We are mission-driven.
The Interfaith Welcome Coalition is a faith-based movement meeting the changing needs of asylum-seekers, refugees, and at-risk immigrants in collaboration with others.
Our name says it all.
The Interfaith Welcome Coalition (IWC) formed in San Antonio, Texas, during the summer of 2014 in response to the overwhelming need of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States from Central America and elsewhere. A broad network of faith communities, grassroots organizations, and social services came together to provide humanitarian support to migrant children and families. The work has evolved with changing needs and policies, and now the IWC is at the forefront of a collaborative, dynamic movement promoting justice for refugees, asylum-seekers, and other marginalized migrants. Those whom we welcome now include people from Central and South America, the Caribbean, and West Africa, and our love is as likely to be in the form of advocating for systemic change as in the providing of a backpack. We consider it a privilege to be able to walk briefly alongside families and individuals fleeing violence, persecution, and economic injustice and to offer them support that affirms their humanity and eases their journey. Learn more at www.interfaithwelcomecoalition.org.
We actively oppose discrimination.
The IWC believes that Black lives matter and that no human being is illegal. We honor all kinds of families and we do not expect our guests to justify their presence. The IWC is an equal- opportunity employer that follows all applicable laws against discrimination and does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious beliefs, ethnic or national origin, nationality, native language, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, marital or family status, or income. We will consider any applicant who is authorized to work in the United States. While employees and volunteers must undergo a background check, we will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records. The IWC has designed a selection process that actively mitigates bias, and we welcome feedback from applicants about their experience.
We seek a leader.
The IWC has existed for six years without any full-time employees. Instead, we have pursued our mission with a working Board of Directors and a diverse body of volunteers and partner organizations. Our work has become complex enough, though, that we now see the need to bring on our first full-time employee: a Coordinating Director (CD). As the title implies, the job is a leadership position and will involve responsibility for tasks and projects both small and large to sustain and grow the impact of the IWC in San Antonio and South Texas — particularly through the coordination of committees, community partners, and individual donors and volunteers. The CD will work closely with our Board of Directors to further our mission, professionalize our operations, and adapt to changing circumstances. The ideal candidate will be accomplished both in optimizing systems and in building relationships.
The Coordinating Director will have crucial and growing responsibilities.
Key duties of the role will evolve over time. Some will be vital from day one:
- maintaining a focus on the mission of the IWC and adherence to our shared values;
- working effectively with the Board of Directors to ensure accountable governance;
- convening general meetings to keep diverse stakeholders engaged in our work;
- establishing and implementing systems to complete administrative tasks efficiently;
- ensuring good stewardship of resources and keeping accurate financial records;
- coordinating groups and individuals toward a common purpose; and
- taking on other duties as necessary or assigned by the Board of Directors.
Other duties will become a larger part of the role over the course of the first year:
- communicating transparently and motivationally to internal and external audiences;
- strengthening partnerships within immigrant and faith circles to grow our impact;
- seeking opportunities to garner resources to support our work; and
- promoting equity and inclusion in all endeavors.
Ideal candidates will demonstrate qualities and skills of adaptive, distributive leadership.
The new Coordinating Director must:
- be committed to and energized by the IWC’s mission;
- be forthright and above-board with everyone;
- be culturally competent and invested in building relationships with diverse stakeholders;
- be strategic in the delegation of tasks and projects;
- be influential even when no positional accountability exists;
- be willing to have courageous conversations about challenging topics;
- be knowledgeable about immigration issues;
- be fluent with standard organizational tools such as spreadsheets and calendars; and
- be professionally proficient in English.
Ideal candidates will also have many or all of the following characteristics:
- a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., social work, political science, education);
- conversational proficiency in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or Lingala;
- experience directly managing people to produce positive outcomes;
- a track record of social justice work, either as a professional or a volunteer; and
- familiarity with principles of anti-racism and/or decolonization.
We aspire to center the immigrant experience and unite faith communities for a cause.
The IWC exists to have a positive impact on the immigrant community, and therefore we know we must always try to center the voices and experiences of that community. For this reason, we encourage people who have personal experience with immigration and/or asylum processes to apply. As our name suggests, we are essentially a coalition of faith groups, so our ideal CD candidate will have experience engaging with congregations and individuals who are motivated by their beliefs to promote justice.
The IWC will support you.
The Coordinating Director will report to our Board of Directors. Because the IWC has never had a full-time employee before, we do not have a human resources infrastructure. That said, we aspire to be an affirming workplace where an employee can learn and develop and have an enduring impact. The salary range for this position will be $55,000-$65,000 annually. Benefits are to be determined soon. We hope to hire someone who will grow with us for years.