MIRA Coalition Job Opportunities!

FIELD ORGANIZER

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), a statewide membership organization, advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA advances this mission through education and training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy. MIRA has a membership of over 140 organizations across Massachusetts, and works with hundreds of partners and allies across the state.

Working closely with the organizing, policy and communications staff at MIRA, the Field Organizer will work to engage MIRA member organizations and allies in the state and federal legislative campaigns and actions; work closely with MIRA Members to implement organizing strategies to create strong local structures to develop immigrant leadership and advance the pro-immigrant agenda. This person will also serve as a liaison between campaign working groups/committees and MIRA organizing, policy and communications staff. The Field Organizer will work closely with the Campaign Organizer and will report to the Director of Organizing.

This is a part-time and temporary consultant position with 3 months duration. Beginning mid March until late June 2015. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate MIRA Members and implement organizing strategies to win on issues; 
  • Engage members and allies in MIRA local, state, and federal advocacy efforts; 
  • Organize the field to win non-political legislative campaigns directed by the organization and its members;
  • Work with policy and organizing staff to identify and research potential issue-based campaigns; 
  • As necessary, develop campaign materials (blast e-mails, fliers, letters, endorsement forms, etc); 
  • Work with organizing staff and MIRA Members to implement campaign field organizing strategy; 
  • Work with the organizing, policy and communications team on new Americans Civic Participation during election season, as well as the Citizenship Initiative, and Immigrant Integration campaigns such as Welcoming Massachusetts;
  • With organizing and communications staff, explore utilization of different organizing tactics including, but not limited to public events, web-based tools, use of phone lists, and others; 
  • Work with organizing team to increase the number of MIRA members and to coordinate the membership process (new members, renewal of membership, etc);
  • Work with policy team to implement legislative/administrative strategy; 
  • Work with Citizenship Works campaign to outreach and increase number of applicants;
  • Supervise organizing interns and volunteers; 
  • Attend field and legislative meetings as needed; 
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications Sought: 

  • A minimum of 2 (two) years experience as a community organizer and coalition builder;
  • Ability to write campaign materials;
  • Outstanding outreach and facilitation skills;
  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to engage a broad set of stakeholders;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills as well as social media and e-blasts creation;
  • Proven experience in strategically evaluating organizing targets and strategies;
  • Experience working with diverse groups and communities. Must have good team building and coalition building skills.
  • Self motivated. Ability to take initiative and succeed with minimal supervision.

Requirements: 

  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience to the position;
  • Knowledge and understanding of immigration issues required, including related issues of social justice, race, class, and gender, and the ability to assist others to develop that type of understanding; 
  • Ability to work well in a closely-knit team;
  • Experience supervising interns and volunteers;
  • Ability to travel statewide;
  • Bilingual/bicultural background strongly preferred.

Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to Cristina Aguilera – Director of Organizing at caguilera@miracoalition.org

 

The MIRA Coalition is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer


NAIP AMERICORPS PROGRAM

AmeriCorps New American Integration Program NAIP is now recruiting new AmeriCorps members to serve from September 9, 2015-July 31 2016. The last day of receiving applications will be on May 15, 2015. NAIP AmeriCorps Members assist immigrants and refugees to gain economic stability and more fully participate in our communities through improved English skills, becoming US citizens, and connecting with community resources. AmeriCorps Members make an eleven-month commitment to serve full-time. They will receive a $12,530 living stipend; Health care, $5,830 education award upon completion of service and deferment of education loan payments (for those who are paying school loan). The AmeriCorps Members also will be trained in teaching ESOL; community services; citizenship courses and job readiness services.

 

The AmeriCorps New American Integration Program (NAIP) is a partnership of the MA Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).

 

The New American Integration Program recruits committed individuals from diverse backgrounds to assist and strengthen the work of community-based organizations that serve refugees and immigrants. Members will assist refugee and immigrant communities in learning English, applying for citizenship, job readiness services, and accessing community services that enable them to improve their quality of life. NAIP members receive intensive training to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), assist eligible Legal Permanent Residents in their applications for citizenship, and provide job readiness services.

 

The term of service for the Spring of 2015 service year begins in early March 2015 and continues through August 31, 2015. Each member will be expected to complete at least 800 hours at their host site through the duration of their service.

 

Essential functions include:

 

 *   Employment Assistance

 *   English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

 *   Citizenship classes

 *   Help legal permanent residents successfully complete the naturalization process

 *   Promote civic engagement

 *   Provide community resources and interpreting

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We are accepting applications for this position now

 

For more information please contact

 

naip.coordinator@gmail.com<mailto:naip.coordinator@gmail.com> or call 617-727-7888. Application process will proceed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

 

Public Notice of Nondiscrimination:

 

It is against the law for organizations that receive federal financial assistance from the Corporation for National Service to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political affiliation, or, in most programs, religion. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person who, or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination.

Dates Relevant: 
Tue, 03/10/2015 - Wed, 04/15/2015