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Open Positions:

Campaign Organizer

Americorps VISTA

Part-Time Community Organizing Intern

Volunteer with CCSM

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Campaign Organizer

CCSM organizes with (im)migrants and allies to collectively support, empower and defend our communities. Organizers fulfill a powerful role in our service and organizing model which provides essential services to meet the basic needs of members while engaging them in campaigns for systemic change. 

Our organizers work closely with members, staff, and the Coordinating Committee to organize current and new CCSM members to participate in local, regional and priority statewide campaigns. CCSM serves as a steering committee member of the Excluded No More campaign and anchor organization for Raise Up NY. We are actively participating in the Coverage for All and New York for All campaigns. Local campaigns include Language Justice and Police Non-Cooperation agreements. This position reports directly to Bryan MacCormack, Co-Executive Director with supervision shared with all Co-Executive Directors. 

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. 

Organizing Responsibilities 

  • Support leadership development and deepening political consciousness of members through one on one organizing conversations, trainings, and individual coaching
  • Engage members in legislative advocacy, direct actions, and campaign strategy sessions
  • Compile stories and gather documents for participatory action research 
  • Recruit undocumented workers, self-employed workers, freelance artists and formerly incarcerated workers to join the Excluded No More campaign
  • Identify community and member leaders through one on one organizing conversations
  • Support educational event planning such as webinars, workshops, popular education programming and other community-building events  
  • Collect testimonies and identify and recruit members to share their public narratives 
  • Assist with the organizing of mass mobilization events (e.g rallies, celebratory events, targeted protests)
  • Create opportunities workers and members to build relationship and collective intersectional power 
  • Participate in and facilitate coalition building through statewide and regional campaign meetings, events and actions
  • Work in coordination with coalition member organizations to develop and implement campaign plans, including engaging their members and organizations in advancing CCSM’s state level priorities
  • Work with Director of Programs and Services to help integrate our service to organizing model 
  • Contribute to expanding CCSM’s membership base in the Capital Region/Hudson Valley
  • Collaborate with the CCSM’s organizing team on local campaigns for language justice and police non-cooperation agreement 

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to CCSM’s mission, immigrant communities, and principles of anti-oppression 
  • 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) required
  • Good written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work both independently and closely with a leadership team
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and travel for trainings, conferences, and accompaniment occasionally with personal vehicle
  • Exception 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 
  • Relationships with immigrant communities / Resident of Columbia or Greene County preferred 
  • Comfortable managing multiple projects independently and with a team
  • Direct 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 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 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 in-person; in addition to in-person one to one meetings and coalition events, we hold in-person staff meetings every other week, and in-person Coordinating Committee meetings once a month.

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, resume, and three professional references with emails and phone numbers to sanctuarycolumbiacounty@gmail.com with “Job Application- Campaign Organizer” as the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but preference will be given to those who apply by February 15th. We will not check references until after the 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".