Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Ministry on Racism Program Fellowship (9 Month - Term Limited)

Paid Position

 

Do you feel led to pursue anti-racism work with a systemic impact? FGC’s Ministry on Racism Program is looking for a highly-organized, self-motivated person to join FGC in meaningfully building its institutional capacity to become an anti-racist faith organization, through a 9-month Ministry on Racism Program Fellowship. In addition to this long-term vision, FGC is dedicated to organizing events that offer a safe space for Friends of Color to connect and share their spiritual experiences.

FGC is aware that many of the processes that inform our faith community (the Religious Society of Friends) are tainted by the destructive power of white supremacy and require a widespread commitment to transformation. We ask that the Ministry on Racism Program Fellow embark on a spiritual challenge with us to understand, confront and heal white supremacy within FGC, among FGC Friends and all who unite with this work.

Summary of Duties

The Ministry on Racism Program Fellow works closely with the Committee for Nurturing Ministries Coordinator for the ministry on racism work, and with the Clerks of the Committee for Nurturing Ministries, Diversity Committee, Implementation Group, and Institutional Assessment Working Group. The Ministry on Racism Fellow assists the coordinator and committees with their essential daily tasks, planning of consultations and conferences, and assists in responding to inquiries from individuals as well as local and regional Quaker communities. The work will include supporting the FGC staff in its diversity work and identifying resources that nurture the work of addressing racism and White Supremacy within the Religious Society of Friends.

This is a term-limited, full time Fellowship for approximately nine months, beginning September 27th and ending July 4th.  The person who holds this position is expected to work primarily on-site at the FGC Office in Philadelphia. They will also work for FGC as a staff member at the annual White Privilege Conference, at least two off-site committee meetings, and at the FGC Gathering during the summer of 2020.

While experience with Quaker meetings is beneficial, we welcome applicants who are new to Quaker faith and practice that want to learn more about the Religious Society of Friends.

 

Desired Qualifications

Education:   

High School diploma or equivalent

Experience:

1. Knowledge of and experience with opposing racism and White Supremacy within the United States and Canada.

2. Interacting with a diverse range of Quaker meetings and groups.

3. Taking on positions of responsibility and care of the meeting in one or more Quaker meetings and churches.

4. Explaining Quaker faith, practice, and heritage to newcomers.

5. Organizing events.

6. Editing manuscripts for publication.

7. Working with Quaker committees.

8. Experience with conducting research.

9. Motivating and supporting volunteers.

Skills:

1. Has the ability to listen deeply to both individuals and groups.

2. Works well and carefully with details.

3. Has planning, organizational and project management skills.

4. Responds creatively to conflicts and strong feelings while remaining spiritually centered.

5. Is familiar with Quaker decision-making processes.

6. Has skill in motivating and supporting volunteers and empowering others.

7. Strong written communication, including email, reports, and program materials.

8. Strong verbal communication, including telephone, in person, and with groups.

9. Using the internet/social media to communicate and disseminate information.

10. Competence with Microsoft Office products and online productivity tools.

General:

1. Familiarity with the Religious Society of Friends.

2. Understanding of race, racism and White Supremacy within the United States and Canada.

3. Available for limited periodic travel, including weekends.

4. Able to work effectively and efficiently out of one’s own home during times the office may be closed during inclement weather.

5. Understands the importance of anti-racism efforts. Has an openness to go deeper personally as well as to assist Quaker meetings and individuals concerning this issue.

 

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Help coordinate a consultation for Friends of Color and allies to help FGC discern way forward in ministry on racism work.

2. Work with CNM coordinator and committees to develop possible future projects.

3. Assist the CNM coordinator with facilitating Quaker participation in the White Privilege Conference.

4. Work with the coordinators and staff of FGC to help develop and promote the ministry of addressing racism within FGC and throughout its affiliated monthly and yearly meetings.

5. Participate in the Staff Diversity Committee.

6. Maintain list of Friends actively engaged in working to address racism.

7. Gather up-to-date information on work being done by monthly & yearly meetings to address racism and collect ideas from those meetings on how FGC can be of better service to this work.

8. Communicate with committee members as assigned by supervisor.

9. Assist Ministry on Racism Coordinator in handling logistics for committee meetings & conference calls

10. Assist with the development of content and resources for the FGC website concerning the ministry addressing racism and the updating of those pages.

11. Record minutes for various committee meetings.

12. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

 

Job Title: Ministry on Racism Program Fellow

Supervisor: Ministry on Racism Coordinator

Location: Primarily on-site in the Philadelphia Office

Hours:  Approximately nine months, term-limited; 35 hours/week (5 days)

Salary: Non-exempt, $16.50 hourly rate. Approximately $2,500/month with health benefits

 

To apply, please send the following via email to Vanessa Julye, with the subject line "FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION":

-a cover letter

-resume

-three references

Priority review will be given to candidates who apply before Wednesday, July 10th, 2019.

How To Apply

Please send the following via email to Vanessa Julye, with the subject line "FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION":

  1. -a cover letter
  2. -resume
  3. -three references

Priority review will be given to candidates who apply before Wednesday, July 10th, 2019.