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Carla Argueta, P.A.S.O.’s community organizer and citizenship coordinator, will be heading to grad school this Fall! P.A.S.O. is hiring a community organizer position! We are looking for an energetic, self-driven person with a commitment to social justice and dedication to building immigrant and Latina/o leadership and empowerment in the Suburbs, and working with multiple issues. We are looking for someone with 1-2 community organizing/community empowerment, political/
JOB OPENING: Community Organizer/ Citizenship Coordinator
P.A.S.O. – Proyecto de Accion de los Suburbios del Oeste (West Suburban Action Project) is a grassroots community-based organization working to engage community members to act through their faith and values to address issues that affect them, their families, and neighbors with the mission to build stronger communities. P.A.S.O. is based on the social justice belief that all community members should have the opportunity to live dignified lives regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic or immigration status. The main issue-areas P.A.S.O. currently works on are immigration, public safety, and education using community organizing, leadership development, and civic engagement as tools for members to develop their skills and use their own voices to be active participants of their communities. P.A.S.O. is an institution-based organization serving the West Cook Suburbs of Melrose Park, Stone Park, Maywood, Bellwood, Northlake and Franklin Park.
P.A.S.O. is currently seeking a Community Organizer/ Citizenship Coordinator. We are looking for an energetic, self-driven person with a commitment to social justice and dedication to building immigrant and Latina/o leadership and empowerment in the Suburbs, and working with multiple issues. We are looking for someone with 1-2 community organizing/community empowerment, political/
This position would blend community organizing with programmatic citizenship work. Our citizenship program provides support to eligible community members through the citizenship process. This program is part of our civic engagement work and mission towards effective immigrant integration, focused in the development of community members to be active, engaged participants of their community. To date, through our citizenship program, we have outreached over 2,200 community members and assisted over 1,000 begin process to become citizens.
The Community Organizer/Citizenship Coordinator will report directly to the Senior Organizer.
Duties include:Community Organizer:
- Conduct a minimum of 10 one-on-one meetings and house meetings each week with new and established leaders, clergy and faith leaders, and other influential external leaders on a consistent and regular basis
- Recruit and develop new leaders and institutions to P.A.S.O.’s membership base; support in the continuous development of experience leaders
- Engage and expand new allies and partners that share P.A.S.O.’s core values and mission in the empowerment of Latino and immigrant communities and immigrant integration
- Assist P.A.S.O. members in defining vision and goals, and train leaders to act in the public arena with measurable impact
- Support member teams in outreach, research, and strategic planning leading to issue campaigns and community actions
- Work in the integrating civic engagement and community empowerment into the full life of P.A.S.O. members and leadership
- Assist in providing regular organizing training for clergy, leaders, and community members in the principles and strategies of community organizing that draws from various models.
- Support fundraising through members institutions, foundations, and individual donors
- Meet on a regular basis with the Senior Organizer and Executive Director to plan and evaluate work progress
- Develop a citizenship leadership team integrating core volunteers, applicants and new citizens as steering committee in the development of citizenship/immigrant integration long-term strategy
- Develop outreach plan with other organizing staff and citizenship leadership team and oversee execution of activities to promote the citizenship program and reach out to new applicants, including but not limited to outreach through faith institutions, businesses, local service providers, and schools.
- Develop new relationships with partners and institutions that share P.A.S.O.’s mission and engage them in the citizenship program and overall organization.
- Recruitment, training and retention of a strong base of volunteers to provide support to the citizenship program including citizenship workshops, office hours, phone banking and outreach activities.
- Organize and coordinate volunteer and new citizen recognition events
- Oversee citizenship program activities, including returning calls and providing assistance to interested applicants, submit outreach reports, and oversee office hours and coordination of workshop with partner agencies.
- Attend collaborative meetings for the citizenship program and other meetings in representation of P.A.S.O
- Communicate and work with collaborative partner organizations in the evaluation and strengthening of citizenship program.
- Develop media strategies and obtain earned media to highlight success stories of citizenship applicants and promote citizenship program.
- Seek and develop funding opportunities for the citizenship program (i.e. scholarships for new citizenship applicants, etc)
- Develop, maintain, and update listings of educational resources (such as English and citizenship classes, citizenship manuals, etc.) for applicants, and explore opportunities to connect applicants with those resources. Maintain citizenship and volunteer databases and reports
- 1-2 years of experience with community organizing, political/legislative campaigns and/or immigrant rights (campus work included as experience).
- Fluency in both written and spoken Spanish and English
- Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to work in a respectful manner with diverse ethnic communities and faiths. Knowledge and respect towards immigrant communities a must
- Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice
- High level of critical, creative and strategic thinking
- Ability to work independently and multitask and work well as part of a team
- This is a full-time position and it is not a 9-5pm job. Time flexibility (especially evenings and weekends) and self-driven individuals encouraged to apply.
- Grant writing and experience with media is a plus.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Microsoft Word, Excel) and other program
COMPENSATION Negotiable based on experience and skills. This full-time position is available immediately. Send cover letter, resume and two references pertaining to your community empowerment/community organizing work to email@example.com by April 15th. Questions can be sent via email or phone at 708-345-3632 Ext. 302. For more information about P.A.S.O.- West Suburban Action Project, visit our website at WWW.PASOACTION.ORG
P.A.S.O. is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. People of color, especially women, immigrants and children of immigrants are highly encouraged to apply for this position.