Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Right
February 1, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Organization and position description: ICIRR is a 30-year-old coalition composed of 130 dues paying organizations. Membership is broad based and includes: community-organizing groups, ethnic associations, unions, refugee organizations, churches and mosques, school districts and community colleges, and direct service organizations that work with diverse immigrant communities. ICIRR’s mission is to promote the full and equal participation of immigrants and refugees in the political, civic and economic life of our diverse society. ICIRR provides our members with organizing and advocacy strategy, training and technical assistance on issues that affect their respective immigrant constituents, and up-to-date information and policy analysis on immigrant- and refugee-related issues. ICIRR ensures the effectiveness of our member organizations by providing ongoing leadership development opportunities, promoting citizenship and civic participation, monitoring and analyzing immigrant-related laws and policies, forming cross ethnic alliances, and informing the general public about the positive contributions of newcomers to Illinois and the U.S. ICIRR is a justice organization serving vulnerable immigrant communities; excellence in pursuit of ICIRR's overall mission is expected of all employees.
ICIRR works through its membership to organize and train leaders, and build power with immigrants and refugees. ICIRR is seeking a full-time community organizer for our team; someone who will help us build immigrant power in Illinois’s suburban immigrant communities.
We have a strong team with a diverse range of skills and an even more diverse range of nationalities and life experiences. As a justice mission-driven organization, we hold ourselves to high standards, and we take our work very seriously. We know that if we do our jobs well, people from our communities will suffer less and have more opportunity to build the kind of lives they want for their families.
The Suburban Organizer reports to the Director of Organizing, and like all of our staff, he or she will be ultimately accountable to our member organizations. The Suburban Organizer will be responsible for helping us grow our organization and build our base and membership in targeted suburban areas. This includes engaging diverse institutions (including faith institutions, social service agencies, ethnic organizations, etc.) into the coalition. Examples of engagement include recruiting a church to do Know Your Rights trainings, working with a high school to engage students, in our issue campaigns, and more
Specific Organizing Responsibilities:
The Suburban Organizer will be responsible for:
Identifying, recruiting, and developing specific immigrant leaders to engage in public life.
Developing relationships with organizing partners and explore collaborative opportunities with strategic allies not yet involved with ICIRR.
Conducting community presentations and workshops on organizing, policy and advocacy issues.
Participating in ICIRR events, marches, meetings and trainings.
Building a team in a specific area and engage target institutions within the work of the Coalition.
Initiating and driving organization-wide initiatives.
Maintaining working knowledge of entire range of issue areas addressed by ICIRR.
Qualifications: We are looking for someone who is self-sufficient, reliable, excellent at building relationships, and is a self-starter. Our organizers need to be willing to take charge of driving their own campaigns, meeting tough deadlines, and making their own schedules. Additionally:
We seek to hire people with deep experience living or working in suburban immigrant communities, especially immigrants themselves and the children of immigrants.
Bilingual language capacity strongly preferred, especially Spanish.
A minimum of three-years’ experience in community organizing and/or legislative advocacy campaigns, with some formal training preferred;
Excellent interpersonal and writing skills; experience and comfort in public speaking; excellent leadership abilities and superior organizational skills; detail-oriented with the ability to juggle many different tasks simultaneously and complete them in a timely manner;
Knowledge and awareness of policies, and experience working with immigrants and/or refugees preferred; Some knowledge of the legislative and public policy processes at the local, state or federal levels preferred;
A car and valid driver’s license are required. Because the organizer must be available when our leaders are, evening and weekend work are a part of this job.
Additional Salary Information: Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus generous benefits ICIRR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.This position is part of the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, and part of a collective bargaining agreement under which the employee, as a condition of employment, is required to submit dues or fees to the Union.