United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. We create welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – to support, engage, and empower them to make their voice heard and win!
With a monthly online reach of 4 million, more than 400,000 members as well as 48 affiliates in 26 states, UWD is made up of fearless youth fighting to improve the lives of our members and their families. Our vision is a society which celebrates our diversity and believes in a multi-ethnic, intersectional path to getting there.
Whether we’re organizing in the streets, providing immigration services, building cutting edge technology systems, opening doors for LGBTQ immigrant youth, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations or creating alliances across social movements, United We Dream puts undocumented immigrant youth in the driver’s seat. UWD is a fast paced, dynamic organization which has become a leading voice in social change and has appeared in every major news outlet in the country.
We are driven by the priorities and needs of our members, have trained thousands of individuals and have supported countless local organizing groups. Our grassroots driven approach has a proven track record of success and we’re looking for talented folks to join our team!
UWD is looking for an engaging and experienced organizer for the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) region ready to win campaigns that will improve the lives of immigrants throughout the region. They will lead campaigns that focus on youth organizing, civic engagement campaigns, and leadership development and contribute to building a sustainable base and long-term power.
This talented individual has LGBTQ youth organizing experience and will carry out organizing strategies with a laser-sharp intersectional lens. They will be part of a team of key UWD staff and leaders crafting cutting-edge strategies that develop local LGBTQ leaders and create LGBTQ-safe and empowering spaces that are central to driving an agenda that provides justice and dignity for our communities.
This is a full-time, exempt position reports to the Lead DMV Organizer and is based in UWD’s Washington, DC office.
- Build, grow and strengthen UWD’s base of immigrant youth and LGBTQ participants in the DC, MD, VA to build grassroots power to advance a progressive, social justice agenda in their communities:
- Recruit youth leaders in conjunction with other UWD Staff members and programs.
- Facilitate regular meetings with youth leadership groups, and provide logistical support to meetings, actions, and other events.
- Coordinate youth groups in District of Columbia, Northern Montgomery County and other areas to carry out issue and civic engagement campaigns.
- Build leadership capacity by implementing leadership and organizing trainings using UWD curriculum tailored to support our youth leaders.
- Work with community partners to build systems-level change at local, state, and regional levels, including developing strategies, engaging in dialogue; and planning meetings, events, rallies, forums, etc.
- Oversee civic engagement operation in designated turf.
- Support local leaders in ensuring their affiliates are part of national discussions to de- stigmatize and decriminalize the LGBTQ immigrant community.
- Work with parents on how to love and support their LGBTQ children.
- Work with UWD key staff and leaders to develop and execute strategies to empower LGBTQ immigrant youth leaders and transform our communities into safe and empowering spaces for LGBQT immigrants:
- Engage In routine strategic communication with LGBTQ leaders and co-lead conversations with allies to advance cooperation and growth of local base.
- Collaborate with UWD team to ensure leadership and organizing trainings include LGBTQ political education.
- Work with UWD communications and digital teams to ensure amplify the network’s narrative amplifies undocumented LGBTQ youth stories.
- Coordinate the work of UWD’s LGBTQ National Advisory Council.
- Participate in planning major UWD national campaigns and events such as 2018 Congress and Summer of Dreams Summit, ensuring that DMV recruitment goals are met.
- Work with UWD’s national Deportation Defense and Hotline teams in developing, updating, and implementing defense and enforcement curriculum.
- Passion for youth and leadership, and commitment to fighting for social, racial, and economic justice.
- Minimum two years of experience in community organizing and civic engagement, with specific background organizing in immigrant and LGBTQ youth communities.
- Ability to think strategically and plan programs and campaigns.
- A keen collaborator who loves working as part of a team, while self-motivated and capable of taking initiative.
- Excellent group facilitator with an ability to develop effective relationships with diverse allies and constituents.
- Ability to thrive within a fast-paced environment while maintaining effective time management and organization methods.
- Access to reliable transportation and a willingness to accommodate community-based scheduling needs (i.e. meetings held in the evenings and on weekends at offsite locations).
- Experience with basic computer programs, including Gmail and Microsoft Office Suite.
- Experience working with and/or ability to work with high school and college youth.
- Experience developing leadership curriculum and implementation of trainings.
- Knowledge of one or more languages (Spanish preferred).
This position is open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume and one writing sample (no longer than 2 pages) and 3 references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include DMV Organizer – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME in the subject line. Please do not send duplicate materials and incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.
UWD is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. UWD does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, political orientation, gender, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, or disability.