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Social Justice Education Coordinator, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas


Silver Spring, Maryland


The social justice education coordinator will join a three-person team to develop education and action resources and facilitates educational experiences and communication opportunities to engage members and ministry partners on Mercy’s justice priorities, including elevating Mercy’s public voice on the Critical Concerns.


  • Collaborates with the other members of the Institute Justice Team (IJT) to create and integrate educational and reflection materials and experiences on justice concerns to help enable the Mercy network to respond with prayer, policy advocacy, and/or transformation in lifestyles and institutional practices
  • Works with Institute Communication Team to coordinate justice materials for Institute publications, updating of the justice pages of the website, and other educational and communication opportunities, including social media
  • Develops and sends out action alerts, with attention to educating on root causes and the integration of the Critical concerns; help to build and update e-action lists
  • Develops justice newsletter with input from the Extended Justice Team (XJT), ministry partners and Institute Communications Office
  • Represents the IJT in national and/or international coalitions, as needed, to further the work of the Critical Concerns, bringing back information and action initiatives as input for Mercy’s justice work
  • Assists in developing and resourcing a set of members and ministry partners who can be drawn on for media work on justice issues
  • Assists in facilitating information-sharing and requests for action, including building relationships with members and ministry partners in order to provide educational and action resources
  • Participates in the Extended Justice Team in planning and implementing initiatives addressing the Critical Concerns
  • Participates with the other IJT members in developing goals, materials, timelines, and yearly budget for implementation of justice ministry, and in carrying out the overall work of the team
  • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested

Education, Competencies and Experience

  • To perform the job successfully, an individual should have the following competencies and experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree or certification in Adult Education, Theology, Peace-Building, Community or International Development required.
  • One to two years related experience, with two to five years related experience and/or training preferred.
  • Experience and education requirements may be satisfied with the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Computer proficiency and experience with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint.
  • Background and experience in adult education, including creating and presenting or teaching materials.
  • Broad knowledge of justice concerns, preferably national and international in scope.
  • An understanding of systemic change and policy advocacy.
  • Ability to work on a team.
  • Ability to initiate a project and follow through to completion.
  • Ability to utilize technology to promote educational endeavors.
  • Ability to prioritize and move forward multiple assignments and timelines.
  • Sensitivity and openness to varied points of view and cultures.
  • Stamina for national and occasional international travel.
  • Knowledge of the Catholic Church, Catholic Social Teaching, and the Sisters of Mercy.

Language Skills

  • Demonstrated skill in creating and presenting reflection and educational materials.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret, public policy documents, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, and business correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one situations to organization management, and other employees of the organization.
  • Facility with the Spanish language is highly desirable.

Application Process
Cover letter and resume accepted until position is filled.

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of this position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. Reasonable accommodation will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.

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Deadline for Submission

Jan 2, 2017

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