EMPLOYMENT: Immigration Community Navigator Organizer (Houston)

EMPLOYMENT: Immigration Community Navigator Organizer (Houston)

About the Texas Organizing Project (TOP): Founded in 2009, TOP, has become the leading statewide organizing group in Texas, advancing racial and economic justice through community and electoral organizing. Our programs are anchored in the three largest metro regions of the state, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. We have a base of over 100,000 members and supporters who are reflective Texas’ growing population – people of color, low-moderate income families. Through on the ground organizing, grassroots leader trainings, direct action, policy advocacy and electoral engagement we have made gains in policy solutions and public investments in neighborhood infrastructure, family sustaining jobs, affordable housing, community schools, health access and immigrant rights. TOP also runs the largest independent grassroots electoral field operation in the state, activating over 200,000 voters of color each election cycle.

About the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA): The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) is a national multiethnic, multiracial partnership. NPNA represents the collective power and resources of the country’s 37 largest regional immigrant rights organizations. NPNA’s aim is to achieve a vibrant, just, and welcoming democracy for all. Texas Organizing Project, an NPNA member, is entering a national Women Empowered to Lead (WE Lead) program and local partnership with Jones Day Law Firm and Citi Community Development in Houston to train Community Navigators (immigration super volunteers), empower immigrant women and their communities, and expand immigration legal services. Through this Program, TOP’s Community Navigator Organizer will recruit and train teams of Community Navigators and grassroot women leaders who will take more leadership in legal services and immigrant justice work in your communities.These trained Community Navigators and Women’s Leadership Development Program participants will provide invaluable outreach, education, document preparation, and naturalization assistance to our city’s many ethnic communities, while at the same time gaining opportunities to develop their future careers in legal services or organizing.

Position Summary: Texas Organizing Project is seeking a talented and dedicated Immigration Community Navigator Organizer to conduct outreach to immigrant populations in order to connect them with legal and other services related to immigration matters in Houston. The ideal candidate believes deeply in the importance of building community leadership, capacity and power. S/he must be able to organize and effectively communicate at all levels – with grassroots
community people as well as established community leaders and policy experts. The Immigration Navigator Organizer will recruit and train other Community Navigators (grassroots immigration super-volunteers) and Women’s Leadership Development Program participants in leadership development, naturalization and financial literacy, as well as other areas of immigration law, policy and community organizing priorities for our city. The Community Navigator Organizer will also be responsible for organizing events, tailoring our local curriculum, coordinating with local legal, community organization and corporate partners, and coordinating with other statewide WE Lead programs and national partners NPNA, Jones Day and Citi Community Development. This position will be supporting the Immigration Campaign and report to the Statewide Immigration Organizer.

Position: Immigration Community Navigator Organizer

Job Qualifications:
A successful candidate will have experience in training and either community organizing or legal
services; take initiative independently and able to work in a collaborative, fluid team
environment; commitment to social justice and immigrant rights from the grassroots up, and
building the leadership of directly affected individuals as vital messengers and leaders in their
communities.

Qualifications:
• Two years of related work experience;
• Experience working in a legal setting; preferred
• Organizing experience; preferred
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, and working in a fluid and fast-paced environment
• Personal interest and passion for leadership development of grassroots immigrant leaders and engaging new communities in social justice and immigrant rights work
• Ability to design flyers and other outreach materials. Knowledge of basic design programs;
• Collaborative and team-oriented work style
• Good written and verbal communications skills
• Self-discipline and rigorous work ethic
• Ability to work irregular hours including nights and occasional weekends (position is full-time salaried FLSA-exempt);
• Must have a car and driver’s license
• Fluency in English and Spanish (strong written and verbal communication skills in both languages);

Job Responsibilities:
• Recruit team of Community Navigators & Grassroots Women Leads to participate in Community Navigator & WE Lead Cohorts
• Organize & Lead monthly Community Navigator Trainings/Meetings
• Organize & Lead quarterly WE Lead Women’s Leadership Development Trainings/Meetings
• Coordinate WE Lead mentorships with staff and attorneys from local Jones Day Office
• Coordinate regular meetings, creative activities and roles with WE Lead local partners: Jones Day local office, Municipal government, organizational partners & local donors
• Specialize & build upon existing national Community Navigator Curriculum & WE Lead Curriculum to fit local context of our city, in partnership with our organizing team
• Track and report on activities of trained Community Navigators and WE Lead participants
• Participate in national coordinators calls & learning calls with NPNA partners
• Must keep current of changes in immigration law and procedures
• Maintain required job skills and core professional competencies
• Attend and participate in required educational programs and staff meetings, and perform other duties as assigned

Timeline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

To apply:
Please email a resume, cover letter and three professional references to recruit@organizetexas.org. As an equal opportunity employer, Texas Organizing Project embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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