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1. Community Organizer

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: The primary focus of this position is outreach to marginalized individuals. It is important for these high risk individuals to be able to tap into AAFSC’s services. Thus, expanding organizational outreach, as well as helping the organization pursues its priorities. These are:

  • Reduce barriers for new immigrants—ready to learn, work, thrive, and give back.
  • Develop and support multi-generational leadership through social and emotional learning.
  • Foster civic engagement and economic investment in host communities.
  • Raise public awareness by elevating the voices and concerns of vulnerable populations.
  • Build the capacity of AAFSC to meet vision, mission and priorities. Community Organizing Strategies, including:

  • Investment – raising funds and making investments to move critical work; addressing critical problems as defined by our community members
  • Convening – bringing people together to share successful strategies, promising practices, challenging barriers and new resources;
  • Volunteer Service – mobilizing people to meet real community needs;
  • Advocacy – eliminating systemic and policy barriers;
  • Knowledge-sharing – developing tangible ways to share best practice, organize and “make meaning of” critical community data and listening and learning from community members.

  • Measurable outcomes may include: fixing broken social systems, bringing about meaningful changes to our community, or uniting local immigrants/citizens around a common concern, ranging from our children not being bullied at school by teachers and pees to fighting prejudice and creating community-building projects.
  • Other duties as required.


  • POSITION OBJECTIVES
    To organize, grow, and mobilize an informed, active base of multi-generational community members who are fully engaged in advocacy on issues relevant to the AMEMSA immigrant communities across NYC. AAFSC places a special emphasis on elevating the voices of vulnerable community members, including youth, women, recent immigrants, refugees, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents. AAFSC envisions a socially just society where AMEMSA populations can fully partake as Americans and works to reduce barriers for new immigrants and refugees so they are ready to learn, work, thrive and give back. AAFSC is committed to fighting all forms of oppression that prevent people from living a fulfilled life and deepening our collective ability to build a more just and balanced world.

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Organize, educate, and empower community members around immigrants' rights, racial justice, anti-Muslim bigotry, hate crimes, discriminatory harassment, travel bans, discriminatory executive orders, and other issues identified by and affecting AMEMSA immigrants across New York City.
  • Foster community based solutions to address root causes of injustice and overcoming structural failures.
  • Coordinate regular member meetings, workshops, and other community-building and educational forums, including know your rights trainings, emergency town halls, rapid response leadership meetings, community listening tours, voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote activities, etc..
  • Develop leaders in the community: identify new leaders, develop and retain relationships with leaders, engage them in dialog to help guide, ground, and shape AAFSC’s efforts.
  • Facilitate the community centered strategies and campaigns.
  • Monitor media and legislative issues relevant to AMEMSA immigrants; identify high priority events or situations that may require rapid response.
  • Prepare talking points as needed, or make remarks as assigned to raise issues and awareness via the media.
  • Develop and maintain community partnerships to increase AAFSC’s community presence
  • Work cross sectors to support AAFSC’s network and increase access for our audiences.
  • Organize community meeting with key audiences in order to address structural inequities facing our families.
  • Promote AAFSC as a place of hope and learning, offering members tools that they need to succeed.
  • Elevate the voices of families in our community, especially those that are living at the intersections of racism, xenophobia, and multiple forms of oppression that prevent them from fully participating as equals in the mainstream culture.

  • Outreach and Marketing
  • Plan, coordinate and implement targeted outreach to community residents (i.e. develop outreach materials, supervise phone banks, conduct door-to-door outreach, plan informational sessions on key issues, place targeted ads in ethnic media, etc.).
  • Deepen organizational capacity to work collaboratively with community partners to invest resources and convene, organize and support critical work that is underway; support efforts to leverage additional resources needed to support AAFSC’s advocacy work.
  • Develop and manage opportunities for public presentations, to enhance public awareness of AAFSC's programs, services and organizational initiatives; represent AAFSC at community events; attend regular community gatherings and meetings, such as faith-based gatherings, community board meetings, PTA meetings, and events organized by local elected officials; engage, mobilize, and follow-up with community members through outreach efforts; work on special projects, writing reports & proposals and other tasks as assigned.


  • QUALIFICATIONS
    Bachelors Degree or equivalent of two years of organizing and training experience is required. Applicants who are generalists, and are able to work in multiple programs and settings at any given time are encouraged to apply. Past experience in racial, social, economic justice, and immigrant issues is plus. Applicants must have experience and ability to work in multi-racial, multi-lingual settings. Arabic language fluency (written and spoken) is strongly preferred. Experience in and commitment to bottom-up organizing, grassroots leadership, and collective decision-making. Applicant must be a self-starter, and should have the ability to work independently and effectively as a member of a team. Applicants must be excellent communicator, both oral and in writing; also flexible as circumstances may require.

    Salary: $35,000 - $40,000 per annum commensurate with experience; Benefits after standard probation period

    Application Procedure: Please submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, and a 2 – 3 page writing sample via email to Ambreen Qureshi, Senior Director of Special Projects, at ambreen@aafscny.org. No phone queries please. All cover letters and resumes must be submitted via email and please include the job title in the subject line. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


    2. Youth Program ESL/Literacy Intern

    Internship Description: The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is seeking two ESL and Literacy Interns to work 6-8 hours a week at our Youth Program located in Brooklyn. Our youth program is a SONYC program under the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) that primarily serves middle school aged children of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian descent in Downtown Brooklyn. Once to twice a week, our program provides English as a Second Language programming catered to our middle school aged children who have very little to limited English language speaking skills. We are seeking a candidate who is enrolled in college who has a passion for teaching English education, has experience/knowledge working with immigrant communities, and can work independently. An ideal candidate is also interested in lesson plan development, curriculum building, and research.

    Primary Responsibilities
    • Work with Education Specialists to prepare lesson plans and activities twice a week for programming
    • Assist with the creation of a flexible curriculum for the semester that is project-based and culturally competent/relevant
    • Facilitate and instruct ESL and Literacy classes with the supervision of a staff member
    • Research and collect resources for lesson plans and curriculum
    • Attend weekly meetings with Youth Program staff for support
    • Manage classrooms filled with middle school aged students in a after-school setting

    Qualifications
    • Enrolled in a college or university
    • Minimum 1 year experience working with immigrant or low-income youth preferred
    • Bilingual Experience; Proficiency in Arabic (Yemeni dialect preferred)
    • Previous experience working in or supporting an afterschool program preferred
    • Competency working in multiracial and multicultural environments
    • Strong passion for community youth education
    • Prior experience teaching ESL education preferred
    • Strong facilitation and leadership skills
    • Independent starter and strong social skills

    Full or Part-time: Part-time
    Hours per week: 6-8 hours, one day a week between 3:00pm to 6:00pm
    Salary: Unpaid
    Location: 150 Court Street 3rd Fl, Brooklyn, New York 11201
    Reports to: Youth Program Coordinator

    Application Procedure: Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the responsibilities and qualifications of the position via email to Esraa Saleh, Youth Program Assistant Coordinator at Esraa@aafscny.org. No phone queries please. All cover letters and resumes must be submitted via email. Only candidates selected for this position will be contacted.


    3. Youth Program STEM/Media Intern

    Internship Description: The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is seeking two Youth Program Interns to help facilitate STEM and Media projects with its middle school students. The STEM and Media youth programs at AAFSC aim to produce students who are critical thinkers and capable of asking meaningful questions about the world around them. The ideal candidate is one who is comfortable tutoring middle school children, has a working knowledge of high school level science/photography, and is willing to work on curriculum and lesson planning.

    Accepted applicants who are enrolled in an accredited college or university will be eligible to earn credit for this position. Note: any accepted applicant age 17 or older will be required to undergo a criminal background check and fingerprinting.

    Primary Responsibilities
    • Assist the Education Specialist with classroom management.
    • Facilitate the performance of science experiments with students. This includes answering questions, setting up equipment, and cleaning up after the activity is finished.
    • Facilitate and assist with media projects. This includes script writing, photo/video editing, audio syncing, and various other activities.
    • Help students succeed academically while modeling positive behavior.
    • Assist Education Specialists with lesson plans, group activities, and projects.
    • Occasionally lead an activity or lecture.

    Qualifications
    • Currently enrolled in an accredited college/university or currently working towards completion of a High School degree/equivalency and have completed at least 3rd-year level science courses.
    • An interest in education, after-school programming, or working with children.
    • A desire to participate in the curriculum building process.
    • Computer literacy across Mac, Windows, and mobile platforms.

    Full or Part-time: Part-time
    Hours per week: 3-4 hours, 1 day per week, between 2:00pm and 6:00pm
    Salary: Unpaid
    Location: 150 Court Street 3rd Fl, Brooklyn, New York 11201
    Reports to: Youth Program Coordinator

    Application Procedure: Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the responsibilities and qualifications of the position via email to Esraa Saleh, Youth Program Assistant Coordinator, at Esraa@aafscny.org. No phone queries please. All cover letters and resumes must be submitted via email. Only candidates selected for this position will be contacted.




     


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    The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.  © 2017 All Rights Reserved.



     
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