• Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellowship

    Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/9/2018 8:58 AM)
    Job ID
    2018-1190
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Social Justice
    US Starting Rate
    USD $14.00/Hr.
  • Overview

    *Please note the change in the pay rate

    The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has an opening for a 1-year full-time (40 hrs/wk) Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellowship 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 June 4, 2018.

     

     

    Starts:  Summer 2018

    Duration:  One year

     

     

    Responsibilities

    Work and Responsibilities 

    1. Track current events and legislation in both the U.S. and Canada related to OSJ’s focus areas:

    • Abortion & life issues
    • Creation care & climate change
    • Immigration & refugees
    • Poverty & hunger
    • Religious persecution & peace issues
    • Restorative & racial 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.

    • Write timely, concise action alerts to encourage CRC lay constituencies to advocate for legislation.
    • Assist in tracking and evaluating alert effectiveness.
    • Research issues and create content framing social justice from a Reformed perspective. Create political analysis for websites, newsletters, or internal use.
    • Coordinate the annual Advent Devotion project.
    • Prepare weekly news summaries for OSJ Prayers Newsletter.
    • Manage other newsletters as assigned.

    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.

     

    Work Environment

    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.

    Qualifications

    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.

     

    Education

    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).

     

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