Position: Organizer for GHIAA (Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance)
Reports to: Executive Director of Center for Leadership and Justice, Hartford, CT
Who we are: The Center for Leadership and Justice (formerly Christian Activities Council) is a 168 year old stable and sustainable progressive social justice organization that has won eight neighborhood campaigns in the last two years, including a nationally recognized No More Slumlords campaign. With a strong foundation of grassroots leaders with significant organizing experience, CLJ successfully launched an interfaith congregation-based (broad based) organization called Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA) in October, 2019, with 35 dues paying institutions (including Jewish, Christian and Muslim congregations and Catholic and neighborhood organizations and a powerful issue slate).
Who we are looking for:
Our team is interested in filling this full time position with an experienced faith based, broad based, or community organizer who is skilled at developing relationships with diverse communities and organizations. You will join a staff of four organizers as they work with congregations, neighborhoods, and other committed organizations to develop and implement practical and winnable solutions to specific social justice issues. Our current issue slate includes housing, education, gun violence, criminal justice and healthcare.
- Work as part of a collaborative team of organizers with CLJ’s executive director/lead organizer to guide the work of GHIAA.
- Collaborate with CLJ’s neighborhood organizers to leverage the power and influence of GHIAA on the priorities identified by grassroots leaders.
- Build new and strengthen existing relationships with clergy and lay core team members from a variety of religious institutions to engage in the work of faith-based organizing.
- Train leaders through facilitation, public presentations, one on one and group trainings in the principles of organizing and support them in developing relational culture in their institutions through listening campaigns and house meetings.
- Participate personally in on-going anti-racism training and engage GHIAA leaders in anti-racism training provided through vetted racial justice organizations.
- Engage GHIAA leaders in the process of identifying specific, practical, winnable actions that emerge from the house meetings, and develop campaigns to influence decision makers to support the proposed actions.
- Plan and execute turnout for small and large public actions to compel decision makers to advance issue campaigns
- Build financial sustainability by ensuring dues support among member congregations.
- Build relationships with new congregations and allied institutions
- Maintain a disciplined routine of 15 weekly individual meetings with existing and new leaders and powerbrokers.
- Occasionally attend worship services/meetings with GHIAA members or future faith-based partners and provide presentations about the work of GHIAA.
- 3-5 years of faith based or community organizing experience, including working on issue campaigns.
- Capacity to think strategically about building power to win on systemic issues impacting low income communities and communities of color
- Experience working with low-income and immigrant populations
- Comfort and enjoyment working within and among people from diverse faith, socio-economic, racial, and political backgrounds
- Effective communication skills
- Experience with teaching, mentoring and developing leaders.
- Ability to work independently and juggle multiple responsibilities
- Ability to speak publicly and represent the organization in community and professional settings
- Willingness to work irregular hours including nights and weekends as needed in a fast paced environment
- Computer literate (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, E-mail, and Social Media)
- Valid driver’s license and insured vehicle required
Compensation: The salary range for this position is $73,000 - $80,000. The Center for Leadership and Justice offers excellent benefits, a pension plan, and salary commensurate with experience. Recognizing the importance of family relationships, CLJ is committed to being family-friendly. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage candidates of all races and sexual identification to apply. There is no religious affiliation required.
Interested qualified candidates: please email a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Additional Information about the Center for Leadership and Justice
The Center for Leadership and Justice and GHIAA’s leaders are committed to building an anti-racist organization and have contracted with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond to provide regular anti-racism training for GHIAA’s core team leaders and clergy, as well as the staff and board of directors for the Center for Leadership and Justice.
At this time GHIAA is not affiliated with a national organizing network, but is led by professional organizers with over 20 years of experience with training from various national networks such as the Industrial Areas Foundation.