Community Organizer (Bi-lingual)

Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice (Iowa MMJ)
2024 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
$37,500 - $48,500 a year - Full-time

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  • $37,500 - $48,500 a year

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  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • 8 hour shift
  • Weekends as needed
  • Evenings as needed
  • Monday to Friday


2024 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) 2% match
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance

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Community Organizer (Bi-lingual English & One of the following: Spanish, French an ethnic Burmese dialect)

Position Description

Title: Community Organizer

Status: Full-Time (40 hours/week)

Compensation: $37,500-$48,500 per year depending on skills, experience and based on Iowa MMJ’s salary equity scale. Benefits include generous time-off and holiday package, health, life and dental insurance, 401k with 2% employer match.

Supervisor: Founding Executive Director

Supervising: N/A

Location: Des Moines, IA (travel within and outside of the state)

How to apply: Email resume and cover letter by July 17, 2024 to: Erica Johnson, Founding Executive Director

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Organization Summary

Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice (Iowa MMJ) is a statewide membership-based legal service and advocacy organization driven and led by immigrant and refugee voices and united with allies. Iowa MMJ’s mission is to build a movement for justice led by immigrants and refugees in Iowa by providing high-quality legal services and community empowerment through organizing. We envision an Iowa that is welcoming and inclusive, where the rights of immigrants and refugees are ensured through access to legal services, their voices are heard and the issues that impact them are addressed.

Our Advocacy program works in four main areas:

  • Grassroots Community Organizing: Establishing connections (through 1-on-1 meetings, house meetings, and other organizing tactics) between Iowa MMJ and grassroots members of immigrant and refugee communities in central Iowa, identifying issues and strategizing alongside immigrant and refugee workers who experience abuse in the workplace, developing new and existing leaders to gain the confidence they need to push for local, state and federal policy change.
  • Coalitions and Stategic Partnerships: Working with hundreds of partners across the state and nation who share our vision to advance our goals.
  • New American Civic Engagement: Engaging with the hundreds of Iowa MMJ clients who become U.S. citizens each year through our legal program, helping them register to vote and providing tools and training on how to be active engaged citizens.
  • Strategic Narrative Change: Building a foundation and framework to put forward a more welcoming and inclusive narrative in Iowa.

Summary of Position

The Community Organizer will report to the Founding Executive Director and will work closely with other Advocacy Program staff. The Community Organizer is responsible for establishing direct connections with grassroots individuals and public education with the immigrant and refugee community in Iowa. The Community Organizer will also work to engage community members and coalition partners in campaigns on the local, state and federal levels on immigrants’ and workers’ rights issues that the organization is involved in as we work towards our vision of a welcoming and inclusive Iowa.

Essential Functions / Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Community Organizer include the following:

  • Seek out and meet with immigrant and refugee community members including recently naturalized U.S. citizens, community leaders and with other community-based organizations in Iowa to listen to concerns, connect to resources and strategize on possible solutions.
  • Facilitate regular community meetings, represent the organization publicly in traditional and ethnic media outlets to provide information to immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Conduct research to stay up-to-date on issues important to community members and the organization.
  • Develop and lead communications strategy on traditional, ethnic and social media outlets for Iowa MMJ’s advocacy team and campaigns
  • Develop press releases, printed materials and social media campaigns to be used to support public education efforts.
  • Collaborate with Advocacy team to design and implement strategic organizing campaigns.
  • Collaborate with advocacy team to design, coordinate and conduct civic and leadership trainings for newly naturalized U.S. citizens, immigrants and refugees.
  • Represent the organization publicly to the media and with public education and participation in coalition efforts.
  • Participate in regular meetings and trainings with other Iowa MMJ staff and networks.
  • Provide regular written reports on work.
  • Collaborate with other staff on projects related to fundraising, communications and other organizational projects.
  • Identify and recruit potential active MMJ members and member-leaders


  • Strong commitment to Iowa MMJ’s mission, vision and values.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including demonstrated experience working with immigrant and refugee populations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in reading and writing in languages in addition to English (preference for Spanish, French or an ethnic Burmese dialect/a language of the African diaspora in Iowa).
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with diverse groups of people (including people of diverse faiths and ethical/spiritual traditions, races, ethnicities, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ people).
  • Ability to be flexible and self-directed while working in a high-volume, fast moving work environment.
  • Successful candidates will be able to initiate, lead begin, execute and follow-through on several projects or campaigns simultaneously.
  • Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel statewide and/or to out-of-state events.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to engage in or learn public speaking to represent the organization.
  • Proven computer skills (Microsoft office platforms, Google Drive) and ability to learn new platforms.
  • Experience with social media platforms including Facebook, X (former Twitter) and Instagram.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $37,500.00 - $48,500.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Evenings as needed
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed


  • Driver's License (Required)

Ability to Commute:

  • Des Moines, IA 50311 (Required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • Des Moines, IA 50311: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

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