[COMM-ORG] job: National Immigration Lead Organizer, no salary info
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Job announcement - National Immigration Lead Organizer
From: Gordon Whitman <gwhitman at piconetwork.org>
PICO National Network
National Immigration Lead Organizer
PICO National Network seeks a talented, proven organizer and leader to
join our national campaign staff as Lead Organizer on PICO’s National
Immigration campaign. The purpose of this position is to develop and
lead a multi-year bottom-up organizing strategy to win national
immigration reform. The Lead Organizer will coach and provide strategic
and tactical guidance to PICO member federations and nurture strategic
partnerships within the broader immigration movement. The position would
ideally be based in Washington, DC but location is flexible, and will
require frequent travel.
PICO organizes people of faith for economic and racial justice. With 60
local, regional member federations and 11 state networks working in 200
cities and towns in 18 states and 212 network organizers and other
employees, PICO is the largest grassroots faith-based community
organizing network in the United States. PICO has a long history of
developing powerful immigrant leaders and organizing immigrant
communities to fight for good schools, economic opportunity, affordable
health care and housing and immigration reform. PICO works closely with
many different religious denominations and traditions to bring a
strategic faith voice to the movement for a just and humane immigration
The Lead Organizer will report to the National Director of Policy and be
responsible for the following:
1. Helping to design and execute a multi-year political, organizing and
campaign strategy to win federal immigration reform, ensuring that this
strategy is integrated into PICO’s overall multi-issue organizing work
and aligned with the immigrant rights movement.
2. Actively coaching and supporting a team of 30-40 PICO organizers who
work full or part-time on immigration issues, through individual
consultation and regular staff development and campaign coordination
calls and meetings; helping PICO organizations develop strong
immigration organizing strategies that are deeply rooted in their local
communities and aligned across the network into a common campaign.
3. Supporting PICO federations in developing pro-active strategies to
engage and develop immigrant leaders in their organizations (on multiple
issues of concern to immigrant communities) and strengthening PICO’s
National Immigration Reform task force (Exodus Team) made up of
volunteer leaders and clergy from PICO federations organizing on
4. Developing and nurturing strategic partnerships with:
*National religious institutions, including the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops and national Evangelical groups,
*Organizations within the national immigration movement that help to
advance the work as a whole,
*Coalition tables while representing PICO and our work
5. Relentlessly campaigning for national immigration reform by deploying
the most effective and creative online, communications, civic
engagement, and grassroots organizing and lobbying tools available, in
partnership with PICO national staff.
6. Coordinating with other PICO staff members to ensure that we provide
top-notch services, materials, and support to PICO Network organizations.
We are seeking candidates who can establish and maintain strong working
relationships, demonstrate strategic thinking skills, and operate with a
large bandwidth to manage a complex national campaign. You should have:
1. A track record of building strong relationships and acting as a
leader in highly collaborative settings.
2. Strategic thinking skills –the ability to quickly figure out how to
exponentially advance the work (both nationally and locally) by taking
what we have and helping organizers make good decisions about what to do
3. Drive, organization, and bandwidth – the ability to run multiple
projects and pieces of work at the same time, problem-solve along the
way, and keep everything moving forward.
The ideal candidate would bring the following specific skills and
1. Experience working on immigration issues in a position of significant
2. Experience directly organizing immigrants
3. Understanding of the policy issues involved in reforming the U.S.
4. Experience/comfort working with clergy, people of faith and faith
communities around social change issues
5. Ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
6. Commitment to supporting campaigns that are owned and led by
grassroots volunteer leaders
7. Willingness to work in a multi-issue organization/network
8. Fluency in Spanish is essential for this position
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.
PICO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people from all
backgrounds to apply.
Apply online at
Please include the following three (3) documents with your online
1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format)
including 3 references ready to be uploaded with your online application
2. A cover letter (outlining your qualifications for this position)
ready to be uploaded with your online application
3. A writing sample demonstrating your ability to think critically and
If you need assistance with your application contact
careers at piconetwork.org.
DEADLINE: Position open until filled. Interviews will begin immediately.
See www.piconetwork.org for more information on the PICO National Network.
Gordon Whitman ▪ Director of Policy
PICO National Network ▪ Unlocking the Power of People
www.piconetwork.org ▪ gwhitman at piconetwork.org
110 Maryland Avenue, NE Suite 407
Washington, DC 20002
O (202) 730-0846 ▪ M (202) 427-2992 ▪ F (202) 315-3568
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