Voice of Witness (VOW) is an award-winning, San Francisco-based nonprofit that advances human rights and dignity. We believe empathy inspires critical inquiry, leading to meaningful action. Through our oral history book series and education program, we amplify the voices of people impacted by injustice, teach our ethics-driven oral history methodology, and partner with human rights advocates to:

  • build agency within marginalized communities,
  • foster thoughtful, empathy-based critical inquiry and understanding of the crises they face, and
  • inform efforts to protect and advance human rights.

For over ten years, VOW has illuminated human rights issues in the U.S. and globally. Our acclaimed oral history book series has amplified hundreds of seldom-heard voices, including those of wrongfully convicted Americans, undocumented immigrants, and people in Burma, Zimbabwe, and Colombia. Our education program serves over 20,000 people annually, and our oral history pedagogy has been used to train educators, advocates, writers, journalists, attorneys, and medical doctors. As we approach our 10-year anniversary as a nonprofit, we are excited to be launching a new strategic vision plan that honors our achievements while placing deeper emphasis on advocacy and education-based collaboration with communities impacted by the issues portrayed in our book series.

Voice of Witness was cofounded by author Dave Eggers, writer & educator Mimi Lok, and physician Lola Vollen.

Available Positions:


Part time: 0.5 (20 hours per week), prorated salary/benefits (medical, dental, PTO)

Salary Range: $42K–$48K, prorated DOE

Start Date: September 2018

We are seeking a Community Partnership Coordinator (CPC) to assist and collaborate with VOW editorial and education staff on creating and maintaining partnerships with advocacy and educational organizations. These partnerships will connect with the human rights issues in forthcoming and existing books in the VOW series. The CPC will help activate partnerships to increase the impact of VOW’s key programs and engage impacted communities in awareness of and use of VOW books and curriculum. These partnerships will also seek to further VOW’s stated mission, which includes building agency within narrator communities, which we define as communities whose stories are centered and amplified by our book series and education program. This process includes creating collaborative opportunities for developing culturally relevant educational resources and developing strategic advocacy opportunities.

Successful candidates must be committed to equity and inclusion, and be comfortable working with diverse student and community populations. If you have experience doing social justice organizing or community engagement work, have a passion for storytelling, and would like to help our dynamic, award-winning organization increase our impact, please consider joining our small, dedicated team.

Applicants will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, be highly collaborative, and ideally have at least three years of experience in community organizing, civic engagement, or grassroots advocacy. Experience working with immigrant communities and advocating for immigrant rights is preferred. Fluency in Spanish or any other language is a plus, as is an interest in and familiarity with trends in publishing and education. Applicants will also be organized, detail-oriented, and adept at project documentation. Position may require occasional out-of-town travel.


Research, Outreach, and Partnerships:

  • Conduct strategic research in identifying community partners in support of project editors and editorial/education program staff
  • Collaborate with project editors and VOW staff to conduct outreach to local and national advocacy and education organizations that work in support of VOW narrator communities
  • Engage impacted communities in awareness of and use of VOW books and educational resources
  • Seek out opportunities for VOW participation in events that support narrator communities and attend conferences and community building events to connect VOW with advocacy and education communities
  • Support education program staff in seeking out consultancy opportunities in advocate and narrator communities
  • Create and maintain a database of advocacy and education organizations related to VOW content areas


  • Work with VOW communications staff to generate VOW advocacy and partnership news that can be shared via newsletters, social media, etc.
  • Work with VOW communications staff to generate materials and information that can be used for grant applications and reports, annual reports, etc.
  • Work with VOW communications staff to ensure that all VOW website information related to advocacy and partnerships is up to date and accurate
  • Respond and communicate in a timely fashion with all VOW staff, editors, and community partners
  • Seek out opportunities to leverage VOW’s partnership and advocacy work for external blogs, journals, etc.

Organizational Development/Admin:

  • Serve as an ambassador for VOW’s mission and goals
  • Support VOW staff and all partners in ensuring an ethical process in maintaining community relationships
  • Utilize organizational templates for documenting all projects and partnerships
  • Track program expenses and maintain organized financial records
  • Support VOW development staff by providing community partnership information for fundraising campaigns
  • Create and maintain a program work plan with measurable goals and generate quarterly program updates for VOW board and staff
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and provide information and updates about the community partnership work

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates who identify as being from underrepresented groups and have nontraditional career paths, work skills, and community-based work experience are strongly encouraged to apply.


Qualified applicants may apply by emailing a one-page cover letter, a brief résumé, and two relevant writing samples. Samples should include previous outreach materials and published essays related to community organizing.

Please send materials to Managing Editor Dao X. Tran: and Education Program Director Cliff Mayotte: Please write “COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP POSITION (YOUR LAST NAME)” in the subject line. Applications are due July 13, 2018.

Please, no phone calls or follow-up emails. We will contact qualified applicants.