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The MIRA is now seeking a Development Coordinator for immediate employment!! 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Coordinator will lead development efforts to support operations and ongoing programs and undertake new projects. This is a part time, hourly position, averaging  20 – 25 hours per week.  Contact: Bill Chandler, Executive Director 601-968-5182, Ext. 2

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute MIRA’s annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, organizations, and foundations.
  • Work with Executive Director and Staff on strategic planning for increased organizational capacity and fundable programs.
  • Develop, prepare and manage grant proposals and reports for foundation fundraising
  • Develop organizational and program budgets
  • Prepare budget reports
  • Serve as Administrator for integrated database
  • Develop and execute individual donor and membership campaigns

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Work with outside Communications person to develop messaging strategies and fundraising pieces
  • Work with outside Bookkeeper to ensure accurate record keeping and tracking of grant expenditures
  • Serve as liaison with Accountant and Auditor on financial audits and income tax returns


Bachelor’s degree preferred, graduate education a plus;

5 years experience in development desired, including program and budget development;

Demonstrated success in grant writing and grant acquisition;

Experience in integrated database administration;

Experience in nonprofit social change work;

Excellent written English and communications skills;

Excellent word processing and Internet searching skills;

Spanish or other foreign language skills a plus.

To Apply:  Send letter of application that highlights your qualifications and experience, resume and the names and contact information for 2 professional references with phone number addressed to:   Bill Chandler, Executive Director, MIRA, P O Box 1104, Jackson, MS 39215-1104 OR e-mail to attyice@gmail.com with Development Coordinator Application in the subject line.

Start Date: Immediate

For other positions, the MIRA maintains a resume bank for those interested in future employment with the organization.  Please submit your resume via e-mail as described below if you are interested in possible employment.  We are now collecting resumes for the following positions:

  • Organizer:  Must have high school diploma. 2 or 4 year college or university degree is preferred. Must read, speak and write English and write Spanish fluently.  Must have experience in organizing people around labor unions, social issues and/or grass roots immigration advocacy campaigns.
  • Executive Director:  Must have at least 6 years of previous executive director experience or other high level experience in an immigration advocacy or similar non-profit organization. Prefer college or university degree. Must have ability to manage staff and the organization’s finances. Must have ability to read and write in fluent English. Prefer ability to speak, read and write in Spanish, Vietnamese or other language.
  •  Grant Writer/Development Coordinator: Must have experience in grant writing and fund raising in the non-profit sector. Must have minimum of 2 or 4 year college or university degree.  Must be fluent in written and oral English and prefer fluency in Spanish. Strong writing skills required.
  • Administrative Assistant: Must have high school diploma. Prefer 2 or 4 year college or university degree. Must speak, read and write English and Spanish fluently. Must have excellent computer, telephone and communication skills. Must have 2 years experience as a secretary or administrative assistant preferably in the non-profit sector.  Higher education may substitute for the 2 years of experience.
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant:  Must speak, read and write English and Spanish. Must have paralegal/legal assistant experience. Prefer certification or degree in paralegal studies and knowledge of immigration laws and federal civil litigation procedures. Prefer 2 or 4 year college or university degree.  Must be willing to work as a team with the MIRA Legal Project Director.  Will train qualified applicant with paralegal certification or extensive paralegal experience.

All positions require:

  • a previously demonstrated interest in just and fair immigration issues and a desire and willingness to adhere to and carry out the policies and objectives of the MIRA;
  • a commitment to a long term struggle for immigrant and racial justice, maturity, honesty, integrity, the ability to understand, create and carry out tasks and to work successfully with a small team with people of various ages, nationalities and ethnicities in a non-profit environment;
  • the ability to read multiple documents and books in English and to write documents in English;
  • the ability to travel by car, bus, train or airplane frequently around Mississippi and the United States;
  • a valid Mississippi driver’s license, a reliable vehicle in which to travel and insurance for that vehicle;
  • the ability to use a computer with knowledge of word processing and search tools; and
  • the ability and willingness to take, understand and follow directions from a supervisor.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and organizational ability to pay.  No relocation expenses provided.  Please note that tobacco use in any form is not allowed in or around either of the MIRA offices.  Also, tobacco use is not allowed during work hours in, near or outside of either of the MIRA offices.

To apply for any of the positions listed, please send the following documents by email to attyice@gmail.com

  • a detailed cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for the MIRA and how you have previously demonstrated that interest;
  • a resume with your contact information AND complete contact information for 2 professional references, including name, phone number, mailing address and/or e-mail address; and
  • a 1-2 page writing sample, in addition to your cover letter. Please limit your writing sample to no more than 2 pages and write in English on a topic of your choice.

Applications with all of the requested information will receive higher consideration. Immigrants, minorities, LGBTs, people of color, non-smokers and non-tobacco users are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to read about working in the non-profit sector at the Idealist web site at http://www.idealist.org/info/Careers/SectorKnowledge/Nonprofit.  We will review all applications. If it appears that you are eligible for a position that is open, we will contact you. All application submissions will be held strictly confidential.

Thank you for your interest in the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance!

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