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Part-Time Temporary Immigrants’ Rights Organizing Position
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center (SC Appleseed) seeks a part-time temporary community organizer, bilingual in English and Spanish, to support immigrant rights work in South Carolina. The position, based in Columbia, SC, has an immediate vacancy. SC Appleseed, a non-profit, fights for low-income South Carolinians to overcome social, economic, and legal injustices and serves a wide range of needs for the low-income community.
The Organizer will provide coordination and support to immigrants, community-based organizations, churches, and community leaders, particularly in the Midlands regions, with the goal of ensuring that the rights of immigrants and Hispanic/Latino American citizens are protected. The Organizer will work closely with SC Appleseed’s executive director, litigation attorney, and immigration policy attorney to build sustainable outreach to the immigrant community. When possible, the Organizer will be on hand to respond to immediate grassroots needs. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who can work independently while under supervision and a strategic thinker capable of producing consistent quality work in a timely fashion.
The position is a 6-month, part-time, grant-funded arrangement that is not likely to be renewed.
- Represent SC Appleseed in a professional manner within the organization and externally.
- Utilizing SC Appleseed materials, educate members of Latino/Hispanic community on a number of issues related to their rights.
- Investigate and gather information about potential violations of immigrants’ and Hispanic/Latino American citizens’ rights.
- Arrange and host presentations at churches, schools, and other small group meetings within the Midlands, Sumter, and Saluda area and report to SC Appleseed staff the community concerns.
- Work with the SC Appleseed staff to employ strategies that address identified community needs.
- Coordinate Spanish language media communications activities, including setting up and being interviewed for radio and print. The Organizer will receive approved statements from SC Appleseed staff before being interviewed.
- Produce Spanish language videos with the assistance of and for use by SC Appleseed that educate the Spanish speaking community about their rights.
- Translate documents, brochures, and manuals into Spanish, as directed.
- Provide interpretation services to SC Appleseed staff, as directed.
- Engage in other related duties as needed by the organization.
- Fluent in spoken and written Spanish and English. Native speaker proficiency in Spanish is preferred. Failure to meet the language requirement will be basis for removal from further consideration for this position.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Strong group facilitation skills.
- Previous community organizing experience preferred, but not required.
- Experience with immigration, human rights, social justice issues, or immigrant communities.
- Ability to work irregular hours, including some weekends.
- Current driver’s license and access to a car a must. Willingness to travel across the state periodically.
- Ability to learn quickly.
- Ability to produce consistent, professional, quality work.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Proficient computer skills, particularly Word, email and the use of listservs.
- Possession of excellent listening skills and the ability to comprehend the concerns of others.
- Ability to manage time independently and carry out work plans with minimal supervision.
- Capacity to transmit information to other people.
- Desire to help the people of the community.
This position reports to: The Director or her designee
Salary & Benefits: This is a position paid by an hourly rate. As this is a part-time position, no benefits will be offered.
Closing Date of Position: January 10th, 2012
How to apply: Please submit resume, a cover letter, and one writing sample that is in English to: Organizer Position; SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, PO Box 7187, Columbia, SC., 29202.
SC Appleseed is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply. SC Appleseed complies with all Federal and State employment regulations.