strengthening partnerships, communications, and supporting the organization's policy efforts. 

Job Duties

Direct Service (25%)

  • Assist the intake process for both criminal and criminal records (Coming Home) potential cases 
  • Assistance in preparing criminal cases
  • Assistance with Coming Home cases (e.g. document review, cycle summaries, court records)
  • Observe Court hearings 
  • Assist with other client services. For instance: prison visitation, bi-annual community client events (July Back to School Festival and a December Christmas party for all former clients).

Strengthening Partnerships (25%)

  • Develop, support and help maintain partnerships and networks with organizations, directly affected individuals, and advocates throughout Atlanta, Georgia, and the South. 
  • Attend meetings, events and networking functions on behalf of GJP, its executives and staff, and collect useful information, notes, and contacts to be shared with staff. 
  • Serve as the administrator of the New Southern Strategy Coalition (NSSC) and assist in the next stages in development of the coalition.
  • Develop and implement a partnership strategy to increase the reach and impact of NSSC's ongoing mission and areas of focus;
  • Collect and analyze notes from steering committee and subcommittee meetings;
  • Implement and maintain the NSSC website; 
  • Improve the coalition's information sharing capacity, the organization of biannual and in-person education webinars and meetings; and 
  • Work with the Development Director to help identify potential funders of the coalition and conferences for steering committee members to attend.

Communications (25%)

  • Work closely with the program staff to ensure timely, accurate and relevant communications that advance GJP's mission and activities. The Associate, under the direction of the Directors of Policy and Development, works directly with key program and policy staff to provide guidance on communications strategies and messages.
  • Assist with coordination of updates & improvements on the GJP and NSSC websites;
  • Manage GJP's and NSSC social media presence via Facebook, Twitter, blogs, email, etc. and edit and format print publications as directed;
  • Develop and update PowerPoint presentations, general and program brochures, media kits, key messages, fact sheets, and other collateral material as needed.
  • Create a system of surveying constituents of GJP (clients, event attendees, community advocates, donors and other organizations working with GJP's target population) to better understand and communicate the effectiveness of GJP's work and identify areas for improvement; and manage the collection and analysis of the various survey information collected from GJP events, seminars, and CLE's.

Support Policy & Funding Efforts via Research & Writing (25%)

  • Helping to research and write position papers on issues relevant to GJP's work (e.g. criminal justice, re-entry, rehabilitation, state wide policy reform, collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction, etc.). 
  • Research projects regarding the collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction. This research will be in support of both GJP's Georgia policy work as well as their work with the New Southern Strategy Coalition. 
  • Research and writing to support the publications and speeches made by the executive director and other staff members. 
  • Support the statewide educational implementation plan for GJP's Coming Home (collateral consequences) work.

Academic/professional background

It would be helpful for the fellow to have some experience working with one or more of the following issues: poverty, policy, criminal justice, re-entry issues. Having strong writing and research skills is also important. Having exposure to the practice of law would be beneficial.

  • Flexibility and willingness to work as a team member
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks at the same time
  • Strong communication skills with fellow employees and clients - both written & oral
  • Resourcefulness and good common sense
  • Ability to learn new skills and tasks quickly
  • Proficient with Windows, Word, and Excel 
  • Undergraduate degree

Other useful requirements

The fellow will be working with a wide array of individuals. Therefore being comfortable with a cross section of the population – particularly socio-economically – is important. As GJP's staff is small (15) and informal, the fellow should be a self-starter.