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Program Director, North Carolina Immigrant Rights Program (NCIRP)
at American Friends Service Committee
Application Deadline: October 25, 2019
For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.
Summary of Principal Responsibilities
The NCIRP Director bears ultimate responsibility for the outcomes of the program, leads the team in the program planning and reporting processes, is responsible for the administrative functions of the program, as well as guiding the program with leadership and vision.
Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Program Director NCIRP include the following:
Administrative, Finance and Development Duties
- Supervise 1-4 staff community organizers and interns. Work with HR to recruit and hire new staff and interns. Meet regularly with staff members to create sense of community, develop workplans, and monitor progress on goals. Work with staff team and community members to determine priorities for local work.
- Manage annual budget of approximately $300,000, working with regional and national finance staff.
- Work with AFSC Development Department to help raise funds to maintain and expand program, may include: grant-writing, developing requests for major donors and collecting data and stories to report back to donors and foundations.
Visioning, Planning & Evaluation Duties
- With community members, create a framework for the vision of the program and develop plans accordingly, utilizing AFSC program planning tools. Maintain program vision and effectively communicate it to AFSC and program staff, program participants and allies.
- Continually monitor and evaluate success and effectiveness of program activities with Program Support unit; prepare shareable annual reports based on goals.
- Collect regular program activity information and data; prepare quarterly summaries of program work for Executive Committee and AFSC Board meetings; prepare annual reports.
AFSC NC Immigrant Rights Work and Local Campaign Duties
- Support congregational sanctuary efforts within North Carolina. Activities could include: helping facilitate work of NC Sanctuary Coalition; support congregations wanting to offer Sanctuary; help connect immigrants seeking Sanctuary with congregations offering it; facilitate, as necessary, for issues that emerge between Sanctuary congregation and Sanctuary guests.
- Work with Siembra organizers through identifying allies to provide child care during immigrant meetings, supporting the Siembra’s Solidarity team, recruiting pastors to support specific actions, canvassing and staffing the hotline while simultaneously working to boost leadership and visibility of campaigns and its members.
- Support Communities Against Islamophobia by building a local network of politically active Muslim young people through partnerships with Muslim led groups including MERI, Muslim Women For, and Muslims for Social Justice; deliver CAI workshops and actively resist Islamophobic speech and actions through local campaigns and media work.
- Carry out advocacy, organizing or other campaigns as identified. This could include: identifying campaign targets; coordinating large scale public events; developing local leaders; writing press releases and working with the media; organizing letter-writing or petition campaigns; coordinating visits to legislators.
- Participate in relevant and aligned coalitions (Keep abreast of other coalitions and maintain relationships even if not regularly attending); Support relevant national AFSC campaigns by organizing solidarity actions.
- Seek out opportunities to engage in solidarity activities with non-Latinx targeted communities; particularly, seek ways to partner with and support Black led campaigns.
Communication and Engagement Duties
- Write and send press releases as necessary and be available for media interviews on key AFSC campaigns.
- Conduct presentations/trainings/workshops as needed with ally and immigrant communities.
- Attend and/or arrange for AFSC presence at all Yearly Meetings in NC in order to be a resource for and promote AFSC campaigns with local Quakers.
- Offer forums to local Quaker meetings to keep them updated of our work.
- Participate in all weekly or monthly program calls.
- Coordinate with other AFSC departments, including Communications, the Office of Public Policy & Advocacy, and others as necessary to ensure aligned representation of AFSC positions.
Education: Baccalaureate degree in a relevant field. Exceptional work experience may be accepted in lieu of the degree.
- 5 years demonstrated successful immigrant organizing experience in the South.
- Knowledgeable about contemporary issues around immigration, including local, state and federal policies impacting immigrants; particularly around immigrant detention & deportation and local law enforcement collaboration with ICE, as well as familiarity with root causes of migration.
- Demonstrated capacity to exercise sound judgment and creativity in advancing AFSC perspectives with policy makers, coalition partners, grassroots groups, and Quakers & allies.
- Strategic thinker with experience on campaigns influencing policy makers (not necessarily electoral work).
- Experienced in grant writing.
- Highly motivated, passionate about peace and justice, and flexible/ adaptable to changing circumstances, creative and resourceful.
- Ability to form effective partnerships and navigate differences in tactics and strategies while maintaining relationships with diverse individuals, organizations, government agencies, and congregations.
- Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and computer-based communication skills in English and in Spanish (bilingual), and effective at communicating with diverse audiences.
- In possession of a valid drivers’ license and with access to a reliable car; flexibility to work evenings and weekends when needed, including travel.
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
- Familiarity with Quaker structures including Monthly and Yearly meetings; ability to effectively communicate with Quakers and build trust with this community; and a desire to connect Quakers to immigrant organizing.
- Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
- Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
Compensation: Salary Range starts at $52,831 – Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is represented.
The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.