job: circuit rider

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From:           	Dirk Slater <dirk at welfarelaw.org>

WELFARE LAW CENTER
275 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1205
New York, N.Y. 10001-6708
(212) 633-6967 -- (212) 633-6371 (fax)
On the web: www.welfarelaw.org and www.lincproject.org

Position Announcement:

LINC Project: Associate Circuit Rider
	
	The Welfare Law Center seeks an Associate Circuit Rider to help expand 
its successful and nationally recognized Low Income Networking and 
Communications (LINC) Project, a pioneering initiative to empower 
grassroots low-income groups to use cutting edge technology 
strategically in organizing and advocacy.   The LINC Project provides 
intensive hands-on technology assistance to low-income groups and 
coalitions around the country, develops and disseminates innovative 
models of technology use by these groups, promotes communication among 
grassroots groups through a web page (www.lincproject.org) and an 
organizers' listserv, and works closely with other progressive 
technology activists across the country to advance Project goals.  With 
LINC's assistance grassroots groups have used technology to advance 
statewide campaigns for social welfare initiatives, sustain regional 
coalitions, and build the computer literacy and leadership skills of 
low-income members.

	New funding is allowing the Project to expand its staff to serve more 
groups and to implement more advanced technology strategies with these 
groups. The current LINC Project staff includes our Senior Circuit 
Rider, who has achieved national recognition for his groundbreaking 
work in implementing LINC; a Circuit Rider; and the Project Director. 
The new Associate Circuit Rider will be under the immediate supervision 
of the Senior Circuit Rider and under overall supervision of the 
Project Director.

	 The Center, a national law and policy office based in New York City, 
works to promote fair income support programs through its support for 
low-income organizing and impact litigation.

	The Associate Circuit Rider position is full-time and requires 
extensive travel. The position is for two years with employment beyond 
that subject to funding. This is an exciting position for a creative 
and energetic technology activist who is committed to social justice.

Major responsibilities include:

- Provide intensive technology assistance to low-income groups and 
coalitions in their communities, including a needs assessment, 
development of a technology strategic plan,   implementation of the 
plan, assistance in fundraising for technology capacity-building, and 
problem-solving on-site and at a distance

- Develop and share models of innovative technology use by grassroots 
groups

- Provide technology training to staff, Board, and members of 
grassroots groups

- Work with intermediary organizations to support technology use by 
their constituent grassroots groups

- Develop both technology training resource materials and materials 
about low-income group activities for online and print dissemination

- Maintain and improve Websites and listservs for the LINC Project and 
the WLC

- Participate in statewide, regional and national meetings of low 
income groups to provide general technology training

- Evaluate emerging technologies for possible use by LINC groups

- Participate in the Circuit Riders' Network, a national network of 
technology activists working in non-profit organizations

- Assist in the Project fundraising and evaluation activities

Qualifications:

- Demonstrated savvy technology use and competence with computer 
communications, including but not limited to installing computer 
networks, developing and using databases, upgrading hardware and 
installing software, maintaining e-mail discussion lists, designing and 
building Web pages

- Experience working with low-income communities and organizations of 
low-income members on economic or social justice issues required 
(first-hand experience with poverty or poverty issues and an organizing 
background are a plus)

- Ability to make technology understandable to lay people and 
experience in training

- Ability to write for a lay audience

- Creativity and problem-solving ability, ability to work independently

- Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills, including the 
ability to work well with diverse groups (including grassroots groups, 
advocates, funders) and as part of a team

- Ability to travel

- Driver's license

- Experience working with various operating systems, such as Windows, 
Macintosh is required; experience with Linux, database applications, 
website authoring applications is a plus.

Salary:

Up to $38,000/year depending on experience, plus employer paid health 
insurance, vacation and sick leave and contribution to a retirement plan

Starting date: As soon as possible.  The position will remain open 
until filled.  We will review applications on a rolling basis.

Applicants should send a resume, contact information for references, 
and a cover letter explaining qualifications and interest to Gina 
Mannix.  Applications may be submitted by fax (212 633-6371) or email 
(linchire at welfarelaw.org).  Please do not call about the status of 
applications. We will acknowledge receipt promptly.

Persons of color, former recipients of public assistance, and those who 
have grown up in poverty, are especially encouraged to apply.  The 
Center is an equal opportunity employer seeking qualified applicants 
and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national 
origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or 
any other consideration prohibited by law.


Dirk Slater
Senior Circuit Rider
LINC Project / Welfare Law Center
212 633-6967 ext. 22
dirk at welfarelaw.org
www.lincproject.org





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