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St. Louis, MO
Full-time


How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letterto careers @ bailproject.orgwith “Bail Disruptor- St. Louis” in the subject line. In the cover letter, please address the following:

  • Why do you want to work for The Bail Project?
  • Please share 1-2 experience(s) that highlights why you would be a strong candidate for the bail disruptor position.

No faxes or phone calls please. Applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Applications without cover letters will not be processed.

The Bail Project is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of people of color, women, and formerly incarcerated individuals. We are committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.

Position Summary: Bail disruptors are community members across the country committed to racial and economic justice. They are the core of The Bail Project, securing people’s release, disrupting this draconian system, and fighting mass incarceration.

We are expanding operations in St. Louis where we partner with Arch City Defenders, a holistic legal defense organization that participates in impact litigation and advocacy for houseless, low income folks, and people of color. We’re looking for a new bail disruptor to support our team on the ground and participate in the fight to close the Workhouse — St. Louis’ infamously inhumane jail.

Responsibilities: Bail disruptors are tasked first and foremost with posting bail for those who cannot afford to purchase their freedom. Disruptors pay bail from local courts and jails, meet with TBP clients, remind them about upcoming court dates, and refer them to necessary services to support them after release.

In addition to securing our clients’ freedom, the disruptors will uphold our holistic model by working within the local community and collaborating with our central management in the fight against this abusive system. This will entail collecting client and court data, giving clients an advocacy platform, and establishing local partnerships to expose the problems of the pretrial system that make TBP so necessary. Disruptors will also have the opportunity to work with the Site Manager and other local leaders on policy reform and analysis of pretrial conditions.

Our work will be widely published and made available to partner organizations that are focusing on advocacy, litigation, and legislation. By diligently cataloguing our results and empowering our clients to take center stage in the fight against mass incarceration, disruptors will allow us to expose the abuse of our current wealth-based model and fulfill TBP’s two-fold mission of providing immediate harm reduction and pushing us towards a better system.

Qualifications: You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to The Bail Project’s mission to eliminate race and wealth-based disparities in our criminal justice system. Applicants must be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams. Applicants will need to work non-traditional hours. A sense of humor, innovative spirit, and willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a rapidly scaling start-up are essential.

To excel in this role, you likely bring the following:

  • Strong investment in St. Louis and in the local fight for racial and economic justice
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice or criminal defense
  • A self-motivated, flexible, and hard-working approach
  • Access to a reliable vehicle
  • Excellent organizational abilities
  • Strong decision-making and communication skills
  • Basic ability in Excel or willingness to learn
  • Emotional intelligence, natural ability, and ability to handle multiple projects

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