*The salary listed represents a living allowance of at least $1,300/month.
The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has an opening for a 1-year full-time (40 hrs/wk) Justice Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellow with the Office of Social Justice (OSJ). This opportunity is being offered to recent college or university graduates interested and qualified in the field of public justice and faith.
The fellow will help OSJ develop and assist in timely and effective advocacy and mobilizing strategies relating to selected issues of U.S. and Canadian policies, specifically those that benefit the poor and oppressed. She or he will gain invaluable hands-on experience in real world advocacy and faith-based mobilizing.
The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree or higher and be able to live and work in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In keeping with our Equal Opportunity policy, we encourage applicants from all ethnic (racial) communities and applicants with disabilities.
For consideration, complete an online application, with a resume and cover letter, by April 3, 2017.
OSJ FELLOWSHIP POSITION DESCRIPTION
Job Title: Justice Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellow
Department: Office of Social Justice
Starts: Summer 2017
Duration: One year
Status: Full-time Fellowship
Develop the capabilities of the Office of Social Justice to educate and empower agencies and members of the CRC to become more effective advocates for/with the poor and oppressed on selected issues of U.S. and Canadian public policy. Strengthen efforts to mobilize church members and communities toward greater engagement with social justice and public policy. To develop personal skills, connections, and a deeper understanding of advocacy and education in the places where church, ministry, social justice, and public policy meet.
Work and Responsibilities
1. Track current events and legislation in both the U.S. and Canada related to OSJ’s focus areas:
o Global poverty (SDGs, foreign assistance reform, ending hunger)
o Creation Care (climate change)
o Peacebuilding (Middle East peace, war refugees, etc.)
o Criminal Justice Reform
o Aboriginal Justice
2. Track the advocacy efforts of OSJ/CRC partner organizations.
3. Facilitate OSJ staff and other CRC agencies in determining appropriate advocacy on legislation relevant to their core issues of ministry focus.
4. Represent OSJ/CRC at meetings with coalition partners and other events organized by partner organizations and, when required, engage in direct advocacy with legislators.
5. Assist the OSJ team with general writing and collaborative tasks as necessary.
6. Provide support for workshops and congregational mobilizing.
The location for this position is at the denominational offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Some travel will be required – perhaps 5 percent to 10 percent – mostly to Washington, D.C., and perhaps to some other locations of CRC concentration.
1. Commitment to the journey of a lived faith.
2. Strong interestin Reformed world-and-life view, especially the intersection of public policy and Reformed social ethics and action.
3. Excellent writing skills and ability to synthesize complex political material for the layperson.
4. Self-directed and capable of working without close supervision.
5. Ability to work collaboratively in small groups.
Bachelor's degree or higher in public policy, political science, international development, or similar (background in political systems of both Canada and the U.S. preferred).