Make the Road Pennsylvania

Make the Road Pennsylvania

Community Organizers
Full Time

Covering Southeast PA, Lehigh Valley, and Northeast PA

Organizational Background and Overview
MRPA launched in April 2014 and has since become a vibrant membership of a new organization to address the needs of low wage workers, students, and immigrants in the Latinx community in Eastern Pennsylvania. In November 2015, MRPA opened its first Organizing Center in Reading, PA. Since our founding just four years ago, MRPA has opened new centers in Allentown and Scranton, and become one of the leading community organizations in the state. In Reading and Allentown, MRPA has several issue engagement committees where members discuss and develop campaigns around immigration, education, economic justice, healthcare, LGBTQ justice and more. MRPA has established itself as a community organizing force throughout Eastern Pa. We host regular workshops, rallies, and protests, and secure significant coverage from local print, radio and television media. Currently we average roughly 700 individual participants a month in our activities.

Position Overview: Make the Road Pennsylvania seeks two energetic Community Organizers to join our team in Scranton and Allentown. The Organizers will work closely with the Director and MRPA’s leaders to grow our membership base, develop new leadership and execute campaigns. The organizers will work through our committee model. Committees are the engine that drives our work and the space where campaign and action planning, political education, and orientation to our organization all take place. Committee meetings are facilitated by members in coordination with staff. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Conduct regular recruitment to build MRPA’s base of membership;
  • Mobilize and activate members to participate in and lead MRPA’s actions;
  • Maintain communication with MRPA’s leaders to support outreach, education and other work;
  • Facilitate committee meetings and work with members to facilitate meetings;
  • Develop political education materials in conjunction with our campaigns and facilitate regular political education workshops as part of committee meetings;
  • Develop testimonies with members for press, and work with directly impacted people to give testimonies that advance our campaigns;

This position reports to the Director.

Desired Characteristics: To be successful, the Community Organizer must have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and the elevation of directly impacted and marginalized people in the fight to change policy and politics. Two years of experience working in community, labor, or faith-based organizing is preferred, as is a knowledge of either Scranton or Allentown. Speaking and writing in Spanish is required. A driver’s license is strongly preferred. The person must be able to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. MRPA has a generous benefit package including maternity/paternity leave, health insurance, and 401k.

To Apply: Send a résumé and a cover letter to Adanjesus Marin, Director, at adanjesus.marin@maketheroadpa.org and put “Organizer Application” in the title.

MRPA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.

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