Thursday, July 22, 2010

Job Opening: Border Action Network

Position Opening:  Campaign & Organizing Director

Deadline to Apply: August 15, 2010

Border Action Network (BAN) is looking for an experienced, motivated and fully bilingual (Spanish-English) person to lead a team of talented organizers and leaders in building the capacity and power of immigrant families in Arizona to advance human rights.  A dedicated and passionate person will thrive in this great opportunity amidst an enormously challenging political environment. Border Action is a growing organization with local, statewide and national impact. Its work involves unique and complex community organizing within immigrant and US-Mexico border communities in Arizona.

Who we are: Formed in 1999, Border Action Network is an immigrant and border community-led membership organization that works throughout Arizona, including the Arizona-Sonora border. BAN’s organizing focuses on building a strong base of low-income immigrant and border communities with the tools, knowledge and relationships necessary to insert their voices, dreams, and demands into local, state and national issues. As a human rights community organization, we have prioritized issues that urgently impact immigrant families and border communities. However, our long-term vision for human rights includes not only immigration reform, but also health care, housing, education, workers rights and a clean environment.

Organizing Model: Border Action has a unique organizing model that results in a decentralized organizational structure that ensures that those who are impacted the most by human rights violations in Arizona and along the border are at the forefront of leading the movement for justice and dignity. Individual members are invited to participate in a 40+ hour training that results in the title and responsibilities of a “Human Rights Promoter”. Through leading house meetings, presentations, and a series of discussions, the Promoters form “Human Rights Committees” in their neighborhoods, schools, churches or workplaces comprised of immigrant families. Together, the Promoters and Committees comprise the leadership core of the organization, make the key strategic and political decisions, implement the organization’s campaigns and recruit new members. 

Position Summary:
The Campaign & Organizing Director is responsible for providing overall leadership in campaign and political strategy, alliance building, the development of a vibrant grassroots organizing and leadership development program, and staff development of the organizing team. The Campaign & Organizing Director reports to the Executive Director, and is a member of the Management Team (with the Policy Director, Deputy Director and the Exec. Director). They supervise four regional organizers and their work with a dozen volunteer Human Rights Committees, volunteer Human Rights Promoters, Border Action members, supporters, and ally organizations. 

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in grassroots organizing; campaign and political strategy; staff management; a passion for social justice and human rights; and experience in aligning statewide and local community organizing strategies for local, state and national impact.

Roles and Responsibilities
1. Grassroots Organizing and Leadership Development. Lead in the development of systems, programs and plans to develop and strengthen campaigns and local and statewide community organizing. Provide leadership, coordination and support to the Organizing Team so that they can to help develop further these plans and move them forward through:
○    Leadership development and political education for grassroots leaders and members that helps strengthen and align our organizing campaigns and goals;
○    Clear and strong goals, strategies and implementation plans that integrate our committees, leaders, members and allies, including extensive travel around the state and coordinating with other organizations;
○    Recruitment programs to expand our membership base and strengthen the overall organizing process;
○    Fundraising activities involving grassroots leaders and members;
○    Success indicators and systems to track and document progress.

2. Campaign, political and alliance building strategy development & implementation
○    Lead local and statewide campaign strategy development and alliance building strategies   
○    Maintain a working knowledge of immigration and border issues and the national, state and local political landscape
○    Develop and monitor strategic, big-picture organizing plans that anticipate and respond to challenges and opportunities and propose program and resource shifts to meet those changes
○    Work with Executive Director, Policy Director and Deputy Director to identify and evaluate opportunities and align goals
○    Systematically develop and support organizers and leaders to take increasing responsibilities in all facets of the organization and in the community

3. Organizing staff management and development
○    Create organizing staff development training programs and opportunities for individual staff development plans to improve their strategic, alliance-building and organizing skills
○    Provide staff management, supervision and evaluation for organizers
○    Create success indicators and systems to track and document staff development progress

4. Other Responsibilities
○    Occasional public speaking
○    Promote organizational goals and values in various external activities
○    Participate in membership meetings, staff meetings, and community events
○    Participate in coalitions, networks, and collaborations that forward Border Action’s work as needed
○    Participate in planned individual, staff, and organizational evaluation activities
○    Assist in office management tasks

○    Bilingual and bi-cultural (Spanish-English)
○    Deep commitment to and passion for Border Action’s mission, immigrant rights, human rights and justice in the borderlands.
○    Successful track record of 4 or more years in community or labor organizing experience, preferably with low-income communities and women, and with a demonstrated capacity to effectively carry out the above responsibilities 

○    At least 3 or more years experience supervising and training community or labor organizers and leading campaigns
○    Ability to identify and set priorities and move teams in line with Border Action’s goals and strategic direction
○    Self-confidence and the capacity to create and independently move forward a complex agenda
○    Able to work frequent weekends and evenings and travel throughout the state
○    Demonstrated experience with political education and organizing skills training curriculum development and excellent workshop facilitation skills based in principles of popular education
○    Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to connect to wide-range of audiences and communities
○    Experience with legislative, electoral and/or statewide organizing strongly preferred
○    Excellent computer literacy in either PC or Mac platforms
○    Reliable transportation and a valid drivers license

Salary & Benefits: A competitive, professional salary is dependent on experience. Range: $37,000-$43,000. Benefits package includes health, dental, generous vacations, sick leave and sabbatical policy. Border Action is a family-friendly and an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply by the August 15, 2010 Deadline:
Send to all of the following: 1) cover letter explaining why you are interested in this specific position; 2) resume; and 3) three professional and one personal references that include phone numbers and emails. Write “Organizing Director” in the subject line.


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