About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration reform.

This position also supports Community Change Action, an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description:

The Deputy Field Director for Immigrant Rights builds relationships with affiliates of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, a project of Community Change, supervises field organizers and senior field organizers for FIRM and Community Change, implements field strategy and has experience building, directing and leading state and national campaigns for immigrant rights.

The Deputy Field Director will work to advance the objectives, build the base and win legislative objectives for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) – www.fairimmigration.org.

The Deputy Field Director reports to FIRM’s Immigration Field Director and coordinates closely with the Director of Immigrant Rights and Senior Field Advisor to implement local; state, and national level grassroots campaign initiatives.  The ideal candidate is a self-starter, experienced organizer, ability to balance competing demands and a strategic thinker capable of producing consistent quality work in a fast-paced environment.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Supports Director of Immigrant Rights in building black and brown partnerships with FIRM and the Black Freedom Collective and race and gender justice initiatives.
  • Supports Immigration Field Director on internal strategy, campaigns and organizing priorities for Community Change and FIRM.
  • Supports work to integrate and activate national coalitions on comprehensive immigration reform, dismantling the enforcement complex and local and/or state campaigns that are key priorities for FIRM and/or FIRM partners. Integrates as needed with the electoral team.
  • Holds together operations of day-to-day FIRM team integrates field staff as part of the organizational whole.
  • Collaborates in close partnership with policy, legislative, communications and other senior staff, team members, and key stakeholders to develop and execute Community Change/FIRM’s #RoadmaptoFreedom and Campaign Arc of Escalation for 2020 and 2021.
  • Work flexibly to build and align the work of FIRM with Community Change’s Path to Power 4.0 and align with other key campaigns of Community Change.
  • Partner with FIRM affiliates in strategic planning, power analysis, technical assistance, messaging, support of local and state organizing campaigns and linking local partners to national campaigns and initiatives of FIRM and Community Change in order to build power at the local, state, and national level.
  • Maintain high-level functioning relationships with other departments (communications, finance, institutional advancement) to ensure the FIRM team is collaborating well to meet campaign goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Immigration Field Director.


  • 5-8 years of experience organizing in the progressive sector with campaign experience building leadership in local, state and national campaigns. Experience in c3 and c4 electoral organizing is a plus.
  • Training in community and immigrant rights organizing including:Community organizing training including: basic principles of community organizing, development of leaders and organizations in an organizing context, issues and campaign development, training new organizers and leadership development.
  • Familiarity with and openness to different approaches to grassroots organizing and policy work.
  • Strong facilitation and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to work democratically and effectively with diverse groups and people.
  • Willing to work long flexible hours including nights and weekends and frequent travel.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Strong team player, familiar with team dynamics and willing to work in a team environment.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and social change.
  • Comfortable using cloud-based technology including Google Suite and dynamic databases like Salesforce.
  • Familiarity with some of the issues that Community Change currently works on.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to speak Spanish required, other languages a plus.

This position reports to: Immigration Field Director

Supervisory Responsibility:  This position will supervise three to four immigration field organizers. The number of direct reports is subject to change as the team expands/contracts.

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is not included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and therefore not covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Travel Requirements: Regular travel to field organizations and internal and external convening is required (a minimum of 7-10 days/month)

Salary & Benefits: $85,000 – $95,000 annual salary. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled

This position is located in Washington, DC.

How to apply: Please click here to submit resume, a cover letter that includes salary expectations and at least two writing samples.

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Source: People’s Action