Now Hiring: Program Coordinator

Free Migration Project is hiring a Program Coordinator to advance our immigrant rights campaign work.

Organization Overview:

Free Migration Project (FMP) works at the intersection of law and community organizing to promote freedom of movement as a basic human right. Founded in 2016, FMP represents immigrant clients in their legal proceedings, provides legal support and training to organizers and advocates, engages in public education and outreach, litigates in the public interest, and advocates for fair and open immigration laws. 

FMP provides legal representation for three families living in sanctuary churches in Philadelphia and provides support to the National Sanctuary Collective, a nationwide network of sanctuary campaigns. FMP is the fiscal sponsor for the Shut Down Berks Coalition working to end family detention in Pennsylvania. In 2019, FMP coordinated a legal response to the egregious civil fines ICE issued against sanctuary leaders around the country, with the result that ICE rescinded the fines for each sanctuary leader involved in the effort. FMP sponsored the 2019 Open Borders Conference held in New York City on October 19. 

Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator will carry out non-attorney programmatic work in support of FMP’s mission to promote free movement as a human right. The position objectives include: 

  • Elevating strategic public-facing campaigns to reshape norms and policies and advance immigrant rights. 
  • Liaising with existing organizational partners to amplify the capacity and reach of collaborative legal and organizing work. 
  • Refining and disseminating the message of open migration in public discourse. 

The Program Coordinator will help FMP expand beyond its current core competency of providing legal services and support in order to better achieve organizational objectives. 

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate or support public-facing immigrant rights campaigns, for example: community-supported deportation defense campaigns in Pennsylvania and around the country, the #ShutDownBerks campaign to close the Berks County Residential Center, current sanctuary campaigns in Pennsylvania, and the work of the National Sanctuary Collective. Engage, inform and mobilize members of the community and allied organizations to elevate campaigns in traditional and social media in order to engage elected officials, government agencies, and other decision-makers. 
  • Organize events, often in collaboration with other groups in the Philadelphia area or around the country, including rallies or marches, press conferences, vigils, workshops, film screenings, and other activities to engage and educate the public and promote open immigration norms and policies.
  • Help plan and implement the annual Open Borders Conference, including outreach to speakers, fundraising for conference expenses, promotion, logistics, and publicity. 
  • Co-manage organizational communications, including social media outreach, press engagement, and website maintenance. 

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • Based in the Philadelphia area or can relocate there
  • Spanish/English fluency required
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Social media competency
  • Communications or public relations experience
  • Experience in immigrant rights or racial justice advocacy and organizing
  • Coalition building experience
  • Facilitation experience

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to assign other tasks.

Working Conditions:

The job is primarily located at FMP’s office in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. There will be frequent travel to locations in the area, with less frequent travel to New York, Washington, D.C., and other locations. The position is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, with some work anticipated in the evenings or weekends (flex time will accommodate evening or weekend work).

Pay and Benefits: 

The salary for the position is $40,000 per year, with employer-provided health benefits after 90 days. 

Equal Opportunity Statement:

FMP is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly-trained staff.  Women, people of color, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ folks, migrants, people with disabilities, Veterans, previously-incarcerated, and other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that the office space is a second floor walk-up without an elevator. We apologize for this current configuration.

How To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to david.bennion@freemigrate.org with the subject line: FMP Program Coordinator Position. Applications will only be accepted electronically. No phone calls, please. The application deadline is December 13, 2019.