The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church is the presence of the church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. GBCS is tasked with implementing the Social Principles, which contain stances taken on social and political issues by The United Methodist Church. The 2012 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church states that GBCS “shall show the members of the Church and the society that the reconciliation that God effected through Christ involves personal, social, and civic righteousness… [and will] inform, motivate, train, organize, and build networks for action toward social justice throughout society, particularly on the specific issues prioritized by the board.”
The Grassroots Organizer will report to and assist the Director of Civil & Human Rights by doing the following:
- Have basic knowledge of immigration policy and be able to articulate and advocate for the policy positions of The United Methodist Church with Congress and the administration, as well as communicate those positions to grassroots teams and congregations.
- Develop leaders to build new teams in Annual Conferences without functioning teams, strengthen current teams, and develop leadership so teams are growing in size and mobilizing impact in the conference.
- Maintain regular contact with United Methodists in the area of immigration reform as to what actions they are engaged in, what actions or events are being coordinated nationally which they can participate in, and convey the political dynamic and how those actions can have significant political impact.
- Pull together resources being used by United Methodists and United Methodist caucuses on immigration and other issues, and then disseminate those resources to other teams based on their needs.
- Recruit new United Methodist leaders in Annual Conferences doing work with people directly affected by immigration. Emphasis will be placed on finding churches and ministries in Annual Conferences incarnated among immigrant communities focused on the issue of immigration and building relationships with key leaders in those ministries.
- Provide trainings for teams in Annual Conferences to develop strategy, recruit new members, deepen relationships among immigrant communities, and more effectively advocate for just and humane immigration reform. Trainings will focus on congregations effectively utilizing their assets to meet the needs of those incarcerated, their families and returning citizens. Organizing trainings will focus on building capacity, moving from education to action, moving from mercy to justice, contextualization of political engagement, effective means of advocacy, and a biblical theology of engaging in justice-oriented ministries.
- Plan events, attend strategy sessions, help craft advocacy messages, participate in Congressional meetings, and draft minutes, letters, action alerts, and media advisories.
- Work with grassroots efforts in other faith groups and non-faith groups as well to provide overall coordination.
- Guide communities through the Immigrant Welcoming Communities journey by providing resources, and through recruiting congregations and communities ready to go through the journey.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Applicant should be bilingual in Spanish and English.
- Applicant should have 2 years experience working in community organizing, specifically among faith communities.
- Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with persons at all levels, both verbally and in writing commensurate with a highly visible position.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word and Outlook).
- Must be able to work in Washington, D.C., no paid relocation.
Annual salary of $66,300, factored level 11, pension benefits, 22 days of paid vacation sick leave, comprehensive medical, dental and accidental death insurance; other benefits as outlined in the Employee Personnel Manual. This is a full-time exempt position with 20-30% travel.
The General Board of Church & Society is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.