Immigration Writing Fellow

About the Center for Community Change Action
Center for Community Change Action (CCCAction) is the 501c4 sister organization of the Center for Community Change. CCCAction’s mission to build the power and capacity of low-income people,. especially low-income people of color, to change their communities and public policies for the better. CCCAction is empowering the people most affected by injustice to lead movements to improve the policies that affect their lives. The focus of our work includes jobs and wages, immigration, retirement security, affordable housing, racial justice and barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals. CCCAction launched an innovative campaign that is galvanizing resources to empower low-income people to advocate for the policies, legislation and leaders who will significantly reduce poverty over the next 10 years.

Position Description:
The Center for Community Change Action seeks an Immigration Writing Fellow for our Latino and immigrant voter program. The ideal candidate is a first-time voter who has been personally affected by the country’s immigration policies with either parents, siblings or other close relatives who are undocumented immigrants. Special consideration will be given to candidates based in Florida, Colorado or Nevada.

The writing fellow would be responsible for identifying potential stories and storytellers within the nation’s vast immigrant community. The Fellow will conduct interviews and write first-person essays and opinion pieces or third-person reported narratives.

In addition, the Fellow will be trained as a spokesperson for the organization. After receiving appropriate training, the right candidate will be able to appear in front of the media or before a public audience and speak about their personal experiences related to immigration.

This position is for a highly motivated member of the immigrant community who is passionate about fighting for comprehensive immigration reform and interested in telling the stories of people affected by American immigration policy. This fellowship lasts through December with the possibility to extend the contract for the right fellow. Fellows can work from home within their communities and will work with CCCA’s senior political writer as their editor.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify stories and storytellers within their community
  • Conduct interviews with storytellers and produce four written stories per month
  • Serve as spokesperson, as needed, on work related to immigration reform
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications
A successful candidate is a strong – and fast – writer who can identify potential stories and shape them from ideas into polished, finished pieces with the use of thorough research, interviews with appropriate sources and a knack for writing insightful commentary. The right candidate also appreciates grassroots organizing and values the goal of building the power of low-income and immigrant communities and communities of color, and sees the amplification of these voices as a key component to achieving social justice.

Specific Qualifications Include:

  • Strong writing, editing and communication skills
  • Excellent interviewing skills, with ability to put interviewee at ease and facilitate meaningful conversation
  • Able to handle multiple assignments
  • Must be able to meet deadlines
  • Ability to speak with ease in front of an audience and communicate effectively
  • Creative ability to frame ideas and develop stories in a way that appeals to a wide variety of audiences
  • Commitment to immigration reform and social and economic justice

Salary & Benefits: Writing Fellows will be offered a monthly stipend.

Closing Date of Position: May 1, 2016

How to apply: Please submit resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to:  mbello@communitychange.org.

The Center for Community Change Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer