West Slope Regional Fellow
Location: Western Slope of Colorado with a focus on Telluride, Durango, and the broader Four Corners region. May be asked to work some in Ridgeway, Gunnison, Montrose, and occasionally as far North as Grand Junction, particularly for regional events.
Strong preference for someone to be located in one of the following counties: La Plata, San Miguel, Dolores, Montezuma, Archuleta.
Program area(s) and general summary: Responsible for supporting CIRC members and local immigrant communities in the Western Slope of Colorado. Engage CIRC regional members and broader community to mobilize around CIRC’s strategic issue campaigns and base building activities.
Reports to: West Slope Regional Organizer
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide membership-based coalition of immigrant, labor, interfaith, youth and ally organizations founded in 2002 to build a unified statewide voice to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in Colorado and the United States. CIRC is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code and achieves its mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education and advocacy to win fair, humane and workable public policies.
The CIRC West Slope Fellow is responsible for working with the West Slope Regional Organizer to support CIRC members in rural parts of Western CO with local community building, providing member trainings, and implementation of CIRC’s strategic priority campaigns.
- Training and Leadership Development
- Connect members to trainings and base building opportunities
- Provide trainings as applicable, such as Know Your Rights trainings
- Strengthen fellow’s own professional development and political analysis through participation in CIRC 2021 Fellowship Program.
- Support Strategic Campaigns
- Work with members, base and allies to develop and execute local/regional components of the statewide campaign plans
- Support with regional/ local priorities (to be determined on a regional-basis) including, but not limited to:
- Protections for Farmworkers in Colorado
- Reimagining public safety and sheriff accountability in Colorado
- COVID relief support for immigrant communities in Western CO
- Support with local media strategies
- Language Justice
- CIRC’s new Rural Caucus
- Hotline cases and/or legal services support for community members
- Drivers License Support for community members
- Coordination and Support of Regional CIRC members
- Expand community outreach, strengthen existing connections, and cultivate new relationships in immigrant communities, especially rural communities, in Western Colorado. This includes routine 1:1s with new and existing connections as well as attending and participating in local events.
- Strengthen long-term working relationships and networks of existing and emerging immigrant-based and ally organizations in the Western region and recruit new organizations to become members of CIRC.
- Support the West Slope Regional Organizer to organize and host quarterly regional meetings.
- Function as a liaison between local member organizations, and CIRC West Slope Organizer (when applicable).
- Supporting on Regional Communications:
- Support organizer to create and send out regional updates to members (could be in the form of a newsletter)
- Strengthen regional social media presence on regional facebook pages
- Keep the region connected and informed while the West Slope Regional Organizer is out on leave.
- Participation in Collective and Collaborative Grassroots Fundraising
- Support CIRC’s development team during Colorado Gives day to achieve individual/team fundraising goals
- Support Regional organizer to execute the regional CIRC 20 year celebration events
- Demonstrated Commitment to Anti-Oppression
- Participate actively in CIRC’s internal anti-oppression and inclusivity efforts to make progress toward a vision of an organizational culture that reflects the values/principles that we are fighting for in the community.
- Strategic thinking: Ability to analyze the regional and local context in your region to support the Organizer to develop organizing campaigns that build power in the region.
- Organizational skills: Ability to organize people and events. Ability to manage your time in a fast-paced work environment.
- Strong communication: Maintain effective coordination and relations with your organizer, members, staff and stakeholders.
- Teamwork and collaboration: Flexibility, willingness, and ability to work collectively with diverse individuals and organizations.
- Follow-through: A commitment to follow-through and accountability to delivering the highest level of support to CIRC’s membership in the region.
- Commitment: Willingness to learn and grow professionally and personally. Commitment to immigrant justice and to building the leadership of those directly impacted by the immigration system.
- Candidate must live in La Plata, San Miguel, Montezuma, Dolores, or Archuleta counties of Colorado.
- Candidate must have reliable transportation during the duration of the fellowship
- Candidate must have a cellphone
- Candidate must have reliable wifi connection
- This position requires travel within the region to events like community meetings and events on a weekly basis
- Bilingual – English and second language that reflects the immigrant population in the region.
COVID-19 and Remote Work: In an effort to protect the safety and health of our team and our communities during the ongoing public health crisis, all CIRC employees, including fellows, will continue to work from home until further notice.
Terms of Employment
- Starting date July 5th, 2022 through September, 2023.
- This is a full-time, 15 month long, unionized position
- Salary and Benefits:
- $20.28/hour. This position will include mileage reimbursement for travel within the region. There will be a three-month probationary period.
- Generous PTO Policy: All full time CIRC staff start with two weeks of paid time off, in addition to observed holidays. Staff also receives the week between December 24th and January 2nd as a paid holiday.
- Cell Phone Stipend: CIRC will pay a $75 monthly stipend to support the use of your cell phone
- Health Insurance: The Regional Fellow, as well as up to two dependents under the age of 18, are eligible to receive %100 employer-sponsored health, vision and dental insurance beginning the first day of employment.
- Professional Development: $1,000 in professional development funds annually
- Reimbursements will be made for expenditures during the normal course of your work at the following levels:
- Mileage- 65 cents per mile
- Travel and supply expenses will be reimbursed based on approval of submitted forms and receipts.
“The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact email@example.com. CIRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.”