About the MICAH Project:
Established in 2007 by clergy who wanted to see real change in their communities, the MICAH Project is a social justice organization working to create innovative solutions to problems facing the people of the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish area. This Organization represents a non-partisan, multiracial, multicultural collective of clergy along with their congregations who are united for a common good. Our focus is to develop leadership while helping to empower people to improve public schools, increase access to health care, address affordable housing and better our communities. The MICAH Project believes that great accomplishments can come from the faith community. We believe that in providing families and our religious congregation with the motivation, inspiration and resources to walk humbly for justice we can change lives for the better. The MICAH Project is also an affiliate of the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network (www.piconetwork.org) and PICO LIFT (Louisiana Interfaith Together - www.picolouisiana.org).
A PICO Network Staff Director, the MICAH Project Executive Director has overall responsibility for the day to day management and operation of the congregation-based community organization. This includes the following activities:
• Development, support and coordination of organizational leaders at the local and federated levels.
• Implementing efficient and effective personnel and financial management policies and procedures.
• Assisting leadership in defining organizational vision and goals and implementing strategies that relate to issues in member congregations and the larger community.
• Insure that leadership and staff participate in on-going PICO training, development, and technical assistance programs.
• Hiring staff with support from the personnel committee, training and supervising all professional and administrative staff.
• Managing the fundraising activities of staff, the Board of Directors or its sub-committees.
- Insuring the financial stability and health of the organization
• The Executive Director will make appropriate monthly written reports to the Board.
- Developing and supporting LOCs in diverse faith communities.
• The candidate should have a minimum of 3 years of proven and progressively responsible organizing experience, preferably in a PICO congregation-based community organization.
• The candidate should be thoroughly familiar with the principles and practices associated with the Congregation-Community Model of Organizing, preferably trained for the Executive Director position.
• The candidate should be active in a faith community and demonstrates competence and leadership in multi-faith, multi-lingual, multi-cultural contexts.
• The candidate should be able to work effectively in educational, political and congregational settings.
• Strong familiarity with Greater New Orleans community would be preferable, as would a demonstrated capacity in fundraising.
• Baccalaureate degree, basic computer skills and English/Spanish preferred. Qualifications may be waived in light of prior, relevant, full-time work life experience and demonstrated leadership abilities needed by the MICAH Project.
- Demonstrated passion, and commitment to social justice.
- Strong interpersonal skills are a must.
Learn more about faith-based community organizing at http://www.actualresponsibilities.org.
All applicants must complete the online application below. Please have an electronic copy of your resume (in PDF format) and your cover letter (with references) available to upload with your application. If you need assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about this position, contact Rev. Jennifer Jones-Bridgett, executive director of PICO Louisiana at email@example.com or Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Director of Outreach & Recruitment for PICO National at firstname.lastname@example.org.