Title: Community Organizer
Program Area: Advocacy & Community Organizing
Supervisor: Executive Director
Location: Flushing, NY (mostly remote due to COVID-19 with some essential in-office work)
Salary: starting at $38,000 per year, DOE
Benefits (during and post-COVID): Medical/Dental Coverage, Personal Time, Vacation Time, Comp Time, Transit Benefits, Occasional Staff Meals and After-Work Activities, Occasional Work Travel, Invitations to Trainings, Conferences, and Other Career-Building Opportunities
Employment Type: Full-Time
ORGANIZATION HISTORY AND MISSION
The MinKwon Center for Community Action is a dynamic, mission-driven, and people-powered nonprofit organization that serves, educates, and organizes the Korean American, Asian Pacific American (APA), and immigrant communities in New York and around the country. The MinKwon Center offers free assistance for immigration and public benefits, provides free legal representation for immigration and housing, promotes civic participation with voter and census registration and outreach, and organizes campaigns with other local, state, and federal coalitions. By prioritizing the needs and voices of low-income, undocumented, youth, senior, and limited English proficient residents, we are building a multilingual, multi-generational base of engaged community members to achieve social and economic justice for all.
We are seeking a dedicated and talented individual to serve as a Community Organizer. The Community Organizer will have the opportunity to grow an informed, active base of community members who are fully engaged in campaigns advancing social justice in immigrant rights, housing and tenants’ rights, civil and voting rights, and other issues at the federal, state and local levels.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
• Lead activities in regular outreach and engagement of undocumented young adults, LEP individuals and senior citizen immigrants (currently digital due to COVID-19)
• Recruit and cultivate the growth of community members into community leaders and advocates who will shape the direction of campaigns such as immigration, housing and other civil and human rights issues
• Track membership in a database and maintain regular data on our organizing activities
• Collaborate with other coalition groups, advocacy efforts, and other external relationships on joint campaigns
• Help with media activities that raise awareness of our campaigns through mainstream and ethnic press
• Provide logistical and other support other MinKwon program areas and staff members
The minimum required qualifications for this position include the following:
• Spoken and written fluency or proficiency in the Korean language
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with an openness to public speaking
• Ability to work well both independently and on a team
• Flexibility in working evenings, weekends, and outside normal office hours
• Knowledge, interest, and commitment towards concepts and issues of social, political, and economic justice and positive social change in the U.S., especially in the context of Korean American, APA, and/or immigrant communities
The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred qualifications:
• Experience in direct, grassroots community organizing and/or related political work
• Spoken and written fluency or proficiency in the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, other Chinese dialects, and/or Spanish
• Ability to be highly organized, meet deadlines, take initiative on projects with minimal supervision and a sense of ownership, and follow up on communications in a consistent and punctual manner
• Proficiency in using Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and social media
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to:
Ying Yu Situ
Advocacy & Organizing Coordinator
Please write 'Community Organizer' in the email subject line, and please specify in your email how you found out about this position. (website, LinkedIn, Indeed, Facebook, etc.). Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled and this posting is removed. Due to the high volume of applications, the MinKwon Center will only contact applicants who have been selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The MinKwon Center for Community Action welcomes people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to consider working with us. We encourage Black, Indigenous, and people of color, immigrants, women and gender nonbinary people, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities to apply.
The MinKwon Center for Community Action does not discriminate against current or prospective employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, martial status, family or dependent status, criminal record, disability, mental illness, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, credit score and history, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
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