organizer intern

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[ed:  this job post includes salary info.]

From: "Ben MacConnell" <bmacconnell at hotmail.com>

INTERCHURCH COALITION FOR ACTION,
RECONCILIATION, AND EMPOWERMENT (ICARE)
Organizer Intern Job Description, Qualifications, and Compensation
6/01

I.      OVERALL APPROACH
ICARE’s overall approach to effective community organizing involves the
following steps:
·       Staff develop relationships of trust and mutual respect with 
members and
persons in the community, both listening for and sharing concerns, visions,
and potential strategy options.
·       Staff works with leaders in conducting research to identify concrete
solutions that have worked locally and elsewhere which can be successfully
adopted to new situations.
·       Involve, educate, and then mobilize large numbers of people in 
order to
gain the recognition and respect of community institutions (such as the
School Board, City Council, etc.) which have the potential and resources to
make significant community change.

II.     SPECIFIC AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ORGANIZER INTERN
During the coming twelve months, ICARE will be working in the area of
education reform, including a strong parental and community involvement
focus.  The Organizer Intern will work closely with ICARE’s Head Organizer
and two Associate Organizers in three primary areas.

A.      SCHOOL-BASED ORGANIZING (60% of Staff Time)
The Organizer Intern will develop relationships through dozens of one-on-
one visits and attending meetings (like PTA and SAC) with the staff and
parents of approximately five of the Direct Instruction Elementary Schools.
This will lead to educating parents about DI, involving them in workshops
and seminars about things they can do to reinforce their children’s behavior
and literacy skills, and helping to identify other concerns impacting their
families and community.

B.      CHURCH-BASED ORGANIZING (25% of Staff Time)
The Organizer Intern will develop relationships through dozens of one-on-
one visits and attending meetings with pastors and lay leaders of
approximately five ICARE member and potential member churches.  The Intern
will help in turning out large numbers of persons through phone calling,
etc. for ICARE’s public meetings.

C.      ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT (15% of Staff Time)
The Organizer Intern will have some administrative support work
(preparing meeting agendas, reminder letters, organization mailings, etc.)
that is necessary in carrying out the Intern’s and organization’s mission of
engaging large numbers of people in making community improvements.
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III.    TRAINING AND SUPPORT
The Organizer Intern will receive ongoing training and support from the
ICARE Head Organizer (an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ
with twenty years of community organizing experience).  In addition, the
Organizer Intern will work closely with the two ICARE Associate Organizers.
Ongoing training and support will include orientations and job shadowing to
all aspects of the organization.  The Organizer Intern will also be afforded
the opportunity to attend at-least two out-of-town trainings related to
education issues and/or community organizing.

IV.     QUALIFICATIONS
Persons applying for the position of Organizer Intern with ICARE should
have the following qualifications.
A.      Maturity and life experience which manifests itself in 1.  A strong 
sense
of self, 2. The capacity to work with and fundamentally respect the life
experiences of people from wide-ranging backgrounds, 3. The confidence to
lead, give strong directions, listen well, and promote the growth and
development of others, 4. The ability to challenge others to take
responsibility for their lives, and 5. The capacity to give and accept
criticism.
B.      Fundamentally likes people and has a passion for seeing justice and
compassion more effectively lived out in the community.
C.      Good oral and written communication skills.

V.      COMPENSATION
A.      One year employment contract (provide successful completion of initial
three month probationary period) with potential for renewal depending upon
work performance and availability of funding.
B.      Salary:  $18,000 - $25,000 a year, to be negotiated depending upon
experience.
C.      Fringe:  Includes reasonable health care, retirement (after one 
year of
service if the position is renewed), and travel reimbursement.
D.      Training:  Ongoing training and supervision from local staff and 
at-least
two out-of-town trainings.

VI.     IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE ICARE ORGANIZER INTERN POSITION
We encourage you to send your resume and a list of three references (name,
phone number, and/or letters of reference)  to: Ben MacConnell, DART
Network, 1612 Valentine Rd, Suite 2W, Kansas City, MO  64111 or by email:
DART at kc.rr.com. To send by fax or if you have any questions, please call:
(816) 931-2520.





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