JOB: KINETIC and Youth Organizer

Job posting: KINETIC and Youth Organizer


BACKGROUND AND MISSION

For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and empower them to create change in their communities.  In 2017 we finalized a five-year strategic plan and are now guided by a new mission statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to its grassroots community organizing. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, a fierce accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Asian Americans have a unique experience and voice that can make an even more significant contribution to the progressive movement.

Together, we equip the community with the knowledge and resources to regularly engage with power-brokers and decision-makers at all levels of society for the advancement of social justice, equal rights, political representation, and human dignity. Simultaneously, we align, convene and collaborate with like-minded organizations to advocate for laws and policies that promote social, economic, political, and racial equity including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, hate crimes and discrimination.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

Whether locally, regionally, or nationally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is building a powerful Asian American voice for racial equity.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago believes that youth are the “NOW” generation of leaders. The KINETIC and Youth Organizer position is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating leadership and organizing programs for a diverse community of immigrant and refugee high school students in Chicago Public Schools.

KINETIC is a leadership program about civic engagement and immigrant/refugee issues. KINETIC students have the opportunity to discuss and learn about what is happening in Chicago and Illinois, meet with elected officials, and advocate for policies that benefit their communities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and develop KINETIC classroom curriculum and workshops and facilitate the curriculum at 3-4 CPS schools throughout the school year;
  • Cultivate an afterschool group of 15 core leaders and run 6-week KINETIC summer program for core leaders;
  • Manage relationships with CPS partners, including teachers, staff, and administrators;
  • Research and assess needs of immigrant/refugee youth in the community, with the support of the Policy Director;
  • Support KINETIC issue campaign centering on needs and experiences of immigrant/refugee youth that may include policy demands at the school, city, or state level;
  • Coordinate annual Youth Advocacy Day and Art Gallery events;
  • Build relevant partnerships with local education justice organizations and immigrant/refugee, English Language Learner, undocumented, and Muslim serving youth community organizations and coalitions;
  • Manage all administrative duties for KINETIC including tracking documents, permission forms, stipends, etc.;
  • Assist development staff in program-related fundraising;
  • Collaborate with other staff on organization-wide initiatives;

QUALIFICATIONS

    • Ability to work independently, think creatively, and prioritize multiple tasks;
    • Ability to learn new skills and willingness to be coached and trained;
    • Strong commitment to social justice, racial equity, immigrant rights and youth leadership development;
    • Openness and ability to adapt and respond to changes in the environment;
    • Flexible working hours, including some evenings and weekends (compensatory time is offered for evening and weekend work);
    • Access to a reliable car is preferred;
    • Experience with any of the following an asset:
        • Youth organizing, teaching or youth leadership development;
        • Working with immigrant/refugee communities;
        • Community organizing, grassroots leadership development, or leading an issue-based campaign;
        • The issue areas of immigrant rights or language access;
        • Bilingual skills in English and an Asian language.

COMPENSATION

Exempt, full-time position. The salary range is $35,000 – $45,000 based on experience. Advancing Justice | Chicago offers a generous full benefits package.

INQUIRY AND APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications should be submitted via email to gpai@advancingjustice-chicago.org and include:

  • Letter of interest/cover letter
  • Resume
  • 2 references

Please include “KINETIC and Youth Organizer” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The ideal applicant would start on January 13, 2020.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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