Job Title: Citizenship Coordinator/Community Organizer
Location: Chicago, IL
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: Immigrant Workers’ Project (CTU-IWP), a grassroots worker center on the southeast side of Chicago and south suburbs, was founded in 2008 after a group of immigrant workers organized against unfair labor practices of a potato chip company in the community. CTU-IWP educates immigrant workers on their employment and citizenship rights, builds campaigns to combat wage theft and other unfair labor practices, builds alliances with good employers that uphold fair labor standards, and works at the local and regional level to advocate for changes in policy to ensure all workers receive equitable pay and are treated fairly in the workplace.
The Community Organizer/Citizenship Coordinator is responsible for informing and engaging eligible residents of the southeast side of Chicago and south suburbs on our Citizenship Program. This position is also responsible for training community members how to organize and make changes to improve the lives of immigrant workers. This position is part of our civic engagement focus and entails a holistic approach in addressing issues that affect the immigrant community.
Reports to: Associate Director
Citizenship Coordinator Duties:
- Recruitment, training and retention of a strong base of volunteers to provide support to the citizenship program including citizenship workshops, office hours, phone banking and outreach activities;
- Develop a strong steering committee integrating core volunteers, applicants, and new citizens to develop and implement the citizenship/immigrant program;
- Develop outreach plan with other organizing staff and citizenship leadership team and oversee execution of activities to promote the citizenship program and reach out to new applicants, including but not limited to outreach through faith institutions, businesses, local service providers, and schools;
- Develop new relationships with partners and institutions that share CTU’s mission and engage them in the citizenship program and overall organization;
- Organize and coordinate volunteer and new citizen recognition events;
- Oversee citizenship program activities, including returning calls and providing assistance to interested applicants, submit outreach reports, and oversee office hours and coordination of workshop with partner agencies;
- Attend coalition meetings for the citizenship program and other meetings in representation of CTU;
- Communicate and work with coalition partner organizations in the evaluation and strengthening of citizenship program;
- Develop media strategies and obtain earned media to highlight success stories of citizenship applicants and promote citizenship program;
- Seek and develop funding opportunities for the citizenship program (i.e. scholarships for new citizenship applicants, etc.);
- Develop, maintain, and update listings of educational resources (such as English and citizenship classes, citizenship manuals, etc.) for applicants, and explore opportunities to connect applicants with those resources.
Community Organizer Duties:
- Build a strong base of community leaders by leading extensive outreach efforts such as workplace/church outreach, site canvassing, door-knocking to identify, recruit, and development new members;
- Conduct a minimum of 10 one-on-one meetings and house meetings with new and established external leaders (such as organizational and faith leaders) on a weekly basis
- Create events and presentations to raise awareness of the immigration program and New American Initiative services for current partners and community leaders;
- Develop and strengthen relationships with key allies, community organizations, religious institutions, and community leaders who work on empowerment of immigrant communities;
- Work closely with Organizing Team to increase membership engagement and provide support on non-immigrant/citizenship efforts as needed;
- Maintain and update membership, outreach, and citizenship databases;
- Assist in coordinating organizational, grassroots fundraising, and media events;
- Assist in the development of CTU through leadership development, strategic planning, and training;
- Write weekly and monthly work plans and reports;
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills:
- Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice;
- At least one year of community organizing experience or experience working with grassroots community organization is preferred;
- Demonstrated ability to identify, recruit, and develop a base of volunteers;
- Demonstrates an ability to work in a culturally diverse environment and possess the ability to interact with multiple constituencies in a respectful and meaningful manner
- Demonstrated understanding of immigrant issues;
- Excellent listening, interpersonal, and problem solving skills;
- Computer proficiency and strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Must be a team player, and self-driven;
- Fluent in English and Spanish and/or any other language;
- Ability to travel on regular basis as needed;
- Ability to work long and irregular hours and weekends as required;
- Must have access to a personal vehicle on a daily basis to drive to meetings
- Until Filled.
- Must begin immediately.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Citizenship Coordinator/Community Organizer Application.”
CENTRO DE TRABAJADORES UNIDOS-IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ PROJECT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. IMMIGRANTS, WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AND PERSONS WITH DIVERSE GENDER AND SEXUAL IDENTITIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.