Job Opening: Assistant Director of Faith Organizing

About New Georgia Project
The New Georgia Project (NGP) is a non-profit, civic engagement organization seeking to engage, inspire and register Georgians, particularly the rising majority of people of color. We believe all people have power and a voice that can be exercised through the right to vote. Georgia’s population transformation is massive, fast and unique. By 2025, Georgia will be the first state in the Deep South to become majority people of color. We aim to amplify our collective power by uniting diverse faith voices and equipping grassroots leaders to stand up for what their communities need; winning system-wide changes that improve the lives of Georgians. We seek to accomplish that through our partnership with a unique antimass incarceration and gun violence prevention campaign LIVEFREE of PICO, the largest grassroots, faith-based network in the U.S. The New Georgia Project is thrilled about working with LIVEFREE to continue to build progressive infrastructure and forcefully pushback against voter suppression and other regressive policies, laws, and tactics. Using LIVEFREE’s framework, “Body, Ballot and Buck”, we aim to engage and empower this new and growing electorate to create a state that values their lives, through a “Three-Year Faith Based-Initiative.”

 

Position Summary Following the mission of New Georgia Project, the Faith Organizer is responsible for helping the Faith Organizing Director develop and execute an organizing plan to engage faith communities throughout the state of Georgia, which grows the grassroots base for civic engagement and criminal justice reform. This person needs to be an energetic, self-motivated and capable of guiding strategic thinking on multiple levels, and possess a high, relational skillset to interact with clergy of multiple faiths. This role requires the capacity to work on the ground level of the organization as well as the capacity to develop a diverse staff and leadership base. Above all, the ideal candidate will have an interest social justice, thrive in a team-based atmosphere, express comfort working in a multi-racial, multi-faith environment, and have a vision for a transformed society that honors the dignity of all people.

 

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Organizational Vision
• Assist faith organizing director in defining organizational vision and goals; work effectively with a diverse group of volunteers and local organizing teams to implement strategic campaigns that realize vision and goals of membership.
• Work with staff, clergy and grassroots leadership to create and implement plan to build power that can disrupt and transform institutions, policies, and actors that are driving inequity in the region, state and country
• Help generate ideas for the organization to respond to this historical moment; prepare for on-going change in the social justice field; be willing to take risks to achieve bold vision for historic transformation of the society.
Community Organizing & Voter
• Work with clergy to develop strong moral leadership in Georgia in order to transform political and economic systems and build multi-racial, multi-class, multi-faith community
• Work with staff, grassroots leaders and clergy to develop a strong racial and economic analysis of the region that guides strategic campaign work

 

QUALIFICATIONS
Required • Familiarity with the principles and practices of congregation-based community organizing, including grassroots leadership development and coalition-building • Familiarity with process for making policy change at local, state, and federal levels • Demonstrated competence and leadership in a multi-lingual, multi-racial, and economic and gender inclusive context • Strong writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills • Personal qualities that include integrity, mission commitment, respect for diversity, ability to motivate and inspire, and an unwavering passion for and commitment to social justice • Basic knowledge of issues faced by underserved people in an urban and rural context, such as education, jobs, public safety, immigration, housing, and healthcare • Ability to apply a systems (political, economic, and race/oppression) analysis to work
Desired • Prior training or experience in organizing or social justice ministry • Ministered to a congregation and/or taught Theology • Demonstrated competence in multi-faith setting • Knowledge of Georgia history, regions, politics, culture, and diversity • Active participation in a faith community • A Bachelor’s Degree

COMPENSATION
$18 Hourly, full-time.  3 weeks of personal vacation + 12 days of sick leave each year.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Application Procedure All applicants must apply for this position through emailing the following documents to bhonor@newgeorgiaproject.org. 1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably a PDF) 2. A cover letter stating why this is a fit for you and for New Georgia Project. Qualified candidates will be initially interviewed by phone. Final candidates will be asked to successfully complete a series of one-to-one interviews with members of New Georgia Project.
Application/Hiring Deadline: Applications will be received until January 31st, 2019, interviews begin immediately. If you have questions about the position, contact Rev. Billy Michael Honor, Director of Faith Organizing at bhonor@newgeorgiaproject.org.

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