Eye on Surveillance is Hiring an Organizer

Eye on Surveillance
Eye on Surveillance is Hiring an Organizer

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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. 


Title:  Eye On Surveillance Community Organizer, Peace by Piece Program 

Job Category:  Exempt

Status:  Full-Time, 1-Year Specific Term beginning January 2023

Supervisor:  New Orleans Area Program Director

Region/Unit: South Region 

Location:  New Orleans, LA

Date Approved:   November 2022


Summary of Principal Responsibilities:

The Eye on Surveillance (EOS) Community Organizer is an opportunity for an experienced organizer committed to social justice organizing and advocacy with a deep familiarity of the social justice landscape in New Orleans. The contract position is a year-long assignment working with EOS, a broad coalition of individuals and organizations devoted to ending the local government’s expansion of surveillance tools like facial recognition, increasing oversight of current government surveillance methods, and working with communities who are targets of policing and surveillance to explore and implement evidence-based community safety options that dismantle systems of oppression. 

EOS has previously engaged in policy work and is moving towards building community engagement strategies that reimagine public safety beyond surveillance. The Coalition is seeking an organizer to assist with anti-surveillance initiatives using community engagement and organizing, base building, info gathering, campaign development and policy advocacy.

The position is housed and supervised by Peace by Piece New Orleans, a program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The EOS Organizer will report directly to AFSC’s New Orleans Area Program Director.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:  The key responsibilities of the fellowship include the following:

  1. Work with community-based organizations in the New Orleans area to develop and expand relationships and alliances to other networks that address anti-surveillance issues among other harmful intersections.
  2. Help to develop local capacities so that stakeholders can use their skills and collective voice to halt the expansion of the city’s surveillance strategies and advocate for policy change.
  3. Plan, promote, and facilitate meetings and events including the scheduling of members through appropriate listservs, announcing meetings, and booking/renting spaces. The organizer will take a lead role in organizing and facilitating the EOS annual retreat in early 2023 and a summit-style event in the first half of 2023.
  4. Understand EOS' policy positions and advocate them to City Council members via email correspondence and attending City Council meetings in addition to other community stakeholder covenings.
  5. Assist in writing EOS based briefs, op-eds, and social media content as needed and share those aforementioned documents with the general public.
  6. Identify and coordinate local campaigns focusing on anti-surveillance and connect issues of local surveillance with national efforts including AFSC’s Community Safety Beyond Policing.
  7. Attend local community meetings and participate in relevant AFSC staff and EOS committee meetings, conferences and trainings as requested.
  8. Report regularly to supervisor; prepare monthly program reports; check in monthly with 2-3 EOS members.
  9. Complete all other duties as needed. 

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Experience with building and maintaining relationships and community organizing. 

Other Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Good time management and organizational skills.
  2. Community organizing experience.
  3. Competent in Microsoft Office and G Suite applications.
  4. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  5. Commitment to social justice and EOS' points of unity (eyeonsurveillance.org).
  6. Familiarity with posting and maintaining Facebook, Instagram, and other social channels.
  7. Ability to meet deadlines in a timely fashion.
  8. Available to work evenings and weekends.
  9. Ability to get to and from program events and activities.
  10. Demonstrated leadership abilities. A self-starter.
  11. Bilingual or multilingual is a plus, but not required.
  12. Website editing and design is a plus, but not required.
  13. Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies.  Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
  14. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse individuals.

Compensation: $55,000 contract position


The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. 

AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented.

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

Application Instructions: To apply, email a Cover Letter and Resume to info@eyeonsurveillance.org . We are committed to finding the right person for the role and welcome all interested people to apply. Deadline has been extended! Apply by December 31st, 2022 at 5PM CST.