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NIAC Academies Organizing Fellowship

 

The National Iranian American Council is pleased to announce NIAC Academies’ inaugural Organizing Fellowship. NIAC’s Organizing Fellowship is designed to provide young Iranian Americans the opportunity to learn the basics behind organizing, specifically around campaign project management and the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers and grasstops supporters. As 2022 is an election year, the fellowship will offer the opportunity to learn both issue-based and electoral campaign skills. 

This is a temporary, remote six month position that begins on July 5, 2022 and ends on December 31, 2022. Compensation will be a salary of $25,000 – comparable to a $50,000/year salary. The selection process is expected to be highly competitive; applicants are judged on the basis of their leadership experience and demonstrated interest and involvement in public service and the Iranian-American community.

To apply: Please email NIAC’s Organizing Director, Donna Farvard, at [email protected] with your resume and cover letter with the subject line “[Your Name] – NIAC Organizing Fellowship” and CC [email protected]. The application deadline is May 20. 

Responsibilities include:

Assist in developing local NIAC chapters – Maximizes the political representation of the Iranian-American community by identifying and cultivating grassroots leaders and volunteers. Provide support and motivation through remote management to grow, educate and mobilize NIAC supporters around both NIAC’s core issue areas and NIAC Action’s electoral plans. This includes but is not limited to recruiting, training, and managing chapter members to run local petition and call campaigns; lobby meetings; cultural programming; voter education, identification and registration; and get out the vote plans.

Organizing events – Assist NIAC’s Cultivations Team with planning and executing events. Events will include those encompassing Iranian arts and culture, Know Your Rights workshops, civic trainings, policy panels, voter education, meet & greets with candidates, and candidate fundraisers. This involves coordinating NIAC staff, chapter members, donors, and big-name community members to successfully accomplish event goals.

Coalition building – Develops and deepens relationships with other local and national organizations that do work similar to NIAC. In most cases, this will entail assisting in maintaining already established coalition relationships. In some cases, this may involve identifying new coalition partners.

Grasstops organizing – Support NIAC’s Senior Political Advisor to organize and identify donors and raise money for NIAC Action endorsed candidates. Plans will involve exploring and executing strategies around engaging and cultivating NIAC Action donors and other prominent members of the Iranian-American community to become political donors. 

Coordinating with candidate campaigns – Assists the National Organizing Director in building relationships with the field staff of NIAC Action endorsee campaigns. Coordinates with these campaigns to provide volunteer field support when needed.

Building NIAC Action’s political pipeline – Identifying community members that are either running or wish to run for office to join NIAC Action’s political pipeline. Working with those members to give them the organizational support they need to win their campaigns. 

Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum high school diploma preferred.
  • Proven demonstration of leadership.
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to work independently.
  • Dedication to NIAC/NIAC Action’s mission and work.
  • Familiarity with the Iranian-American community and political landscape of issues NIAC/NIAC Action work on.
  • Ability to speak, read, and/or write Persian (Farsi) a plus, but not required.

 

About NIAC and NIAC Action:

NIAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, engaging, and celebrating the Iranian-American community. NIAC Action, the 501(c)(4) sister organization of NIAC, is dedicated to building political power for the Iranian-American community to advance peace and diplomacy, secure equitable immigration policies, and protect the civil rights of all Americans.