Job Opportunities

TITLE: ORGANIZER (1.00 FTE; regular, exempt)

PURPOSE: To provide full-time organizing and interfaith social justice advocacy services to the constituents of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC), especially to the JRLC Legislative Network of volunteer leaders and advocates. The JRLC is made up of the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and the Islamic Center of Minnesota.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific responsibilities will be derived from a work plan developed with the JRLC Executive Director. Areas of responsibility include:

Network Development and Relationship Building
Build the infrastructure and political influence of our networks through a variety of in-person and electronic means, providing needed organizing support to all volunteers, especially District Leaders and volunteer networkers.
Recruit new volunteer leaders and members, with a particular focus on deepening relationships within Muslim and Jewish communities, expanding Black/Indigenous/People of Color membership, and developing strong networks in strategic geographic areas.

Event Planning and Management
Manage our largest annual community gathering and legislative conference, Day on the Hill/Day on the Screen.
Develop and implement virtual programming and organize opportunities for remote legislative advocacy.
Develop opportunities for, plan logistics of and conduct in person or virtual regional training events and forums that strengthen network development and issue campaign goals.

Issue Campaigns
Increase the influence of JRLC at the Minnesota Legislature by mobilizing our networks to prophetic actions through a variety of means. Execute these tasks in coordination with the Executive Director.

Membership and Sponsorship Campaigns
Increase number of members, sponsors, donors and volunteers.
Expand income from members and congregational sponsors through annual campaigns and renewals, in coordination with the Advocacy Associate.

Network Communications
Produce action alerts, e-newsletters, social media content, and reports for all JRLC constituencies, in conjunction with the Executive Director.
Work with Executive Director on JRLC programming and fundraising efforts.

Advancing Faithful Citizenship
Promote interfaith (Christian, Jewish, and Islamic) understandings of social justice and God’s call to participate in community and build just structures. Deepen understandings of prophetic advocacy for all JRLC leaders and volunteers.

Intern, Volunteer, and Contract Supervision
Work with Executive Director to recruit, train and supervise contracted staff, interns, and volunteers.

Other duties as assigned.

ACCOUNTABILITY:

Accountable to the JRLC Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree
Experience in organizing preferred.
Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Strong planning skills.
Proven ability to produce polished and persuasive materials and communications.
Commitment to interfaith social justice work.
Competency with word processing, social networking, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, database management, and web content interface.
Ability to work in a collegial style with flexibility, creativity, and good humor.
Familiarity with and sensitivity to the constituencies of JRLC.
Grounded in a faith tradition. Knowledge of congregational life and volunteerism.
Occasional weekend, evening hours and in-state travel.
Valid driver’s license, vehicle and current auto insurance.

COMPENSATION:
Salary of $40,000 to $45,000, depending on experience. Health, dental, retirement, sick leave, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by the JRLC/Minnesota Council of Churches human resources policy.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS:
Normal office conditions. Extended desk work, use of computer. This position works out of the JRLC office at 122 West Franklin Avenue Suite 204 in Minneapolis. Travel throughout Minnesota.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
TO APPLY SUBMIT 1) COVER LETTER, 2) APPLICATION FORM, AND 3) RESUME TO:
employment@mnchurches.org / 122 W Franklin Ave Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55404/ 612-870-3622 FAX
For best consideration, submit application materials by 5 pm, Friday, November 6, 2020.
Check http://www.mnchurches.org/sites/default/files/MCC%20Employment%20Application.pdf for application form.

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition/Minnesota Council of Churches is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.