American Islamic Congress (AIC) seeks a Program Coordinator for Project Nur in Boston, MA. (www.projectnur.org). AIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building interfaith and interethnic understanding. Our organization grew out of the ashes of September 11th. We believe American Muslims must take the lead in building tolerance and fostering a respect for human rights and social justice at home and throughout the Muslim world. Within the Muslim community, we are building a coalition around the agenda of unequivocal denunciation of terrorism, extremism, and hate speech. Reaching out to all people of conscience, we promote genuine interfaith dialogue and educate about the diversity within Islam. People of all religious backgrounds and faith traditions are encouraged to apply.
Project Nur aims to build positive relationships by building bridges between Muslim and non-Muslim students. Project Nur will be dedicated to creating a space that allows all students to learn from and about each other in order to build an interethnic and multi-faith student community promoting human rights and civil rights; this would ultimately result in emphasizing the positive values and expectations of all identities, while promoting co-existence, tolerance and understanding.
This is a full-time position for our Boston office (40 hours per week, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm), plus occasional evenings and weekends, as required. The Program Coordinator will report to Project Nur Program Manager. He/she will work with AIC staff, contractors, consultants and partners to ensure timely performance of AIC projects and/or any other work as directed by Project Nur’s Program Manager. The Program Coordinator will be an advisor, and a spokesperson for AIC’s values on campus. He / she must demonstrate an ability to relate well to students, a commitment to the pluralistic vision of the American Muslim community, and an energetic, activist spirit.
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Initiating campus programming efforts, including networking activities for Muslim students across the country via Project Nur list-serves and newsletter, implementing a series of events on campuses, and collaborating with the student activists on humanitarian campaigns, interfaith dialogue groups, and bringing Muslim reformers to speak on campus
- Recruiting student members through campus visits, referrals from community leaders and media search
- Helping in organizing an annual conference to recognize student leaders involved with Project Nur, and to provide training through workshops on responsible student leadership
- Increasing Project Nur’s network through working with existing college chapters of Project Nur and encouraging other relationships with other colleges
- Identifying core numeric benchmarks that will continue the growth of Project Nur chapters and student networks
- Bachelor’s degree with a focus on International Relations, Intercultural Studies, Communications or Journalism is highly preferred
- 1-3 years experience in project / development coordination, program coordination and/or outreach coordination
- Experience with student activism and youth work
- Highly organized and strong attention to detail; ability to work in a fast-paced environment, multi-task, and prioritize effectively
- Excellent writing/verbal communication skills
- Event planning, promotion, and implementation
- Strong interpersonal/inter-cultural communication skills and the ability to build and cultivate strong partnerships
- Discretion, flexibility, the ability to deal with and negotiate conflict effectively and with a sense of humor
- Human rights advocacy experience highly desirable
- Willing to travel within the United States