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- Jesuit Conference, Office of Justice and Ecology: Senior Migration Adviser
JRS/USA is searching for a Community Accompaniment Network Coordinator for its Binational Cross-border Program. The selected candidate will lead the development of a nationwide accompaniment network for asylum seeking individuals who arrive at the U.S. Mexico Border in search of protection and who travel to various destinations in the United States.
The community accompaniment coordinator will identify community-based collaborators/volunteers to establish local networks of support for recently arrived asylum seekers. We are seeking a bilingual individual (English & Spanish) who can travel across the border as needed, has strong communication skills, has networking experience, and has worked with volunteers.
The Community Referral and Accompaniment Coordinator will report to the Border Program Senior Manager and work collaboratively with other JRS teams, JRS partners, especially the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), and with other collaborators.
- Nurture new and long-standing relationships with Jesuit, Catholic and other partner organizations and individuals to develop, promote and establish a network of volunteers for an accompaniment and referral network to assist recently arrived individuals throughout the U.S
- Identify and cultivate ties with individuals and communities interested in becoming Community Based Companions (CBCs) for recently arrived asylum seekers in various locations in the United States in coordination with JRS/USA’s Outreach Team
- Build relationships and secure commitment from CBCs and establish clear expectations for communication and secure systems for sharing information through an adequate communication protocol to identify relevant needs and address gaps in assistance for recent arrivals
- Accompany and train individuals or groups serving as CBCs who are providing support for asylum seekers.
- Coordinate the development of guides for CBCs in specific localities and help improve their capacity to direct individuals to relevant support
- Develop and maintain a referral and accompaniment system and database of companions, services, and local contacts in collaboration with partner organizations to facilitate access to local services at the Mexico-USA border region and other various locations in the U.S
- Establish working relationships and partnerships with local and remote service providers for resource sharing and collaboration.
- Identify and determine conditions, type and level of service and assistance needed in consultation and collaboration with individuals and families
- Connect recently arrived individuals to local companions in destination cities
- Keep information on community services and resources identified for future reference to make appropriate referrals in destination cities if needed
- Offer a coordinated and collaborative response in the provision of services and assistance for the population being served
- Participate in regular team meetings for issues related to referred and accompanied individuals and for other activities as part of the Border team
- 3 years of experience in community outreach, referral, and/or community engagement activities in the nonprofit sector
- At least 1 year experience working with migrants and refugees
- Experience supervising and coordinating work with volunteers
- Proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite especially Excel, Outlook, Teams, and Word
- Experience and facility with numbers, data management and databases
- Cultural competence and awareness and cross-cultural communication skills
- Ability to empathize with diverse age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation groups
- Bilingual: English & Spanish
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, communication, psychology, or related field
- Familiarity with immigration and the current border situation preferred
- Experience delivering case management services in a context of humanitarian assistance preferred
- Experience working in the nonprofit sector and/or faith-based organizations
- Strong communication and written skills
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, excellent written and oral communication
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $50,000.00 – $60,000.00 per year
How to Apply
Please submit resume and cover letter through Indeed.com
The Jesuit Conference is the coordinating body of the five Jesuit Provinces in Canada and the United States. Headquartered in the District of Columbia, the Jesuit Conference facilitates and promotes relationships among the various Jesuit entities in both Canada and the United States, including Jesuit Provinces and social service organizations, as well as between these entities and the international Jesuit headquarters in Rome.
The Jesuit Conference maintains an Office of Justice and Ecology (OJE) which advocates with legislators, public officials, and multinational corporations on issues of importance relevant to the Jesuits’ mission of faith and justice. The office is nonpartisan and seeks to express how Catholic values such as human dignity, the common good, and the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable are at stake in policy decisions. OJE develops its advocacy priorities in conjunction with Jesuit provinces and ministries in the United States and Canada and in partnership with Jesuit institutions abroad. In addition to its advocacy mission, the Office of Justice and Ecology works with and develops networks for collaboration among Jesuits and other partners, encouraging them to live a ‘faith that does justice.’
- Works with the Secretary of Justice & Ecology to develop OJE advocacy and networking strategy on issues related to migration, US border policy, and human rights in Latin America (“focus areas”), in collaboration with staff at the Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Provinces, and Jesuit institutions in the US and Canada, and abroad.
- Engages in direct advocacy with Congressional offices, federal agencies, and corporate actors on issues related to focus areas. This includes:
- Cultivating relationships with key Congressional offices and tracking those members’ legislative records;
- Identifying, analyzing and advocating for or against relevant legislative and administrative proposals;
- Participating in faith-based and secular coalitions to plan and implement advocacy strategies;
- Coordinating and participating in meetings of people from Jesuit networks with Congressional offices and government agencies, especially for Jesuit social ministries and constituents from key Congressional districts.
- Represents the Jesuit Conference in migration-related networks, including:
- Serving as co-chair of the Jesuit Migration Network / US-Canada;
- Co-leading the advocacy dimension of the Red Jesuita con Migrantes — Centroamérica y Norteamérica (RJM-CANA);
- Serving as the Jesuit Conference core member in the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network on Migration.
- Builds the capacity of Jesuits, leaders of Jesuit social ministries, and members of the Ignatian family throughout the Conference to engage in reflection and advocacy on focus areas, to advance the integration and empowerment of migrant communities, and to build a culture of hospitality. This includes:
- Providing to the Jesuit Conference and related networks analysis and expertise on Congressional and Administrative policy proposals that could impact the rights of migrants and immigrants;
- Coordinating Jesuit advocacy efforts related to the focus areas (e.g. drafting OJE statements and action alerts; reviewing, recommending and circulating institutional sign-on letters);
- Hosting conference calls and providing policy briefings for Ignatian networks (e.g. hosting video-conference calls, participating in webinars, speaking at conferences);
- Coordinating sessions on the focus areas at events such as the annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (e.g. planning and helping to lead workshops, plenary talks, tool-kits, advocacy training, prayer services);
- Collaborating to produce and present reports published by Jesuit institutions that serve to move forward policy discussions;
- Promoting collaboration across sectors (parishes & retreat houses, schools, higher education, social ministries, Jesuit formation) within the Society of Jesus to address the needs of migrants;
- Collaborating with Jesuit Conference communications staff to produce effective communications and social media materials;
- Membership in the Jesuit Committee for Social and International Ministries (JCSIM).
- Three years relevant work experience
- Bachelor’s degree in related discipline; advanced degree preferred
- Comfort and familiarity working in a faith-based context
- Familiarity with basic tenets of Catholic Social Teaching
- Demonstrated ability to bring a critical lens to migration issues
- Spanish fluency required
- Experience in Latin America preferred
- Available for regular travel
- Experience developing outreach/educational materials for non-expert audiences
- Excellent writer
- Social media proficient
- Ability to work well in a team and independently
Salary commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, names and phone numbers of three references, and writing sample to email@example.com, with subject line ‘Senior Advisor on Migration’.
We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply to all open positions.
JRS/USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, JRS/USA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the law. We welcome applicants from a diverse spectrum of qualified candidates.