The Office of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) is looking to fill the position of Justice Mobilization Specialist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Justice Mobilization Specialist will support the congregational justice mobilization (CJM) program and its goals of educating and mobilizing churches for engagement in social justice. It will facilitate US CRCNA congregations in learning, involvement and effective advocacy in justice issues. This position also manages organizing efforts related to one or more key issues identified by the Office of Social Justice.
To apply, please complete an online application attaching a resume and cover letter by September 7, 2018.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Planning and implementing key organizing efforts such as the immigration mobilizing campaign. This includes being responsible for pastor breakfasts, workshops, press conferences, advocate networking meetings, etc.
2. Support regional organizers who are also working on the current mobilizing campaign.
3. Promote and facilitate workshops on justice issues in congregations, colleges, schools, community groups both in West Michigan and around the country.
4. Connecting with constituents, email and online communication, and list-building.
5. Represent the OSJ at congregations and conferences to mobilize supporters for OSJ justice campaigns
6. Support and when appropriate create issue-based communications, for example newsletters and support social media campaign efforts.
7. Identify ongoing justice opportunities where CRC churches could become active partners or supporters.
8. Represent the OSJ at coalition meetings of peace and justice organizations where appropriate.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Able to support the mission, vision and values of the CRCNA.
2. Ability to reflect a holistic Biblical worldview in a commitment to the ministry of reconciliation, justice and peace.
3. Demonstrated understanding of the nuances of ecumenical social justice work and the principles of constructive relational advocacy.
4. Effective public speaking skills.
5. Highly developed interpersonal communication skills.
6. Creative thinker and excellent popular writer.
7. Ability to distill complex research into accessible advocacy education.
8. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
9. Experience working in a collaborative environment.
10. Ability to travel in the United States and Canada - 10% time
1. A Bachelor’s Degree in political science, social work, development or a related field of study is required.
2. At least 1 year of experience with political advocacy, preferred.
3. Demonstrated experience working in faith communities, preferred.
4. Demonstrated experience with community organizing, preferred.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
The location for this position is at the denominational offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan.