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Advocacy & Leadership Coordinator – Central Oregon

 

Are you someone who loves people, politics and helping communities  dvance the movement for human rights? Are you passionate about the values of diversity, inclusion and justice in creating healthy families and communities? Do you have a personal conviction to improve the lives of immigrant families in the U.S.?

 

We are seeking an Advocacy & Leadership Coordinator to join our paid, professional staff team and lead our efforts to:

 

  • Ensure immigrant members of our communities do not become victims of people or businesses who want to take advantage of them and, if they do, that we can support them.
  • Inform our immigrant families about opportunities to share their ideas and perspectives when decisions are being made that impact their lives and those of their neighbors.
  • Engage in a regional coalition approach to policy development and change.
  • Provide support and leadership in community-engagement efforts that aim to include all members of our communities.
  • Lead and coordinate leadership development opportunities for our immigrant families to strengthen their sense of belonging and increase their political power.

 

This is a full time position - 40 hours/week.  This position will cover the three counties that make up our Central Oregon region (Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson). You will have the freedom to work remotely and you are welcome to utilize any of our offices (Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville) as needed.  Your work schedule can be flexible, but requires regular day, evening and weekend work.

 

Our board of directors and staff team will soon be developing our strategic plan for the next three years. This means you will be joining our team at a time when you will receive a solid grounding in our history, goals and values – and an opportunity to contribute directly toward developing our advocacy and leadership direction and priorities for the next three years.

 

You will be joining an incredible team of experienced, qualified and passionate people all working together to achieve our mission to empower our Latino families to thrive by creating opportunities for advancement and building bridges that unite and strengthen our communities. You will have our full support, as well as the support of generous and caring volunteers and community members to assist you in carrying out your plans and achieving your goals.

 

You will also be supported with professional training opportunities and encouraged to form partnerships that help us achieve our organizational goals.

 

Compensation

Compensation will begin at a rate of $37,000-$45,000/year depending mostly on your experience, as well as generous benefits to support your health, vacation, family and sick-leave, and retirement planning. Flexibility and a family-first ethos are the greatest benefits we offer.

 

Primary Responsibilities

Coordinate and lead all aspects of LCA’s advocacy and leadership work, including marketing, community engagement, planning advocacy campaigns and leadership development activities, implementation, training, program evaluation and tracking and reporting outcomes.  More specifically, your role will be to:

 

  • Develop and implement outreach and engagement campaigns to communicate (in English and Spanish) the benefits of getting involved civically in our Central Oregon communities (Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties).
  • Develop and/or oversee the development of marketing materials to maintain good communication with families, community partners and other allies.
  • Effectively manage relevant LCA social media channels and email to build community.
  • Attend public meetings as needed to develop relationships and maintain a consistent LCA presence among elected officials and other decision-makers.
  • Be willing to join one or two strategic boards or committees to help influence and advance our advocacy priorities.
  • Be willing to travel to Salem or Washington D.C. to meet with elected officials and allied organizations in order to advance our priorities. Also be willing to recruit, prepare and accompany community representatives to share their stories with elected leaders.
  • Co-coordinate with other LCA staff our accompaniment program aimed at supporting our clients in situations in which they feel vulnerable. This might include interpretation too (English-Spanish)
  • Lead our efforts to support and build leadership among our client families. This will likely include coordinating leadership training opportunities and managing follow-up to help leadership participants continue to gain experience, confidence and community connections.
  • Oversee the training and guidance of volunteers essential to our advocacy and leadership activities.
  • Organize periodic Know Your Rights events, as needed, when issues arise that require community education and organizing.
  • Work closely with staff and volunteers from other LCA programs to achieve high levels of efficiency and outcomes throughout our organization.
  • Working with our Executive Director, provide the daily fiscal management necessary to fulfill program requirements, including budget oversight, purchasing needed supplies and reporting.
  • Work with our funding partners to maintain regular communication and compile reports as needed.

 

Qualifications

We value relevant life and work experience as much or more than formal education. If you feel that this job is exactly what you are looking for and that your life’s purpose is to do this work, do not hesitate to apply. We consider the whole person when deciding who to invite to join our team. That said, some of the qualifications we believe will help the best candidate succeed in this role include:

 

  • A commitment to the mission of the Latino Community Association and support for immigrant and marginalized communities.
  • Two to three years’ experience doing advocacy work, public policy, leadership development, community organizing or other similar work.
  • Experience in coalition-building, including the ability to develop effective and collaborative relationships with a diverse array of people and stakeholders.
  • Effective popular education facilitation and training skills to guide staff and support grassroots leadership development.
  • Experience engaging policymakers and the media to achieve political influence.
  • Full acceptance of and an ability to work with all people regardless of their identity, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, immigration status, or any other trait that makes them who they are.
  • Experience with creative, non-traditional tools for transformation such as art, poetry and music.
  • Committed to education, social justice, civic engagement, human rights and the environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Leadership and Advocacy field.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural with an innate orientation toward equity and inclusion.
  • Highly proficient with MS Office, social media, cloud-based file storage and database applications.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and insurance.

 

To apply for this position, send an email to our Executive Director brad@latinocommunityassociation.org and attach the following items:

 

  1. Cover letter explaining how your experience and knowledge fit well with this position and why you would be successful in this role. (in English or combination of English and Spanish)
  2. Current Resume (in English)
  3. Two professional references (required for application to be considered)

 

Please send your application materials by as soon as possible for priority consideration for this position.

 

Closing date: Open until filled                    Anticipated start date: January 25, 2022.

 

Founded in 2000, The Latino Community Association (LCA) is the only dedicated non-profit service provider uniquely qualified to address the needs and aspirations of underserved, low-income, immigrant Latino families living in the tri-county Central Oregon region (Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook). Our mission is to empower our Latino families to thrive by creating opportunities for advancement and building bridges that unite and strengthen our communities.   We have four offices in the region located in Bend, Madras, Redmond and Prineville.  Our team is comprised of 15 paid staff (90% bilingual), roughly 200 volunteers, and many community partners. Our programs include workforce education and training, family empowerment, youth rising, healthy families and cultural enrichment.

Latino Community Association is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other factor not related directly to the duties and requirements of the position in question.

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