Movement Building Coordinator

Position Description

Reporting to the Director and collaborating with NJAIJ staff and membership, the Movement Building Coordinator will advance the mission of NJAIJ, by providing members and partners with support and resources to continue building the immigrant rights movement across the state. The Movement Building Coordinator will coordinate trainings for Alliance member organizations on focus areas that provide them with capacity building resources. Additionally, the Movement Building Coordinator will also provide support to geographic regions of New Jersey where immigrant rights advocacy and organizing capacity are limited. The Movement Building Coordinator will also support organizers who are building community power around NJAIJ campaigns and support the development of existing coalitions as well as new coalitions with particular focus on racial justice. 

The Movement Building Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with and implementing strategies to advance NJAIJ policy by coordinating a state-wide effort to provide high quality, uniform resources to immigrants, create a clearinghouse of resources of best practices for grassroots organizing for member and partner organizations,  and ensure member organizations and their communities are plugged into community organizing and civic engagement activities across the state. 

The Movement Building Coordinator will be committed to building our members’ capacity while continuing the coordination and collaboration among partners, which will move immigrants’ rights forward and help NJAIJ to achieve policy victories that are guided by immigrant leaders and community partners. 

The Movement Building Coordinator will be expected to travel to other parts of the state (due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, this function will be restricted to remote work until further notice) and to work evenings and weekends as needed. This position is ideal for a candidate who has an organizing background and is looking to expand their advocacy expertise through movement building strategies.  


The Movement Building Coordinator will have ongoing responsibility for the following specific activities:

  • Build and sustain robust and authentic relationships with NJAIJ members and other field/movement allies; 
  • Convene regular conference calls of the NJAIJ membership, and communicate with members individually in between meetings to ensure members feel engaged, connected, and supported in their work with the Alliance; 
  • Build a network of community organizations and partners to expand resources for the Alliance membership;
  • Work with Communications and Operations Coordinator to identify opportunities to amplify NJAIJ members’ stories/voices in the media, and uplift the visibility of local efforts at speaking events, online, in advocacy campaigns, and print materials; 
  • Develop opportunities for NJAIJ members to provide peer support and share strategies;
  • Strengthen NJAIJ member organizations by providing ongoing coaching, resources, training, and mentorship;
  • Support external technical assistance, capacity-building and community-building initiatives.
  • Support planning and facilitation of trainings and technical assistance for members, staff and other organizations/groups, including toolkits for member organizations to participate in the NJAIJ advocacy campaigns; 
  • Gather and share best practices and advocacy resources;
  • Train volunteers and community partners on best practices for community outreach through train the trainer events, with emphasis on the power of community organizing; 
  • Provide support of NJAIJ member organizations and connect them and partners to the Alliance work;
  • Collaborate with NJAIJ staff to create fact sheets, reports, training materials, and other resources needed for public education efforts, distributing them to members and partners across the state;
  • Work closely with Campaign Strategist to complement the activities of the Alliance’s Policy and Advocacy campaigns.

Qualifications and Experience

The Movement Building Coordinator should have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Three to five years of experience in organizing, immigration advocacy, and project management, preferably on issues that fall within the NJAIJ’s priorities;
  • Experience working with immigrant communities;
  • Some knowledge of capacity building and/or organizational support around advocacy issues;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the NJAIJ’s values, mission, and goals, with knowledge and understanding of the range of immigration issues;
  • Experience working in/with coalitions preferred;
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, and work across the political spectrum;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • Demonstrated understanding of use of social media;
  • Willingness to work sometimes irregular hours, including evenings and weekends;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly records;
  • Proficiency with MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Documents;
  • Valid driver’s license preferred but not required;
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is the preferred educational credential;
  • Bilingual language skills desired. 

Benefits package includes health benefits, travel reimbursements, vacation, and holidays. Position secure for one year, longer-term contingent on funding. 

How to apply:

To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter and current resume to Maneesha Kelkar: [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Hiring Policy

NJAIJ/NEO Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status.