The Office of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) is looking to fill the part-time position of Immigration and Justice Specialist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Imigration and Justice 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.
To apply, please complete an online application attaching a resume and cover letter by August 21, 2019.
1. Support the organizing efforts of the Congregational Justice Mobilizing program of the CRCNA
2. Promote and facilitate workshops on immigration and justice issues in congregations, colleges, schools, and community groups in West Michigan.
3. Write content for newsletters, social media and other areas as assigned.
4. Assist to identify ongoing justice opportunities where CRC churches could become active partners or supporters.
5. Assist with research for backgrounders on action alerts.
6. Participate in staff and strategy meetings as scheduled.
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. Able 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 and group facilitation 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. Ability to travel in the United States - 30% time
1. A Bachelor’s Degree in political science, social work, development or a related field of study is preferred .
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.
5. Demonstrated experience with the topic of immigration, 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.