About UFW Foundation: For 15 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers and their organizations across the country to advocate for more equitable policies, such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards, hazard pay, and other worker protections. We engage constituents in systemic change to break the cycle of poverty while also providing critical services. In fact, the UFW Foundation is the largest federally accredited immigration legal service provider in the state of California. The organization has staff in California, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Washington D.C., and Georgia.
SUMMARY: The Immigration Campaign Organizer will inform, support, engage and advocate for the passage of farm worker legalization. Specifically, the Immigration Campaign Organizer will lead a regional grassroots campaign to advocate for farm worker legalization at the national level. Additionally, this position will run a postcard campaign, lead and/or represent the organization on statewide and local immigration coalitions and engage elected officials in advocacy campaigns in support of legalization for farm workers, Dreamers, TPS holders and essential workers.
The UFW Foundation and partner Farm Worker Movement organization, are committed to fighting for a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, including farm workers. Earlier this year, the UFW Foundation and the broader farm worker movement organized thousands of farm workers to advocate for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a federal bill negotiated by the United Farm Workers and UFW Foundation that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farm workers and their families. On March 18, 2021, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act successfully passed the US House of Representatives with significant bi-partisan support. Now, through advocacy and organizing efforts the UFW Foundation and partner Farm Worker Movement organization seek to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act in the US Senate or take any other immediate action to ensure that farm workers have the opportunity to earn citizenship.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (This list is not exhaustive):
· Postcard Campaign- a key duty of this position will be running a postcard campaign encouraging Michigan Senators to support legalization for farm workers, Dreamers, TPS holders, and Essential workers. This will be done through:
o Canvassing predominantly Latinx neighborhoods
o Outreach to Eastern Michigan farm worker communities
o Partnerships with local organizations and businesses
o Partnerships with local churches and faith-based organizations
o Partnerships with local Universities, College Campuses, and student groups
· Build a strong base of community leaders and activists in support of legalization for farm workers, dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers through:
o Direct outreach to impacted community members;
o In-person and or virtual house meetings;
o Empower farm workers and impacted individuals to participate in direct actions;
o Facilitate meetings between constituents and policy-makers;
o Subscribe farm workers and community members to immigration-focused membership and text message programs; and
o Leadership and community organizing trainings, education on the political process and immigration policy matters
· Participate and represent the UFW Foundation in local activities that pressure MI members of congress to pass legalization for farm workers, dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers. Examples include:
o Community call campaigns
o In-person and or virtual town halls
o Press conferences
o Socially-distanced direct actions at district offices
o Coalition meetings
· Build partnerships and key relationships with religious, student, political, labor, business and community organizations, and local leaders
· Mobilize support for and coordinate actions with partners (petitions, support letters, legislative meetings)
· Maintain database of farm workers, community supporters, and activities
· Provide timely reports to Regional Coordinator and National Field Director
· May involve the coordination and supervision of volunteers/interns as needed.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate for this position must have a high level of professionalism and organization. The candidate must demonstrate competency in the following areas:
● Ability to work both independently and under supervision.
● Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
● Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
● Bilingual, Spanish language.
● Collaboration. Ability to work with teammates in a professional and solutions-oriented manner.
● Dedication to Mission. A genuine interest in immigrant and farm worker rights.
● Detail oriented.
● Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong communication skills, listening skills and attitude.
● Must be proficient in basic software – MS Office Excellent oral and written communication skills.
● Problem solving/analysis and results driven;
● Si Se Puede (It Can Be Done) Attitude. The embodiment of a personal spirit that promotes confidence, courage, and risk-taking.
PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:
ADDITIONAL AND/OR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
At least 1 year of experience working with the farm worker community. Experience working as a farm worker a plus.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
· Must be familiar with computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, etc. Requires a valid Driver’s license.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25-40 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The UFW Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity is more than a legal and moral obligation – it is also a sound business practice to realize the potential of every individual. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all! In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunity to all individuals, employment decisions at the UFW Foundation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Except where required or permitted by law, employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, or any characteristic protected by law.
We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for a position fighting for farm worker and immigrant communities! The UFW Foundation believes in second chances. As an organization, we will rely on individualized assessments in the hiring of those with past criminal convictions. The UFW Foundation will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with qualified disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Persons of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, persons with disabilities, persons who have lived in poverty, formerly incarcerated, persons 40 years old or older, and people fluent in more than one language are strongly encouraged to apply for open positions with the UFW Foundation.
This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, counseling, discipline, termination, access to benefits and training. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers.
Anticipated End Date: 12/31/2021
About UFW Foundation: For 15 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers and their organizations across the country to advocate for more equitable policies, such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards…
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from farm workers, colleagues, supervisors, and the general public. Must speak Spanish. Mixteco, Zapoteco, Triqui, and other indigenous languages a plus.
· MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to apply mathematical operations to problems requiring the use of basic statistics and statistical inference.
· REASONING ABILITY
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge…