Immigration Field Director

About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration reform.

This position also supports Community Change Action, an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description:

The Immigration Field Director is a high-level campaigner. This position is responsible for implementing a nationally coordinated campaign with Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) member organizations focused on building the power and capacity of the immigrant rights movement and achieving state and federal policy immigration reform change. Currently, FIRM is advancing a national “Keeping Families Together Campaign” aimed at securing comprehensive immigration reform. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, experienced organizer, good manager, and strategic thinker capable of producing consistent quality work in a fast-paced environment.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary staff person to manage the work of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a campaign of Community Change.
  • Work with the FIRM network to oversee and implement immigration reform campaign components at the local, state and national level.
  • Build and nurture relationships with local and state organizations across the country, and assist in promoting collective action on common agendas, specifically field strategies to win comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Work with Community Change’s Communications and Digital Strategy teams to elevate attention to immigrant issues and campaigns in traditional and news media.
  • Coordinate field/online strategies to build the list of immigration reform supporters across the country.
  • Directly responsible for clear communication and alignment on strategy direction for the immigration team.
  • Coordinate and direct research, planning, and writing assignments as needed.
  • Consistently manage time, ensuring delivery dates on benchmarks and goals, identifying and coming up with solutions to problems.
  • Support the evaluation of ongoing field plans through team reflections to track progress and learn from effective/ineffective practices
  • Supervise and support the work of the field team, including the evaluation, development of talent, skill and capacity of field organizers
  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Immigrant Rights

Qualifications:

  • Seven to ten years of organizing experience with community-based, grassroots, and/or coalition organizations.
  • Experience in supervising a team of organizers, and working at a high level in strategic partnerships.
  • Familiarity with grassroots advocacy, at either the federal or state level, including experience with national campaigns to secure policy change.
  • Familiarity with online technology (email/sms/mobile tools) and electoral tools (VAN, Catalist) for use in field campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to create a sense of community among disparate organizations and leaders towards common purpose.
  • Capacity and willingness to travel frequently.
  • Experience and comfort working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different cultures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is preferred.
  • Comfortable using cloud-based technology including Google Suite and dynamic databases like Salesforce.
  • Commitment to advancing economic and race and gender justice.

This person reports to: Director of Immigrant Rights

Supervisory Responsibility: This position will supervise four immigration regional organizers. The number of direct reports is subject to change.

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is not included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and therefore not covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Travel Requirements: 40%-60% of the time.

Salary & benefits: Starting annual salary of $95,000. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

Closing Date of Position: As soon as filled.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

How to apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well as salary expectations, a resume, and two writing samples.

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer