JOB POSTING: Community Organizer

Job posting: Community Organizer

 

BACKGROUND AND MISSION

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

Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to grassroots community organizing. We invest in the leadership of grassroots community members through trainings, community education, civic engagement, and collaborative issue-based campaigns. Our advocacy work focuses on promoting racial, economic, and immigrant justice, including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, and immigrant rights.

As part of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice national 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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Community Organizer position is an opportunity for a strategic and motivated relationship-builder to build power in the Asian American community, develop grassroots leadership, lead strategic issue campaigns, and move community members to take action. This position may fall under the staff sharing agreement between Advancing Justice | Chicago and Asian American Midwest Progressives (AAMP) so a small portion of time may be spent on 501(c)(4) activities including partisan electoral work.

Key Responsibilities:

    • Develop grassroots leaders through A Just Chi, Advancing Justice | Chicago’s program for community members who want to build power and community and fight for racial equity;
      • Organize in-person and virtual events, workshops, and trainings;
        • Engage a distributed base of individuals through consistent virtual outreach (e.g., SMS/texting outreach, emails, social media, etc.);
          • Represent Advancing Justice | Chicago in coalition spaces and contribute to coalition-led issue-based campaigns, primarily around immigrant rights;
            • Mobilize community members to take action on key issues, including immigrant rights, language access, and police accountability;
              • Manage civic engagement program for a sub-group of Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition partners, including negotiating memoranda of understanding, providing technical support, and troubleshooting challenges;
                • Coordinate and lead annual 300-person lobby day in Springfield;
                    • Assist development staff in program-related fundraising;
                      • Collaborate with other staff on organization-wide initiatives.

                  Qualifications:

                    • Strong commitment to social justice, racial equity, and civil rights;
                      • Proven track record of building strong relationships;
                        • Ability to work independently, think creatively, and prioritize multiple tasks;
                          • Ability to learn new skills and willingness to be coached and trained;
                            • 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);
                                  • Proficiency with online platforms such as Zoom, Google Drive, and Microsoft 365/Microsoft Office Suite;

                                Experience with any of the following is helpful but not required:

                                          • Working in Asian American or immigrant communities;
                                            • Base-building, grassroots leadership development, or leading an issue-based campaign;
                                              • Electoral organizing (e.g. volunteering or working on non-partisan Get-Out-The-Vote efforts or a political campaign);
                                                • Leading trainings on community organizing principles or skills;
                                                  • The issue areas of immigrant rights or language access;
                                                    • Working for elected officials or in government in another capacity;
                                                      • Bilingual in English and an Asian language;
                                                        • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
                                                          • COMPENSATION
                                                                • Exempt, full-time position. The salary range is $40,000 – $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 Grace Pai (she/her), Director of Organizing, at gpai@advancingjustice-chicago.org and include:

                                                                    • Letter of interest/cover letter
                                                                      • Resume
                                                                          • 2 references (please include name, title, and email address and/or phone number)
                                                                              Please include “Community Organizer” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but applications received by July 6, 2020 will be prioritized. The ideal start date for this position is August 3, 2020.

                                                                        Note: If you are interested in being considered for more than one position at Advancing Justice | Chicago (for example, the Anti-Hate Training Coordinator position), you may submit one application for both positions. Please include both position titles in the subject of your email and reference both positions in your letter of interest/cover letter. If applying for more than one position, please keep your cover letter length to 1 ½ to 2 pages at most.

                                                                        Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Advancing Justice | Chicago staff are currently working remotely for the foreseeable future. If you are invited for an interview, the interview will be held over video conference. This position will most likely begin as a remote position and then transition into the office as Advancing Justice | Chicago’s office reopens (timeline TBD).

                                                                        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.