The Sr. Director of Organizing & Politics reports to the Deputy Director, is a member of the ICIRR senior staff, oversees Organizing, Politics, and Policy Departments. Works very closely with the Policy and Political Directors, and supervises the work of the organizing staff (currently comprised of 2 Suburban Organizers, Youth Civic Leadership Academy Organizer and our Family Support Network Organizer).
- Provide Strategy and Direction for the overall Organizing and Politics and Policy departments
- You will be responsible for strengthening our 138 existing member institutions – providing training, organizing them into campaigns, and helping them build relationships with decision-makers.
- You will be responsible for helping us strategically grow our organization. What that means is bringing diverse institutions – churches, social service agencies, ethnic organizations, etc. – into our coalition. Some of the areas where we are trying to build stronger relationships are with immigrant businesses, universities, African-Americans, Evangelicals, and suburban and down-state immigrant communities.
- You will be the lead organizer for 5-7 major public actions every year, and more than a dozen smaller actions. Major actions include events like an annual Policy Summit, an annual Integration Summit, multiple advocacy trips to Springfield, and accountability sessions with public officials. Smaller actions include marches, press conferences, and legislative meetings.
- In collaboration with the Senior Director of Development and External Relations, you will be responsible for maintaining relationships with key foundations, seeking out new relationships with funders, and asking individual donors to make contributions.
- You will be responsible for working closely with the CEO, Deputy Director, Policy Director, Political Director and Communications Director to initiate, manage, and drive multiple issue campaigns simultaneously, on issues ranging from immigration enforcement to voter mobilization to social services to employment.
- You will oversee the work of our Family Support Network & Hotline (a 24-hour hotline and network for families
facing deportation) and oversee the Candidate School (a training program for immigrants who want to run for office).
- At the discretion and in collaboration with the Deputy Director or CEO, play a national role in coordinating campaigns for immigration reform, in partnership with the Center for Community Change and Fair Immigration Reform Movement.
Qualifications: We are looking for someone who is strategic, reliable, good at building relationships, and is a self-starter. Our organizers need to be willing to take charge of driving their own campaigns, meeting tough deadlines and making their own schedules. Additionally:
- We seek to hire people with deep experience living or working in immigrant communities, especially immigrants themselves and the children of immigrants.
- Bilingual language capacity strongly preferred, especially Spanish.
- Working experience in community organizing and/or legislative advocacy campaigns, with some formal training preferred; experience in media and program management welcome;
- Excellent Management, Supervision, and Mentorship skills
- Excellent interpersonal and writing skills; experience and comfort in public speaking;
- Excellent leadership abilities and superior organizational skills; detail-oriented with the ability to juggle many different tasks simultaneously and complete them in a timely manner;
- Experience working with elected officials, policymakers, and other key civic leaders;
- Some knowledge and awareness of policies, and experience working with immigrants and/or refugees preferred; Some knowledge of the legislative and public policy processes at the local, state or federal levels;
- A car and valid driver’s license are required. Because the organizer must be available when our leaders are, evening and weekend work are a part of this job.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects, develop work plans and meet targeted goals and objectives. Ability to work long hours, including nights and weekends.
- Experience supervising staff to manage multiple projects, develop work plans and meet targeted goals and objectives. Previous staff supervision.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus generous benefits
ICIRR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
About Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is ) is a coalition of more than 130 member organizations that works through its membership (community organizations, labor unions, religious institutions, social service agencies, ethnic associations, etc.) to build power and advance a pro-immigrant platform at local, state, and national levels.
We have a strong team with a diverse range of skills and an even more diverse range of nationalities and life experiences. As a justice mission-driven organization, we hold ourselves to high standards, and we take our work very seriously. We know that if we do our jobs well, people from our communities will suffer less and have more opportunity to build the kind of lives they want for their families.