Job Title: COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
Reports to: SENIOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
Location: BOSTON, MA
Position Overview: BCIL is seeking up to 2 seasoned community organizers to strengthen and expand our community organizing and social justice efforts. The role will include recruiting people with disabilities to participate in our organizing and advocacy, developing their leadership skills, assisting in developing campaign strategy, and implementing campaign tactics. It is critically important for our work, to have BIPOC consumers represented in our campaigns. Current advocacy campaigns include ones for affordable and accessible housing, accessible public transportation, protection of consumer-directed personal assistance services, and establishment of a strong consumer voice in state health reform efforts.
BCIL serves a very diverse clientele, and our staff reflect much of that diversity. People with disabilities, BIPOC and those who speak another language are encouraged to apply for positions. All applicants are welcome.
The Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) is a frontline civil rights organization led by people with disabilities that advocates to eliminate discrimination, isolation, and segregation by providing advocacy, information and referral, peer support, skills training, PCA services, and transitional services to enhance the independence of people with disabilities.
Through our organizing and advocacy work we have:
- Quadrupled state funding for housing vouchers for disabled people, adding over 500 vouchers.
- Settled an ADA lawsuit with the MBTA, greatly improving access for disabled people on buses, subways and stations that had previously been inaccessible.
- Actively participated in a national coalition to prevent the Affordable Care Act from being overturned.
We are currently working on a plan to use American Rescue Plan Act funds to vastly improve access to timely wheelchair repairs, something that currently can take months, leaving disabled people immobile and isolated. We also are advocating for Massachusetts to fund housing so people can leave nursing homes; continuing our strong advocacy with the MBTA; and raising health equity and disparity issues with health plans, hospitals and MassHealth.
As an organization, we commit to making all aspects of our work antiracist, not only because it is just but because it is necessary to serve our community of people with disabilities. We commit to purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race and ethnicity, and the impacts they have on our organization, our work, and our people.
Essential Position Duties and Responsibilities:
- Recruit, build relationship, coach, and develop the leadership abilities of people with disabilities in neighborhoods and communities in Greater Boston that may include, though not exclusively, Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park, the South End, East Boston, Chinatown, Quincy, Everett, and Chelsea.
- Connect BCIL members with opportunities to get involved in and take leadership roles in campaigns that concern them.
- Develop structures to build community and share information throughout BCIL’s membership network, using a range of communication means.
- Help organize public events on disability issues, including legislative advocacy days, rallies, and community forums and recruit BCIL members and others to participate.
- Assist in development of strategy for advocacy campaigns, represent BCIL’s positions in meetings with policy makers, and coach BCIL members to participate in the campaign.
- Represent BCIL at various events and meetings with public officials and other advocacy organizations. Work with various coalitions and networks to represent BCIL, build connections to advance our goals, and find opportunities for BCIL members to take leadership roles.
- Submit required reports and perform other duties as requested.
- Member of the community to be served or extensive experience working with people with disabilities, particularly people of color.
- Commitment to independent living philosophy essential.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including equality for people with disabilities.
- Strong writing skills and public speaking experience.
- Excellent interpersonal skills (both one-on-one and in groups) and ability to develop relationships with a wide range of people.
- Volunteer or professional experience in community organizing and/or public policy advocacy.
- Volunteer or professional experience facilitating meetings and/or trainings.
- Ability to travel around Greater Boston (a car or driver’s license is not a requirement).
- Strong computer and social media skills.
Bilingual capability a major plus, including ability to speak one or more of these languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, and/or Cantonese.
Computers, copier, scanner, Microsoft Office, printer, and other office equipment/programs.
Office area is a shared workspace divided by cubicles. Verbal communication can be heard from other staff in adjoining cubicles. While the office is closed due to COVID-19, BCIL employees are working remotely.
Hours: 40 hours – Full Time with paid breaks, will need to work periodically on weekends and evenings as part of advocacy and organizing work.
- 2 weeks paid vacation (increases with length of service)
- 2 personal days
- 11 holidays
- 12 sick days
- Health, dental, (75% paid by agency). Short-term disability, long-term disability, group life insurance 100% company paid.
Salary: $45,000+ (added compensation for desired bilingual capabilities)
How to apply: Email cover letter and resume to: BCILemployment@bostoncil.org
Boston Center for Independent Living, Inc.
60 Temple Place, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111-1324
BCIL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodation is provided as needed for employees and other affiliates. Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) checks are part of BCIL’s standard procedure.
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