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Racial Justice Advocacy Fellow

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The Interfaith Center of New York


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February 15, 2021
January 27, 2021
Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) works to overcome prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities. 

ICNY is now seeking to hire a full-time Racial Justice Advocacy Fellow, whose immediate focus will be amplifying the racial justice concerns shared by diverse New York City faith communities, in the context of the 2021 Mayoral race and other local elections.  In addition to working with ICNY’s own network of local religious leaders, this new colleague will play an essential role in growing and diversifying the #JustReentry coalition launched by ICNY’s partner Trinity Church Wall Street, as well as the network of faith leaders associated with ICNY’s partner the Micah Institute.  

She/he/they will be a skilled social justice organizer, with experience working on issue-based, community organizing, and electoral campaigns with a racial justice lens.  She/he/they will have the skills required to bring New Yorkers together across faith lines, as well as a deep knowledge of New York City government institutions and political processes.  The Racial Justice Advocacy Fellow will report to ICNY’s Executive Director and collaborate with other ICNY colleagues.  She/he/they will be supported by ICNY’s colleagues at the Advocacy Institute and will have a consulting relationship with the Senior Advisor of the Micah Institute.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Compensation also includes medical, dental, and other benefits. The application deadline is January 27, 2021. The anticipated start date is February 15, 2021.

Responsibilities

The Racial Justice Advocacy Fellow will work with colleagues at ICNY and our partner organizations to create and implement multi-faith advocacy campaigns, bringing the voices of diverse local religious leaders to bear on pressing racial justice issues – including criminal justice reform, immigration reform, COVID recovery, and fair housing.  In the past, ICNY has played a leading role in advocacy responses to hate crimes against religious minorities, while our partners at Trinity Church Wall Street and the Micah Institute have led faith-based advocacy campaigns for a living wage, criminal justice reform, and supportive prison reentry.  The Advocacy Fellow will build on these campaigns by: 

  • conducting one-on-one meetings with key leaders of diverse faith communities, to better understand their racial justice concerns and policy priorities
  • organizing an online or in-person public event or events, such as a debate or candidate forums before the June primaries
  • helping to draft and circulate advocacy statements, including a sign-on racial justice platform for Mayoral, District Attorney, and other New York City candidates for public office in 2021
  • building/maintaining relationships with partner organizations, including convening the monthly Micah Faith Table
  • speaking on behalf of ICNY at advocacy events when appropriate

Qualifications

ICNY is seeking a skilled, experienced community organizer, with a track record of organizing for racial justice in and with racially and religiously diverse communities.  Listed below are qualifications of interest to ICNY and we will prefer candidates who have many of them:

  • Bachelors degree in a relevant field (eg. political science, religious studies, African-American studies, social work, peace studies, communications, etc.)
  • 3-4 years of work experience in community organizing or issue advocacy, including a record of accomplishment in advancing social justice goals in New York City or State government
  • Experience in moderating/facilitating public programs, or dialogues. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in social media strategy, developing and implementing online campaigns to create off-line change
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse colleagues, partners, and stakeholders, including racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse New Yorkers. Candidate must have respect for religious difference and an ability to understand these differences through a racial justice lens
  • Existing network of professional relationships in faith communities of color, and with local religious and civic leaders
  • Bilingual skills (eg. Spanish, Kreyol) would be an asset but are not required
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively, maintaining a professional demeanor and sense of humor in all situations
  • Reliability, attention to detail, and ability to work carefully and effectively under deadline pressure

The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) works to overcome prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities. 

ICNY is now seeking to hire a full-time…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
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Benefits

Compensation also includes medical, dental, and other benefits.

Compensation also includes medical, dental, and other benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual skills (eg. Spanish, Kreyol) would be an asset but are not required.

Bilingual skills (eg. Spanish, Kreyol) would be an asset but are not required.

Location

475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter in .pdf files to Eddie Diaz at info@interfaithcenter.org. Please note “Advocacy Fellow Application” in the subject line of your email. The deadline for applications is January 27th.

Please send a resume and cover letter in .pdf files to Eddie Diaz at info@interfaithcenter.org. Please note “Advocacy Fellow Application” in the subject line of your email. The…

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