Denver Regional Immigration Organizer
Must live in Denver area
Temporary, part time
The CRC Office of Social Justice is seeking an organizer in the Denver region who is interested in the work of the Office of Social Justice and eager to help develop area congregations’ engagement and understanding of immigration. The organizers will develop relationships with church members to accomplish the primary responsibility of mobilizing congregations to engage one or more of the four focus areas: education, worship, advocacy, and connection.
This position will begin July 1, 2018 and end on June 30, 2019. The organizer will receive a $3,000 stipend within this period, receiving checks for $1,500 in December 2018 and June 2019. The organizer will be expected to fulfill the responsibilities outlined below.
1. Mobilize ten congregations in the region to complete one or more of the four partner goals. At least eight of these congregations should be Christian Reformed Church (CRC) or Reformed Church in America (RCA). Partner goals include:
a. Education (education resources will be provided by the OSJ, including the Church Between Borders workshops and book/film study resources). Includes facilitating workshops upon requests or arranging alternate facilitator.
b. Worship (worship litanies, sample prayers, and sermon resources will be provided by the OSJ)
c. Advocacy (includes mobilizing individuals to be in touch with their members of Congress, sign up for OSJ to immigration newsletters, engagement with local elected officials on immigration matters, and publishing Op Eds in local newspapers where possible --
with coaching resources available through the OSJ)
d. Connect with immigrants (encouraging individuals in congregations to identify local immigration advocacy and support ministries/organizations)
2. Help create and execute a strategy for ongoing support to each partner congregation and encourage them to continue engagement to further partner goals.
3. Provide support, together with the OSJ, to accomplish advocacy goals, including:
a. Placing at least one Op Ed in a local newspaper related to immigration policy.
b. Organizing two meetings with Members of Congress and inviting individuals from partner congregations participate in these meetings.
4. Work closely with OSJ field coordinator and provide regular updates as requested.
5. Regularly track progress according to metrics outlined by the OSJ.
6. Attend potential orientation training as assigned
7. Other tasks that may develop as the project unfolds in the course of its implementation.
1. Independent workstyle, able to work with minimum supervision
2. Basic understanding of U.S. immigration issues
3. Ability to build connections and network
4. Strong initiation skills