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Racial Equity Education and Advocacy Coordinator

Website Mennonite Central Committee

relief, development and peace

FTE (full-time equivalent): 1.0

Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.

Minimum salary: $48,220

Benefits: Medical, dental & vision, paid vacation, sick time and 9 holidays/year. Life insurance provided, as well as long and short term disability coverage. The retirement plan, with MCC contribution of 7%, begins after six months of employment.

*Some locations have higher starting salaries based on cost of living difference.

Location Description: MCC regional or national office in the U.S., or a remote location in the U.S. with easy access to a significant number of MCC constituent churches (virtual location subject to MCC requirements)

Job Synopsis: The Racial Equity Education and Advocacy Coordinator leads MCC’s church education efforts in the U.S. to address systemic injustices due to racism and colonialism, and advocacy for reforms to the criminal legal system. Education efforts involve teaching MCC’s constituency about systemic racism and the Doctrine of Discovery by working with MCC regional staff and external partners to create resources, conduct local trainings and build capacity for training. The work should promote mutuality through biblical reflection and practices which undo the legacy of racism and colonialism in response to our Christian calling to free the oppressed and more fully reflect God’s vision for the world.

Advocacy includes connecting MCC constituents to opportunities to call for federal policies that address mass incarceration with a particular focus on systemic racial disparities, for polices that address the resulting economic injustices, and for significant structural reforms to the criminal legal system and policing.

The position reports to the Director of National Advocacy and Program in Washington, D.C., but the location is flexible (ideally, located in an MCC office or in an area with easy access to a significant number of MCC constituent churches).

 

Qualifications:

All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active membership or participation in a Christian church; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

Legal eligibility to be employed in the U.S. is required.

·       B.A. degree in ethnic studies, criminal justice, history, theology, peace and conflict studies, social work or a similar field required.

·       3 years’ work and/or lived experience in the areas of anti-racism or the criminal legal system

·       3 years’ work and/or lived experience in Black, Indigenous, Latinx or other non-dominant culture groups in the U.S.

·       Strong communication skills: written, spoken, and listening; able to lead presentations and workshops

·       Understanding of and ability to articulate biblical perspectives on anti-racism and public policy issues, including the ability to communicate with Anabaptist groups across the political and theological spectrum

·       Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks

·       Commitment to anti-oppression principles

·       Ability to work effectively in coalitions and with diverse groups of people

·       Ability to take initiative on projects and work independently

 

Key Responsibilities:

1. Anti-racism education (70%)

·       Lead church educational efforts on anti-racism through seminars, speaking engagements and direct inquiries

·       Develop educational resources as needed to provide an Anabaptist perspective on anti-racism

·       Work through existing and new MCC partnerships to expand training options for churches by directing constituent groups, where appropriate, to anti-racism trainings outside MCC, with careful consideration for a group’s theological framework and level of existing awareness

·       Convene one or more national program networks (national and regional MCC staff)

·       Coordinate with the Peace Education Coordinator who will lead mass incarceration education efforts

·       Coordinate with advocacy staff on public responses to current events and advocacy actions which require a careful anti-racism lens

·       Work with national program networks on activities such as learning tours and joint educational resources

2. Anti-colonialism education (10%)

·       Work with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition and with MCC regional staff to promote resources and trainings

·       Lead, and train others to lead, the “Loss of Turtle Island” exercise

·        Develop new educational resources

3. Advocacy (20%)

·       Monitor U.S. criminal legal system and policing policies by participating in at least one interfaith or other legislative working group

·       Prepare action alerts for constituents, process organizational sign-on letter requests and write occasional articles

·       Bring advocacy opportunities to constituents through speaking opportunities on anti-racism, where appropriate, or through separate advocacy-related speaking events

·       Collaborate with other MCC staff on relevant policy issues, including by participating in the Mass Incarceration Network

Other duties as assigned

Major Responsibilities:

Contacts/Relationships: Presents workshops, seminars and speaking engagements for constituency groups in the U.S. External contacts include MCC-constituent denominational leaders, including promoting and articulating MCC’s vision of an anti-oppression in the Anabaptist community and networking with a broad range of people and church structures, people of color, denominational offices, associate groups, mission agencies, educational institutions, and congregations. Skills for listening to varying constituent opinions around sensitive issues are essential. External contacts with peers from like-minded organizations in D.C.; gathers, interprets and communicates information.

Complexity/Competencies: The complexity is within our deeper understanding that God’s vision for the people of God is for us to be in right relationship with God and with each other. Work involves tasks and coordination across regional, national, international, cultural and theological boundaries. This position requires a grounding and thorough understanding of the systemic issues that drive racism and colonialism and the misuse of power to maintain and reward white privilege (internalized racist superiority) and perpetuate internalized racist oppression. Work requires of resourcefulness, creativity and relationship-building. Due to MCC’s diverse constituency across our regions, creativity in planning for flexibility in approach, and things not clearly addressed  by industry best practices, is a necessity. Tasks include constituent education and advocacy through workshops, learning tours, seminars, resources and action alerts.

Supervision: This position does not supervise anyone.

Independent Action: Position requires significant self-initiative, with ability to determine own approaches and methods as guided by internal and industry best practices and procedures. Must be team player, able to participate in diverse coalitions and the National Advocacy and Program team of 8-9 individuals. Regular check-ins with supervisor and other staff. The position requires a person who works well as a team member and understands anti-oppression work as a long-term journey and a shared work for justice. Decisions are to be made in a collaborative manner with counsel from program staff and MCC colleagues. Develop, monitor, and update program plans throughout the year in consultation with MCCs in the U.S., executive directors, and program staff and denominational staff. Work requires ability to set goals, be innovative in planning, and collaborative in bringing forward ideas to leadership. As new projects/curriculum are approved, work requires ability to organize, implement, and make decisions about direction and follow through with little direct supervision. Work/Approved projects are reviewed primarily for adequacy in meeting objectives

End Result: Coordinates MCC U.S. constituent education and efforts on anti-racism and anti-colonialism, and advocacy efforts on mass incarceration. Provides input and advice based on knowledge to influence and support action at higher levels of the organization. Provides support for a broad range of people and church structures, including congregations, educational institutions, denominational offices, mission agencies and associate groups. End results include anti-racism training modules and partnerships that can be tailored to meet the needs of various constituency and contexts in the U.S., and connecting constituents with effective advocacy for reforms to the U.S. criminal legal system.

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