Immigration Field Organizer: Midwest

About CCC + CCCAction
The Center for Community Change is committed to help build powerful and dynamic movements in diverse communities to create meaningful change. With our grassroots partners, we build the power and capacity of low-income people and communities of color to make significant policy changes in their lives.

Our focus areas include jobs and wages, immigration, retirement security, affordable housing, racial justice and barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals.

For a more detailed description of our organization, please go here for CCCAction.

Position Description:
This position is an integral position within the Immigration Team. The Immigration Field Organizer informs and implements the field strategy of the team in order to advance the principles, base-building and legislative objectives of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) – www.fairimmigration.org – a project of the Center for Community Change.

FIRM is the largest network of immigrant rights organizations, comprised of 44 organizations in 32 states. FIRM has been around for 15 years, fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state, and federal level.

The Immigration Field Organizer will work closely with the Immigration Field Director and the immigration team to implement local, state, and national level grassroots campaign initiatives. This position will coordinate technical assistance efforts, trainings and mobilizations intended to build grassroots leadership and organizational capacity of FIRM’s membership.

This position will need to understand the political and economic realities of target states and have an understanding of 501c3 and 501c4 parameters.

A portion of time will be spent working with CCC’s sister organization, the Center for Community Change Action.

This position reports to: Immigration Field Director

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Immigration Field Director, team members, and key stakeholders to develop and execute CCC/FIRM’s campaign strategy to achieve the Essential Outcomes of the Immigration Program.
  • Develop relationships with partner organizations and a diverse group of coalitions in assigned and allied states relevant to our current campaign strategy.
  • Deliver strategic planning assistance, facilitate power analysis processes, assist in messaging, support organizing and provide technical assistance to key partner and ally organizations in order to build power at the local, state, and national level.
  • Work as liaison between CCC/FIRM’s campaign priorities and target state, allies and partners
  • Assist in the coordination of local, regional and national events.
  • Build strategic relationships with leadership and organizations in target states.
  • Provide support to organizations, leaders and communities – as part of the work to build power in target states in the fields of leadership development, base-building, issues and building non-partisan electoral power.
  • Play a role in planning and facilitating workshops and trainings.
  • Represent the Immigration Team within the organization and with external allies.
  • Maintain high-level functioning relationships with other departments (communications, finance, institutional advancement, etc.) to ensure the immigration team is in actively collaborating to meet important policy requirements.
  • Facilitate alignment for the Immigration Team and other national CCC campaigns (reinvestment, jobs, etc.) in targeted states.
  • Participate in CCC/Immigration Team All Staff Calls and CCC/Immigration Team Staff Retreats.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Immigration Field Director.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of experience in community organizing and in implementing local, state or national policy initiatives on immigration issues. Experience in non-partisan electoral work is helpful.
  • Experienced in community organizing training including: basic principles of community organizing, development of leaders and organizations in an organizing context, issues and campaign development, training new organizers and leadership development.
  • Familiarity with and openness to different approaches to grassroots organizing and policy work.
  • Strong facilitation and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to work democratically and effectively with diverse groups and people.
  • Willing to work long flexible hours including nights and weekends and frequent travel.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Strong team player, familiar with team dynamics and willing to work in a team environment.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and social change.
  • Familiarity with some of the issues that the CCC currently works on.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to speak Spanish and/or other language is a plus.

Salary & Benefits: $75,000-$85,000. CCC offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of vacation; paid leave between December 24 and January 1; 403B retirement plan plus an additional 8% employer contribution to a Money Purchase Plan after six months of employment; and a choice of health insurance plans.

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled.

How to apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well as salary expectations, a resume, and a writing sample. Applications without all required documents will not be considered.

The Center for Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer