Founded in 1993, Worcester Interfaith (WI) develops leaders & organizes power to work for Racial and Economic justice. We are a collective of congregations & community-based organizations in Worcester, MA which represent the racial, socio-economic & geographic diversity of the city. WI combines faith values, community organizing and leadership development to engage our community in issues that disproportionately affect residents of color, and those of low-income or newcomer status. Over the course of 25 years, we’ve leveraged community support & funding for neighborhood pools, parks & recreation, Community Schools, infrastructure improvements, workforce development & employment opportunities for youth & adults, education and health equity while advocating for policy changes at the local & state level.
Worcester Interfaith is looking for a Community Organizer to lead a few of our active campaigns including our Education Equity work. This includes organizing Parents and youth as well as working with our Faith and lay leaders with our member Congregations. They would work with new and existing organizing teams. The Community Organizer will engage our leaders in our campaigns, identify new leaders and work on identifying systems and policies of inequity. The Organizer will then work with leaders, WI and the community to identify strategies to address those inequities. We are looking for someone that is excited about relational organizing, leadership development and is investing in addressing issues of Systemic change.
Duties and Responsibilities
Congregational, Community Leadership and Work in Coalition
- Participate actively in our current and new coalitions: share ideas, build power analysis, contribute to campaign development, recruit community members to join and take public action to change policy
- Support and convene Worcester Coalition for Educational Equity: 1:1 meetings with coalition members, cultivate strong relationships with members over time, maintain member list, schedule meetings, facilitate or co-facilitate, co-lead campaign planning and
- Represent Worcester Interfaith in calls on locally, statewide and nationally related to issues we are working on or interested in
- Organize Parents and Youth
- Create small groups of parents across the city to build a Network of Parents who have organized power
- Work with Leaders of assigned congregations to build strong local organizing committees within member congregations
- Facilitate active connections between Board members’ congregational social justice work, our coalitions, and other initiatives we hear about; motivate individuals and organizations to take deeper and more effective action over time
- Maintain the issue work to which we are committed.
- Coordinate the participation of leaders in training workshops and conduct sessions as needed
- Regularly seek out and build relationships with new leaders and facilitate brining in ne member institutions/organizations (Particularly in Immigrant and Communities of Color as well as store front congregations)
- Prepare materials for training session, printing handouts, technology and room set-up, prep flipchart etc.
- Train leaders in the organizing model as laid out by MCAN, involving leaders in every step of the process. Use that tool as a guide for identifying the issues that need to be addressed.
- Support the development of leaders through regular one on ones to tackle the changes they are focused on in the most strategic and powerful way
- Build an organizational culture based on strong relationships, a deep moral vision that shows up in public, and builds community.
- Restructure the board to ensure a better balance of lay people and clergy, and to allow for the establishment of more ad hoc committees to carry out the work.
- Staff Board committees; support annual meetings, conduct fundraisers, write and format newsletters, etc. as needed
- Increase engagement with diverse congregations and congregations of color.
- Revisit our membership and dues structure in order to ensure they don’t serve as barriers to participation.
- Participate with the Board and Faith Leaders’ Caucus in an ongoing strategic planning process, including working with other leaders to give input and review
- Attend and actively participate in weekly Staff-Meetings, strategic planning meetings, facilitating where needed and internal communications.
- Attend and actively participate in bi-monthly Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN) All-Staff meetings, MCAN Leader Assemblies, and any other MCAN related trainings or events, including those
which may be recommended in and out of state when appropriate.
Fundraising and Administrative
- Work with leaders to engage and develop relationships with local businesses that can support the organization during the Annual Fundraiser
- Coordinate with Executive Director to maintain Grant Calendar, crafting competitive grant proposals and building/maintaining relationships with foundation staff as needed
- Coordinate leaders and staff for foundation site visits, facilitate those meetings;
- Finalize and submit a minimum of one grant application by the end of the fiscal year.
- Develop a working knowledge of the issues, challenges, history and political environment of the city of Worcester and surrounding towns
- Reflect on the power analysis of the political, economic and religious leaders and structures of the city of Worcester and surrounding towns
- Meet weekly with Executive Director for one on one coaching, development, supervision, and project support
- Provide written content for newsletter as needed; coordinate and collect written material from leaders for newsletter as needed
- Engage in rebranding, including drafting a new mission statement and developing a strategic and robust communications program (website, social media and email).
- High level of consciousness and/or a willingness to learn and engage in conversations around race, class, gender, and faith/spirituality
- Two to five years’ experience, with an openness to being coached and developed further
- Self-motivation, detail-oriented, able to take initiative and ownership of projects, and able to provide creative and strategic feedback in the planning process
- High level of consciousness around race, class, and interfaith language and practice
- Some experience or understanding of organizing work with an openness to being coached and developed further
- A self-starter who’s detail-oriented, able to take initiative and ownership of projects, and able to provide creative and strategic feedback in the planning process
- Relational work style: ability to listen well, collaborate, tell stories, and coach effectively
- Other qualifications that would be helpful include language skills (especially Spanish), computer skills (Google Suite, Microsoft, etc), and basic grant writing or fundraising
This is a full-time Salaried position. Salary commensurate with experience
To apply: Please send an electronic file of your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in this position and your qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will accept applications until the position is filled. Worcester Interfaith has a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – people of color, women and members of other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Worcester Interfaith ~ First Baptist Church, 111 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609
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