WANTED: Professor/Organizer to join MSN's team


*New job opening* for a full-time professor/community organizer with the Mexico Solidarity Network. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Come join a hardworking team that is dedicated to fighting for justice by building community power, long-term autonomous political projects, and international solidarity.

Work will include a combination of the following:

-Professor/organizer in a master's program in Community Organizing. Responsibilities include teaching political economy, political/power analysis, popular education, and the theory and practice of community organizing. The two-year program is based in the Albany Park Autonomous Center on the northwest side of Chicago in a largely Latino immigrant barrio. Responsibilities also include recruitment of students and accompanying students in community practicum.


-Professor/organizer in a semester-long study abroad program in Mexico focused on the context, practice, and theory of Mexican social movements. Responsibilities include teaching political economy and social movement theory, maintaining relationships with several social movements in Mexico, organizing program logistics, and assisting US university students in their understanding of Mexican culture. The study abroad program is based in Chiapas, Tlaxcala, and Mexico City. Responsibilities also include recruitment of students and processing student application materials.


-Organizer in the Albany Park Autonomous CenterResponsibilities include active participation in a growing community center in a largely Latino barrio on the northwest side of Chicago. Program work includes facilitating ESL and computer classes, adult bi-lingual high school, work on community housing issues and labor cooperatives, collaborate on cultural events, etc.


The successful candidate has:

-At least three years of experience in community organizing.

-Fluency or near fluency in English and Spanish.

-PhD in a field related to political economy, social movements, education, or community organizing. (Applicants without a PhD cannot be considered for this position.)

-Ability to teach political economy (mainly Marxist and neo-marxist), and social movement theory and dynamics (including gender/race/class dynamics).

-Willingness to live occasionally in Mexico during 13-week semesters, and the rest of the time in Chicago.

-Ability to organize logistics, manage multiple projects at once, and effectively use technology to keep track of details.

-Ability to work long hours as part of a collective devoted to building a better world through community education and organizing.

-Strong communication skills and ability to function well in non-hierarchical and critical collective spaces.


The position is housed in the Albany Park Autonomous Center in Chicago and includes work with the following projects:


Autonomous University of Social Movements, which includes:

-Study abroad program in Mexico dedicated to the context, theory and practice of Mexico's most important and dynamic social movements. We offer 13-week programs in the Spring and Fall, and 4-week programs in the Summer. The programs are accredited by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and Hampshire College, and are fully recognized by the State Universities of New York, American University, and nearly 100 other US universities.

-Masters program in community organizing. The two-year masters program with classes and practicum in the Albany Park Autonomous Center.


Albany Park Autonomous Center, which includes:

-A bilingual adult high school that includes intensive courses in English, Spanish literature, social sciences, computers, math, health and science. Most of the students are migrant workers who didn't finish high school in their home countries.

-Popular education programs, including ESL, computer basics, video nights, discussion groups, etc.

-Cultural programs, including International Women's Day, Primero de Mayo, etc.

-Cleaning Power, a women's cleaning cooperative.

-Barrio-based housing movement defending the rights of tenants and foreclosed owners.


International solidarity work with the Mexico Solidarity Network, including:

-Ten speaking tours a year featuring social movement actors from Mexico.

-Weekly news updates regarding relevant social, political, and economic issues in Mexico.


Salary is $30,000 and is the same for all full-time staff members. Staff receive a monthly health stipend and five weeks paid vacation per year. To apply, please send a résumé and a writing sample (no more than 3 pages please) outlining your vision of social change to MSN [at] MexicoSolidarity [dot] org

Applications are accepted until March 15, 2012. Starting date is August 1, 2012. For more information, see http://mexicosolidarity.org/about/jobsandinternships or call (773) 583-7728.