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MA Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition Jobs


Jobs listed here are openings at the MIRA Coalition and at MIRA member organizations. If you are a MIRA member and would like to post an opening, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vida Verde Women’s Cooperative Coordinator

Part-time position available

Vida Verde, a project of the Brazilian Women’s Group, is a successful housecleaning cooperative dedicated to using green products and methods.  It was started in 2005 and funded by a grant from Tufts/NIOSH, under the umbrella of the Brazilian Women’s Group (BWG).

We are seeking an energetic, committed, bilingual (Portuguese/English) candidate who iscommunity-oriented and a proponent of green practices.  This is a 15-hour/week position.Working hours may increase depending on funding availability. Hours involve some eveningsand weekends and occasional traveling.  Salary is based on experience.  Reliable transportationis necessary (with mileage reimbursement).

The Brazilian Women's' Group (BWG) was started in 1995 by a group of Brazilian immigrantwomen of various backgrounds and occupations. The women hoped to "make a difference" in the wider Brazilian community, encouraging its members, particularly women, to stand up for their rights in the United States. The Brazilian Women’s Group’s Mission is to promote the empowerment of Brazilian women and the Brazilian community in the Boston area.

Skills and Requirements:

• Bilingual - written and spoken fluency in English and Portuguese

• University degree preferred

• Ability to communicate effectively

• Experience working as a housecleaner preferred

• Computer literate (MS Office, PowerPoint, familiarity with multimedia)

• Community organizing skills a must

• Familiarity with Brazilian culture and cultural competency is a big plus

Responsibilities include:

  •  interacting with clients, including estimates, problem-solving and follow-up
  • organizing training sessions
  •  planning and running co-op meetings
  •  recruiting and supporting members
  • community presentations, including to the media
  • networking and outreach
  • producing monthly and annual reports
  • Keeping Coop files organize

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

Become a 2015 -16 AmeriCorps NAIP Member!

The AmeriCorps New American Integration Program (NAIP) is now recruiting members for the2015-2016 service year. A partnership of the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) , the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and English for New Bostonians (ENB), the New American Integration Program recruits committed individuals from diverse backgrounds to assist and strengthen the work of community-based organizations that serve refugees and immigrants.

Members will assist refugee and immigrant communities in learning English, applying for citizenship, job readiness services, and accessing community services that enable them to improve their quality of life. NAIP members receive intensive training to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), assist eligible Legal Permanent Residents in their applications for citizenship, and provide job readiness services.

The 2015-2016 term of service begins onSeptemb er 9, 2015 and continues through July 31, 2016. Each member will be expected to complete at least 1700 hours at their host site through the duration of their service.

Member benefits include:

  • A Living Allowance of up to $12,530.00
  • An Education Award of $5,775.00 on successful completion of service
  • Healthcare Coverage
  • Deferment of educational loan payments 

Read more: AmeriCorps New Americans Integration Program

   

Program Coordinator, Early Education and Care Workforce Project

MIRA is seeking an experienced and highly organized advocate, facilitator and communicator with a strong commitment to meeting the needs of immigrant families and children to coordinate our Early Education and Care (EEC) Workforce Project, a collaborative initiative between MIRA's New Americans Integration Institute (The Institute) and the Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI). The Program Coordinator will lead MIRA's policy advocacy and community outreach to advance workforce opportunities for immigrant and limited English Proficient childcare workers in Massachusetts, and coordinate MIRA's efforts in the EEC area more generally. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Immigrants and refugees in the EEC workforce, mostly women, primarily serve as low-paid childcare workers and teacher assistants who provide crucial sources of linguistic and cultural competence for children and families. As training and credential requirements increase, less-educated and often limited English proficient childcare workers find it increasingly challenging to keep their place on the career ladder, maintain home-based businesses, and provide for their families. The Institute will work with MPI and partners in three other states to expand policies and practices that assist immigrant and refugee workers in obtaining the education and credentials needed to maintain family-sustaining employment, create their own businesses, and promote progress within the field.

Read more: Program Coordinator, Early Education and Care Workforce Project

   

Internships at MIRA

General Description:

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), a statewide membership-based non-profit organization, advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA has a membership of over 130 organizations across Massachusetts, and works with hundreds of partners and allies across the state by offering policy analysis and advocacy, training and leadership development, institutional organizing, and strategic communications.

All internships are unpaid. Where applicable, we will gladly assist in any requirements that would qualify an eligible intern for course credit.  Interns should expect to work 2 to 3 days per week (or the equivalent).

Intern Positions: Open on rolling basis. Please send email inquiry for availability. 

Communications intern.  Please review the description below, and submit a resume and cover letter to Franklin Soults, Communications Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Development Intern. Please review internship description below and submit a resume and cover to Elsa Gomes, Director of Development This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Citizenship Program Intern.  Description below. If you're interested, please submit your letter of interest and resume to Federal Policy Director, Sarang Sekhavat, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

State Policy Intern. Description below. If you are interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Shannon Erwin, State Policy Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Community Organizing Intern. Description below. If you are interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (For PDF version click here)

Welcoming Framingham Intern. For a PDF description of this internship click here. If interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Welcoming Milford Intern. For a PDF description of this internship click here. If interested. please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Read more: Internships at MIRA

   

Volunteering at MIRA

If you're interested in the Citizenship Campaign at MIRA, there are several ways to get involved!

MIRA’s Citizenship Clinics are hosted throughout the state of Massachusetts, with a larger concentration of clinics in the Greater Metro Boston Area. Clinics are typically hosted on Saturdays. At clinics, volunteers are usually needed for 6+ hours, typically from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Clinic volunteers help with registering clients, filling out U.S. Citizenship applications, and copying needed paperwork. Personalized trainings are mandatory for volunteers interested in helping directly with filling out U.S. Citizenship Applications. Brief trainings for all other volunteer stations are offered on the day of the clinic.

To register to volunteer at an upcoming Citizenship Workshop click HERE

If you have any questions please contact the Citizenship Team at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and please put "interested in volunteering" in the subject line.

 

You can also Volunteer at a MIRA Voter Registration!

MIRA’s Voter Registrations happen directly after naturalization ceremonies throughout the state of Massachusetts, often at Faneuil Hall or other landmarks in the Greater Boston Area. They are typically on Thursday afternoons, and volunteers are usually needed for about an hour (1:30-2:30pm).

Volunteers fill out voter registration forms for newly sworn-in citizens, empowering them with the first rite of passage to becoming an active and engaged citizen. Registering new voters is fun and easy, and all materials—clipboards, forms, and pins—are provided. Volunteers are also encouraged to help with the data entry into the electronic Voter Activation Network that follows, putting new voters into the statewide database.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at an upcoming citizenship clinic please contact Thalita Dias at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and please put "interested in volunteering" in the subject line.

   

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