Clergy Organizing Co-Directors (FIA)
- Full Time
- Mid Level
JOB TITLE: Clergy Organizing Co-Directors
FLSA STATUS/CLASSIFICATION: Exempt/Full-time
REPORTS TO: Director of Organizing
About Faith in Action
Faith in Action is the largest grassroots faith-based community organizing network in the United States. For 40 years Faith in Action (formerly known as PICO National Network) has brought people of faith together to advance racial and economic justice. Through a network of 60 faith-based organizations and 1,200 religious congregations, Faith in Action provides an opportunity for thousands of volunteer leaders to stand up and be heard on the public and corporate decisions that most directly shape their lives. Faith in Action organizations have successfully changed public policies at the local, state and federal level that have helped families obtain affordable health coverage for themselves and their children, provide their children with a better education, protect their homes from foreclosure and secure good jobs. Through an innovative campaign infrastructure that ties together grassroots people-led organizing in more than 200 cities and towns and 18 states with large-scale efforts to change federal policy, Faith in Action is currently leading campaigns to help with citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, end mass-incarceration and make sure that no one is excluded from the benefits of health reform.
Faith in Action is looking for 2 seasoned clergy organizers to serve as our national clergy organizing co-directors . A successful candidate will possess 5+ years experience working with clergy leaders to develop their capacity as change agents, innovators, and proven champions of racial, gender and economic justice. The ideal candidate will:
1. Have a deep appreciation for the role of clergy as spiritual and congregational leaders charged with the care of their congregants in life and death, the physical and virtual meeting space, resource management, and the compounding social and environmental issues that affect the lives of their members daily.
2. Have a clear analysis of the compounding systems and tactics of oppression that conspire to create the poor and the powerless. These systems include but are not limited to: white supremacy, racism, sexism, capitalism, environmental degradation and their contributing forces.
3. Have the fierce urgency of now understanding the moral arc of the universe is long and bends towards justice; therefore it’s our responsibility to do our part in bending that arc.
4. Have an evidenced and experienced critique of the role of faith in this country along with a clear perspective and ongoing curiosity around how we turn faith into power for systems change through community organizing.
5. Have the skills and experience to educate clergy and clergy organizers on the multiple forms of power; and how to build liberation power (power with) for systems change as opposed to dominating power (power over) through strategic community organizing.
6. Understands how to lead and build power through an ethic of love as opposed to violence and hate.
7. Have proven skills and experience in organizational and institutional development with committed volunteer leaders.
8. Be a spiritually accountable steward of financial and human resources.
9. Knows how to win! Reporting to the Director of Organizing and in collaboration with the Clergy Organizing Advisory Board the Clergy Organizing Co-Director position will focus on all Faith in Action federations and states and is devoted to growing the clergy and tribal leader capacity of each local federation along with the development of a comprehensive clergy organizing strategy. The Clergy Organizing Co-Directors will also strategize, coordinate, and co-create national campaigns in partnership with the national organizing team.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
● Oversee the development and implementation of long and short-term campaigns and organizing goals, strategies and tactics for FIA Clergy.
● Oversee, coordinate and manage a Black Clergy and faith leader led Voting Rights Campaign.
● Develop and implement fundraising strategies for organizing through clergy and tribal leaders and their federations.
● Assists with communicating region and federation level clergy organizing priorities to the national team.
● Assists with communicating and implementing national priorities for clergy at the regional level.
● In coordination with campaign teams in each state, works with coalition partners to develop and implement clergy strategies at the state and region level.
● Manage the clergy organizing budget.
● Provides strategic guidance, support, coaching and mentoring to federations organizers, clergy, working on local issues either by phone or in person as needed for transformational leadership development.
● Implement national organizing trajectory on a state and local level including but not limited to: training, coaching, goals and plan incorporation.
● Support field organizers as they work toward local and national campaign goals through clergy and tribal leaders in relationship with federation senior staff and key leaders, and provide support as needed in order to do so.
● Provides regular reports and updates to the national organizing director and federation directors regarding progress toward campaign goals in individual cities and states.
● Provides training for field organizers, clergy, and impacted populations as needed and related to campaign goals and strategies.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (required)
● A minimum of 5 years experience as a change agent, innovator, and a proven champion of racial, gender and economic justice through community organizing.
● A proven track record of leadership through faith based community organizing models that build power through clergy and faith, leadership development, team building and grassroots leadership at the local
● Relational competency and experience with clergy leaders
● Proven leadership ability in an established organization or company with key management experience leading teams and work groups
● Strong coaching skills expressed through an ability to push people’s thinking and learning in productive ways
● Demonstrated ability to foster productive conversations about race, racial analysis, and power with a spiritual narrative
● Excellent relational skills to communicate and build powerful alliances, coalitions, and partnerships
● Self-directed, requiring minimal supervision and guidance to manage work and meet deadlines
● Proven ability to prioritize across competing priorities, delivering upon all assignments and projects fully.
● Finance and budgeting experience.
● Solid project management, organizational and customer service skills.
● Commitment to Faith in Action’s mission, vision, purpose and core values
● Proven ability to work in a variety of culturally diverse settings, particularly working with purposely ignored and marginalized communities such as clergy, tribal leaders, formerly incarcerated, immigrants, poverty-stricken families, black women, etc.
● Action-oriented, solution driven, with a high-level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness, along with a strong work ethic
● Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships, with the innate ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally
● Excellent interpersonal and people skills
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