The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ) is a statewide membership-based coalition that creates and achieves policies in New Jersey that support immigrants in becoming economically, politically and socially rooted within the state. NJAIJ will use the power and strength of its member organizations to ensure that New Jersey’s immigrant communities are leaders in the development of policies that impact their lives and the lives of all New Jersey residents. NJAIJ and its members will work to ensure that New Jersey provides access to services, support family unity, and develop policies and strategies for immigrants to fully participate in civic life. The human, civil and labor rights of New Jersey’s immigrants, both documented and those seeking status, will be protected.
Reporting to the Program Coordinator and collaborating with the Executive Committee, the Outreach Coordinator will advance the mission of NJAIJ, by providing members with support and resources to continue advocating for immigrant rights across the state. The Outreach Coordinator will coordinate organizational trainings for Alliance members on focus areas that provide them with capacity building resources. Additionally, the Outreach Coordinator will also provide support to geographic regions in New Jersey where immigrant rights advocacy and organizing capacity are lacking. The Outreach Coordinator will also support community events around the issues outlined by our membership throughout the year.
The Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with and implementing strategies to advance NJAIJ policy, by coordinating a state-wide effort to both provide high quality, uniform resources to immigrants, create a clearinghouse of best practices and advocacy strategies, and also ensure member organizations and their communities are plugged in to community organizing and civic engagement activities across the state.
The Outreach Project Coordinator will be committed to building our members’ capacity while continuing the coordination and collaboration among partners, which will move the issue of immigration forward and help NJAIJ to achieve policy victories that are guided by immigrant leaders and community partners.
The Outreach Project Coordinator will be expected to travel to other parts of the state and to work evenings and weekends. This position is ideal for candidates who have organizing background and are looking to expand their advocacy expertize, or those with advocacy expertize who wish to expand their organizing experience.
The Outreach Coordinator will have ongoing responsibility for the following specific activities:
- Build a network of community organizations and partners to expand resources for the Alliance membership;
- Manage and support members who participate in capacity building by providing resources, training, and mentorship;
- Train and support NJAIJ members in the areas of community organizing, advocacy, know-your-rights, citizenship/voter registration, deportation and law enforcement, labor policies, education, healthcare, legal services, administrative relief, start your own organization, day laborer organizing, and other areas of need per alliance membership requests;
- Create toolkits for member organizations to participate in the NJAIJ advocacy campaigns;
- Gather and share best practices and advocacy resources;
- Train volunteers and community partners on best practices for community outreach through train the trainers;
- Organize information sessions and clinics, with support and partnership of NJAIJ members, in areas with fewer resources with the support and participation of community partners;
- Provide support and anchor the work of all the organizations around the Alliance work;
- Support in drafting content for NJAIJ website, fact sheets, reports, training materials, and other resources;
- Work closely with Program Coordinator to complement the activities of the Alliance’s Policy and Advocacy campaign.
Qualifications and Experience
The Outreach Coordinator should have the following experience and qualifications:
- At least one year of experience in organizing, immigration advocacy, project management, or legal, preferably on issues that fall within the NJAIJ’s priorities;
- Experience working with immigrant communities;
- Some knowledge of capacity building and/or organizational support around advocacy issues;
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing the NJAIJ’s values, mission, and goals, with knowledge and understanding of the range of immigration issues;
- Experience working in/with coalitions preferred;
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, and work across the political spectrum;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills;
- Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
- Demonstrated understanding of how to use social media;
- Willingness to work sometimes irregular hours, including evenings and weekends;
- Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly records;
- Proficiency with MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Documents;
- Valid driver’s license preferred but not required;
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is the minimum required educational credential;
- Fluency in English and Spanish is desired.
Benefits package includes health benefits, travel reimbursements, vacation, and holidays. Position secure for one year, longer term contingent on funding.
How to apply:
To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter and current resume by November 4, 2016 to Johanna Calle, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
NJAIJ/NEO Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status.