Who We Are
The Montana Racial Equity Project (MTREP), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, advocates equity and justice for historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed peoples in Montana. We educate, train, and activate organizers, individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and businesses to invest in interrupting racism, bigotry, and prejudice whenever encountered.
Since its founding in 2015, The Montana Racial Equity Project has had a great impact on ending bias, bigotry, and racism here in Montana. We have activated and trained countless volunteers, community members, teachers, mental health providers, and social workers to challenge white supremacy and its institutions.
The Montana Racial Equity Project is at an exciting moment in its history. After three years of building, we are expanding and hiring, moving our organization into its next phase of growth and development.
We value diversity and strive to live an anti-racist existence. People who can speak to their lived experience around racial inequity, oppression, and institutional and systemic racism are strongly encouraged to apply. We are excited to work with someone who can continue turning our mission into reality. Ending racism, bigotry, and prejudice begins with YOU.
Reporting to the MTREP Site Supervisor, this position provides capacity building to MTREP racial justice and equity initiatives and programs including unique antipoverty initiatives. This position sometimes involves driving long distances in-state, and requires the flexibility to work evenings and weekends within a 40-hour work week.
- Building a positive working relationship with university and community partners.
- Working with the Black Student Union (BSU) and related clubs at Montana State University (MSU) in ways that will support educational development, leadership, and professional development in coordination with the MSU Office of Student Engagement.
- Assisting in the planning and facilitation of various community engagements and presentations designed to educate and activate antiracists from small workshops to our big annual conference.
- Assisting in the planning and execution of a listening and learning tour of Montana with queer and transgender youth of color, a highly at-risk group, intended to lead to program development for the cohort next year.
- Increasing capacity for MTREP through various measures having to do with developing/streamlining internal systems, donor development, other duties as assigned.
- Supports MTREP’s other campus and community initiatives as needed.
Qualifications and Experience
- The successful candidate will be thoroughly committed to MTREP’s mission, organized, and a good communicator with good time management skills.
- The ideal candidate will be able to speak clearly and well to their lived experience around racial inequity, oppression, and institutional and systemic racism.
- The candidate will be a graduate of an accredited 4-year college or university.
- 40 hours per week with some evening and weekend work (hours will be adjusted to keep within 40 hours per week.)
- Participates in MSU Black Student Union meetings and events.
- Develops knowledge and expertise in furtherance of the mission of MTREP
- Represents and advocates for MTREP in the community and throughout Montana, projects a positive image of MTREP, and demonstrates competence as an information source about MTREP.
- Acts as a positive role model through enthusiasm for hard work, fairness, flexibility, and commitment to racial justice and equity.
- Serves as support staff and/or main coordinator at MTREP events as assigned
- Promotes effective use of staff time, including productive meetings.
- Exhibits friendliness towards and consideration of MTREP employees, volunteers, clients and the general public.
- Displays an awareness of and ability to deal with diversity among people, including disabilities among clients and/or staff.
- Displays a neat appearance and competent manner.
- Performs other job related duties as assigned.
- Will be required to alter scheduled hours or days off as necessary within the parameters of forty hours per week.
- Ability to sit for extended periods of time, stand, walk, bend and lift up to forty pounds.
- Availability to travel in-state as needed.
- Must have a valid driver license and privately owned vehicle with automobile insurance. Mileage for out-of-town business travel will be reimbursed.
- Must pass a background check as per AmeriCorps VISTA and MTREP requirements
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- Current Valid driver's license, an acceptable driving record and proof of auto insurance in compliance with Montana State law as needed.
- Experience in event planning.
- Solid foundational knowledge of racial and social justice.
The person in this position reports works collaboratively with other MTREP staff, volunteers, MSU campus partners, and community members and partners under the direction of the MTREP Site Supervisor.
Level of Independent Discretion, Consequence of Actions
The person in this position, within the parameters of MTREP policies and procedures, often exercises independence in decision making. Significant errors in judgment may endanger the health and safety of staff and/or the public and may cause serious financial and/or legal repercussions for MTREP.
Exposure to difficult situations, racism, bigotry, and bias, and emotionally taxing circumstances will be encountered. The person in this position is expected to already have the skills and capacity to deal with it or to quickly learn.
For more information about how to apply, please contact Colleen Piluso, Piluso@mtcompact.org