The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) is to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and forcibly displaced persons. JRS works in more than 50 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, psycho-social and emergency needs of more than 637,000 refugees and other forcibly displaced persons regardless of race, ethnic origin or religious beliefs.
Reporting to the Director of Advocacy & Operations, the Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator will play a key role in JRS/USA’s efforts to grow and mobilize a diverse and active constituency dedicated to defending the rights of refugees and displaced persons, and to advocate on behalf of U.S. policies that support refugee needs. The Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator will build a cadre of volunteers who raise awareness within their communities about refugee issues, support JRS/USA’s global programs, and advocate for pro-refugee policies in the U.S.
- Help develop and lead implementation of a national strategy to recruit, educate and mobilize volunteers in support of JRS’s mission.
- Conduct targeted outreach to JRS supporters and institutions including, but not limited to, Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes. Outreach includes identifying target partners; coordinating logistics for site visits and other events (as necessary); conducting presentations and training volunteers; and identifying opportunities for collaboration (workshops, events, advocacy outreach).
- Manage relationships with supporters and institutions, including JRS Refugee Action Teams, by working closely with them to develop engagement programs and activities aligned with JRS/USA’s national outreach strategy and ensure sustainability. This includes developing volunteer resources, event planning, managing local advocacy efforts and engaging in media outreach.
- Monitor and track volunteers and engagement activities in constituent database.
- Support JRS/USA communication efforts by developing outreach-related content for email, social media, the JRS/USA website, and print publications. Develop outreach and program materials as necessary and manage ongoing dissemination of current materials, including Refugee Action Team and Refugee Simulation Toolkits.
- Support JRS/USA resource mobilization efforts by coordinating with fundraising colleagues on engagement with JRS supporters, event planning and other activities, as necessary.
- Manage development and dissemination of action alerts on issues aligned with JRS/USA’s advocacy agenda.
- Support annual JRS/USA Advocacy Day event in Washington, D.C. by recruiting participants, developing materials and providing logistical support.
- Help advance JRS/USA’s advocacy agenda by supporting Washington, DC-based advocacy efforts and representing JRS/USA at key meetings and events, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree in international relations, public policy or other relevant field.
- 2-4 years of experience in the field of social justice, community organizing or advocacy.
- Volunteer management experience.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
- Interest in and willingness to travel domestically.
- Strong public speaking and written communication skills.
- Special events planning and logistics coordination experience.
- Data entry, Microsoft Office suite, PowerPoint, and social media skills.
Please submit resume and cover letter by Friday, September 14.
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