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DIRECTOR OF CATHOLIC STATE NETWORKS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Other, FT Employee
Catholic Mobilizing Network (Washington, DC)
Introduction to Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty
Founded in 2009, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) is a lay ministry of the Ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. We educate Catholics to seek faithful responses to crime, with a focus on abolishing the death penalty in the U.S. and promoting restorative justice. By educating Catholics and mobilizing them to participate in legislation, CMN has contributed significantly to the momentum of the national death penalty abolition movement. CMN has raised the profile of the death penalty on the U.S. Church’s public-policy agenda to such a degree that Catholics have played a game-changing role in all of the states to abolish the death penalty since 2009 (NM, CT, IL, MD).
Since its beginning, CMN has worked as a national lay collaborative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and state Catholic conferences. CMN has since developed partnerships with Catholic lay leaders, diocesan staff/volunteers and secular organizations in the movement (such as the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Equal Justice USA, and Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights). We emphasize outreach to all growing and significant Catholic demographics with a special focus on Spanish-speaking Catholics and youth.
CMN has developed dozens of effective educational resources, distributed freely to our partners and the public. Thousands of prayer cards, handouts, pamphlets, books, posters, and stickers have been distributed since our inception. CMN also participates in direct education, exhibiting and presenting workshops at major national and regional Catholic conventions.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF CATHOLIC STATE NETWORKS & ORGANIZATIONS
Expand and Support Catholic Networks in States
Support state campaigns by: 1) regular communication with state Catholic Conferences and state secular coalition directors/staff 2) support individual state strategic plans 3) coordinate State Catholic conferences and active Catholics within states 4) table/exhibit and present workshops at conferences, 5) assist in coordinating CMN speakers, keynote presentations and panelists, 6) promote faith-based events for Respect Life month, World Abolition Day, Day of Peace, Good Friday, etc., and general outreach, 7) distribute educational and prayer materials 8) develop special events and materials (for example state prayerful walks, Faith Leadership Dialogues, state prayer cards, legislative talking points etc..) and 9) find and manage CMN State Network Coordinators.
Coordinate efforts with national Catholic organizations that support the CMN mission.
Work with national Catholic organizations, to find opportunities for collaboration and encourage them to speak out and become involved with our CMN mission.
Coordinate efforts with Catholic Colleges and Universities to find opportunities to engage college students in the mission of CMN. Work in collaboration with Mount St. Mary’s University to develop Universities for Life Fellowships on college campuses to train leaders for future advocacy work on campus and beyond. This would require collaborative work with existing leadership programs already in existence on campus.
Coordinate and work with other groups and find collaborative opportunities
Support state advocacy efforts with proactive Social Media Efforts -Twitter and Facebook postings to build support of CMN mission
Strategically work to highlight key states in our newsletter. Assist with writing and editing of monthly CMN E-newsletters
CMN Sisters Coalition
Coordinate with Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi in adding religious within states to our network and assist in adding names and contacts.
Minimum Qualifications for a Successful Candidate
Multitasker with extremely strong networking and communication/community organizing skills
Good writing skills and attention to detail
1-2 years of experience working in a non-profit or advocacy environment
Experienced computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
Organized and able to coordinate multiple schedules of others
Flexible with changing schedules and short-term projects
Independent worker with strong skills in organizational strategy and strategic planning
Confidently able to engage with diverse partners in-person, on the phone, and via email
Skilled at public speaking including media interviews and workshop presentations
Working knowledge of Catholic social teaching, and the philosophy of restorative justice
Experience researching and writing grant requests
Experience engaging collaboratively with non-profit and advocacy organizations
Experience partnering with Catholic funders
Experience working with Hootsuite Social Media Scheduling
Passion for working with Spanish-speaking populations and/or youth
Passion for the poor, disenfranchised, and discarded, especially as it relates to life and dignity of all human people
Proficient or fluent in Spanish
The Director of State Outreach will be expected to work approximately 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday with a break for lunch. The Director of State Outreach will be asked to attend meetings and conferences outside of these hours, including weekends, in which case compensation time will be provided.
How to Apply
First, learn about us! Visit our website www.catholicsmobilizing.org and check out the work that we do. We are also on Facebook (@CMNEndtheDeathPenalty) and Twitter (@CMNEndtheDP).
Then, please send cover letter and resume as single PDF to [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you! (9)