MICAH Lead Organizer - Milwaukee

 MICAH Lead Organizer - Job Announcement

MICAH (Milwaukee Inner city Congregations Allied for Hope), founded in 1988, currently has 37 member congregations from throughout the metropolitan area. The majority of MICAH’s membership is comprised of people of color from the central city of Milwaukee, with expanding membership of Spanish-speaking congregations as well as suburban faith communities.  MICAH’s primary purpose is to identify, recruit, develop and empower leaders from member congregations.   Leaders are taught to organize people to engage themselves in the public arena in a powerful way.
Position Summary
MICAH has an open position for Lead Organizer. The ideal candidate will have experience in community organizing, be a person of faith and have the ability to help develop leaders and expand MICAH’s capacity with thoughtful, intentional strategies, developed in collaboration with its leaders. The Lead Organizer must have a deep desire to address local and regional societal issues by identifying leaders and organizing people, congregations and money to sustain the work. The Lead Organizer plays a key role in planning and implementing issue campaigns to exercise grassroots power and develop a sustained and democratic organization.  The position serves as a liaison between internal programs, congregation leadership and community partners.
Description of Duties
 Leadership Development and Fundraising
Identifies and recruits MICAH leaders through ongoing 1:1 meetings.
Develops relationships with MICAH leaders and its allies through ongoing 1:1 meetings.
Develops MICAH leaders through MICAH, WISDOM, and Gamaliel training events so that leaders are equipped to create a more powerful MICAH, to strengthen their congregations and institutions, and to participate effectively in the public arena.
Plans and coordinates outreach and organizing meetings in order to build an effective, ongoing organization and to maintain the involvement of grassroots leaders.
Establishes a solid culture of organizing with MICAH and Religious Leaders Caucus.
Collaborates with staff to develop and maintain communications, system, data base and work plans.
Works collaboratively with staff, board, and committees on funding strategies, including membership dues, sustainer contributions, fundraising events, and grants
Coordinates the tracking and reporting of the goals and outcomes of issue campaigns and actions.
Assists issues leaders in networking with possible allies and in forming strategic alliances.
Represents issues committees and task forces in discussions and policy decision of MICAH staff and Board and coordinates intra-organizational communication regarding issues and issues committees.

Issue Development
Supports issue efforts by facilitating the development of a strategy and tactical plans while coaching and mentoring leaders to develop capacity for issue policy campaigns.
Assists in issue research and analysis;
Trains and mentors issue leaders to represent MICAH in meetings with policy makers and officials, and in addressing media relationships.
Coordinates MICAH in actions, and assists in developing informational materials   for such activities.
Coordinates the tracking and reporting of the goals and outcomes of issue campaigns and actions
Assists issues leaders in networking with possible allies and in forming strategic alliances.

Reports directly to the MICAH President, Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Generates and distributes a written report each month that will be sent to all key MICAH leaders.
Participates in WISDOM staff meetings, prepares staff reports and works collaboratively with other WISDOM organizers.  Utilizes guidance and supervision available from WISDOM director.
Participates in continuing education opportunities presented by Gamaliel, including Organizer retreats, International leadership assembly and other programs and events.

Required Qualifications and Experience
Strong commitment to MICAH’s vision.
Personal attributes of integrity, flexibility, high energy.
At least two years of experience working in community organizing and/or public affairs leadership.
Ability to motivate leaders to take action.
Demonstrated experience in grassroots leadership development programs and follow-up.
Excellent meeting planning and facilitation skills.
Superior verbal, listening, written and presentation skills.
Detail oriented, self-motivated, ability to multi-task, provide quick responses and highly organized.
Willing to work flexible schedule, including evenings and periodic weekends.
Ability to work with diverse people, communities and cultures.
Computer literacy with proficiency in database systems, web-based communications, MS Word, Excel, and Power Point.

Conversational Spanish
Demonstrated success in public policy advocacy
Application Procedure
Send resume by email to sahvana@micahempowers.org             
The deadline for applications to be received is April 21, 2014

MICAH · 1947 N 4th Street ·Milwaukee, WI 53212 · USA