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Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights: Community Organizer Job Opening

April 22, 2010

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

665 West 182 Street, Suite 1, New York, NY 10033

Tel. (212) 781-0355, Fax (212) 781-0943


Organizational Description:

For over 27 years, the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR) has been providing high quality, trustworthy immigration-related legal services to the immigrant community. More recently, we have been focusing on expanding community organizing as a vital component of our work. Our community has been disproportionately impacted by the 1996 immigration reform laws which have caused the mandatory detention and deportation of the thousands of legal permanent residents with criminal convictions over the last decade (view our 2009 report, “Deportado, Dominicano y Humano” on our website Our organizing includes outreach and education around key immigration issues, recruiting members and developing leadership, and engaging members in campaigns to ensure immigrant rights—including expanding judicial discretion in mandatory deportation proceedings (e.g., the Child Citizen Protection Act); decreasing the presence of immigration enforcement in Riker’s Island; and fighting to change the enforcement policies that are tearing apart our immigrant communities.

Job Description:

The Community Organizer will be responsible for organizing community members who have been impacted by detention and deportation. S/he will work closely with an experienced Lead Organizer, NMCIR’s member leaders, organizational partners and allies throughout New York City. The Community Organizer requires self-confidence, initiative, and an open-minded outlook with a desire to constantly grow and learn. S/he must be open to receiving and offering feedback. S/he is at ease in varied social situations and community environments. S/he must be very good at working in a team and independently. S/he must demonstrate a passionate commitment to social justice and to the idea that community members can play important leadership roles in the struggle to preserve and expand the rights of immigrants. S/he must be a “people person” who takes great pride in ensuring that each person is provided with the highest quality treatment and attention.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

· Becoming knowledgeable on the deportation process

· Recruiting members and developing member leadership through various means (community outreach, campaign work, education)

· Organizing and facilitating regular membership meetings

· Working with the organizing team to sustain and foster relationships with local, state, national and international institutions and allies.

· Participating in conferences and trainings

· Drafting press releases for related events, conducting media outreach and updating and maintaining media contacts

· Working some evenings and weekends

· Participating in proposal writing to sustain and grow the immigrant rights project

Qualifications and Experience:

S/he must have minimum one to two year(s) experience organizing and working with immigrant communities. S/he must be fully bilingual Spanish and English (read, write and speak). S/he must be able to make a 2-year commitment. Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint a plus.

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume (no more than 2 pages, English and/or Spanish) attention to Mizue Aizeki, Lead Organizer, NMCIR, via Fax 212-781-0948 or via e-mail Please describe in your cover letter why you are the best candidate for this position and why this work is appealing to you.

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