Community Organizer - Make the Road PA
Make the Road Pennsylvania
Employment Opportunity: Community Organizer
About the Organization:
Make the Road Pennsylvania builds power in Latinx communities to win dignity and justice. We are a membership organization and are guided by and accountable to our members – residents of Reading, Allentown and eastern PA who spend their time and resources advancing our campaigns and are often directly affected by the issues we address. We are the sister organization of Make the Road New York, and utilize a similar organizing model, building committees around issues like education justice and immigrant rights, and working with residents to advance our campaigns. Formed in late 2014, we have had a substantial impact after only a short time, leading a campaign to close Berks Family Detention Center, mobilizing thousands of voters in the 2016 elections, and fighting for municipal ID’s in Reading.
Make the Road Pennsylvania seeks an energetic and dedicated community organizer to join our team in Berks County and the Lehigh Valley. The person will be responsible for recruitment of new members, developing a team of leaders, and executing campaign strategy together with those leaders and other staff members. The responsibilities of the organizer include but are not limited to:
- Conduct regular outreach in Latinx communities in Reading
- Manage regular membership meetings in the Comite de Lucha, or another committee by inviting residents, developing an agenda, and supporting members to facilitate
- Conduct regular 1-1 meetings with community members to build strong relationships and develop leadership
- Mobilize residents to rallies, protests or other actions MRPA might be undertaking as part of their campaigns
- Recruit new members of Make the Road Pennsylvania
- Develop the political consciousness of MRPA leaders through popular education, reflection, and developing appropriate educational materials
- From time to time there will be the need to travel, to Washington DC or other regional locations
- Occasionally represent MRPA at tables with other allies, community stakeholders, and others
- This position reports to the Director
To be successful, the community organizer must have a commitment to social justice, and a belief that those directly affected by issues in society must be at the forefront of changing them. Organizing is a practice, and the person must be dedicated to all aspects of it to be successful – recruitment, leadership development, mobilization and reflection.
No formal work experience or community organizing experience is required (though it is preferred), but a demonstrated commitment to taking action to improve your community or to address specific problems is critical. Experience with or understanding of issues faced by low income people in Pennsylvania and in particular immigrants with and without status is preferred. The person must have the ability to think strategically, make decisions on their own, be an effective communicator, and hustle.
Bilingual English and Spanish is required, and a driver’s license is preferred.
Salary commensurate with experience. MRPA has a generous benefit package including maternity/paternity leave, health insurance, and 401k.
Send a resume and a cover letter to Adanjesus Marin, Director of MRPA, at email@example.com. MRPA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. No phone calls will be accepted as part of the application.