CWN is hiring an Office Manager

About Court Watch NOLA:

Since 2007 Court Watch NOLA has recruited, trained, and supported volunteers in observing and reporting on whether Orleans Parish Criminal Court judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and other public servants are doing their jobs professionally, transparently, and efficiently. Volunteer court watchers carry bright yellow clipboards, and their daily presence in the courtroom helps identify systemic problems while sending the message that New Orleanians care about making the court system more accountable and just.

Court Watch NOLA’s mission is to promote reform in the Orleans Parish criminal court system through civic engagement and courtroom observation.

About the Job:

The Office Manager will be responsible for working 40 hours a week and will work at the Court Watch NOLA office. The Office Manager will report to the Executive Director and in some circumstances to the Program Director. The Office Manager’s duties include:

  • Executive assistance: serve as the main point of contact to the Executive Director, including but not limited to coordinating her schedule; scheduling appointments with staff, Board members, and others wherever these individuals are expected; arranging travel on organization business; and contacting or providing technical support as needed. Determine the nature of these appointments and prepare the necessary background material wherever possible. Remind the Executive Director when issues need to be followed up.
  • Reception: central call, email, and mail replies to general inquiries and/or forwarding the communications to staff; greeting office visitors; maintaining photocopies of volunteer materials on desk; ordering office supplies; checking mail both on-site and off-site; updating social media accounts; coordinating hiring; calling court clerk’s offices weekly about court closures; and maintaining the weekly volunteer sign-up schedule.
  • Board meetings: coordinate physical and logistical arrangements for Board meetings, including but not limited to room reservations; meeting announcements; serving as staff liaison to members attending; preparing and distributing financial and organizational reports, meeting agenda, and prior minutes; refreshments; and preparing initial minutes drafts.
  • Other meetings and trainings: coordinate physical and logistical arrangements for meetings or trainings, including but not limited to room reservations; refreshments; posting signage; preparing and distributing materials; and videography or photography as needed.
  • File management: maintain central files systems and/or databases, including but not limited to scanning, recording, and saving documents; maintaining personnel and leave records; calculating student hours; and completing paperwork required by local schools.
  • Finances: prepare some funding proposal reports, application forms, and grant progress reports, and basic bookkeeping tasks assigned by the Program Director, including but not limited to inputting daily entries to the Quickbooks general ledger; recording revenue received and all invoices; preparing and making bank deposits; processing payroll; completing and sending donation acknowledgment forms; preparing and sending expense reimbursements for the Board Chair’s approval; and assisting tax preparers and auditors as needed.
  • Teamwork: contribute to team effort by assisting staff and Board members in optimizing their time and facilitating the exchange of information by suggesting more efficient ways to run the office and troubleshoot malfunctions.

Desired qualifications include:

  • A vehicle and a valid Louisiana’s driver’s license and insurance;
  • Excellent organizational skills, great attention to detail, an ability to think proactively, problem-solve, and prioritize work;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), social media (Twitter, Facebook, Constant Contact, MailChimp), Google applications, and WordPress;
  • Exceptional work ethic;
  • Proven ability to write clearly and succinctly, and in a way that appeals to the targeted audience;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively to achieve common goals;
  • Proven ability to work independently, strong self-motivation, and effective time-management skills;
  • Previous experience with Quickbooks and accounting is preferred; and
  • Experience with troubleshooting software and internet platform problems is preferred.

Court Watch NOLA values diversity and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

How to Apply:

If you are interested, please send an email with the subject line “Office Manager applicant” with a cover letter, detailed resume, and list of three references to by February 23, 2018.

It’s #GivingTuesday

We at Court Watch NOLA are immensely grateful for contributions to support our cause: ensuring direct accountability, transparency, and fairness in Orleans Criminal Courts. Please consider helping Court Watch NOLA this ‪holiday season by any of three ways:

1) BECOME a volunteer court watcher by signing up here;

2) DONATE by clicking the PayPal donation button on the right or by sending a check to P.O. Box 750633, New Orleans, LA 70175-0633; or

3) PURCHASE goods by signing into your account through this link.

2 Notations to 2015 Data & Statistics Report

Court Watch NOLA has added 2 footnotes to its previously published 2015 Data & Statistics Report to include the following new information:

  • The number of arrests made in New Orleans Police Department First District (“NOPD”) includes arrests made at the Orleans Justice Center jail, the New Orleans Police Department Headquarters, and the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, all of which are located in NOPD’s First District. If arrests made at these three locations are subtracted from the Arrests by District chart on page 5 of the Report, then the First District’s numbers are on par with the other Districts’ arrest numbers.
  • The percentage of cases terminated by nolle prosequi, depicted in the Case Dispositions chart on page 11 of the Report, includes 377 clients who were accepted into the OPDA’s Diversion Program in 2015 as an alternative to continued prosecution.