The Jesuit Conference is the coordinating body of the five Jesuit Provinces in Canada and the United States. Headquartered in the District of Columbia, the Jesuit Conference facilitates and promotes relationships among the various Jesuit entities in both Canada and the United States, including Jesuit Provinces and social service organizations, as well as between these entities and the international Jesuit headquarters in Rome.
The Jesuit Conference maintains an Office of Justice and Ecology (OJE) which advocates with legislators, public officials, and multinational corporations on issues of importance relevant to the Jesuits’ mission of faith and justice. The office is nonpartisan and seeks to express how Catholic values such as human dignity, the common good, and the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable are at stake in policy decisions. OJE develops its advocacy priorities in conjunction with Jesuit provinces and ministries in the United States and Canada and in partnership with Jesuit institutions abroad. In addition to its advocacy mission, the Office of Justice and Ecology works with and develops networks for collaboration among Jesuits and other partners, encouraging them to live a ‘faith that does justice.’
- Works with the Secretary of Justice & Ecology to develop OJE advocacy and networking strategy on issues related to migration, US border policy, and human rights in Latin America (“focus areas”), in collaboration with staff at the Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Provinces, and Jesuit institutions in the US and Canada, and abroad.
- Engages in direct advocacy with Congressional offices, federal agencies, and corporate actors on issues related to focus areas. This includes:
- Cultivating relationships with key Congressional offices and tracking those members’ legislative records;
- Identifying, analyzing and advocating for or against relevant legislative and administrative proposals;
- Participating in faith-based and secular coalitions to plan and implement advocacy strategies;
- Coordinating and participating in meetings of people from Jesuit networks with Congressional offices and government agencies, especially for Jesuit social ministries and constituents from key Congressional districts.
- Represents the Jesuit Conference in migration-related networks, including: o Serving as co-chair of the Jesuit Migration Network / US-Canada;
- Co-leading the advocacy dimension of the Red Jesuita con Migrantes – Centroamérica y Norteamérica (RJM-CANA);
- Serving as the Jesuit Conference core member in the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network on Migration.
- Builds the capacity of Jesuits, leaders of Jesuit social ministries, and members of the Ignatian family throughout the Conference to engage in reflection and advocacy on focus areas, to advance the integration and empowerment of migrant communities, and to build a culture of hospitality. This includes:
- Providing to the Jesuit Conference and related networks analysis and expertise on Congressional and Administrative policy proposals that could impact the rights of migrants and immigrants;
- Coordinating Jesuit advocacy efforts related to the focus areas (e.g. drafting OJE statements and action alerts; reviewing, recommending and circulating institutional sign-on letters);
- Hosting conference calls and providing policy briefings for Ignatian networks (e.g. hosting video-conference calls, participating in webinars, speaking at conferences);
- Coordinating sessions on the focus areas at events such as the annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (e.g. planning and helping to lead workshops, plenary talks, tool-kits, advocacy training, prayer services);
- Collaborating to produce and present reports published by Jesuit institutions that serve to move forward policy discussions;
- Promoting collaboration across sectors (parishes & retreat houses, schools, higher education, social ministries, Jesuit formation) within the Society of Jesus to address the needs of migrants;
- Collaborating with Jesuit Conference communications staff to produce effective communications and social media materials;
- Membership in the Jesuit Committee for Social and International Ministries (JCSIM).
- Three years relevant work experience
- Bachelor’s degree in related discipline; advanced degree preferred
- Comfort and familiarity working in a faith-based context
- Familiarity with basic tenets of Catholic Social Teaching
- Demonstrated ability to bring a critical lens to migration issues
- Spanish fluency required
- Experience in Latin America preferred
- Available for regular travel
- Experience developing outreach/educational materials for non-expert audiences
- Excellent writer
- Social media proficient
- Ability to work well in a team and independently
Salary commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, names and phone numbers of three references, and writing sample to email@example.com, with subject line ‘Senior Advisor on Migration’.
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Kelly Swan is communications director for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. Kelly has done work related to parish social ministry, child and family advocacy, community education and organizing, and magazine publishing in both West Virginia and northern New Jersey. She lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area with her husband and four children.