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Open Positions:

Grants Manager

Community Navigator

Americorps VISTA

Part-Time Community Organizing Intern

Volunteer with CCSM

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Grants Manager

Columbia County Sanctuary Movement (CCSM) organizes with (im)migrants and allies to collectively support, empower and defend our communities. The Grant Manager will work closely with the Co-Executive Directors, staff, and the Coordinating Committee to bring CCSM to the next level of organizational development and accomplish our goals by prospecting, cultivating, and securing grants in line with CCSM’s mission. 

CCSM is building a representative staff that contributes to leadership development within our community. We will provide training and mentorship to applicants who we believe would be a strong addition to our team but do not have all of the qualifications below.

Grant Writing

  • Conduct a full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage compelling letters of intent and grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and government entities. 
  • Work with program staff to find compelling stories and outcomes to share with funders
  • Collaborate with allied organizations to apply for joint grants in coordination with Co-Directors
  • Implement a rubric for evaluating prospective grant opportunities and conduct research on prospective funding opportunities and new institutional partners
  • With support from colleagues, develop narratives for all requirements of proposals, LOIs, and grants, including timelines, outcomes, evaluations, and plans
  • Strengthen outcomes and deliverables tracking to systemize grant reporting
  • Work with Co-Directors to ensure proposal budgets and financial reports are prepared in accordance with grant requirements Compile and keep track of grant reporting as required by foundation and corporate grantors
  • Maintain records in the database, including grant tracking and reporting in collaboration with the rest of CCSM staff
  • Write, revise, and edit drafts of compelling one-pagers and other supplemental documentation for institutional funders, individual donors, and other audiences Continuously maintain updated, accurate high-quality boilerplate proposal language and general information bank for use by CCSM team
  • Other duties as assigned

Funder Prospecting and Cultivation:

  • Develop and maintain an understanding of CCSM’s evolving programs
  • Work with Co-Directors, staff, and Coordinating Committee to understand CCSM’s fundraising priorities
  • Manage a portfolio of foundation, corporation, governmental, and other prospects while researching and identifying new potential funding sources, both local and national; present new prospects and suggest next steps
  • Record prospecting research in CCSM’s database
  • Maintain a calendar of grant deadlines, award notifications, report deadlines and decision dates accessible to all CCSM staff
  • Provide advice and recommendations on how to best systematize our grant-seeking process 
  • Articulate CCSM’s impact by presenting powerful narratives with qualitative and quantitative metrics 
  • Work with colleagues to ensure that CCSM appropriately acknowledges grant awards beyond required reporting, including the development and implementation of regular stewardship mailings and other activities

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to CCSM’s mission, immigrant communities, and principles of collective liberation  
  • Proven track record of successful grant proposals highly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Skill at editing content to meet limited word and character counts while still providing persuasive and clear information to potential funders
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, including the ability to develop, implement, and refine systems and follow-up processes
  • Candidate should be willing and able to adapt to new and evolving organizational and funding priorities and deadlines and to work occasional evenings/weekends as events and project deadlines dictate
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to connect with staff and members across diverse functions
  • Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple simultaneous projects, and pay close attention to detailed proposal/reporting guidelines
  • Knowledge of and experience with public funding and government resources, and institutional donor cultivation/stewardship a plus
  • Bilingualism (English / Spanish) a plus
  • Willingness to work in both a remote and in-person setting
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a car, and ability to travel 
  • Relationships with immigrant communities / Resident of Columbia or Greene County preferred 
  • Take feedback well and have a learning mindset
  • Directly impacted by or experience with immigration system preferred

 

Statistics show that people with marginalized identities often do not apply for positions when they do not meet all qualifications. We encourage you to push past the imposter syndrome and apply anyway- we promise you others are doing the same.

 

Terms of Employment

This is a full-time position (approximately 40 hours a week) with a starting salary of $41,600 and significant annual raises based on CCSM’s pay scale. Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance, a work computer and cell phone, mileage reimbursement, paid holidays, and unlimited paid time off with prior approval. 

We are committed to compensating our team fairly and decreasing the inequity that can come from salary negotiations. Therefore, the posted salary and benefits are the best we can offer at this time, and we will continue to build a benefits package that supports all staff.

This position will be mostly remote; however, at this time we hold in-person staff meetings every other week, in-person Coordinating Committee meetings once a month, and ask that you be available in-person for funder site visits, organization-wide events, and funder outreach opportunities.

CCSM is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, working-class people, LGBTQIA people, immigrants, formerly incarcerated people, and people with disabilities to apply. 

 

To Apply:

Please fill out this form. It will ask you to attach a PDF of a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with emails and phone numbers  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but preference will be given to those who apply by November 15th.

Your cover letter should answer the following questions, and demonstrate your ability to write clearly and compellingly:

1. How are you impacted by the immigration system?

2. Why are you interested in this role?

3. What experiences have you had that make you interested in this position? (Your response does NOT need to include formal work experience)

 

If we decide to move forward, we will ask you to send us two short writing samples, and upon review invite you to an interview. We will not check references until after the interview.

 

Community Navigator

CCSM organizes with (im)migrants and allies to collectively support, empower and defend our communities. The Community Navigator will work closely with Co-Executive Director focused on Programs and Services, staff, and the Coordinating Committee to help community members locate, connect, engage, and stay involved with the services they need to achieve their goals. Navigators will be mobile and serve as the bridge to guide individuals across different systems, city agencies, and organizations.

CCSM is building a representative staff that contributes to leadership development within our community. We will provide training and mentorship to applicants who we believe would be a strong addition to our team but do not have all of the qualifications below. We collectively develop work portfolios that match individual skill sets and organizational aspirations. 

Service Provision & Coordination 

  • Conduct intakes and provide ongoing follow up and case support to community members
  • Connect immigrants to legal service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives
  • Maintain comprehensive up-to-date notes and provide timely notification to community members of all activities regarding their case
  • Conduct home visits and accompany members to appointments (e.g., social service, legal, and Department of Motor Vehicles appointments) 
  • Identify, compile and maintain lists of culturally and linguistically appropriate community services, programs and resources for use by community members
  • Translate and interpret for members participating in CCSM programming 
  • Work with Co-Executive Director- Programs and Services to identify service gaps and develop solutions to fill those gaps
  • Work with volunteer coordinators and staff to distribute mutual aid and coordinate transportation programming 
  • Support in efforts to improve emergency hotline and activate rapid response network 
  • Advocate for institutional accountability to language justice policies
  • Provide transportation for community members to appointments when needed
  • Collaborate with Co-Executive Directors and other staff to strengthen CCSM’s service to organizing model 
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly Coordinating Committee meetings 

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to CCSM’s mission, immigrant communities, and principles of collective liberation  
  • Bilingualism (English / Spanish) required
  • Previous social service or legal experience is highly desirable.
  • Willingness to work in both a remote and in-person setting
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and travel for trainings, conferences, and accompaniment occasionally with personal vehicle
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good written and verbal communication skills 
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a car, and ability to travel 
  • Exceptional relational skills working directly with people in complex situations 
  • Relationships with immigrant communities / Resident of Columbia or Greene County preferred 
  • Comfortable managing multiple projects independently and with a team
  • Excellent project and time management skills 
  • Take feedback well and have a learning mindset
  • Directly impacted by or experience with immigration system preferred

Statistics show that people with marginalized identities often do not apply for positions when they do not meet all qualifications. We encourage you to push past the imposter syndrome and apply anyway- we promise you others are doing the same.

 

Terms of Employment

This is a full-time position (approximately 40 hours a week) with a starting salary of $41,600 and significant annual raises based on CCSM’s pay scale. Benefits include Health Insurance, a work computer, a work cell phone, mileage reimbursement, paid holidays, and unlimited paid time off with prior approval. 

CCSM is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, working class people, LGBTQIA people, immigrants, formerly incarcerated people, and people with disabilities to apply. 

 

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter with your interest in the position and relevant experience, resume, and three professional references with emails and phone numbers to sanctuarycolumbiacounty@gmail.com with “Job Application- Community Navigator” as the subject line. We will not check references until after an interview.

 

Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

1. How are you impacted by the immigration system?

2. Why are you interested in this role?

3. What experiences have you had that make you interested in this position? (Your response does NOT need to include formal work experience)

 

 

Americorps VISTA

This position is part of the NYIC VISTA program, which is run by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and places AmeriCorps VISTAs – referred to as NYIC VISTAs – at nonprofit organizations throughout New York state where they build organizational capacity through communications, fundraising, program development/outreach and/or volunteer management projects.

The VISTA placed at Columbia County Sanctuary Movement will work on program development/outreach (e.g., program outreach, member surveys/evaluations, KYR workshops) and volunteer management (e.g., volunteer recruitment, training, coordination) projects.

TERM OF SERVICE

  • Full-time; 12 month service

 

SUPPORT/BENEFITS

During their year of service, NYIC VISTAs are supported with the following benefits:

  • living allowance (a $15,002 - $24,119 stipend depending on the county that the position is based out of)
  • choice of healthcare allowance ($8,550) or a health plan
  • choice of a year-end education award ($6,495) or cash stipend ($1,803)
  • eligibility for benefits such as:
    • relocation allowance
    • settling-in allowance (up to $750)
    • child care support
  • Trainings on core skills/knowledge areas (e.g., leadership, social justice), NYIC VISTA focus areas (e.g., volunteer management, communications, fundraising) and immigration issues and their intersections with poverty issues
  • an AmeriCorps VISTA Virtual Member Orientation (VMO) facilitated by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
  • weekly NYIC VISTA webinars
  • ongoing check-ins, guidance and support from the NYIC
  • group national days of service activities
  • networking and celebration activities/events

 

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for an NYIC VISTA position, one must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident, or have Refugee status, Asylum, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for a NYIC VISTA position, please follow the following steps:

  • Create a MyAmeriCorps account at https://my.americorps.gov
  • Sign into your MyAmeriCorps account
  • Go to the MyAmeriCorps page for any NYIC VISTA position that you want to apply for. To find the position's MyAmeriCorps page, either click on the position's hyperlinked title on this page or run a search for the position using the MyAmeriCorps website's search engine (write "NYIC" in the Program field)
  • Once you are on the position's MyAmeriCorps page, click on the "Apply Now" button

 

CONTACT

If you have questions about the NYIC VISTA program, please contact vista@nyic.org and include the term "NYIC VISTA" in the subject line. Please do not call.

 

Part-Time Community Organizing Intern

CCSM organizes with (im)migrants and allies to collectively support, empower and defend our communities. The Community Organizer Intern will fulfill a powerful role in our organization’s sustainability, which provides survival services to meet the basic needs of members while engaging them in campaigns for systemic change. 

CCSM has launched our local Language Justice Campaign. We believe people should be able to communicate in the language with which they feel most comfortable. We also believe that our very own institutions should be able to provide equal and fair resources for everyone. We will be holding local institutions accountable and advocate for new policies to achieve language justice in our community. 

The Community Organizer Intern works closely with members, staff, and the Coordinating Committee to organize current and new CCSM members to participate in local Language Justice Campaigns. This position reports directly to the Community Organizer and Directors. The Organizer’s primary job is to assist the Community Organizer in building a powerful Language Justice Campaign led by directly impacted students and parents. The list below is an example of the responsibilities the Community Organizer Intern will fulfill throughout the 2022 fall internship program. 

CCSM is building a representative staff that contributes to leadership development within our community. We will provide training and mentorship to applicants who we believe would be a strong addition to our team but do not have all of the qualifications below. We collectively develop work portfolios that match individual skill sets and organizational aspirations.

 

Organizing 

  • One-on-One organizing conversations with students and parents
  • Identify community and member leaders
  • Contribute to building a formal membership model
  • Organize and facilitate multilingual membership and campaign workshops 
  • Compile stories and gather documents for participatory action research 
  • Gather petition signatures and conduct surveys  
  • Organize members to hold institutions accountable 
  • Work with Community Organizer to help integrate our service to organizing model 
  • Expand CCSM’s base of immigrant youth in Columbia and Greene County  
  • Engage members in legislative advocacy, direct actions, and campaign strategy sessions
  • Meet with key stakeholders to research, power map, and plan next steps

Qualifications

  • Commitment to CCSM’s mission, immigrant communities, and principles of anti-oppression 
  • Be a current or recent high school or undergraduate student. 
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Willingness to work in both a remote and in-person setting
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Bilingualism (English / Spanish/ Bengali ) highly preferred
  • Good written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work both independently and closely with a leadership team
  • Willingness to work flexible hours 
  • Take feedback well and have a learning mindset. 
  • Exceptional relational skills working directly with people in complex situations and commitment to building partnerships
  • Comfortable having one-on-one organizing conversations and making asks 
  • Valid driver’s license and car necessary 
  • Have relationships with immigrant communities and students in local school districts
  • Resident of Columbia or Greene County preferred 
  • Direct experience with immigration system preferred

 

Terms of Employment

This is a part-time, temporary position (10-15 hours a week) throughout the Summer of 2022 with a possible extension into the Fall semester. This is a stipend internship.  Other benefits include mileage reimbursement for work-related meetings (not including commute to office). 

Frequently cited statistics show that women and structurally marginalized and/or underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. CCSM encourages you to break that statistic and apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications.CCSM is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, working class people, LGBTQIA people, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. 

To Apply: This internship is open to all High School and Undergraduate students. Please send a resume and answers to the following questions to hiring@sanctuarycolumbiacounty.org with “Organizing Intern Application” in the subject line. 

 

  1. What does language justice mean to you?
  2. Why are you interested in this role?
  3. What experiences have you had with language justice/ language access that make you interested in this position? (Your response does NOT need to include formal work)

 

Volunteer with CCSM

CCSM was built from the ground-up by members and volunteers. From our coordinating committee to carrying out the important work of our programming, volunteers add essential capacity to our organization. The key areas we are currently seeking volunteers for are pro-bono legal services, translation, web-design, transportation and grassroots fundraising. Please fill out this form to share your skills and passion with CCSM! Email volunteer@sanctuarycolumbiacounty.org with any additional questions.

If you are interested in interning with us for a semester (or more!), please send us an email with the subject "Interning with CCSM".