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Immigrant Rights Community Organizer

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Immigrant Rights Community Organizer (IR Organizer). Comunidades Unidas (CU) is a non-profit organization based in West Valley City. CU is an organization dedicated to empowering the Latinx community in Utah to recognize and achieve their own potential and become a positive force for change in the larger community. 


For years CU has been mobilizing and organizing members of Utah’s immigrant communities to exercise their electoral power, engage with elected officials and learn key policy-making processes to push for equitable policies that will advance the priorities of immigrants in the U.S. After years of this organizing and mobilizing efforts our community, and CU, are committed to prioritizing the protection of immigrant’s rights and utilizing the current electoral advancements we have made to push for immigration reform this 2021 at the state and national level. As a result, the Immigrant Rights Community Organizer will mobilize and empower members of the Latinx community in Utah to become a force for change through advocacy and engagement primarily for immigration reform. Through these tools, the organizer will engage an innovative team of youth, promotorxs, and community members to fight for the changes they want to see in their communities. The organizer will be guided by a strong sense of social justice and will be able to understand the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic faces on immigrant communities. Hence, they will find creative ways to ensure that their community can channel their emotions into action with a direct focus on immigrant rights.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a strong sense of social justice as a process, not an outcome

  • Have prior knowledge and/or experience working and understanding the needs and disparities of the LGBTQ+ community

  • Have a clear understanding regarding why they want to be part of CU’s Immigration Reform 2021 campaign and how they are personally connected to this effort

  • Have prior knowledge and experience working and activating individuals of different ages, immigration statuses, and backgrounds

  • Have prior knowledge and/or experience working with the Latinx community and understand the barriers to access needs, disparities, and intersectionalities within the community

  • Understands the intersectionalities between disparities and community organizing and mobilizing

  • Have the ability to work as part of  a team and the ability to get along with individuals representing multiple backgrounds

  • Have experience working in a cultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability is an important institutional value 

  • Possess outstanding organizational skills and have experience maintaining records and files up to date

  • Be self-motivated, flexible, and driven

  • Be resourceful, can utilize independent judgment, and the ability to balance multiple priorities effectively.

  • Computer proficient and skilled using social media tools

  • Be proficient in verbal and written communication and be able to write, read, and fluently speak in both English and Spanish

  • Be able to work and communicate efficiently with other team members

Main Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
 

  • Coordinate CU’s Immigrant Rights 2021 efforts. This means centralizing the efforts being taken by all members within CU by providing direction, guidance, and updates to the CU team regarding campaign efforts.

  • Coordinate and organize the community with principles of community organizing, transformational organizing, popular education, and world-traveling (Maria Lugones).

  • Enforce community organizing practices within projects and among CU members 

  • Utilize community organizing principles to recruit and train campaign volunteers and CU team members on the campaign subject matter

  • Work with state and national partners to advance CU’s immigrant rights strategy

  • Participate in weekly calls with local, state, and national partners.

  • Work with promotora coordinator and other organizers to teach youth, Promotorxs, and community members the power of their stories and create a collection bank

  • Work with the social media team to design a campaign that highlights the contributions of immigrants in Utah to elevate their stories.

  • Continuously be up to date with what is happening at the national level with relief strategies and connect it to the work that is happening within CU at the local level.

  • Other duties as needed.

Additional Information:

 

  • Annual Salary for this position is $32,760

  • This is a full time (40 hrs a week) position. CU’s work hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8 am to 6 pm.

  • To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to maria@cuutah.org, yehemy@cuutah.org, AND mayra@cuutah.org. Please write “Immigrant Rights Community Organizer Position” in the subject line. 

Please answer these two questions in your cover letter: 
Why are you involved (or want to be) in the immigrant rights movement?
Tell us about a community organizing or social justice experience you have had. What was your role and why was it successful?


Expected timeline:
This position is open until filled

Comunidades Unidas is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to advancing equity in all we do. It is the policy of Comunidades Unidas to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodations during the application process are available to individuals upon request. To request assistance or accommodation, please contact mayra@cuutah.org