ABOUT UNITED RELIGIONS INITIATIVE
Founded in 2000, the United Religions Initiative (URI) is a global interfaith network that promotes peace and justice by engaging people at the grassroots level to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.
The purpose of the United Religions Initiative (URI) is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. Cooperation Circles (CCs) are the foundational unit, the center and the life of URI. Self- governing and self-funding, they bring people of all beliefs together to address the most pressing issues facing their communities, building bridges of compassion and understanding between people of different religious and cultural traditions. There are presently over 1026 CCs in 108 countries.
Working together, groups of URI members from diverse belief traditions identify and address pressing problems with grassroots ingenuity. Projects and programs undertaken by our Cooperation Circles serve one or more of 14 Action Areas including the Environment, Health & Social Services, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Peacebuilding, Women, and Youth.
URI cultivates and uplifts the CC network through eight regional offices around the world and a Global Support Office in San Francisco. URI is governed by a Global Council of Trustees elected by & from member CCs.
ABOUT URI NORTH AMERICA
The URI functions through 8 administrative regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, North America, Multiregion, and Southeast Asia & the Pacific. The North America region creates a supportive environment for CCs, offers opportunities for connection and in-depth dialogue, provides coaching & referrals, and enhances mutual exchange among CCs. Learn more about North America.
SUMMARY OF THE POSITION
The Regional Coordinator for North America serves as a member of the URI Global Staff and works as a movement organizer to support CCs and guide URI development in the region. The RC seeks to understand, uplift, and meet the needs of current CCs, and assist in the establishment of new CCs. The Regional Coordinator upholds and models the Preamble, Purpose and Principles stated in the URI Charter.
Primary responsibilities include building good relationships with CCs, connecting CCs to one another regionally & globally, facilitating growth and sustainability in the region, and linking North America to the broader URI global network. An annual regional program allocation is provided by the URI Global Support Office each year. To complement this allocation the North America region may raise additional funds to increase its budget.
The Regional Coordinator is supervised by the Director of Global Programs and works cooperatively, in mutual accountability, with the North America Leadership Council which includes several Global Council Trustees. The Leadership Council is a team of CC member volunteers who work cooperatively with trustees and staff to serve, grow and sustain the region.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Overall Support for Cooperation Circles
- Work with CCs, trustees, the North America Leadership Council and your supervisor to prepare an annual workplan. The workplan will focus on supporting the cc network, and providing services or programs to address CCs’ needs & desires related to fulfilling URI’s purpose. This may include, coaching, problem-solving, brainstorming, celebrating, training, inspiring, linking with other CCs who do similar work in the region or globally, connecting them with other information resources, etc.
- Implement the workplan and submit two related narrative reports per year.
- Maintain effective relationships that support CCs in achieving their aims.
- Cultivate & promote CC members’ leadership in their circles and in the broad URI network Work in consultation with the Leadership Council to develop and implement a strategy for URI growth in the region.
- Manage the CC application and review process in coordination with the staff liaison to the CC Approval Committee of the Global Council.
- Maintain accurate data information for CCs in the region & work with Global Support Office colleagues to keep all CC records updated.
- Collaborate with and support the ongoing work and development of the Leadership Council.
- Plan & coordinate facilitation of occasional meetings of the Leadership Council and CC gatherings (whether virtual or in-person) as agreed to in the workplan. This includes planning & implementing a Regional Assembly every several years.
- Promote CC involvement in URI global initiatives as requested such as the International Day of Peace and World Interfaith Harmony Week.
- Facilitate strategic efforts with CCs in building partnerships with like-minded external organizations.
- Be available for possible travel to support CCs and help develop new ones as agreed to in the workplan.
- Participate in staff calls including RC training & coaching calls, monthly RC group calls, monthly supervision meetings, Global Staff calls, etc.
Financial Management, Reporting and Evaluation
Regional Coordinators are responsible for planning, executing, & reporting to the Global Support Office all regional program allocation expenditures.
- In consultation with the Regional Leadership Team and your supervisor, develop an annual budget in accordance with the regional program allocation and any other funds raised by the region.
- Submit two related financial reports in US Dollars per year to the Global Support Office.
- Track all expenditures and submit receipts for all of them to the Global Support Office twice a year.
- Maintain a regional URI bank account.
- Respond in a timely manner to requests from the Global Support Office Finance staff.
- Be in regular communication with all CCs.
- Facilitate communication among CCs, including sharing of best practices & stories of impact, fostering connections with the global network, & providing other helpful information to CCs.
- Frequently share regional information and stories with the Global Support Office Communications Team so that North America news is featured in the global website.
- Manage updates of the regional website, social media platforms, WhatsApp groups, etc.
- Stay current on URI email, WhatsApp and other correspondence.
- Take advantage of RC group calls, Global Staff calls, supervision meetings and other opportunities to share good ideas, challenges and successes with URI colleagues.
- Strong organizing & leadership & skills, including: facilitation, project management, setting priorities and goals, collaboration, and superior communication skills (listening, speaking, writing) 3-5 years’ experience promoting interfaith understanding and organizing, or grassroots organizing or related work
- Proven experience working effectively in cross-cultural contexts and with diverse teams
- Commitment to utilizing consistent, clear, candid communication as crucial to building and maintaining virtual relationships
- You must be someone who loves working remotely, is comfortable working alone, AND simultaneously is able to create and facilitate varied remote teams covering large geographic distances.
- Enjoyment of actively participating as a team member. Ease with working collaboratively and cooperatively in shared decision-making processes
- Flexibility to consistently accommodate volunteers’ meeting schedules, which may mean evenings and week-ends
- Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Drive/Docs, Zoom, Skype, experience with social media (facebook, as a minimum)
- Commitment to personal and organizational learning as part of a diverse global community
- Commitment to raising both celebrations and challenging issues, and to engage reflectively in related conversations
- Commitment to embrace & model URI’s vision & values as described in the Preamble, Purpose and Principles
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally (very occasionally)
- Experience with raising funds is a plus
- Excellent command of written and spoken English. Fluency in other languages is a plus.
- Own a personal computer with ready access to consistently reliable strong wifi
- Own a telephone with capacity to use WhatsApp
- Have occasional access to a printer and photocopier as needed
TERM: This is a full-time position, 5 days per week.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience & similar non-profit positions within country of residency
LOCATION: The successful candidate will live in North America, and may work remotely.
TO APPLY: Send a cover letter stating why you believe your qualifications are a match for the position, your résumé and two references to NAsearch@uri.org. Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2019, or until the position is filled.