May 17, 2019
Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries joyfully joins with Obra Hispana and with the Christian Church Capital Area to announce this new partnership position to enhance our outreach, education, and immigration engagement among Disciples!! Please see below, and note that applications are DUE BY 4 P.M. JUNE 7 TH !!!
Anunciamos la apertura de una nueva posición como respuesta a la actual crisis con la inmigración y estamos aceptando aplicaciones para la posición de Especialista en Respuesta a la Inmigración. Favor de compartir con sus contactos y de motivar a aquellos y aquellas y deben de aplicar.

We announce the opening of a new position as a result of the present immigration crisis. We are now accepting applications for an Immigration Response Specialist and request that you please share with your networks and encourage those who should apply to do so.


Position Announcement
Immigration Response Specialist
The Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries (Obra Hispana),
Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries and
the Christian Church Capital Area Region of the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada
1099 N. Meridian St., Ste. 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Applications due by 4 pm, June 7, 2019

Working in collaboration, the Obra Hispana, Refugee and Immigration Ministries, and the Christian Church Capital Area Region are working to increase the capacity within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to faithfully fulfill God’s call to welcome, support, and advocate with affected immigrant communities against growing anxieties, family separations, and injustices which, if not addressed, will continue to negatively impact generations to come.

The Immigration Response Specialist will provide intensive, intentional direct action with congregations and immigrant led community partners which aims to increase awareness, equip congregations and individuals, and increase outreach to immigrants; thus creating long-term change for addressing critical and emergent needs for refugee/immigrant families and individuals.

The Immigration Response Specialist will help prepare and grow congregations in the “Immigrant Welcoming Congregations” movement as approved at the Disciples General Assembly 2017, through GA-1723. The Specialist provide intensive outreach to congregations to increase the number of congregations and individuals who are now actively engaged in accompanying, supporting, and advocating with families and individuals negatively impacted by the immigration crisis and facing potential family separations and deportation. 
The essential candidate will possess knowledge of present immigration policies, have experience working with immigrant and refugee communities and in advocacy/community outreach/organizing, and will be fully bilingual (English/Spanish) with the ability to read, write and communicate verbally. Candidate will also have the ability to effectively communicate through a variety of methods, including public speaking, social media, and email.

Essential duties and responsibilities
Specific tasks include three main focus areas underlined below, but not limited to:
  • Increase awareness that prepares our congregations to build the spiritual practices, healing, knowledge, and partnerships necessary to grow the “Immigrant Welcoming Congregations” movement, and to strengthen our collective voices and commitments to relationships and work for justice with immigrants.
  • Equip individuals and congregations to actively engage in the advocacy, networks, and hands on mission work with immigrants to break the chains that continue to bind immigrant communities to fear, anxiety, family separation and injustice which are creating a negative impact on the quality of life for generations to come.
  • Expand the outreach to and accompaniment with affected refugee and immigrant families and individuals experiencing separation due to detention or deportation.

In fulfilling the above key tasks, the Immigration Response Specialist will be expected to:
  • Participate in advocacy and education efforts that support immigrants and refugees.
  • Support and help train congregations learning how to raise their public voices of faith as immigrants and in solidarity with immigrants; through vigils, press conferences, legislative visits, etc.
  • Offer guidance and partnership to congregations in planning and engaging in local and/or state and national events and actions that promote solutions to issues and anxieties faced by immigrants.
  • Build upon and expand the existing network and relationships with immigrant-led community organizations.
  • Help expand the ability of immigrant individuals and their families to share direct stories of impact.
  • Generate reports for partners as requested, including data that demonstrates advancement towards meeting established goals.
  • Help create/share/translate promotional e-mails, social media messaging, and educational  content for communication with Disciples immigrant led, immigrant serving, and other congregations.
  • Promote photo and immigrant/refugee story collection and archives of image files.
  • Support video conference calls, webinars and other electronic meetings as necessary.

Supervision: This position will be supervised by the Director of Refugee and
Immigration Ministries, Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea.

Employment:   This position will be an employee of the Central Pastoral Office for
Hispanic Ministries; which serves as fiscal agent for the program.

Location:        Deployed
Position:         Full-time (until end of 2020)
Salary:             DOE

Qualifications
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree, with higher level preferred in related field.
  • Spanish language reading, writing, oral fluency
  • 2-4 years of experience working with immigrant communities preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Proficiency with electronic and social media communication
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills

Desired
  • Experience in a ministry or non-profit environment
  • Knowledge of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) polity and ethos

Application: Please submit resume and letter of interest to ltapia@cpohm.disciples.org
no later than 4pm Eastern Time, Friday, June 7, 2019. 

For questions please contact Rev. Lori Tapia at
317-289-8535 or ltapia@cpohm.disciples.org .
Please use the term “Immigration Response Specialist”
in the subject line.
Follow Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries on Twitter @StanleyRea, and on FB at: http://bit.ly/RIMFacebook, and call Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, with any questions: 202-957-7826.