Chief of Staff with The Gathering for Justice

Company: The Gathering for Justice
Industry: Nonprofit
Location: Los Angeles New York City
Position Type: Full Time
Workplace Model: On Site
Experience Level: 10-15 years
Salary range: $120K--$140K
Founded in 2005 by Harry Belafonte and led since 2010 by President and CEO Carmen Perez-Jordan, the mission of The Gathering for Justice is to end child incarceration and eliminate the racial inequities that permeate the justice system. The Gathering for Justice has two state-based task forces, Justice League NYC (established in 2013) and Justice League California (established in 2017), both of which bring together juvenile and criminal justice experts, cultural leaders, advocates, artists and individuals who’ve experienced or been impacted by incarceration directly. The Gathering for Justice believes in an intergenerational organizing model which draws from diverse communities to utilize their combined power to build the agenda for sustained Black and Brown liberation and healing. In the footsteps of their legendary founder’s activism, The Gathering for Justice and its Justice League state task forces utilize Kingian nonviolence as a social application for systemic change and civic engagement.

Since 2013, The Gathering has stepped up their work building justice initiatives and supporting movements on multiple fronts. They’ve led policy initiatives for police accountability, organized as a diverse ‘family coalition’ to build the agenda for sustained Black and Brown liberation, catalyzed policies to stop the school to prison pipeline, end racial profiling, and stop the militarization of police, and shifted narratives about youth and people who are formerly incarcerated. Since organizing and providing the foundation for the 2017 Women’s March, the largest single-day of protest in history at the time, The Gathering for Justice has expanded their work throughout the country and built the foundation for long-term justice reform in California, New York, and across the country.

The Chief of Staff (COS) will serve as a right-hand partner to The Gathering for Justice’s President and CEO, Carmen Perez-Jordan, ensuring she can effectively fulfill her commitments and operate at the highest level. The COS will maintain broad cross-functional knowledge, helping to coordinate projects across the organization, and will be responsible for the successful outcome of the CEO’s strategic priorities. This role is for a strategic and innovative individual who thrives in a fast-paced environment. This is an exceptional opportunity to work alongside an ambitious, dynamic CEO at a mission-driven organization that’s driving significant impact across the country.

The Chief of Staff’s responsibilities will encompass four primary areas:

  • Build and manage the daily operations of the executive office
    • Identify, implement, and document the proper systems and structures to allow for efficient executive office operations; work closely with the Executive Assistant to create clear and useful documents, templates, and processes for the team and refine as necessary
    • Maintain “quality control” of information and communication to reduce reactivity; anticipate the needs of the President and CEO and work to solve problems before they occur
    • Guide the day-to-day operations of the company administrative staff
    • In collaboration with the executive assistant, draft letters, emails, and other correspondence on behalf of the President and CEO, ensuring timely communications from the Executive Office
    • Assist in board governance efforts, including meeting preparation and engagement opportunities
    • Plan and facilitate functional meetings (strategy meetings, staff meetings, all hands, offsite)
  • Facilitate cross-functional integration
    • Help measure and drive impact across a variety of dimensions including culture, recruiting, learning, and organizational health
    • Partner with the Program, Digital and Communications teams to collaborate on ad hoc organization needs and projects
    • Engage with Director-level staff to find and obtain marketing and promotional opportunities
    • Work with the agency grants team to identify new areas of funding while managing project timelines as needed
    • Partner with HR leadership and talent acquisition organizations on talent development, headcount needs and hiring plans
  • Deliver results on behalf of the leadership team
    • Drive operational rhythm of the organization, keeping the team focused and aligned on priorities; lead goal setting and annual and quarterly planning process
    • Monitor and help drive progress on key priorities and initiatives, identifying effective ways to improve accountability across the organization
    • Meet regularly with the CEO and provide updates to the leadership team
    • In collaboration with the executive team, create and deliver a comprehensive performance management infrastructure to assist in staff growth and development
    • In partnership with the COO and CEO, manage the Executive Office's project budget and resource allocation and maintain a clear understanding of the organizational budget
    • Oversee, in conjunction with other Director level personnel, all professional relations and partnerships
    • Aide in the management, planning and design of all organization’s fundraisers, grants, and special projects
  • Ensure CEO’s highest and best use of time
    • Act as a strategic advisor to the President and CEO
    • Serve as the right-hand support for the President and CEO, ensuring they are prepared for all meetings
    • Act as day-to-day thought partner for President and CEO and key members of executive team
    • Serve as the spokesperson in the event of the absence the President and CEO and/or when assigned
The Chief of Staff should possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • 10-15 years of work experience
  • BA/BS preferred
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with experience communicating effectively at an executive level
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to bring structure and organization when planning work that may be complex and/or ambiguous
  • Comfortable working in fast paced environments, and with facilitating and managing change and growth
  • Self-starter with a strong sense of urgency and ability to see tasks through completion
  • Previous experience using data analysis tools including Excel
  • Positive and constructive attitude when facing challenges or roadblocks
  • Highly conscientious, accountable and solution oriented
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills
  • Proven critical thinking and problem-solving abilities


  • $120,000 - $140,000

The Gathering for Justice is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQIA2A+ persons, formerly incarcerated people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.