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Discovering Justice Fellowship Program

Development and Administrative Associate

Development and Administrative Associate

Who We Are

For more than 20 years, Discovering Justice has provided innovative and robust civic education learning experiences for students across Massachusetts. Based out of the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Discovering Justice brings students and their communities together to examine the workings of the justice system, explore the ideals of justice, and prepare them to engage in our democracy.
We need the next generation to learn and use the skills to engage so we can protect and steward our fragile democracy. The vulnerability of our elections system and the cracks in our justice system call for strong and energetic voices from our communities to work toward a fair and just world.
Discovering Justice’s new strategic plan calls for a doubling of its staff and a 28% increase in revenue by 2024. The Development and Administrative Associate will help build the capacity of the organization to deliver robust civic education to students across the Commonwealth.

Job Responsibilities

Development and Stewardship
The Development and Administrative Associate will work with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer to help coordinate Discovering Justice’s outreach and management of its funding sources, including:

  • Lists of individual donors, helping to cultivate, steward, and set up opportunities for in-person, online, and mail solicitations.
  • Keeping staff on track with charitable foundation grant and report schedules as well as conducting research to identify new targets.
  • Discovering Justice’s Annual Gala, running the auction and assisting with the recruitment of more than 50 corporate sponsors and 300 attendees.
  • Recording financial contributions in Salesforce and ensuring acknowledgements are sent.
  • Stewardship mailings and communications such as the Annual Report and holiday cards.

Administration and Finance
Work with COO to conduct efficient administrative and financial operations including, ensure accurate accounting of revenue and expenses, process checks, make bank deposits, assist with payment of vendors, collection of payments due, and assist with monthly reports.

  • Ensure efficient office operations – order supplies as needed, answer phones, manage office calendar, maintain office equipment and licenses, set up for in-person and virtual group meetings, and coordinate staff events.
  • Coordinate recruitment, hiring, and onboarding process for staff, fellows, and interns.
  • Manage organization’s Google Drive and in-office files.
  • Manage technology issues for the office and staff, including WiFi, video conferencing, and phones.
  • Assist with program events and organizational operations, as needed.
  • Has a passion for civic education and believes in the power of the next generation to sustain our democracy
  • Believes the justice system can and should work for everyone
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to work with a small and hardworking staff
  • Experience in fundraising
  • Competency and cultural sensitivity in working with constituents from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively, balance multiple competing priorities, and remain adaptable, flexible, and positive while navigating challenges
  • Experience in managing databases and email software, Salesforce, Constant Contact, Classy, and Google Workspace – preferred
  • Able to work 2-3 days a week at the Moakley Courthouse in the Seaport and 2-3 days remotely
Compensation and Benefits:
  • Salary range is $47,500 – $50,000, commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits package includes:
    • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
    • 403(b) retirement plan, including an additional 5% of your salary
    • Paid vacation days, personal days, sick leave, and holidays including annual office closure between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day
    • Annual $500 professional development benefit
    • Opportunities to join organizational committees and task forces

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter with “Development and Administrative Associate” in the subject line to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

BIPOC, women, and GLBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Discovering Justice Fellowship Program

Fall 2022 Paid Fellowship Program

Who We Are
For over two decades, Discovering Justice’s programs have provided opportunities for civic education and engagement for students across the Commonwealth. The organization works in partnership with school systems, judges, nonprofits, and the legal community to examine the workings of the justice system, explore the ideals of justice, and help young people prepare to engage in our democracy.
This approach is rooted in the founding vision of Boston’s John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, designed as a vibrant center for civic education and community activity. Our programs facilitate the development of core civic knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for students to engage meaningfully in our democracy, such as perspective-taking, critical thinking, open discourse, empathy, and advocacy. 
In addition to welcoming the community into the Courthouse for tours, field trips, and public events, Discovering Justice has extended its work into schools across Massachusetts to provide civic education opportunities, including K-5 curricula, Mock Trial and Appeal Programs for middle school students, and new programs, such as the Topics Programs for middle and high school students.
What We Believe
  • The justice system can and should work for everyone.
  • Constructive and critical discourse builds community and a strong democracy.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core democratic values.
  • Civic education and engagement strengthen our democracy.
  • In the power of the next generation to sustain our democracy.
How We Work
  • We have a deep belief and relentless focus on achieving our mission and our constituent centered outcomes.
  • We strive for excellence and hold ourselves responsible and accountable to high standards and the team..
  • We value clear communications and transparent decision-making processes.
  • We thoughtfully steward our resources.
Who You Are
  • You have a passion for civic education and the need to protect and promote our democracy.
  • You can commit to work 40 hours a week with a dynamic and energetic staff. (At least 25 hours for a Part-Time Fellowship)
  • You have excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • You love to work with a team and want to learn new skills.
  • You will take this experience back to your campus or to your next job.
What You Will Do:
Fellows work directly with a Discovering Justice staff person to help develop and/or run a program and/or build the organization’s operational capacity. During the semester-long program from September to December, Fellows will learn a variety of skills including how to deliver civic education programming, and how to run and manage programs for a nonprofit organization.
Discovering Justice is a cohort of hardworking and passionate people excited to welcome new people and ideas. The organization’s staff and volunteers provide an open and welcoming environment, which provides opportunities for Fellows to take on responsibilities and learn core nonprofit skills to help in their careers.
This Fellowship is a full-time  hybrid remote/in person opportunity. Fellows will work 2 days a week in person at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, and 2-3 days remotely. Limited part-time and fully remote opportunities are available. Please list in your cover letter or email application if you would like to be considered for a part-time or remote Fellowship.

Civic Education Advocacy Fellow
The Fellow will work with the Executive Director to engage civic education groups and their constituents in public education and advocacy work to increase Massachusetts’ investment in civic education programs. The Fellow will work with the Executive Director to coordinate meetings with teachers, students, civic leaders and their legislators to educate them about the civic education being done in their districts and to encourage more resources and support for these programs. Experience with managing events and recruiting and organizing volunteers is required.

Courthouse Programs Fellowship
The Fellow will work with the Courthouse Programs Manager to assist in the continued curation of Tours and Courthouse Art Exhibitions exploring themes of justice in the art and architecture of the Moakley Federal Courthouse and in our legal system. This Fellow will help organize and schedule Field Trip groups with students, ranging from 1st grade-12th grade, be trained as a Field Trip facilitator, and assist in the training of other courthouse volunteers. This Fellow will assist in the organization and planning of Courthouse panelist events, film screenings, and other in-person opportunities hosted at the Courthouse by Discovering Justice. Experience with event planning, script writing, public speaking, and WordPress, is a plus, but not a requirement.

Mock Trial and Mock Appeal After School Programs Fellowship
The Fellow will work with Mock Trial Program Manager to run the organization’s signature program that provides opportunities for middle school students to delve deeper into the nation’s political and judicial systems. During Mock Trial, teams of students partner with volunteer attorneys to litigate cases, engage in legal analysis as they develop arguments, and prepare to make their case in front of a real judge and jury. All throughout the program, students will be analyzing our justice system with a critical lens. The Fellow will provide support to legal mentors and students, communicate directly with partners, interview volunteers in order to create a newsletter, and coordinate the culminating Mock Trial events. The Fellow will assist the Mock Trial Program Manager in the design and revision of engaging civic education curriculum for the Fall 2023 and future sessions.

Communications Fellowship
The Fellow will work with Program staff to develop and implement a social media and earned media outreach strategy. Utilizing the organization’s website, social media platforms, and access to media outlets to media outlets, the Fellow will help create and edit video and broadcast the activities of the organization and its programs. The Communications Fellow will work with staff to create graphics, flyers, videos, and social media content on behalf of the organization and for the various program areas. Adobe Premiere Pro and Canva experience preferred. 

 The Fellowship will run for 14 weeks depending on position needs and applicant availability. Fellowships will have start dates in September and will run until the end of 2022 depending on position and availability.
Limited fully remote and part time opportunities are available. Please list in your cover letter or email application whether you would like to be considered for a part time or remote Fellowship.
Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their term (a proportionate stipend with part time Fellowships). Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two references. Please specify your Fellowship(s) of interest. This Fellowship is ideal for a recent graduate or a college student taking a gap semester or year. Send your cover letter and resume by August 20th to Malia Brooks at with your name and Fellowship Application in the subject line.
Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, and GLBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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