Details: $42K–$48K, prorated DOE
849 Valencia Street
Voice of Witness (VOW) is a nonprofit that advances human rights by amplifying the voices of people impacted by injustice. Our work is driven by the transformative power of the story, and by a strong belief that an understanding of crucial issues is incomplete without deep listening and learning from people who have experienced injustice firsthand. Through our oral history book series and education program, we amplify the voices of people impacted by injustice, teach ethics-driven storytelling, and partner with human rights advocates to:
- build agency within marginalized communities
- raise awareness and foster thoughtful, empathy-based critical inquiry and understanding of the crises they face
- inform long-term efforts to protect and advance human rights
VOW has two key programs, the VOW Book Series, which depicts human rights crises through the edited oral histories of people who are most closely affected by them, and the VOW Education Program, which brings the human rights narratives and issues portrayed in the book series into the curricula of schools and universities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.voiceofwitness.org.
We are seeking a Community Partnership Coordinator (CPC) to assist and collaborate with VOW editorial and education staff on creating and maintaining partnerships with advocacy and educational organizations. These partnerships will connect with the human rights issues in forthcoming and existing books in the VOW series. The CPC will help activate partnerships to increase the impact of VOW’s key programs and engage impacted communities in awareness of and use of VOW books and curriculum. These partnerships will also seek to further VOW’s stated mission, which includes building agency within narrator communities, which we define as communities whose stories are centered and amplified by our book series and education program. This process includes creating collaborative opportunities for developing culturally relevant educational resources and developing strategic advocacy opportunities.
Successful candidates must be committed to equity and inclusion, and be comfortable working with diverse student and community populations. If you have experience doing social justice organizing or community engagement work, have a passion for storytelling, and would like to help our dynamic, award-winning organization increase our impact, please consider joining our small, dedicated team.
Applicants will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, be highly collaborative, and ideally have at least three years of experience in community organizing, civic engagement, or grassroots advocacy. Experience working with immigrant communities and advocating for immigrant rights is preferred. Fluency in Spanish or any other language is a plus, as is an interest in and familiarity with trends in publishing and education. Applicants will also be organized, detail-oriented, and adept at project documentation. Position may require occasional out-of-town travel.
Research, Outreach, and Partnerships:
- Conduct strategic research in identifying community partners in support of project editors and editorial/education program staff
- Collaborate with project editors and VOW staff to conduct outreach to local and national advocacy and education organizations that work in support of VOW narrator communities
- Engage impacted communities in awareness of and use of VOW books and educational resources
- Seek out opportunities for VOW participation in events that support narrator communities and attend conferences and community building events to connect VOW with advocacy and education communities
- Support education program staff in seeking out consultancy opportunities in advocate and narrator communities
- Create and maintain a database of advocacy and education organizations related to VOW content areas
- Work with VOW communications staff to generate VOW advocacy and partnership news that can be shared via newsletters, social media, etc.
- Work with VOW communications staff to generate materials and information that can be used for grant applications and reports, annual reports, etc.
- Work with VOW communications staff to ensure that all VOW website information related to advocacy and partnerships is up to date and accurate
- Respond and communicate in a timely fashion with all VOW staff, editors, and community partners
- Seek out opportunities to leverage VOW’s partnership and advocacy work for external blogs, journals, etc.
- Serve as an ambassador for VOW’s mission and goals
- Support VOW staff and all partners in ensuring an ethical process in maintaining community relationships
- Utilize organizational templates for documenting all projects and partnerships
- Track program expenses and maintain organized financial records
- Support VOW development staff by providing community partnership information for fundraising campaigns
- Create and maintain a program work plan with measurable goals and generate quarterly program updates for VOW board and staff
- Attend weekly staff meetings and provide information and updates about the community partnership work
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates who identify as being from underrepresented groups and have nontraditional career paths, work skills, and community-based work experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
Prorated salary/benefits (medical, dental, PTO)
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish or any other language is a plus, but not required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Qualified applicants may apply by emailing a one-page cover letter, a brief résumé, and two relevant writing samples. Samples should include previous outreach materials and published essays related to community organizing.
Please send materials to Managing Editor Dao X. Tran: firstname.lastname@example.org and Education Program Director Cliff Mayotte: email@example.com. Please write “COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP POSITION (YOUR LAST NAME)” in the subject line. Applications are due July 13, 2018.
Please, no phone calls or follow-up emails. We will contact qualified applicants