Careers with IndyCAN!

Do you want a career that can change the world?

Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN) is a catalyst for marginalized peoples and faith communities to act collectively for racial and economic justice. IndyCAN organizes immigrants, youth of color, excluded workers and multi-faith clergy through congregations and community organizations to lead successful campaigns to end mass incarceration and gun violence, protect immigrant rights and promote economic dignity. IndyCAN is a member of the PICO National Network, the largest faith-based organizing effort in the nation. Learn more at www.indycan.org and www.piconetwork.org.

We are currently looking for professionals to support grassroots social change.

We are accepting applications for:


Community Organizer—Central Indiana

Are you serious about building a movement that delivers racial and economic justice?

IndyCAN seeks a people-driven, disciplined, risk-taker who can grow the network of member congregations in Central Indiana, coach leaders to build effective justice teams, create leadership trainings that move people to act, organize clergy to amplify the prophetic voice, research policy solutions and build voter-engagement programs. This is a pivotal role that will develop grassroots leaders to turn movement into sustained action and win regional and statewide policy change campaigns to end mass criminalization of people of color, protect immigrant families, and promote economic dignity, healthcare access, and transit equity.

This position is responsible for developing leaders and clergy to build relational power and lead winning change campaigns. The candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a disciplined focus on intentional leadership development through 1:1 coaching conversations, identifying interest, inviting grassroots leaders into roles in the public arena and engaging them in leadership development trainings.
  • Build, manage multi-racial, multi-generational teams and coalitions that activate a growing base of supporters
  • Engage grassroots leaders in collective action for social change through identifying issues, training leaders and getting them into direct action with policy-makers and decision-makers at a local, statewide and federal level.
  • Build intentional relationships with clergy and religious leaders: identifying interests and challenges in congregations, exploring how IndyCAN membership meets congregational needs and constructing strategies for congregational development in partnership with IndyCAN.
  • Construct long term strategic plans to build statewide power for racial and economic justice.
  • Raise at least $20,000 from supporters to sustain organizing efforts
  • Build strong relationship with supervisor and be willing to develop self through feedback/agitation from organizing staff and leaders

Successful candidates will have a track record of building multi-racial teams to take action and ideally led effective grassroots campaigns in a community, labor, political, or other social change movements. 
You should be able to:

  • Magnetize & develop all kinds of people – grassroots leaders, clergy, elected officials, media, strategic partners to act on common goals
  • Work at campaign pace, managing multiple projects concurrently, on tight deadlines
  • Navigate power in institutions and community context
  • Design & execute campaigns that generate large scale participation to win issues, shape public narrative, and activate marginalized voters
  • Employ an intersectional analysis of systemic racialization, and other forms of oppression in all areas of work and cultivate this capacity in others
  • Understand faith formation and religious education
  • Use data & metrics to track supporters, leader advancement, and make strategic decisions
  • Learn new computer systems easily; Computer Saavy
  • Strong writer

Preferred

  • College degree
  • Spanish Proficiency
  • Experience in African-American Faith Communities

Personal Characteristics

  • Thrives under pressure
  • Curious
  • Loves people
  • Relentless
  • ‘do whatever it takes’ approach
  • High Emotional Intelligence
  • Eager to learn
  • Good listener
  • Works well with people of different backgrounds
  • Ability to quickly build rapport
  • Political sophistication as relates to organizing strategies
  • Able to independently set goals and use them to guide daily actions
  • Open to evaluation and direction from supervisor and peer learning with agitation from colleagues
  • Comfortable with tension

This position is full time with significant evening and weekend work. Requires reliable transportation (driver’s license and proof of insurance).

Starting salary is competitive and depends on experience. IndyCAN provides our employees with a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, disability and generous paid time off.

Join the IndyCAN family to advance social justice and improve the lives of millions.

Application process

All applicants must apply for this position online. (Click the “Apply for this Position” button below.)

Please have the following two (2) documents ready to upload to your online application:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including 3 references and salary history
  2. A cover letter stating why you would be the ideal person for this position

Apply Now

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Communications Director

Are you a master storyteller? Want faith, race and power at the center of the Public Square? IndyCAN seeks a dynamic, justice-focused, communications guru and online organizer that can hit the ground running. This is a pivotal role that will shape the moral compass of Indiana and elevate the voice of marginalized people in the public arena.

This position will be responsible for all internal and external communications, including:

  • Shaping IndyCAN’s brand and messaging strategy
  • Leading all aspects of IndyCAN’s online organizing program
  • Strengthening IndyCAN’s internal and external communications across the state and developing organizing tools that move people to action
  • Leading communications efforts in support of state and regional policy campaigns to maximize press coverage and drive media outreach, as well as developing pitches for all external communications and developing and nurturing media relationships
  • Working closely with multi-faith, multi-racial clergy and people directly impacted by racial and economic inequality to bring a people-centered, faith voice to all internal and external communications
  • Training staff, clergy and volunteer leaders in strategic communication
  • Creating compelling and creative visuals to advance social justice (video, photo, art)
  • Ensuring all communications strategies are data driven, tracking performance metrics

Successful candidates will have led compelling communications efforts for grassroots, political, public relations firms, news media outlets, or other advocacy based non-profits.

You should be able to:

  • Work at campaign pace without sacrificing quality
  • Manage multiple projects concurrently, prioritizing work effectively on deadlines
  • Build strong relationships and pitch local and national media
  • Write great copy under tight deadlines
  • Draw on an intersectional analysis of racialization and other forms of oppression
  • Coach people of diverse backgrounds
  • Utilize digital online platforms like Salsa, HTML, CSS
  • Transform information into amazing, story-telling visuals (video, photo and graphic) and interactive executions, utilizing Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) and video-editing software (Final Cut, etc.)

Personal Characteristics

  • Thrives under pressure
  • Curious
  • Loves people
  • Does whatever it takes
  • Has fun staying updated on latest technology
  • Artistic and creative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Can keep eye on big picture and execute at same time
  • Self-starter
  • Constant learner
  • Racial justice promoter

This position requires some travel and occasional evenings and weekend hours. Bilingual communicators are strongly encouraged to apply.

IndyCAN provides our employees with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, disability and generous paid time off.

Join the IndyCAN family to advance social justice and improve the lives of millions.

Application Process

All applicants must apply for this position online at organizingcareers.org. Please have the following three (3) documents ready to upload to your online application:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including 3 references and salary history;
  2. A cover letter (stating why you would be the ideal person for this position);
  3. 1 writing sample that demonstrates both writing skills & design (brochure, urgent action email, video or graphic)

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Bilingual Executive Assistant (Part-time)

IndyCAN seeks a highly experienced, energized and self–motivated candidate to provide structural and administrative support to IndyCAN’s executive team, organizing staff and major campaigns. This position reports to and works in tandem with IndyCAN’s Operations Manager to create and implement systems and protocols for effective and efficient office and project management.

This individual will:

  • Manage administrative functions for all national, statewide and regional events, including travel arrangements, materials assembly, catering, vender contacts, logistical support and coordination
  • Manage day-to-day administrative functions, such as maintaining and anticipating supply needs, arranging calls, setting up meetings, handling office maintenance
  • Maintain administrative systems to improve efficiency (grant tracking files, board and meeting reports, etc.)
  • Maintain contact management system (large-scale data entry, managing email lists)
  • Build IndyCAN’s multi-lingual capacity (translating internal & external documents, coordinating translation for big events & meetings)
  • Act as front line point of contact for all IndyCAN visitors

Qualifications

  • Commitment to IndyCAN social justice mission
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Spanish and English required
  • Ability to motivate and work with staff and volunteers to meet goals and hold team accountable
  • Strong computer and internet skills with ability to learn new computer systems quickly (Microsoft Office Suite, Mac OS literacy, Google-Apps, Adobe In-Design, FB, Twitter, Flickr)
  • Experience in operations, administration or database management a plus
  • Experience working with people in diverse ethnic, religious, language and economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to take on special projects as assigned
  • Ability to work in a versatile environment, with occasional evenings and weekends and travel
  • Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and be able to show proof of valid auto insurance.

Personal Characteristics

  • Highly intelligent, quick learner
  • Integrity, strong work ethic and a “do whatever it takes” approach
  • Self-starter, flexible problem solver
  • Prayerful, reflective, contemplative and mindful
  • Eager to learn, a good listener and capable of working well with people from different backgrounds
  • Ability to quickly build rapport
  • Tech savvy
  • Able to independently set goals and use them to guide daily actions

This position is part-time, 15-20 hours a week and is compensated at $15 per hour. Includes the best on-the-ground training available in a growing organization with many opportunities for advancement.

Join the IndyCAN family to advance social justice and improve the lives of millions.

Application process

All applicants must apply for this position online at organizingcareers.org. Please have the following two (2) documents ready to upload to your online application:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including 3 references
  2. A cover letter (stating why you would be the ideal person for this position)

Apply Now

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Application Procedure

All applicants must apply online. Click on the APPLY NOW button within the description above.
 
Please refer to the job descriptions above to see what documents are needed before you begin the online application process.

Questions?

  • For questions about or assistance with the APPLICATION PROCESS, contact careers@piconetwork.org. Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.
  • For questions about AVAILABLE POSITIONS or working with IndyCAN, contact Nicole Barnes at Nicole@indycan.org.

About IndyCAN-PICO

The Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN) is training the next generation of prophetic leaders to transform people, institutions and public systems to live out a divine vision for racial and economic equity that upholds the dignity of each person and recognizes our common destiny. Organizing teams in more than 20 congregations engage tens of thousands of people across Central Indiana to advance the Opportunity for All Platform, including: stop the over criminalization of people of color by ending mass incarceration and gun violence, open up dignified jobs, build regional transportation and provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. IndyCAN is a proud affiliate of the PICO National Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing community organizing efforts in the country. For more information, visit IndyCAN at www.indycan.org and the www.piconetwork.org

IndyCAN has a strong learning culture, including staff development and coaching opportunities as well as PICO regional and national trainings. We place a high priority on personal learning, relationship building, and creating a strong multi-ethnic, multi-faith and multilingual organization.

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