Fields: faith, youth, restorative justice, health, education
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
About the Organization: ICARE is comprised of 38 congregations in Duval County that is now in its seventeenth year. Combined, our congregations represent more than 30,000 residents from a broad cross-section of the Jacksonville community. We are incorporated in Florida as a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) tax exempt and politically non-partisan organization. Our mission is to powerfully address citywide concerns related to issues of justice and fairness. We are a direct action organization, not a direct service organization. We use our collective people power to press our elected officials and other city leaders on county-wide solutions to the problems that plague our community: crime, the low graduation rate, homelessness, jobs and other community concerns. Our vision is that as communities of faith who gather together at least 52 times a year, at least once a year we can all come together to do justice. Read about recent accomplishments here.
ICARE has won the allocation of $2.1 million for full-day pre-kindergarten for low-income families, the implementation of “Baby Friendly” practices at all area hospitals to reduce the staggering infant mortality rates in Duval County, and the use of restorative justice programs in 160 area schools and three neighborhoods, dramatically decreasing out-of-school suspensions and youth arrests. ICARE is part of the DART network of organizations, one of the largest networks of faith-based community organizations in the country.
About the Position: 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. Position starts January 14, 2019.
We also encourage you to attend an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm eastern to learn more about careers in community organizing in the DART network. RSVP here.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: 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
- Exceptional work ethic
- Willingness to be trained to work with religious institutions
By January 14, you’ll also 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.
Estimated Salary: Starting salary is $38,000 annually + health benefits, with regular cost of living increases and performance-based raises. Max for position is $45,000. For candidates relocating more than 50 miles, $250 is paid to help cover relocation costs. Employer retirement contributions begin after one year of employment.
Deadline: September 30, 2018