• Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellowship

    Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
    Posted Date 2 months ago(2/6/2019 10:31 AM)
    Job ID
    2019-1253
    # of Openings
    1
    End Date
    3/29/2019
    Category
    Social Justice
    US Starting Rate
    USD $14.00/Hr.
  • Overview

    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 March 22, 2019.

     

     

    Starts:  Summer 2019

    Duration:  One year

     

    Purpose

    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. Develop personal skills, connections, and a deeper
    understanding of advocacy and education in the places where church, ministry, social justice, and public policy meet.

    Responsibilities

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

    • Immigration
    • Refugees
    • Creation Care (Climate Change)
    • Abortion and Sanctity of Human Life
    • Religious Persecution
    • Criminal Justice Reform
    • Poverty and Hunger
    • Peacebuilding (Middle East Peace)

    2. Track the advocacy efforts of OSJ/CRC partner organizations.


    3. Facilitate the work of 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.

    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.

    • Coordinate the annual Advent Devotion project.
    • Prepare weekly news summaries for the OSJ Prayers newsletter.
    • Manage other newsletters as assigned.

    6. Provide support for workshops and congregational mobilizing.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    None

    Qualifications

    * Commitment to the journey of a lived faith.
    * Strong interest in Reformed world-and-life view, especially the intersection of public policy and Reformed social ethics and action.
    * Excellent writing skills and ability to synthesize complex political material for the layperson.
    * Self-directed and capable of working without close supervision.
    * Ability to work collaboratively in small groups.

    Additional Information

    * 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).

    Physical Demands

    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.

    Work Environment

    The location for this position is at the denominational offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Some travel will be required, including one to two trips to Washington, D.C., and perhaps to other locations of CRC concentration.

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