The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has an opening for a 1-year full-time (40 hrs/wk) Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellow with the Office of Social Justice (OSJ). This opportunity is being offered to candidates with a Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent experience, and interested and qualified in the field of public justice and faith.
The Fellow will help the 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 people experiencing poverty and oppression. They will gain invaluable hands-on experience in real world advocacy and faith-based mobilizing. The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree or higher, or equivalent experience, and be able to live and work in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In keeping with our Equal Opportunity policy, we encourage applicants of all races and ethnicities and applicants with disabilities to apply.
For consideration, complete an online application, with a resume and cover letter, by March 17, 2020.
Starts: Summer 2020
Duration: One year
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 people experiencing poverty and oppression 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 professional and interpersonal skills, maintain and build upon professional networks, and deepen an understanding of advocacy and education at the intersection of church, ministry, racial justice, social justice, and public policy.
1. Track current events, policy changes, and legislation in both the U.S. and Canada related to OSJ’s focus areas:
2. Track the advocacy efforts of OSJ/CRC partner organizations.
3. Collaborate with OSJ staff and other CRC agencies in determining appropriate advocacy actions on legislation relevant to their core issues of ministry focus.
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.
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 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.