Community Organizer (Bilingual English/Spanish)
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About The Community Organizer Position
An organizer has responsibility for teaching community-organizing skills to grassroots community leaders within congregations and empowering them to conduct successful campaigns on a wide variety of issues on the local, regional, and national actions.
The person hired for this position will be responsible for leading POWER’s immigrant justice work. This will entail engaging immigrant faith communities, the Catholic Archdiocese, and other allied organizations in organizing around issues that impact immigrant communities at the local, state, and federal levels.
This person will also be working with a set of POWER congregations defined by a geographic section of Philadelphia by supporting grassroots leaders in building equitable, strong communities in a multi-faith, multi-ethnic organization.
POWER has a strong learning culture and place a high priority on personal learning and relationship building. The ideal candidate would have a passion for justice, strong relational skills, capacity to build bridges across multiple cultures, and experience working with immigrant communities. Strong written and verbal skills in Spanish and English are required.
We are Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER). We are 36 congregations from all across the city, intentionally bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income level and neighborhood -- lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided. We are people of faith committed to the work of bringing about justice here and now, in our city and our region. By strengthening and mobilizing our networks of relationships, we seek to exercise power in the public arena so that the needs and priorities of all Philadelphians are reflected in the systems and policies that shape our city. POWER employs the Congregations-Based Community Organizing Model and is a proud affiliate of the PICO National Network. People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) is one of the largest and fastest growing community organizing efforts in the country. At PICO we are lifting a new vision for America that is rooted in our shared moral values and democratic traditions. For more information on POWER visit our website at www.powerphiladelphia.org for more information on PICO visit the website at www.piconetwork.org.
This position is full time with significant evening and weekend work. Starting salary is competitive, depending on experience; benefits include excellent health plan and retirement plan.
Ability and experience working with Immigrant communities
Solid understanding of one's own faith journey and a strong sense of power
Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members across multiple cultures including; religion, race, gender, age, language, class and experiences
Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community.
English/Spanish proficiency in both verbal and written communications is required
Desire to learn and openness to challenge
Ability to work as part of a strong staff team as well as independently
Relevant previous organizing experience (Community, Labor, Voter) a plus
Familiarity with the Roman Catholic Church, structure and Catholic Social Teaching a plus
Conduct 15-20 one-on-one meetings each week with new or established POWER leaders, clergy, and influential external leaders on a consistent and regular basis
Provide regular organizing training for POWER leaders and community members in the principles and strategies of congregation-based community organizing
Support POWER Local Organizing Committees in outreach, research, and strategic planning leading to large community action meetings that impact systemic change
Provide support to grassroots leaders engaged POWER’s Justice for Immigrants campaign
Partner with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to perform outreach to congregations, communications strategy, develop materials for parishes, coordinate diocesan events, and other duties as assigned
Attend weekly professional development sessions
Meet on a regular basis with POWER Executive Director & Lead Organizer to shadow, plan and evaluate work progress
All applicants must apply for this position online. (Click the link below to "Apply for this Position")
Please have the following three (3) documents ready to upload to your online application:
An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including 3 references and salary history;
A cover letter (summarizing your qualifications for this position) Please address to Bishop Dwayne D. Royster, Executive Director;
A writing sample of your choosing, ready to be uploaded with your application, in English & Spanish.
If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.