Now Hiring - Immigrant Rights Community Organizer

August 13, 2020

JOB DESCRIPTION

Immigrant Rights Organizer (Full-Time)

 

ABOUT AFIRE

The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipino/a/xs to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Immigrant Rights Organizer will engage Filipino/a/xs community members and stakeholders in order to advance AFIRE’s mission and organizing priorities with undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth. This person would also take on the responsibilities of an NAI Outreach Coordinator to meet the citizenship assistance workshop deliverables. Under the supervision of the Program and Development Manager and in collaboration with the AFIRE staff, the immigrant rights organizer will plan, execute, and evaluate AFIRE’s programs in order to develop the leadership abilities and organizing capacity of Filipinx community members, while also outreaching to the community using the platform of the NAI Citizenship Application Assistance Workshop.  

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Outreach & Relationship Building

    • Build and organize a growing Immigrant RIghts Komite of 10+ community grassroots leaders

    • Maintain and develop streamlined systems of outreach and follow up to use across all programs and events.

    • Outreach to the Filipino community to identify legal permanent residents who may be eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship

    • Coordinate staff, volunteers, and applicants at workshops

    • Create, maintain and modify record keeping process in collaboration with office assistants and organizers to collect and organize intake information used for reporting into Salesforce and internal database

    • Provide referrals to partner organizations on issues like domestic violence, health insurance, senior benefits, or affordable housing
       

  • Leadership Development

    • Recruit and train immigrant rights grassroots leaders through the Citizenship Assistance workshop

    • Recruit and train volunteers for outreach and application assistance at workshops

    • Support and coach grassroots leaders to meaningfully and powerfully participate in issue campaign work
       

  • Coalition Building

    • Provide opportunities for leadership development & relationship building in immigration coalition spaces: Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment coalition (PAVE), Chicago Immigrant Working Group (CIWG), Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois (ICIRR)

    • Attend NAI collaborative meetings with Erie Neighborhood House, LSNA, and others to strategize about citizenship workshops

    • Meet grant deliverables from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

    • Coordinate with lead agency, ICIRR for materials, trainings, meetings, and other resources needed
       

  • Issue-Based Campaign Work

    • Develop member-led resources to raise awareness regarding immigrant rights

    • Mobilize around major action days/celebration days
       

  • Fundraising

    • Develop and track membership dues (alongside other staff members)

    • Strategize and participate in fundraising campaigns

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Fluent in Filipino language is preferred (Tagalog or Bisaya) and English. Native speaker is highly desired

  • Strong commitment to immigrant rights, workers rights, and progressive social/racial/economic justice

  • Experience in community organizing is strongly preferred including experience in developing and leading campaigns.

  • Experience in working with and knowledge of the Filipino/a/x community, especially experience working with different generations of immigrant communities

  • Experience working in coalitions

  • Ability to work independently and as a collaborative team

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills and ability to provide leadership to staff, board, and members

  • Working some weekends will be required

  • Background or experience in immigration law concepts is a plus

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office and Google Apps (i.e. Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Calendar)

  • Accurate, organized, and detail-oriented

  • Ability to maintain confidential information

  • Access to reliable transportation throughout the City of Chicago preferred 

 

COMPENSATION

$17 / per hour but negotiable; other benefits include paid time off for sick & vacation, and pro-rated paid holidays.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a resume to: Kristina Tendilla, Executive Director, ktendilla@afirechicago.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Only qualified applicants will be contacted directly.

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AFIRE is an equal opportunity employer to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ability level, or marital status, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws

 

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