Fields: interfaith, correctional system, racial justice, civil rights, outreach
Location: Lawrence Kansas
Details and Requirements: Justice Matters is a diverse and growing coalition of 21 congregations fighting for racial and economic justice in Lawrence, Kansas. Our shared faith values call us to work collectively for systemic change, transforming Lawrence into a community that reflects the dignity of all people. We are currently working to combat mass incarceration by finding alternatives to incarceration and opposing the expansion of the Douglas County Jail (read more at http://www.jailNO.org). We’re hiring a full-time community organizer who will build relationships with faith leaders and community members from diverse backgrounds, train and develop their organizing skills, and deepen their participation in the work of the organization. During your first five months, you will receive intensive on-the-job training through the DART Organizers Institute. You will learn basic organizing principles and develop key organizing skills including: finding and developing leaders, issue research and strategy, power analysis, and one-to-one meetings. Ongoing professional development will continue through individualized coaching and mentoring, as well as local, regional, and national staff trainings and retreats. People of color and fluent speakers of Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior organizing experience is necessary. Qualities we look for include: Core passion for justice and equality; Excellent relationship-building skills, work ethic, comfort working with religious institutions. By August 13, 2018, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience, access to a car, and proof of US citizenship, permanent residency, or deferred action for childhood arrivals. Starting salary is $34,000-36,000/year plus health benefits, with regular cost of living increases and performance-based raises.