Plum Village ARISE Sangha Seeks Coordinator for Community Engagement & Digital Media

ARISE Sangha is seeking a part-time coordinator to assist with internal planning, special projects, volunteer coordination, creating liaisons with other organizations in the wider Plum Village Community for Engaged Buddhism, and management of our communications. The ARISE coordinator will be responsible for organizing creative projects and actions to engage the worldwide Plum Village community in the work of healing the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity, as well as writing and managing online content to promote greater visibility and collaboration with ARISE.

This is a paid position for approximately 15-20 hours per month, with a compensation rate of $25 per hour and the possibility of increasing hours over time. It will begin as a 6-month position with the possibility of extension.

In alignment with ARISE’s vision, we are committed to practicing inclusivity and equity in our practices and work. We, therefore, seek to have this commitment reflected in the representation of our coordinators, core members, and volunteers. We invite applicants to share any aspects of their identities that influence their desire to engage in racial justice initiatives.

To apply, please send a resume and a short cover letter to pvracialequity@gmail.com before August 19, 2019. This posting will be up until the position is filled.

 

About ARISE

ARISE (Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity) Sangha is an international community of lay practitioners and monastics in the Plum Village tradition of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. ARISE Sangha is dedicated to looking deeply at racial and social inequity, to heal the wounds within ourselves and within the mahasangha, and to transform this suffering into compassion, understanding, and love in action.

 

ARISE Coordinator: Qualifications and Responsibilities

We are seeking a person with strong writing and communications skills, who is well-versed in community and event organizing as well as social media, email, and website management.

The ARISE Coordinator will have an understanding of, and lived-experiences in, racial justice and intersectionality and have direct and current experience working in this field. They will ideally be deeply engaged in the practice of mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism and familiar with the Plum Village Community and tradition. It is also strongly preferred that this person has completed racial equity training through a well-established racial justice organization.

The ARISE Coordinator will work closely with the core members of ARISE Sangha, report directly to designated people from the ARISE core group, and help coordinate ARISE’s bi-weekly calls. The Coordinator will be primarily responsible for the following:

Community Outreach (with the help of ARISE members and volunteers)

  • Participate in co-creating projects and actions to engage the worldwide Plum Village Community in the work of healing the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity
  • Organize and promote ARISE events with monastics and lay friends, including webinars, trainings, collective actions, and in-person gatherings
  • Support and lift up the work of local sanghas related to race, intersectionality, and social equity (provide resources, promote their events through ARISE channels, publish articles about them on the ARISE website and newsletter, etc.)
  • Do outreach and connect people of color and others interested in racial justice and social equity to the ARISE Sangha network
  • Work with the Mindfulness Bell magazine, Parallax Press, Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, and other organizations to promote greater visibility and collaboration with ARISE Sangha

 

Digital Communications (with the help of ARISE members and volunteers)

  • Website:
    • Manage the ARISE website with the support of communications members and volunteers
    • Solicit, review, and collaborate with writers to revise submissions for the ARISE website and newsletter with the help of members and volunteers
    • Create and maintain an ARISE Sangha directory for the website
  • Social Media:
    • Maintain a social media content calendar and manage ARISE’s regular presence on Facebook and Twitter (sharing articles, photos, videos, and other content relevant to our mission) with the help of volunteers
    • Facilitate ways to make ARISE events and resources available to people through social media, including recording and posting webinar videos and live-streaming events with the help of volunteers
  • Email:
    • Monitor the ARISE email inbox and respond to messages promptly
    • Maintain and grow the contact list for ARISE
    • Use MailChimp to generate international newsletters with content related to ARISE’s mission and work
  • Within ARISE:
    • Write and send bi-weekly agendas and conference call invitations to ARISE core group members
    • Keep notes/minutes of ARISE meetings and send these out after each call

 

Volunteer Management

  • Assist with coordination of ARISE volunteers
  • Manage recruitment efforts for attracting new volunteers
  • Communicate with volunteers regularly, ensuring they continue to feel engaged and nourished through their participation in ARISE

 

Special Projects (with the help of ARISE members and volunteers)

  • As needed, assist the ARISE core group in implementing a multi-year strategic plan
  • Assist with grant needs, including seeking out grant opportunities and writing grant proposals, applications, and reports
  • Assist with fundraising to support the work of ARISE
  • Assist with helping ARISE become a 501c3 nonprofit organization so we can fundraise and do what we do even more effectively
  • Assist with the development and implementation of ARISE’s racial justice training program for the mahasangha

Please note: This job description is not exhaustive and is provided to assist the postholder in knowing what their duties would be. It may be amended from time to time, without change to the levels of responsibility and in discussion with the postholder.

 

More About ARISE

The ARISE Sangha (Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity) is initiating this request to support the continued funding of two paid, part-time coordinator positions. We are a community of mindfulness practitioners and monastics who come together to heal the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity, beginning with looking deeply within ourselves and using the energy of compassion, understanding, and love in action. As practitioners in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, we aspire to engage our global community in the work of healing through individual and social action. We seek to nourish and protect the Beloved Community in our sangha and beyond.

The ARISE Sangha emerged after a series of offerings to the Plum Village community in 2015.  The first was held in July 2015 at the Northern California Sangha Facilitators Gathering where dialogue about race, power, and privilege in our sanghas, was explored.  Thereafter, a panel presentation, Where Spirit Meets Action, was held in September 2015. Finally, in October 2015, a panel presentation, with the four-fold community present, was held at Deer Park Monastery. The energy of the response to these presentations and community dialogue gave rise to the formation of ARISE Sangha, which is engaged with a sense of urgency to look deeply and to heal from the effects of racism and oppression.

 

Mission and Vision

  • Co-create an institutionalized network within the Plum Village community for practitioners who are interested in racial justice and social equity issues
  • Co-create a sacred, courageous space for discussion and exchange as well as the sharing of resources on bridging mindfulness and social justice work
  • Encourage diversity and leadership by people of color within the mahasangha and Order of Interbeing (OI)
  • Serve as a resource and offer presentations and workshops on race, intersectionality, and social equity at retreats, sangha gatherings, and other mindfulness events

 

Our Call to Practice

Following the guidance of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. to build and nourish Beloved Community, we seek to encourage the Manyfold Sangha to:

  • Look deeply and explore the roots of suffering caused by racial injustice and social inequity
  • Listen deeply and with compassion to oneself and to others to gain an understanding of the causes and conditions that give rise to racial injustice and social inequity
  • Explore the interconnectedness of systemic racial, ethnic, gender, economic, and other social inequities within our sangha and society at large
  • Explore ancestral healing and its relatedness to reach understanding and healing in ourselves and in others
  • Transform patterns of exclusiveness regarding power, inequity in resources, implicit bias, and disparities in privilege
  • Study and utilize available resources to deepen understanding of racial justice and social inequity in conjunction with mindful practices
  • Engage in the process of understanding and building the Beloved Community by:
    • Creating safe and loving spaces for people of color to heal from the trauma of racial injustice
    • Creating safe and loving spaces for white allies to look deeply, understand, and heal from the effects of systemic racism and racial biases
    • Creating safe and loving spaces for white allies to understand the systemic legacy of racial inequity and to provide opportunities for learning and practice
    • Creating safe and loving spaces for people of color and white allies to come together to look deeply and engage in healing together
    • Looking deeply at and addressing the under-representation of people of color and low-income people in our individual sanghas and the collective community

We encourage our fellow practitioners from all over the world to embark upon these efforts in a spirit of community, trust, non-harming, understanding, love, and patience – knowing that this is a life’s work, motivated by bodhicitta. We take on these efforts in ways that are consistent with the example and teachings of the Buddha, Thay, and the Five and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. In the tradition of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, we do this in a manner that reflects a one-step, one-breath, deeply-present approach to each task and to everyday life.

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