Community Development Organizer - Immigration and Latinx

 

Position: Community Development Organizer – Immigration and Latinx

Basic Function:

Development and implementation of community organizing campaigns on issues related to immigration justice and its intersection with other disability issues. Base-building and recruitment of grassroots leaders of all ages, particularly from the Latinx community, to build Access Living’s capacity for advocacy mobilization through Power to the People coalition (PTP) and the community group Cambiando Vidas (CV).

Specific Duties:

  • Campaign Development: Campaign Development: In coordination with Manager of Organizing and Community Development (MOCD) and fellow organizers, and with the input of CV consumer leaders, design and coordinate advocacy/organizing campaigns for systems change and reform at the local, state and Federal levels which support Access Living’s mission and strategic goals;
  • Base Building: Recruit new grassroots leaders for CV through a combination of the following: social media, tabling at community events, phone banking, canvassing, one-on-ones, house meetings, presentations at/referrals from Access Living independent living services;
  • Training and Leadership Development: Train people with disabilities on immigration and Latinx issues, advocacy, legislative processes, and direct action;
  • Coalition Building: Increase CV’s political power by building and cultivating relationships with community groups, advocacy organizations, and government agencies to create broad coalitional support for disability rights issues; 
  • Internal Collaboration: Coordinate with Access Living legal, communications, and direct services staff as needed, to recruit members for CV from those clients assisted as well as to effectively manage the organizing team and support Access Living’s organizational efforts;
  • Policy Work: Provide support to the Director of Advocacy and MOCD in monitoring and weighing in on CV campaign-relevant policy and legislation at local, state and Federal levels; and promoting new policies and policy reform efforts to further intersectional advocacy in the disability movement, especially around issues impacting immigrants;
  • Community Education/Outreach: Conduct education efforts around disability and immigration/Latinx-specific policy and legislation, including through the use of media; provide internal and external workshops as needed;
  • Miscellaneous Duties: Conduct written regular project activities reports; ensure compliance with grant requirements through regular data entry; act as a spokesperson for Access Living on immigration/Latinx issues as assigned; and execute any other duties as assigned.

Education and Training:

Bachelor’s degree or applicable life/work experience. Good communication skills, both for public presentations and written reports. A writing sample in English and in Spanish is required.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Proficiency in Google shared documents and video platforms including but not limited to Zoom, Webex, etc.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to travel extensively within the City of Chicago, as well as occasional travel outside of Chicago. Will need to at least supervise logistical supports for group meetings/events.

Experience:

Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish required. Extensive experience (3-5 years) in community organizing strongly preferred.  Knowledge of immigration justice issues, Latinx issues, disability issues, and/or independent living philosophy is strongly preferred.  Understanding of social media is required. People of color, people with disabilities, and people from other multiply marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equipment Operated:

Computers, copier, scanner

Working Environment:

Access Living shared office space, open plan seating with COVID-19 prevention parameters. This is likely this position would be able to work remotely a couple of days per week.

Supervised By:

Manager of Organizing and Community Development

Salary:

$40,000 – $45,000

How to Apply:

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to careers@accessliving.org.