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Opportunities at SOA Watch PDF Print E-mail

Employment Opportunity

  • Tucson based SOA Watch Field Organizer (Part-Time)/Organizadorx de base de SOA Watch basadx en Tucson (tiempo parcial)

Internships

  • Organizing Intern
  • Research and Legislative Intern
  • Communications Intern
  • Fundraising Intern
  • Honduras
  • Internship in the SOA Watch Latin America Office in Santiago, Chile

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Database and Correspondence Volunteer
  • Media Volunteer

Oportunidad de Empleo/Employment Opportunity

Estamos buscando Organizadorx de base de SOA Watch basadx en Tucson (tiempo parcial)

(in English below)

Trabajo de base

La/el organizadorx de base en Tucson tiene la responsabilidad de interactuar y motivar al movimiento de base en la zona fronteriza mediante la coordinación con grupos afines locales, miembrxs del consejo de SOA Watch y la base misma, para organizar eventos, reuniones de estrategia y otros proyectos que van encaminados a fortalecer y ampliar el trabajo de SOA Watch y su movimiento.

Responsabilidades también incluyen organizar y foralecer una base a través de mentorías de liderazgos locales y construcción de alianzas con grupos locales, para crear conciencia sobre el trabajo y misión de SOA Watch. Asimismo, la/el organizadorx de base tiene la responsabilidad de mobilizar la base a través de la coordinación de campañas y eventos (encuentro anual) y giras.

Campañas y coordinación de eventos

La/el organizadorx de base en Tucson es responsable de la coordinación del encuentro en la frontera. La/el organizadorx de base en Tucson también es responsible por trabajar en colaboración con el colectivo de SOA Watch para desarrollar e implementar campañas nuevas para la organización que contribuyen a la realización de su misión y prioridades organizacionales.

La coordinación de eventos y  campañas es un trabajo compartido con el consejo de SOA Watch, los varios colectivos de la organización, incluyendo al colectivo de SOA Watch, organizaciones aliadas y grupos de base.

Coordinación de oficina

La/el organizadorx de base en Tucson trabajará en colaboración con otrxs miembrxs del colectivo, pasantes y voluntarixs también basadxs en la oficina en Tucson, para asegurar que las tareas diarias de la oficina sean realizadas de manera fluida. Asimismo, La/el organizadorx de base en Tucson trabajará a distancia con el resto del colectivo para implementar el trabajo programático, al igual que participar en reuniones de equipo, conferencias y reuniones de consejo, y llamadas con el equipo de coordinación para el encuentro.

Calificaciones

- Debe ser bilingüe (español e inglés)

- Excelente habilidades escritas y habladas

- Conocimiento de la historia de relaciones entre Estados Unidos-América Latina / Caribe, al igual que un conocimiento sobre la coyuntura actual

- una familiaridad con la historia SOA / WHINSEC y el trabajo de SOA Watch

- Un compromiso con la misión de SOA Watch.

- Un compromiso fuerte con trabajar en un movimiento de base diverso y fundamentado en la solidaridad con los pueblos de América Latina y su diáspora

- Capacidad de escucha activa

- Capacidad para interactuar con audiencias y comunidades diversas

- Capacidad y disponibilidad para viajar durante el año

- Experiencia en planear eventos

- Capacidad de trabajar de manera autónoma en un entorno con poca supervisión

- Experiencia en trabajar de manera colectiva y en consenso

- Conocimiento básico en computación. Familiaridad con WordPress, HTML, Salsa y medios sociales es una ventaja.

Las mujeres, las personas de color y personas con capacidades diferentes son alentados a aplicar.

Por favor envíe su hoja de vida, una carta explicando cuáles son las cualidades que aportaría a este puesto y 3 referencias por correo electrónico a
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La fecha límite para postularse es el 10 de frebrero de 2017.

We are hiring a Tucson-based SOA Watch Field Organizer (Part Time)

Field Organizing

The Tucson-based Field Organizer is responsible for engaging the grassroots movement in the borderlands by coordinating with local partners, members of the SOA Watch Council and the grassroots to host events, strategy meetings, and other projects that will serve to strengthen and broaden the SOA Watch movement.

Responsibilities will also include organizing and strengthening a grassroots base through mentoring local leadership and partnership with local groups to build awareness of the work and mission of SOA Watch. Similarly, the Tucson-based Field Organizer will be responsible for mobilizing the grassroots through the coordination of SOA Watch campaigns and events (eg, annual convergence) and speaking tours.

Campaign & Event Coordination

The Tucson-based Field Organizer is responsible for coordinating the annual convergence at the border. The Tucson-based Field Organizer is also responsible for working in collaboration with the SOA Watch staff collective to develop and implement new campaigns for the organization that contribute to the fulfillment of its mission and organizational priorities.

The coordination of events and campaigns is also shared with the SOA Watch Council, the various collectives of the organization including the SOA Watch staff collective, partner organizations, and the grassroots.

Office Coordination

The Tucson-based Field Organizer will work with other Tucson-based staff, volunteers and interns who come to the organization, to ensure that the day-to-day office tasks are carried out smoothly. Similarly, the Tucson-based Field Organizer will work remotely with the rest of the SOA Watch staff collective to implement programmatic work, including participation in staff collective meetings, Council calls and meetings, as well as Convergence Coordinating Team calls.

Qualifications

- Must be bilingual (Spanish & English)

- Excellent speaking and writing skills

- Knowledge of history of US-Latin America/Caribbean relations as well as current context & realities

- Knowledge of history and work of SOA Watch

- Active listening skills

- Ability to engage with a variety of audiences

- Ability and availability to travel throughout the year

- Experience in event planning

- Must be able to work autonomously in an environment with little supervision

- Experience in working in a collective & consensus model

- Basic computer skills. Familiarity with WordPress, HTML, Salsa and social media a plus.

Women, people of color and differently-abled persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send resume, a cover letter explaining what qualities you would bring to this position, as well as 3 references by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The deadline for applications is February 10, 2017.

Internships

We are a nonviolent grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA, now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHINSEC), and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean for their inspiration and the invitation to accompany them in their struggle for economic and social justice. 

Our staff is made up of paid, unpaid, full-time, and part-time activists who are all dedicated to this work. Interns have played a critical role in the campaign to close the School of the Americas. While these positions are unpaid, financial assistance for housing and transportation is available.

All of the internships and volunteer opportunities listed below are offered at the SOA Watch Washington DC office.

Internships in SOA Watch's Washington, DC office

Organizing Intern

The Organizing Intern work with the National and Field Organizers to coordinate, develop, and promote the SOA Watch campaign and major events such as the annual Spring Lobby Days in DC to close the SOA/WHINSEC and Trial Preparation for members of the SOA Watch movement who are standing trial for civil disobedience actions, as well as the Annual November Vigil in Georgia. The internship could include, but is not limited to: working with SOA Watch working groups on elements of event organizing, assisting the Outreach Coordinator with convening the organizing process for major events and bottom-lining major events, updating the web site, and contacting partner organizations and supporting grassroots activists in their work to build outreach, media, direct action, legislative and organizing capacities.

Research and Legislative Intern

The Research and Legislative Intern will work with the staff collective (South and North), national council, and working groups to implement the national legislative strategy to close the SOA/WHINSEC, and to expand our research efforts. This work could include, but is not limited to: Assisting with the preparation of materials for Members of Congress and for the grassroots including website updates, attending meetings with coalition partners, participating in direct lobbying efforts, researching and monitoring Congressional activity as it pertains to Latin America, and working with the nationally representative Legislative Working Group and Research Working Group via email and conference calls to discuss, formulate, and carry-out the legislative and research strategies.

Communications Intern

The Communications Intern will work with the SOA Watch Communications Coordinator in implementing media efforts to close the SOA/WHINSEC. This could include generating US and Latin American media lists, developing educational material for media and grassroots activists, updating the web page, and building relationships and pitching stories about the SOA to alternative and corporate media.

Fundraising Intern

The Fundraising Intern will work with the SOA Watch Development Working Group, and directly in the office with the Development and Operations Coordinator. Tasks for the Fundraising Intern include, but are not limited to:
1. Grant research and writing
2. Organizational funding appeals
3. Facilitating donor relations
4. Compiling regional fundraising toolkits and guides
5. Updating the fundraising page on SOA Watch's website

More Information About Interning with SOA Watch:

Interns commit to a certain number of hours per week. The minimum commitment is 24 hours per week; 32-40 hours per week is most common.

Interns become a full member of the SOA Watch staff during their internship. All staff responsibilities are expected of interns, such as participating in weekly staff meetings and sharing in the facilitation and note-taking of these meetings. By the same token, these interns are given the same decision-making power as a staff person. These interns have input into her/ his job description and work. In other words, an invitation to join SOA Watch in one of these four internship roles is an invitation to join the staff collective. 

A little less than half of these interns' time will be spent doing the general administrative work that all office staff participate in. These duties include answering the phone, responding to e-mail requests, going to the post office, etc. These interns' share of these duties will be no more than any other staff member. These four positions are not all filled at once; typically there are one or two of these interns working at any given time.

The internship program is generally very flexible and can be shaped for each person. An important part of the work environment is participating in the collective process and supporting each other in our work.

Qualifications for Internships:

Required:
1. Strong commitment to working in a diverse, grassroots movement rooted in solidarity with the people of Latin America. Commitment to the mission of SOA Watch as described above.
2. Ability to work independently and in a collective process; follow-through and attention to detail is essential.
3. Strong computer skills.
4. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
5. Willingness to work in a consensus decision-making environment

Desired:
1. Experience overseas
2. Fluency in Spanish
3. Strength in the program area for which you applying

To Apply:

Please send your resume, list of three references, and a cover letter indicating:
1. Why you would like to intern at SOA Watch.
2. What strengths you would bring to the staff collective.
3. Whether you are applying for a half-time or full-time position, and that you acknowledge this position to be unpaid.
4. What types of projects are you most interested in. Describe what you would like to do in an internship at SOA Watch.
5. If you having any housing needs for the time you would be working in the Washington, DC office

Please submit your application by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are accepting applications for these internships on a rolling basis.


SOA WATCH in LATIN AMERICA

The SOA WATCH Latin America office offers three different internships, or "activantia" roles in Latin America: Honduras and Chile. The term activante was coined by our first international team of young activists, who did not identify with the term "intern." They flipped the Spanish version of the word, pasante – associated to the Spanish pasivo, passive – to its opposite: activante. This term is a good reflection of what the role calls for: energy, leadership, initiative, dynamism, and creativity.

Acompaniment Activante in Honduras

After the SOA graduate-led coup in 2009, repression in Honduras was brutally unleashed against the resistance movement and continues today, entrenched by the fraudulent 2013 elections.  Social movements, human rights organizations, journalists, lawyers, LGBTQ communities, small farmers, Indigenous people, and others who speak out are all targets.  The US-financed and supported militarization of the country continues unabated, as repression and militarization are used to break social movements and forcibly turn Honduras' natural resources and public goods over to private corporations. Documentation, accompanimient, research and writing about the situation in Honduras and the US role in the ongoing repression is needed.  This position requires experience in Latin America, fluency in Spanish and a commitment of 6 months. Stipend for travel, food and lodging is available. If interested, contact: Brigitte Gynther at Brigitte @ soaw.org 

Communications Activante in SOAW Office in Santiago, Chile

Youth in Chile are at the forefront of challenging an economic model cemented by the Pinochet dictatorship that that forces young people into debt before their adult lives begin. In the past week one student was killed by security forces when protesting the growing privatization of education. The SOAW Chile activante would join SOAW’s Equipo Sur office in Santiago in connecting with this growing youth movement in Chile as well as contributing to the monthly Boletin de las Americas and the Somos Una America radio program. These are two dynamic formats that share initiatives of anti militarization work throughout the Latin America. This position requires Spanish fluency, experience in communications and a commitment of 4-6 months. If interested, contact Pablo Ruiz
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Volunteer Opportunities

The Media Volunteer will support the Communications Coordinator and media working group during SOA Watch events and when general media work is needed throughout the year

Duties include:
1. Making pitch calls to media outlets--newspaper, television and radio.
2. Website Updating
3. General Media Office Support

Required Qualifications:
1. Excellent communication skills
2. Familiarity with CMS and HTML systems
Desired Qualifications:
1. Professional experience working with media
2. Bilingual Spanish/English
If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, please contact the SOA Watch office at (202) 234-3440 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange for a short interview. Volunteer positions may start at any time.


The Database and Correspondence Volunteer will facilitate communications with its grassroots membership of over 70,000 supporters.

We need someone who can:

  • Enter new contacts into database
  • Change and delete contacts based on the Postal Service's Address Service Requested system
  • Respond to e-mail and letter requests for information
  • Manage partner outreach operations

 

Contact us

SOA Watch
733 Euclid Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

phone: 202-234-3440
email: info@soaw.org