Congregational Organizer for Racial Justice
Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA

Position description

The Congregational Organizer for Racial Justice position is a faith-based community organizing position in the tradition of professional community organizing methodology. As such, it is centered on using one-to-one conversations to build a network of relationships that can be organized for effective and strategic change regarding racial justice within the community.

The job description of the Congregational Organizer for Racial Justice would include the following responsibilities:

Building a racial justice organizing leadership team within the synod

  • Identify and engage individuals and congregations interested in racial justice issues through 1:1 conversations
  • Practice and facilitate intentional leadership development of lay and rostered leaders (clergy)
  • Define (cut) issues strategically in order to focus racial justice campaigns
  • Train leaders in use of public space, including presence at hearings and community actions

Supporting congregational efforts

  • Lead community organizing skill trainings with lay and rostered leaders
  • Work strategically with leaders and congregations to bring about social change in focus areas
  • Represent the Office of the Bishop when working with synod congregations
  • Produce content for online and print materials to support the synod’s organizing efforts on racial justice
  • Aid congregations in the development and implementation of racial justice mission statements (with the support of the Unite Table)

Supporting synodical efforts

  • Broaden the racial justice lens in the ongoing work of the synod office
  • Support the Bishop’s public voice and leadership around issues of racial justice and equity
  • Participate in the efforts of the Unite Table leadership team in support of its Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Support the Unite Table’s network of racial justice liaisons
  • Maintain adult forum speakers list on issues related to racial justice and equity

Building presence in the public sphere on specific issue campaigns

  • Maintain or create strategic relationships with partner organizations
  • Implement action plans, in consultation with supervisor, to fulfill commitments to foundations and other grant-making organizations
  • Research and prepare materials for additional funding opportunities
  • Coordinate multiple issue campaigns to engage leaders on issues of racial justice, using a variety of tactics
  • Seek opportunities for members of synod congregations to develop their own leadership
  • Prepare leadership development plans for each of your primary leaders

Participating in internal staff work for the synod

  • Participate and offer leadership in building a community organizing framework within the synod
  • Work to visibly connect a life of faith and activism with struggles arising from structural racism
  • Collaborate on efforts to increase the public visibility of the synod on issues of white privilege and racial justice through various communications platforms and media
  • Support the on-going cultural competency work of the synod
  • Participate in weekly all-staff and organizing department meetings

Success for the congregational organizer for racial justice would be to identify and develop leaders within the congregations of the synod to address structural issues often defined by racist and white supremacist systems, such as educational disparities, voter disenfranchisement, the school-to-prison pipeline, and wealth disparities. These strategic-thinking leaders would be able to cut issues that could focus congregational capacity in order to work in partnership with other community organizations to have real impact on people’s lives.

The first review of applications will begin November 19. The position is open until filled. The anticipated start date would be January 3, 2019.

The Congregational Organizer for Racial Justice reports directly to the Director of Organizing and participates on the Organizing Team. Depending on experience, the salary range is $38,500-$41,200 with excellent benefits.

Submit your resume, cover letter, and a list of references to Bob Hulteen, b.hulteen@mpls-synod.org.