Community Organizer (SOAR Immigration Legal Services)

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to; or mail to EMO, 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239; or fax to (503) 223-7007. Position closes Sept. 16, 2020.

PURPOSE: SOAR Immigration Legal Services seeks a Community Organizer to develop leadership within Washington County and rural northwestern Oregon Spanish speaking communities to promote immigrant led grassroots organizing in order to promote permanent and positive social change.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: Director of Immigration Legal Services

DIRECT REPORTS: Community Liaison

LOCATION: EMO’s SOAR Immigration Legal Services Washington County program site and other sites as needed.

CLASSIFICATION: Full time, non-exempt

BENEFITS: Salary range starts at $16.00 per hour. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings. Employees in exempt positions or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical, dental, disability and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.


  • Identify, train and develop community leaders in the principles and practices of community organizing in order to build powerful immigrant-driven communities in rural northwestern Oregon.
  • Develop and manage relationships with a broad base of constituents from targeted communities (including faith-based institutions, public officials, local government agencies, social service agencies, teachers and school leaders), and build their support.
  • Conduct at least 15 one-to-one visits with parents and community members every week.
  • Over time, build and manage multiple immigrant community groups that drive local reform work and bring new community leadership to communities in rural Washington County and the Oregon coast.
  • Plan and coordinate public forums and meetings, led by immigrant leaders.
  • Participate in leadership development sessions with community members and partners.
  • Participate in reporting and administrative activities as required.
  • Establish close ties with partners, officials and media.
  • Encourage new ideas, designs, strategies and leaders, and recruit varied and qualified leaders within the rural communities.
  • Coordinate with community leaders to devise action plans to promote a broader social change in community.
  • Contribute towards a mutually respectful and friendly work culture.


Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO.

KNOWLEDGE: Ability to communicate fluently in Spanish and English; Proficient computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products.

SKILLS: Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to listen to and affirm people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances; Especially treat all individuals with respect and dignity; Ability to multi-task efficiently.

EFFORT: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

RESPONSIBILITY: Puts forth a courteous, friendly, helpful attitude with staff and clients.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, culture and sexual orientation; High tolerance for ambiguity and change.


  • Experience working with immigrants or refugees.
  • One year community organizing experience.
  • Experience working on public policy issues.

Equal opportunity employer
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.