Company: PICO California
Expected salary: $150000 – 170000 per year
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Job description: Are you passionate about fostering spiritual connections, justice, and community engagement? We’re seeking an enthusiastic and innovative Director of Spiritual Home to join our team. This unique role offers a blend of creativity, leadership, and community building.
About Us: is a multi-racial, multi-faith state network comprising ten local affiliates who organize across 18 counties and represent 500 congregations and nearly 650,000 Californians. Our mission is to catalyze faith-based and spiritually centered people’s power in California to create systemic change for the most vulnerable so that all Californians thrive.
Through our member organizations, PICO California unites people of diverse economic, racial, ethnic, and faith backgrounds around a vision of shared prosperity and racial justice. Since 1994, PICO California has been at the forefront of organizing working families to reform our immigration system, improve schools, increase access to health care, end mass incarceration, and improve the quality of life for our families and our communities.
PICO believes we must discover not only what organizing is tactically, but what spiritually is organizing. We believe there is a hunger for spaces that gives people a language, a felt experience, for what it means to be a person of faith and spirit who dedicates a part of their lives to the work of justice. A direct challenge to the centuries old legacy of white supremacy would be for us to put love and joy first, and then let power flow from that versus only trying to build power for power’s sake. What does it mean to put faith, spirituality, redemptive love, at the center of the world that we want to give birth to?
What You’ll Be Doing:
The Director of PICO’s Spiritual Home will play an essential role in helping the network and our external organizing partners access the spiritual dimensions of social change at a personal level, and learn new methods and practices that create the conditions for others at a communal level to go on a spiritual journey together as they pursue justice. We imagine the role will help the network evolve how we develop cultural and spiritual experiences in virtual and in-person gatherings, consistent with our core values of belonging and multi-racial solidarity.
The Director will experiment with curating spaces where shared identity is developed — a different, intersectional identity that is more expansive than the identity they might already hold. These might be spaces of reflection, and healing. They might be spaces where new moral narratives emerge about the world we are called to create. We imagine measuring success through both qualitative and quantitative measurements: testimonies from key network stakeholders sharing how the Spiritual Home Initiative is helping them find deeper meaning in their organizing work; a growing number of people getting involved in PICO through Spiritual Home activities beyond traditional organizing activities; observing the creative application of Spiritual Home practices in the day-to-day life of organizers with fellow organizers and grassroots community leaders.
Here’s a glimpse of what the role could entails:
- Craft innovative programs providing grassroots community leaders and organizers with tools and experiences anchoring them in the spiritual dimensions of justice work.
- Design and implement retreats, workshops, virtual content, weekly reflections, and book clubs at both state and local federation levels.
- Collaborate with the Director of Data & Research to establish methods for progress measurement, lessons learned, and strategy evolution.
- Facilitate opportunities for individuals to connect with their deeper sense of purpose.
- Provide teachings and practices that build resilience and deeper meaning in the pursuit of justice.
- Experiment with strategies bridging spiritual development and community organizing to attract new members.
- Assess the potential for spiritual development to catalyze membership growth and vice versa.
- Recognize diverse pathways into the network, understanding individuals may join due to a commitment to faith teachings/values or a deep self-interest in addressing injustice.
- Collaborate closely with clergy, tribal elders, and faith/spiritual leaders in the network.
- Organize and lead a leadership team of faith and spiritual leaders, fostering co-creation and co-ownership of this transformative work.
- Support efforts to ensure synergy with the School of Faith & Power and Organizing Campaigns’ goals and strategies.
- Collaborate with the Senior Team
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Religious Studies, Theology, Social Sciences, Community Development, Community Organizing, a related discipline, or equivalent work experience.
- Certification or coursework in spiritual leadership, community organizing, justice-focused programs or equivalent work experience.
- Continuous learning and professional development in areas related to spirituality, social justice, and community engagement.
- Proven experience in developing and implementing spiritual or justice-focused programming.
- Strong facilitation and communication skills to create meaningful experiences for participants.
- Demonstrated ability to measure and assess program impact, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative metrics.
- Experience in community organizing and an understanding of the intersection between spirituality and social justice.
- Previous engagement with clergy, tribal elders, or faith/spiritual leaders, fostering collaborative relationships.
- Strategic thinking with the ability to align spiritual initiatives with broader organizational goals.
- Proactive team player capable of co-leading and co-creating with diverse stakeholders.
PICO California is committed to diversity in its staff and offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits which include the flexibility of a hybrid role, 100% employer-paid health, vision, and dental for staff members and dependents in addition to a robust 401k plan. Generous paid time off including holidays to complement our supportive and collaborative culture. Salary Range-$150,000-$170,000.
Got questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PICO California provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PICO California complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location where the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS (must be met in order to successfully complete the essential functions of the job). While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 20 lbs., speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time. Requires the ability to traverse, survey, and evaluate external and internal spaces within the property. Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office settings. Requires the ability to travel regionally and periodically nationally on behalf of PICO California. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
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