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Faith in the Valley is seeking a Regional Census to join our talented and diverse staff team in the Northern Central Valley. The 2020 Census represents a pivotal moment for our Central Valley to be fully counted and receive the funding and representation we need and deserve. The Regional Census Coordinator will lead our efforts to have thousands of conversations through our congregations and door-to-door leading up to and through the official Census count process.

The Organization 

Faith in the Valley is a multi-faith, multi-racial coalition of congregations and organizations working towards a more racially and economically just, compassionate, equitable, and thriving California Central Valley, from San Joaquin to Kern County. We have a vision for the Central Valley that embraces human dignity, values the full participation of every human being, and promotes the health, safety, and economic security of people across the Valley. Therefore, we are building local, county-wide, and regional power to disrupt systems of oppression, and advance a multi-issue agenda that is fundamentally about shifting the politics and the economy of the Central Valley in ways that make life better for all people.

Faith in the Valley does this through an organizing process that develops local leadership and conducts research on how to have our collective voices heard by holding those in positions of power and authority accountable for serving the common good. We do this out of our faith – different faiths, but united in how it compels us to fight for justice, dignity, and opportunity. 

Census Campaign and Role

With so many of the issues that Faith in the Valley works to address every day – from housing to health care to community investment – along with the heightened fears in many of our immigrant and vulnerable communities, the threat of an undercount here is very real and serious. For every individual who goes uncounted in the Census, it is estimated that our counties lose out on roughly $20,000 in funding over 10 years.

Because of this, and knowing that the central role that so many of our congregations play in our communities, we are embarking on a campaign to educate and gain commitments from thousands of community members across dozens of our congregations. Starting later this year and in the first quarter of 2020, canvassers will also go door-to-door to raise awareness and secure commitments to get counted.

The Regional Census Coordinator will work with our county chapters in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced chapters, to ensure a comprehensive Census Outreach plan, work with organizers in each county to execute and lead teams of canvassers on the ground.

Responsibilities Include

  • Work with Executive Director and Directors of Organizing to build out comprehensive Census Outreach strategy and implementation plan.
  • Support Faith in the Valley organizers in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties to identify their congregation outreach plans and goals.
  • Lead (train and ensure success of) a team of paid and volunteer door-to-door canvassers.
  • Ensure necessary data collection and reporting of outreach and impacts.
  • Work with Faith in the valley and state (PICO CA) team to develop creation of census materials and messaging aimed at faith communities and hard-to-reach constituencies.
  • Work collaboratively with Region 4 ACBO coalition partners on coordinated events, strategies, events and geographies.

Skills

  • BA degree, or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong interest in community and social justice issues.
  • Experience in civic and voter engagement work and/or community organizing.
  • Ability to train and develop community leaders to take action effectively in the public arena.
  • Ability to work with diverse faith institutions and racial/ethnic communities.
  • Deep respect for, curiosity about, and relative comfort with faith leaders and faith institutions.
  • Strong and effective communication and relational skills.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines and hold team members accountable to meeting deadlines
  • Project management experience, including some management experience, preferred.
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community.
  • Desire to learn and openness to challenge yourself and others.
  • Ability to work as part of a strong staff team in a dynamic learning environment as well as independently.
  • Strong writing skills (previous fund development or communications experience a plus-grant writing, individual donors, press releases, etc.)
  • Ability to speak a second-language, preferred.
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills.
  • Willing to work as member of and contribute to a staff and regional team 
  • Experience using on-line and social media tools, preferred.
  • Residing in or ability to relocate to San Joaquin, Stanislaus or Merced Counties, preferred
  • Abiliity to drive and travel throughout the three counties and occasionally other parts of the Central Valley and state.

Compensation and Benefits 

  • This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • This role is currently budgeted through August 2020, with the possibility of an extension or transition into a new role depending on funding.
  • The job includes regular evening work and some weekend work. 
  • There are opportunities for advancement within FIV. 
  • Salary is very competitive and based on experience. 
  • Benefits include health plan.

Application Procedure  

All applicants must apply for this position online. (Click the “Apply for this Position” button below)  Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including 3 references;
  2. A cover letter (stating how your past experience makes you the ideal candidate for this position);

If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact careers@faithinaction.org.  Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.

Deadline    

  • Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis.  However, interviews will begin almost immediately.
  • Candidate must successfully complete group and one-on-one interviews.
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