City Limits has been the long-standing provider of New York City's top career opportunities and marketplace resources for the non-profit and civic community. For employers and recruiters, thousands of dynamic applicants who know and love the five boroughs search for emerging opportunities here.
MORE JOB LISTINGS
LATEST LEARNING CENTER
ADVOCATE / IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
Riis Settlement seeks a bilingual (English/Spanish) part-time community organizer to work with us as we continue our advocacy work with immigrants in Western Queens.
The community organizer will join a creative and dynamic team dedicated to advancing the rights of immigrant families in one of the most diverse boroughs in the country. We are seeking an individual who takes initiative and has a strong commitment to immigrant rights to lead our expansion of civic engagement programming.
Organizational Background The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House, Inc. (Riis Settlement) is a community-based non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services to the youth, adults, seniors and immigrants in the Western Queens Community. Our mission is to build and strengthen underserved communities in Western Queens and act as a catalyst for change. The resources, opportunities and support we provide serve to help community members reach their greatest potential and achieve social and economic self-sufficiency.
The Immigrant Services program at Riis Settlement was founded to meet the needs of a growing immigrant population in Queensbridge Public Houses and the surrounding Long Island City and Astoria communities. Through ESOL classes, case management, immigration legal services and now civic engagement programming, we help immigrants be successful in work, education and/or civic life.
*Work with program participants to develop a comprehensive and relevant agenda for community action based on participant and community needs.
*Facilitate weekly or biweekly group meetings with adult immigrants enrolled in our morning ESOL classes in Long Island City and Astoria.
*Creatively implement advocacy strategies to advance agenda (community forums/town hall meetings;canvassing; meetings with elected officials; rallies; media coverage, etc.)
*Engage a core group of participants in leadership development training.
*Use internal and external data to identify community needs and trends and incorporate into advocacy work.
*Represent Riis Settlement at coalition and partner meetings and act as a liaison between our participants and city, state or nationwide campaigns for immigrant rights (NY Immigration Coalition, United Neighborhood Houses, Queens Borough President's Immigration Task Force, etc).
*Offer professional development for ESOL instructors to incorporate civic engagement and advocacy into ESOL curriculum.
*Work collaboratively with Riis Settlement's staff in program areas beyond Immigrant Services to advance advocacy work with participants (ex: Youth Council, Senior Center)
*Identify and track outcomes to measure the effectiveness of our advocacy and organizing work.
Qualifications Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:
*Bilingual English/Spanish a must
*Minimum Bachelor's degree in social work, social sciences or other related field.
*At least two years of community organizing experience, preferably with immigrant communities in NYC
*Strong commitment to immigrant rights and knowledge of challenges facing NYC's immigrant community
*Flexible schedule with availability during morning, evening and Saturday hours to work on site in Astoria and/or Long Island City, Queens at times convenient for participants
*Excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication
*Overall positive demeanor and welcoming attitude with proven ability to effectively engage diverse ethnic populations and outreach in local communities
*Detail-oriented and strong follow up skills with ability to work independently and creatively
*Excellent knowledge of computers and ability to use social media in advocacy work
Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to Karina Wegman, Director of Immigrant Services, at email@example.com. Please put "Your Name - Community Organizer" in the subject line of the e-mail. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and qualified candidates will be contacted by phone to schedule an interview. No phone calls please.