Location: Las Cruces, NM
Type: Temporary Part-time (20 hrs/week)
NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé) is a faith-based non-partisan grassroots organization located in Las Cruces, NM and organizes in communities across five southern New Mexico counties. Established in 2009, CAFé seeks to build the capacity of low and moderate income families on issues ranging from mitigating preventable foreclosures to immigration reform and creating safe communities. CAFé represents over fifteen congregations from different religious denominations across our organization. We also work collaboratively with partners across the state, and throughout our region. CAFé was a key partner in defeating the anti-immigrant repeal of drivers licenses at the state level, we were and continue to work to protect the designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and we helped elevate the voices of over 18,000 minimum wage workers who now earn $10.10. Through our brown and green coalition, addressing issues of climate justice that impact people, wildlife, and public lands–and fighting the terror behind a border wall, to our economic justice work pushing for fair wages statewide, to finding opportunities for redemption for the countless black and brown men finding redemption outside of mass incarceration, CAFé continues to build on all this momentum, and strengthen our families’ ability to be at the center of making a difference in Southern New Mexico. But to do that, we must have a strong voter engagement program as part of our organizing efforts, and CAFé is committed to continuing those efforts.
CAFé is a member of the Faith In Action National Network, or FIA (formally PICO), a grassroots, faith-based community organization made up of 52 federations and 28 state-wide networks. Faith In Action seeks to transform communities, states and our nation by training grassroots leaders to advocate on their own behalf on a pro-family economic agenda. FIA is organizing a strategic faith voice across this country that advocates on racial and economic justice issues such as health care, housing, and revenue.
CAFé’s Civic Engagement Organizing Fellow is a temporary and intensive field and training program for promising community leaders interested in electoral politics and community organizing. The position runs from early Mid September to November 7, 2019. Canvassers will be chosen to work in low income and working class neighborhoods to mobilize unlikely and underrepresented voters to get them to the polls for the 2019 Las Cruces Municipal Elections.
We are looking for candidates that have a certain skill set, emotional intelligence, possess a heart for improving the quality of life and broadening opportunities for all New Mexicans. Each Fellow will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive voter engagement program that includes: voter education, get-out-the-vote efforts, and other related activities. Fellows will be working closely with one or more neighborhoods.
CAFé’s Civic Engagement Organizing Fellow position is a strictly non-partisan effort, and will not involve implicitly or explicitly endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Staff phone banking and door-to-door canvassing operations
Weekly door-to-door canvassing and/or phone banking assignments
Track number of committed voters, data entry of goals met on a weekly basis
Train and conduct weekly 1-1s with community members.
Experience working in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines
A track record of setting and meeting goals
Good people skills, enjoys meeting and talking to new people
Experience working with low income and underrepresented communities
Interest in racial and social justice, and a commitment to strengthening participation in the democratic process
Highly enthusiastic and creative with the ability to motivate others
Fluent in Spanish (written & oral) and knowledge of communities. Preferred but not required
Available for late afternoon-evening shifts on Tuesday and Thursday, and morning to afternoon shifts on Saturday and Sunday.
Compensation: Fellows will receive a competitive wage ($12-15/hour) and the best community organizing on-the-ground training.
Hours: These positions involve significant evening and weekend hours.
Fellows will report to CAFé’s Lead Organizer, Allex Luna, and CAFe Organizer Abraham Sanchez.
Please submit resume and two references to Brenda Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the best phone number and email address to reach you. You may be contacted to get further specifics on your experience before scheduling a face to face interview.
If you need assistance with your application contact
Brenda Martinez (575) 524-0897
DEADLINE: Positions open until filled. Interviews will begin immediately.
We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status