Network, educate, and form advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the witness of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions.
The full-time Director of Education and Advocacy for Migration is responsible for Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) education and advocacy efforts related to migration. The position works with populations from all walks of life; from people with recent migration stories experiencing marginalization to policymakers and national advocacy organizations. Reporting to the executive director, this coordinator will also work in collaboration with ISN’s other full-time and part-time administrative, as well as consultants, volunteers, etc. as appropriate.
Ignatian Solidarity Network is a national social justice network inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working in partnership with Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes, along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners across the U.S. With over one-hundred member institutions in thirty-four states, ISN engages students, faculty, staff, parishioners, alumni, current and former Jesuit volunteers, etc. through in-person programs and online outreach.
This is a grant funded position for three years. After this time, it is the intention of the Ignatian Solidarity Network to sustain the position through other funding sources.
Ideal candidates for this position will possess at least 3 years experience in Catholic education, ministry, or related field, as well as a passion for the faith-based social justice mission of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.
The ISN national office is located in University Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Local, relocating, and remote candidates will be considered. The candidate’s situation should be clearly stated in their cover letter.
Programming and Education
- In partnership with the program director and other staff, co-facilitate ISN’s Jesuit Parish Advocacy Day, Regional Immigration Summits, Encounter Experiences, and Ignatian Justice Summit;
- Develop educational resources, grounded in the Ignatian spiritual and pedagogical tradition to support ISN network institutions and individuals understanding migration issues;
- Manage Campaign for Hospitality, including resource population to the website, mini-campaigns, documenting the stories of institutions and individuals that engage with the Campaign, and increase campaign engagement;
Advocacy and Networking
- In consultation with the executive director and advocacy partners, develop and regularly update talking points, statements, and bi-monthly policy updates;
- Chair Ignatian Family Teach-In advocacy meeting and support coordination of advocacy visits, talking points, and advocacy day logistics;
- Develop and coordinate state-level advocacy collaboration groups;
- Serve as ISN representative to advocacy coalitions including Justice for Immigrants, Interfaith Immigration Coalition, and the Jesuit Migration Network, including in a leadership role with the Jesuit Migration Network of U.S. and Canada;
- Co-facilitate the Jesuit parish collaboration framework with other ISN staff;
- Manage assessment of ISN’s work on migration, including the utilization of self-assessments, attitudinal surveys, and advocacy engagement tools;
- Additional responsibilities as assigned by the executive director;
- Minimum 3 years of experience with social justice education/advocacy and community organizing, ideally in a faith-based setting;
- A./B.S. in social sciences, humanities or a related field;
- Spanish language fluency (speaking and writing);
- Significant appreciation for ISN mission grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and Ignatian spirituality, particularly related to Church teaching on migration;
- Familiarity with Catholic Church and the network of Ignatian/Jesuit institutions across the U.S. and internationally;
- Professional writing and editing skills, including flexibility to write in different styles for various audiences;
- Effective written and oral communication skills;
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a multi-level context;
- Ability to communicate and work with a wide range of constituencies;
- Attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, and ability to produce high-quality work;
- Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals;
- Experience with various software: advocacy (i.e. Engage / Knowlegis), database (i.e. Salesforce), website content management (i.e. WordPress), and e-mail marketing (i.e. Mailchimp);
- Master’s Degree in related field (education, theology, public policy, immigration studies, Spanish, Latinx studies, etc.);
- Articulate and professional demeanor with strong work ethic, self-confidence, and initiative;
- Committed to collaboration with both fellow staff members and other constituencies;
- Comfortable with working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment;
- Interest in continuing to develop skills and learn from others;
- Flexibility and willingness to contribute when necessary on projects outside of own responsibility;
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others and build relationships;
- Sense of humor;
15-20% of the year, ability to facilitate ISN programs, attend conferences and other networking events.
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other office locations and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Competitive annual salary for a national nonprofit, religiously-affiliated organization based in Northeast Ohio. Salary and benefits will be facilitated by John Carroll University.
Ignatian Solidarity Network is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices. In order to build the strongest organization possible, ISN actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation) to apply.
APPLYING FOR THE POSITION
Ignatian Solidarity Network is an independent 501(c)3 organization. However, ISN has a business relationship with John Carroll University related to human resource management. Thus, all applicants for this position will apply via the John Carroll University’s online employee applicant system—including the submission of a cover letter and resume/CV. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Christopher Kerr, ISN Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, but application materials will ONLY be accepted through the John Carroll University applicant system.
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