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              Mercer County (PA) Juvenile Advisory Council (MCJAC)  Posting...



This position shall be the Executive Director/Volunteer Organizer for the Mercer County Juvenile Advisory Council Inc. This is a one/half salaried position which may lead to full time. Salary: NOTE: A full time $ 35,000 - $40,000 would be $17,500 - $20,000 at one/half time.

Mercer County Juvenile Advisory council is a social justice advocate for at risk children for nearly three decades. Located at the county seat in Mercer PA in western PA just a few miles northwest of Interstate 79, 376 and 80. This position, initially, is half time.

This position shall recruit, train and dispatch Community Volunteers of the MCJAC Volunteer Coordination Program  and shall report directly to the Board of Directors and designated MCJAC administrator. 


1.  Demonstration of maturity, integrity, sound judgment and experience in operating programs that support counseling and advocacy for at risk children. 

2.  Proven experience and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with human service agencies and various community groups. (See General Standards For Non Profit leaders)

3.  Experience in to speaking, writing clearly and effectively representing the organization including fund development experience. 

4.  Program development experience that illustrates the ability to research, plan, design, and organize activities and programs to assure effective services..


1.  Administer an Advocate Program, specifically in the areas of recruitment, training volunteers, matching to appropriate clients, supervision of volunteers; record keeping; budgetary functions; liaisons to the Court and to the Attorneys for the Children. 

2.  Identify additional funding sources for current and/or expanded services.   Prepare proposals as approved by Board of Directors for submission for additional funding for current and/or expanded services.  Provide public relations through speaking engagements with organizations and groups. 

3.  Research, plan, design, and organize activities and training programs to assure effective service delivery by working with various volunteer committees in recommending any areas of additional need; research possibilities of how services can be provided; recommend methods of implementation; keep updated on new information of services to children and youth and provide said information to necessary people and groups; attend conferences and seminars, when approved to insure remaining current on vital issues. 

4.  Other duties as assigned by the Council 


A bachelor�s or MSW degree in social services, health services, human services, education, legal, law, criminal justice, juvenile justice, or related studies. Three years work and life experiences in this field and working in the juvenile justice, criminal justice and/or social service arena are particularly useful for this position. Backgro8 and your resume, by e mail, to briarwoodgroup@roadrunner.com. The deadline for this submission is May 31, 2017. Be an early applicant. More information is available about MCJAC and Court Appointed Special Advocacy at www.mcjac.org  and www.briarwoodgroup.us .  Research as to how this position works with the court and volunteers is important for the applicant. Please do not telephone about this position. You will be contacted after a review of your application, if selected, for an initial telephone interview. MCJAC is an EEOC organization. You will be required to qualify for a �security check for Pennsylvania and FBI requirements. Compensation for this position will be based on experience, A $35,000 - $40,000 annual salary would be: ($17,500 to $20,000 at one/half time). In addition, you will be asked for at least three references relating to the duties  and qualifications posted. (Note: the Mercer County Juvenile Advisory Council is not a member of the National CASA organization or the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. but highly endorses the literature and programs for your review as to the nature of this position's involvement). Other resources related to the position: What is the job of a child advocate?

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Full time professional ... PIIN, Pittsburgh, PA      Community Organizer (Position filled)

The Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network is seeking a full time professional organizer immediately. PIIN is an institution-based community organization headquartered in Pittsburgh PA, and is affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation. PIIN member institutions include churches, unions and other community-based groups. Compensation commensurate with experience. Contact: Briarwood  Group Associates for detailed information.

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Send cover letter and resume to:   briarwoodgroup@roadrunner.com


This position filled! July 2011

Full time professional ... LION,  Executive Director/Lead Community Organizer

The Long Island Organizing Network is seeking a full time professional organizer immediately. LION is an institution-based community organization headquartered in Suffolk county, New York, and is affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation. LION’s member institutions include churches, unions and other community-based groups. Compensation commensurate with experience. Contact: Briarwood  Group Associates for detailed information   


Send cover letter and resume to:   briarwoodgroup@roadrunner.com _____________________________________________________________

POSTING, Sorry, CLOSED! Position Filled...January 1, 2011, ISAAC, Kalamazoo, MI

Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community has an opening for an Executive Director/Lead Community  Organizer. ISAAC is a Faith Based Organization in Kalamazoo, MI representing a diverse coalition of inter-faith, multi-racial, urban-suburban faith communities and community organizations throughout the greater Kalamazoo area.


Contact: Briarwood  Group Associates for detailed information    (Click) here  Kalamazoo, MI  Posting Details.         Job Description


Send cover letter and resume to:   briarwoodgroup@roadrunner.com


February 12, 2010 (Position Filled)   

The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse has an opening for an Executive Director/ Lead Community Organizer. A.C.T.S. is a Faith Based Organization in Syracuse, NY. 

 A.C.T.S. organizer salary range is $35,000 - $55,000, including benefits, negotiable. Salary is based on experience, and responsibility with health benefits. Send by e-mail, a cover letter and resume only to Briarwood Group Associates  briarwoodgroup@roadrunner.com EEOC recruiter.

Community Organizing, now in the spotlight, provides a satisfying opportunity to make a community, region, state or the nation a better place to work and live. Several Community organizing groups and other non profit organizations, have, or will have exciting opportunities: See the details about the expectations for these positions below.... Watch for new openings....check here for a  community organizer position in Syracuse, NY.

See all details and requirements:  A.C.T.S. Post _______________________________

VOICE Buffalo  (click) (This Position has been filled). Please see information about this type of position: Community Organizer. Read the General Standards for Community Organizers to familiarize yourself about these positions. E mail the Briarwood Group Associates about your interest, cover letter and resume. Watch for ads regarding the position soon. VOICE Buffalo

Lead Community Organizer for Faith Based Organization in Buffalo NY: VOICE-Buffalo, an organization of 20 organizations, seeks a strong individual to identify, train, and organize community leaders to address local, regional and state issues around urban sprawl, housing, education, crime, joblessness seeking to find the root causes that will lead to better public policies.

The organizer must be a strategic thinker, willing to take risks, self-motivated, has a deep desire to work for justice in our society, have fund raising and financial management skills. VOICE-Buffalo is a part of the Gamaliel Foundation, a network of sixty community organizations in the United State, South Africa, and Great Britain.

Salary range $35 to $50 K based on experience. Send cover letter and resume to Briarwood Group Associates,


Position Filled

Erie, Pennsylvania. C.A.L.L. Congregational Action to Lift Lives   www.eriecall.org
A regional affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation is looking for a lead community organizer. Established nearly a decade ago, C.A.L.L. is a non-profit organization of congregations working together with business, labor, government, community, and educational groups. C.A.L.L.  strives to effect positive changes in Erie County and to address the needs of the Erie area to solve pressing community problems. With organizations working together, improving the quality of life for all, dealing with community improvement, housing, health care, leadership training, "living wage," Developmental assets for youth and  "GOTV Get Out the Vote! Salary range based on experience, 35-40K.

The Gamaliel Foundation's General Standards for Community Organizers   (Careers) will be the background for experience for this position. (If you may find an interest in a pending position, get more details, attach your cover letter and resume and email to briarwoodgroup@verizon.net )   


Position Filled:

MORE2 Community Organizer for Kansas City, MO MORE2 - Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity Position filled  (Link to job posting here) Kansas City Home Page  Kansas City Star     
A faith-based community organization made up of congregations, faith communities and allied organizations inclusive of creed, ethnicity, culture and economic background focusing on changing policies to promote racial and economic equity.


For instance, Battle Creek, Michigan had an opening for community organizer! See what a community organizer position is all about. Other opportunities may open in the future. Candidates...see what JONAH is doing! Read about other organizations working on social justice activities by using the links on this site.

READ ABOUT JONAH's Position!    General Standards for Community Organizers   POSITION FILLED!

JONAH is an affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation.  www.jonahbc.org     A Close Up of Battle Creek Needs


Initiate a conversation...

For men and women who are willing to prepare themselves to lead Congregation-based organizing efforts in the United States and in other parts of the world. Candidates may initiate a conversation which may lead to full time employment with one of the non-profit networks, expressing interest via e-mail to

Thomas R. Hawkins, Ph.D. of Briarwood Group Associates. The Briarwood Group Associates will help to establish a relationship with prospective employers in the non profit sector, and establish a contractual arrangement with you in the process if a serious opportunity is available.

Organizer recruitment Program: The key to success of most organizing projects is a committed and talented recruitment program. Most corporations and non-profits know what it means to take a pro-active approach to getting the best possible person for a particular position. Pick from hundreds of possibilities, not just someone you happen to meet along the way. Most non - profit organizations have an ongoing program to recruit diverse professional people to staff its affiliates. The Briarwood Group Associates prides itself on the ability to attract scores of people for a particular position, screen the numbers of interested people down to the best and getting the client involved in the process according to the clients needs and time for the work. Briarwood has pride for its record and its capacity to attract women and minorities to this profession, with a retention record as well.

Information about community organizing organizations below will provide an overview about faith based and other community organizing groups working for social justice in the United States and Internationally.

            What is congregation-based community organizing?

Gamaliel foundation, PICO, DART and other Congregation-based community organizations are in  the process of building power to hold society's political and economic systems accountable for justice. The fundamental problem addressed by these organizations is the disparity of power faced by persons in low-to-moderate income communities. "The absence of broad-based, democratic organizations in these communities denies them the opportunity to successfully solve their own problems," according to the DART leaders. This same theme is generally espoused by the other community organizations, such as the Gamaliel Foundation, http://www.gamaliel.org/default.htm ,PICO, http://www.piconetwork.org/  , IAF,  www.industrialareasfoundation.org , Jewish Fund for Justice www.jfjustice.org and others.

The systemic issues facing most of these communities are the pervasiveness of low-wage, non-benefit jobs; disparities in health care, public education, and safety; and the persistent ineffectiveness on the part of public and private structures in delivering services equitably to all people. These issues are rooted in each organization's long-term goal of building power to achieve a greater degree of justice in their community.

In our society, power stems from two sources; Concentrated money and organized people. Low-to-moderate income people are without significant amounts of money. Therefore, their potential for successfully addressing political and economic injustices is contingent on their ability to organize and mobilize large numbers of people bound together by common values and interests.


Organizations, such as DART and others, seek to promote core values like justice, fairness, love, and respect. For many of those involved in congregation-based community organizing these values stem from our great religious faith traditions. For instance, Christians, Jews, and Muslims all lift up love as one of their most fundamental values. Three of the Gospels instruct Christians to both love God with all their heart and to love their neighbor as they love themselves. These instructions are also given to the Jews in Leviticus 19:18 and 34 of the Hebrew Bible. The Holy Koran similarly shares, "If one of you truly believe, unless your love for your brother is what you love for yourself." For many major world religions, love is indeed the great commandment. This shared value for loving our neighbor as we love ourselves requires fairness and justice. And fairness and justice in the public arena requires power.

(The basic information above "What is Community Organizing?" has been gleaned from the DART organization...see their information below and  several other organizing organizations...)

The Gamaliel Foundation...Background Information  on Gamaliel - The Gamaliel Foundation is a network of 55 organizations in 19 states, three provinces of South Africa and Great Britain..  Victories of the Gamaliel network include: 1) Establishing regional transportation authorities in Indiana and Michigan, 2) Passing an "in-state" tuition bill for immigrants in Illinois that erases tuition barriers for immigrant students and allows them to establish residency, 3) Winning health care coverage for 90,000 low-income children in Missouri among many other issues currently being supported and resolved.

The Gamaliel Foundation's GENERAL STANDARDS FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS will give you an insight as to the general duties for a community organizer and the requirements for such a position. This hyperlink will allow you to review this "job description." For a free discussion as to the value of the General Standards in obtaining a community organizer position, with any desired organization, contact the  Briarwood Group Associates     briarwoodgroup@verizon.net

A DART organization is where people can achieve their dreams for social, racial, and economic justice. Each local organization in the DART Network has its own leaders, staff, funding base, and accomplishments toward justice at the local level. Unpaid leaders from the local community make the decisions and ultimately run these organizations. Organizing staff provides the facilitation, training, and leadership development needed to make it happen. Recent victories include education reform, affordable housing investments, fair immigration policies, job training programs, and dozens of others. Local DART organizations are supported by the DART Center, Inc. based in Miami.

          The DART Center of Miami, Florida was founded in 1982. The DART Center builds 

          and develops strong community organizations, while also training and recruiting new organizers.

Currently, DART staff members are working to: develop new organizations, train and develop new immigrant organizing and leadership development, conduct national trainings, provide local consultation, and train new organizers through the DART Organizers Institute.


                           DART seeks to provide a vehicle for communities in low-moderate income areas to act powerfully through large,                         congregation-based direct action organizations. Members of these organizations meet face-to-face with decision-makers. Using the power of their numbers, they come together in the public eye to make demands and get commitments on issues that their members have identified. Listed below is a brief description of some key characteristics of congregation-based community organizations:



About IAF

The leaders and organizers of the Industrial Areas Foundation build organizations whose primary purpose is power - the ability to act - and whose chief product is social change. They continue to practice what the Founding Fathers preached: the ongoing attempt to make life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness everyday realities for more and more Americans.

The IAF is non-ideological and strictly non-partisan, but proudly, publicly, and persistently political. The IAF builds a political base within society's rich and complex third sector - the sector of voluntary institutions that includes religious congregations, labor locals, homeowner groups, recovery groups, parents associations, settlement houses, immigrant societies, schools, seminaries, orders of men and women religious, and others. And then the leaders use that base to compete at times, to confront at times, and to cooperate at times with leaders in the public and private sectors

The IAF develops organizations that use power - organized people and organized money - in effective ways. The secret to the IAF's success lies in its commitment to identify, recruit, train, and develop leaders in every corner of every community where IAF works. The IAF is indeed a radical organization in this specific sense: it has a radical belief in the potential of the vast majority of people to grow and develop as leaders, to be full members of the body politic, to speak and act with others on their own behalf. And IAF does indeed use a radical tactic: the face-to-face, one-to-one individual meeting whose purpose is to initiate a public relationship and to re-knit the frayed social fabric.

The living reality of the IAF is overwhelmingly present in the 56 affiliates functioning in 21 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany

Regional gatherings of those local groups - IAF East in the northeast corridor and Southwest IAF in the American southwest - also meet, plan, and take action

National IAF conducts 10-day intensive training sessions and sets standards for the approximately 150 professional organizers working in the organizing efforts

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Briarwood Group Associates says...About organizer Recruitment 

EMPLOYERS: Don't waste your time doing what the Briarwood Group Associates can do to find the employee that has the life experiences, education and training necessary for long term employment with your organization.

Your time is better spent setting up the position description and position characteristics needed for the job, ending with quality candidates available for your choice, but letting Briarwood Group Associates do all of the heavy work in the process.


POSITION POSTINGS  Contact the Briarwood Group Associates for more information.

Organizer Candidates: Call 724-981-0240 for leads and opportunities for community organizing positions.          


Organizers and Lead Organizers are wanted by several organizations throughout the year.


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