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The Moving Toward Justice (MTJ) project is a group of organizations — Community Change, Detention Watch Network, Indivisible, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Law Center, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Undocublack Network, and United We Dream
Engagement Manager (Contract)
Location: Remote. When travel safely resumes, we prefer a willingness and ability to travel frequently.
Length of contract/ timeframe: 1 year (possibility for extension) + Full benefits package
Reports to: Project Director
Salary: $80,000 - $90,000
About the Moving Toward Justice Project
See website to learn more: https://movingtowardjustice.org.
The Moving Toward Justice (MTJ) project is a group of organizations — Community Change, Detention Watch Network, Indivisible, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Law Center, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Undocublack Network, and United We Dream — that came together for the purpose of creating a visionary immigration policy proposal for a people-centered, just, and humane immigration system. We believe that a detailed legislative proposal, grounded in the experiences of impacted communities and informed by a diverse range of stakeholders, can provide a focal point around which we can build the community and political power necessary to win a transformational overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.
We’re committed to co-creating a detailed, progressive policy proposal to act as a counterweight to a legalization-enforcement tradeoff that has limited our collective vision for what is possible, at a time when much of our movement agrees it is time to discard the outdated comprehensive immigration reform framework. This project is focused on doing the work of creating an alternative in order to put transformative change within reach. While the COVID-19 pandemic has made the challenges we face more complex, it has also underscored how deeply interconnected our ability to thrive is and how we can no longer accept the grave societal inequities that divide us along lines of race, wealth and immigration status. In terms of substance, we will address the following:
Creating an equitable, accessible, and inclusive path to citizenship for the 11 million people living without immigration status.
Creating broad paths for future migration that account for the wide range of reasons that people move, including for family, work, education, and safety from conflict, violence, and climate change.
Creating a new governance system at the border and in the interior that is not punitive or reliant on detention but rather upholds human rights, respects the dignity of all people, and reflects the values of justice and fairness for both longtime residents and newcomers.
The Engagement Manager will create systems for coordination and communication for the members of the Moving Toward Justice working groups and will serve as the main contact between membership groups. At the core of all of this work will be a centering of the expertise of directly impacted people that are part of membership-led organizing groups to ensure that their analysis, experiences, and decision-making shape every aspect of this project. The Engagement Manager will be thoroughly committed to creating communication and decision-making systems to ensure that working group members and leadership groups lend their voice, perspectives and collectively design the outcome of this process (e.g., timeline, agenda, etc.). The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience with engaging, building relationships, and facilitating inclusive and collaborative workgroups. They will possess a strong orientation toward collaboration with a range of diverse stakeholders.
Engagement, Organizing & Coordination
Support the coordination of MTJ working group activities, including public education, action alerts, organizing events, ally building activities, outreach and assessment.
Conduct outreach and engage potential and active members
Assist in session design.
Assist with surveying and assessing member skills, as well as existing and emergent needs.
Expand MTJ’s presence and reach
With the support of the Project Director, implement racial justice and address anti Blackness frameworks and strategies into the MTJ’s activities.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with MTJ’s workgroup and grassroots member organizations.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders that express an interest in MTJ (for those organizations or individuals that want to remain engaged but are unable to participate as a workgroup member)
Have a proactive approach to addressing and supporting MTJ’s response to developments on the ground.
Highlight member organizations’ work, provide support, and collaborate when rapid response needs are expressed.
Responsible for e coordination and execution of meetings and convenings.
Support coordination of regional convenings in collaboration with MTJ staff and members.
Support with the coordination of webinars and other spaces for members to share skills.
Communication & Administration
Maintain MTJ’s membership database, communications systems.
Draft funder updates, and MTJ project reports.
Onboard new members and respond to membership inquiries.
Use social media and website to keep members informed of MTJ activities and engagement opportunities.
Coordinate members to support MTJ events.
Create agendas, coordinating the working group, and oversee scheduling/calendar appointments, etc.
You’ll thrive in this role if this sounds like you:
*While no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and attributes. Even if you aren’t sure but are excited about the position, we encourage you to apply!
Demonstrated commitment to MTJ’s values
Experienced convener - accessibility and connectedness in mind
Ability to set priorities and accomplish a broad range of tasks
Strong relationship building skills with the ability to have tough conversations with care
Previous campaign experience on immigration-related issues
Project coordination/management skills
Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and the ability to motivate people to act
Self-starter who works well with people
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to work independently and collaboratively, work well under pressure and adhere to deadlines while balancing multiple projects
Ability to travel at least 30 percent of the time (*No travel expected during pandemic)
Fluent in English and Spanish
Familiarity with social justice issues, particularly related to migrant justice, racial justice, and abolition
Ability to initiate projects and work with minimum supervision
Experience working with diverse stakeholders and has a working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and bias.
Working knowledge of social media tools and online/virtual convening tools
We’re hoping you bring 1-2 (or more) of these bonus skills:
Ability to handle the shifting contexts and nuances coalition building entails
Experience with public speaking and facilitation
Experience working with diverse coalitions
Experience researching, synthesizing, and citing complex information
Experience building out strategies within regional or local campaigns
Attributes, Experience & Qualifications:
Strong racial equity analysis, skills, and practice: You consistently integrate a deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class, and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.
Self-initiative and advanced project management skills: You are self-directed and thrive in dynamic and ambiguous environments. You can delegate effectively, manage multiple priorities, organize a large volume of work, and keep it flowing through the pipeline. You are tenacious and proactive with the ability to get things done.
Excellent relationship-building skills: You are able to build positive, enduring relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and organizations and leverage those relationships in service of organizational goals.
Ability to communicate and collaborate virtually: You are efficient and comfortable with Google Suite, responsive via email, and willing to participate in virtual meetings as needed; and you have the ability to navigate spaces with multiple strong voices and opinions to move the group forward and land decisions with clarity.
Mission-aligned with a commitment to a new, bold vision for immigrants and immigration policies, built from the ground up by impacted communities.
Experience facilitating in-person, phone, and video meetings.
Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines, while remaining composed under pressure.
Willingness and capacity to travel.(*No travel expected during pandemic)
Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward building consensus and resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
Entrepreneurial, creative, and able to anticipate problems before they arise.
Length of contract/ timeframe: 1 year (possibility for extension) + Full benefits package
How to Apply
Priority Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by October 30, 2020. Open until filled. *MTJ strongly encourages and seeks applications from immigrants, Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
In lieu of a cover letter, please respond to these short-answer questions:
Why are you excited about working with MTJ?
What experience do you have with supporting the work of a National coalition?
What experience do you have with engaging membership-based groups and directly impacted communities to ensure that their voices shape every aspect of a project or campaign?
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? (optional)
Please send your responses and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with your FIRST and LAST NAME - MTJ Engagement Manager in the subject line. *Please note: Submissions received without the required submission format will not be reviewed.
MTJ will be fiscally sponsored by a National public charity that is committed to building strong social justice movements. MTJ is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal opportunity (“EEO”) laws. MTJ strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height or weight, disability, gender identity or expression, medical condition, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS-related conditions, marital status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, arrest record and any other characteristic protected by law. Accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application. While performing the responsibilities of the job, accommodations will be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.