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Regional Organizer –Eastern Hub (Organizing)

Full Time:

LOCATION: New York, NY  

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director of Organizing, Eastern Hub

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Lead the engagement and management of a Catholic network in the New York metropolitan area. This will include but not be limited to intentional collaboration with the Archdiocese of New York and its Suffragan Diocesan offices, Catholic schools (both high school and college level) and local parishes.  The intention is to build, organize and strengthen a regional grassroots network to help Bread for the World achieve broader local support and accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty in the United States and internationally.

This position will be a full-time organizer within the Organizing and Grassroots Capacity Building Department and a member of the Eastern Hub. Scope of work will include the NYC metro area defined broadly as the basic commuter area for NYC and could also include regional work within the Eastern Hub region.

RESPONSIBILITIES/ACTIVITIES:

Spends 75% of the time engaging New York City area Catholic community in advocacy outreach to end domestic and international hunger. Including:

  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with diocesan staff, Catholic Charities, women religious, and Catholic social justice organizations.

  • Special emphasis on young adults (teens to age 40).

  • Identifying and supporting relevant college campuses and their staff to support Bread for the World work by students.

  • Capitalizing on Bread specific entry points like Just Faith and Bread for the World Sunday.

  • Raising engagement and support level of churches already engaged in Bread’s work.

  • Holding annual Offering of Letters Workshop(s) in the city.

  1. Spends 25% of the time fulfilling basic Organizing and Grassroots Capacity Building responsibilities shared by each participant in the hub and extending geographically beyond New York City.

  2. Implements mobilization efforts including resourcing existing activists, Bread teams and churches, delivering results for legislative campaigns and developing financial support for Bread and the Institute.

  3. Engages, educates and motivates a diverse network on hunger-related issues and advocacy.

  4. Builds grassroots capacity, identifying and training new leaders, building grassroots infrastructure, and ensuring that diversity (racial, ethnic, generational, and denominational) is an active part of activist recruitment.

  5. Recruits participants for Bread for the World-sponsored events.

  6. Trains volunteers in community organizing, lobbying and media engagement; creates and manages training events and seminars.

  7. Works with deputy director in developing grassroots strategies. Works cross-departmentally to implement engagement with local activists.

  8. Communicates regularly with Bread for the World activists and members.

  9. Stays abreast of legislative and organizational developments, building and maintaining knowledge of key Congressional targets as well as Members of Congress in assigned region.

  10. Supports Bread for the World’s local church engagement initiatives, including fundraising.

  11. Uses organization's resources in a manner that demonstrates responsibility and good stewardship, including submitting field reports on time, corporate credit card receipts on time, completing timesheets on time, submitting personnel documents on time, and making choices regarding travel arrangements, meals and lodging that are consistent with Bread's values.

  12. Perform other duties as assigned.

     

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of five years' organizing experience

  • Understanding of public policy advocacy, legislative process, international and domestic hunger, and congregational/denominational governance

  • Experience working with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic and denominational lines

  • Knowledgeable about Catholicism and Catholic Social Teaching, and committed to hunger justice issues

  • Experience with social justice issues, particularly hunger and in Catholic networks is preferred

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office, Internet, databases

  • Familiarity with JustFaith curriculum a plus

     

WORK ENVIRONMENT ISSUES:

  • Overnight travel up to 50%, including 3-4 weeks per year in Washington, DC; the amount of travel will be identified in an annual workplan and could be significantly less.

  • Working with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic, rural/urban and denominational lines an expectation

  • Valid Driver's License and driving history that is consistent with the ability to be insured at an affordable, “safe driver” rate (determined at Bread's discretion)

  • Deployed in our New York Bread for the World office

  • Self-motivated and demonstrated ability to work independently

 

DISCLAIMER:

The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification.  It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Careers.Org@bread.org  or fax these materials to the attention of Sarah Rohrer at 202-688-1155. Please use “Regional Organizer –Eastern Hub” in the subject line. Preference will be given to applications received by July 1, 2014.


Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Please visit www.bread.org for a full listing of available positions.

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