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A Faith That Does Justice is a volunteer program that depends upon the donations of the time, talent and treasure of its participants.
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Volunteering with A Faith That Does Justice

A Faith That Does Justice is a volunteer program that depends upon the donations of the time, talent and treasure of its participants.

  • Some volunteers offer their time as telephone callers who reach out to our diverse and growing community about our workshops, Community Meetings, and our English for Speakers of Other Languages ministry (ESOL). Some serve as office assistants, or as coordinators and greeters at these same events. And some participate as teachers in our ESOL ministry, or by publicizing our program to socially conscious groups in the Boston area.
  • Other volunteers offer talents that help drive the mission of A Faith That Does Justice. These include the input of financial consultants, program developers, accountants, and people from different walks of life who offer direction and insight into possible new avenues of growth for our program to consider.
  • Still other volunteers offer their treasure to support and expand our growing program. We need the financial assistance of people of good will as we reach out to more and more of the vulnerable people in our midst. Please know that as a predominantly volunteer organization we have minimal overhead expenses. Consequently, the majority of any offering you make will reach people in need. Just fill out the donation form and follow the user-friendly instructions to make your donation to our work. Alternatively, you may also send a donation by mail to A Faith That Does Justice at the address listed on this website.

Please consider offering some of your time, talent and treasure to the work we have begun. Those who have joined us in this important journey feel a sense of fulfillment and even ownership of the work we are doing on behalf of those in need. It is a beautiful transformation to experience and worthy of your consideration.

Thank you for your interest in A Faith That Does Justice. We hope to see you in the coming weeks and months working alongside us in this exciting venture. We all have something to offer, and together we can work for a justice in which all God’s people can experience the basic human dignity they deserve.

Peter W. Gyves, SJ, MD
Founder and Director

Volunteer Opportunities

Leadership Positions

Director of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program (~ 10 hours per week)

The Director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program oversees providing people with limited English language skills the opportunity to learn and improve their English skills so they may avail themselves of rewarding job opportunities and participate more fully in their community. We prefer a Director whose primary language is other than English yet is literate in English. The Director does not need teaching experience. The Director’s specific responsibilities for the operational and administrative oversight of the program include:

  • Coordinating the program’s ESOL courses (currently 3 twelve-week sessions per year)
  • Maintaining and coordinating the program curriculum with our program partner Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
  • Recruiting and engaging volunteer ESOL teachers and tutors
  • Supervising volunteer ESOL teachers and tutors in their classroom activities
  • Coordinating and communicating JVS activities involving volunteer teachers and students
  • Recruiting and qualifying prospective students for future classes
  • Providing an environment that encourages students to punctually attend and fully participate in classes
  • Providing outplacement assistance to students upon completion of their training
  • Maintaining academic records of students including registration forms, pre and post testing results, attendance, course completion, etc.
  • Liaising as needed with the provider of our classroom facilities
  • Maintaining close communication with teachers and other volunteers
  • Maintaining close communication with JVS to ensure that our collaborative efforts are producing optimal results
  • The program director is not expected to regularly attend the ESOL classes

Other matters

There are 3 ESOL evening classes taught by AFTDJ volunteers and 1 morning class taught by JVS held 2 days per week virtually and soon in person in downtown Boston. Most of the program director’s work will occur remotely. People interested in becoming the ESOL Program Director should send an email describing their interest and qualifications together with a resume to Bill Sheehan, Director of Operations, at wsheehan@faith-justice.org.

Director of Events (~ 8 to 12 hours per week)

We are seeking a creative Director of Events to develop and execute 3 Community Meetings, 4 English and 3 Spanish Workshops annually. The ideal candidate can:

  • Lead an event from idea generation to execution
    • Strong attention to detail and highly organized to keep event planning on schedule
    • Enjoys working collaboratively with other AFTDJ volunteers
    • Able to develop a plan and follow through and make needed modifications as the plan unfolds
    • Has an event schedule that provides ample time for publicity
    • Plan, organize, and run pre-event meetings with event panelists and AFTDJ volunteers to ensure a successful event
    • Assist with recruitment of Community Meeting Panelists and Workshop presenters
    • Recruit volunteers for in-person Community Meetings
    • Maintain a pipeline of potential workshop presenters
    • Work on different events concurrently
  • Organize and run virtual meetings
    • Able to assist with setting up a Zoom webinar by providing event description, questions for registrants
    • Comfortable with or willing to learn about various Zoom webinar and meeting controls
    • Comfortable with or willing to learn about roles in a webinar: Host, Co-Host, Panelist, Attendee
    • Able to hold a practice session in preparation for a Community Meeting
  • Work closely with the Directors of Community Engagement, Volunteer Engagement, and Marketing & Communications to increase event attendance
  • Send event flyers to partner organizations according to publicity schedule
  • Manage volunteer callers, including creating call lists & instructions, to promote events to partner organization

Community Engagement Positions

Campaign Data Manager (intermittently ~ 2 to 5 hours per week)

A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Our vision is people intentionally living their faith in action. 

The Campaign Data Manager is responsible for engaging with other volunteers assisting with Fundraising Campaigns led by the AFTDJ Director of Advancement, with Community Outreach Campaigns led by the Director of Community Engagement, with Event Promotion led by the Director of Events, and with Volunteer Recruitment Campaigns led by the Director of Volunteers. Campaigns are carried out by volunteer callers who contact current and prospective AFTDJ followers by email and phone for fundraising, community outreach, and volunteer recruitment. The Campaign Data Manager will develop contact plans and assignments, follow up on campaign progress and record contact results. 

The Campaign Data Manager’s role is intermittent because campaigns create the need for the Manager’s efforts. In total, there are about 9 campaigns per year. 

Key requirements: 

  • Good communication skills 
  • Ability to work in collaborative manner and to motivate others 
  • Knowledge of and experience with Excel 
  • Experience with Salesforce is desirable but not essential 
Community Engagement Ambassador (~ 4 hours per week)

Community Engagement Ambassador (~ 4 hours per week)

A Faith That Does Justice, Inc. (AFTDJ) is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. We aspire to be heard in our communities as the voice of the most vulnerable among us.

The Community Engagement Ambassador, as a member of the Community Outreach Committee, plays a key role in promoting AFTDJ to marginalized people, institutions, and social service organizations. Increasing the reach of AFTDJ and its growing connections and engagement with the communities that it serves are the principal measures of success of the Community Engagement Ambassador.

Community Engagement Committee outreach to stakeholders and related goals are:

  • Marginalized People – Build engagement with communities of marginalized people, attend events that are targeted to marginalized people.
  • Organizations that Serve Marginalized People – Strengthen relationships with organizations that serve marginalized communities, so we are better able to meet the needs of the marginalized

The Community Engagement Ambassador will work closely with the Director of Community Engagement and other members of Community Engagement Committee as well as the Community Engagement Fellow in carrying out the responsibilities of Community Engagement Ambassador.

Qualifications:
Proficiency in a second language, preferably Spanish, Creole or other commonly spoken language in the city of Boston
Commitment to the mission and vision of A Faith That Does Justice in the interfaith spirit.
Resident of Boston or surrounding cities and towns.

Outreach & Engagement Fellow (20 hrs per week) PAID

OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT FELLOW

(Paid position – 20 hours per week)

Title: Outreach and Engagement Fellow

Reports To: The A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) Outreach and Engagement Fellow will report to the Director of Community Engagement and work closely with the Director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

Job Overview: To support community outreach and engagement to build further trust in and expand our engagement with immigrant populations, AFTDJ is sponsoring an Outreach and Engagement Fellowship. The Outreach and Engagement Fellow will be responsible for building relationships with individuals, grass-roots leaders, and community-based organizations in Boston (specifically Roxbury, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, and Dorchester) and other Metro Boston Communities such as Chelsea, Everett, Cambridge and Quincy to expand and enhance our relationships with immigrant and other populations who require beginner English language instruction and other related supportive services. The goal of this position is to better engage with community members and organizations and improve community awareness of AFTDJ to the end of making our immigrant focused programs and services accessible and trusted community resources.

Responsibilities and Duties

Successful candidates would spend 12 months as a half time (20 hours a week) Outreach and Engagement Fellow, responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing an Outreach Plan;
  • Identifying key community organizations and individuals with which AFTDJ should partner in promoting and further developing its engagement program;
  • Conducting outreach to target organizations through email, phone calls, and one-on-one meetings;
  • Attending community meetings as appropriate to represent AFTDJ;
  • Providing information to our audience regarding our programs for immigrants, and coordinating follow-up to secure program registrations; and
  • Making recommendations for AFTDJ program expansion and improvement.

Qualifications

  • Resident of Roxbury, East Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain or Roslindale
  • High school diploma required
  • Enrollment in an advanced degree or professional certification program preferred
  • Native Spanish speaker and able to speak English

 

Phone caller (short assignments of ~ 2 to 5 hours)

A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Our vision is people intentionally living their faith in action. 

A phone caller for AFTDJ may be asked at different times to call our followers, people that we serve, organizations that we collaborate with and donors. The purpose of the calls varies but may include calls to inform people about upcoming events and programs, to ask for their assistance in promoting those programs, to seek other volunteers, to seek assistance from collaborating organizations on a specific project, and to seek financial contributions from prospective donors. 

On each assignment, a phone caller will utilize an AFTDJ script or talking points and a call list with contact information. We welcome multilingual callers. 

The duties and responsibilities of a phone caller: 

  • Delivering scripted talks that describe the purpose of the call 
  • Being a good listener, having empathy, treating each call individually and focusing on the other party 
  • Persuading the other party to act consistent with the purpose of the call 
  • Explaining the AFTDJ mission and vision 
  • Describing AFTDJ programs 
  • Answering questions about AFTDJ or referring questions to others in AFTDJ 
  • Obtaining the other party’s contact information such as name and address 
  • Recording highlights of the interaction with other parties, results of the call and requests from the other party 
  • Following up assigned calls that have not yet been completed 

English for Speakers of Other Languages Positions

ESOL Mobile Device Manager (~ 2 hours per week after initial device deployment)

ESOL Mobile Device Manager (~ 2 hours per week after initial device deployment)

A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Our vision is people intentionally living their faith in action. 

AFTDJ has 40 iPads and 15 Samsung Galaxy Tablets that it lends to students in its English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. These devices are primarily used to support online learning using the Zoom app. AFTDJ is seeking an experienced Mobile Device Manager to develop and implement a mobile device management (MDM) program utilizing Miradore. The program should include device registration, device configuration, business policy implementation and installation of the Zoom app on each device. The Mobile Device Manager will also be responsible to maintain the MDM program, to manage changes in device users, and to support users who encounter device difficulties arising from the MDM program. Other volunteers are responsible for the inventory of physical devices and their deployment, recovery, and redeployment. 

Role Requirements 

  • Recent experience in mobile device management. Specific experience with Miradore is preferred 
  • Engage with other volunteer leaders to create the MDM program and policies and procedures 
  • Create and administer program-specific user training materials, as needed 
  • Engage with other volunteers as necessary on the physical deployment, recovery, and redeployment of devices 
  • Provide periodic updates on status and priorities to other volunteer leaders 
  • US residency
ESOL Teacher (~6 hours per week)

A Faith That Does Justice is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Our vision is people intentionally living their faith in action. 

Why teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)? 

Use teaching to serve social justice and build your own teaching skills. Help adult learners in vulnerable populations develop the language skills needed to obtain employment and to live successfully in this country. Through its interfaith mission to foster meaningful relationships and build solidarity with immigrants, the ESOL program of A Faith That Does Justice creates an expanded community network for teacher assistants as well as students.  

Course Description

  • 15 weeks long, two days of 2-hour sessions per week  
  • Approximately 10 students grouped by proficiency levels (Beginner & Intermediate)  
  • Classes are virtual using Zoom 
  • Students are adults 
  • Teacher are supported by ESOL Relationship Managers (mentors) 

Teacher Commitment and Expectations 

  • Teach 1-3 sessions over a 12-month period  
  • Adapt provided curriculum to the needs of students  
  • Be present and prepared for all sessions 
  • Be able to effectively to host a Zoom meeting and to use Zoom controls such as chat, screen sharing, break out rooms, etc.  
  • (Training may be available to refresh or teach some technical skills.) 

Is this right for me? 

Teachers should speak English as a native but do not need to be bilingual as classes are taught in English. While prior teaching experience is preferred, it is not required. We seek teachers who are patient, engaging and dedicated to the mission of empowerment through education. AFTDJ is an interfaith program; members of all faiths and beliefs are welcome as both students and teachers.  

Full Time Teacher vs. Substitute? 

A Full Time Teacher would be expected to teach class twice a week for a 12-week period. After being briefed on the lesson plan and expectations for the class, a Substitute Teacher would be expected to be able to step in for Full Time Teacher on short notice in cases where the Full Time Teacher is not able to make a class.   

Interested? Next Steps: 

ESOL Teacher Assistant (~6 hours per week)

A Faith That Does Justice is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Our vision is people intentionally living their faith in action. 

Why teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)? 

Use teaching to serve social justice and build your own teaching skills. Help adult learners in vulnerable populations develop the language skills needed to obtain employment and to live successfully in this country. Through its interfaith mission to foster meaningful relationships and build solidarity with immigrants, the ESOL program of A Faith That Does Justice creates an expanded community network for teacher assistants as well as students.  

Course Description

  • 15 weeks long, two days of 2-hour sessions per week  
  • Approximately 10 students grouped by proficiency levels (Beginner & Intermediate)  
  • Classes are virtual using Zoom 
  • Students are adults 
  • Teacher Assistants are supported by ESOL Tutors and Student Relationship Managers (mentors) 

Teacher Assistant Commitment and Expectations 

  • Assist the Teacher during 1-3 sessions over a 12-month period  
  • Adapt provided curriculum to the needs of students  
  • Be present and prepared for all sessions 
  • Be able to effectively to host a Zoom meeting and to use Zoom controls such as chat, screen sharing, break out rooms, etc.  
  • (Training may be available to refresh or teach some technical skills.) 

Is this right for me? 

Teacher Assistants do not need to be bilingual as classes are taught in English, but the ability to speak Spanish is helpful. While prior teaching assistant experience is preferred, it is not required. We seek Teaching Assistants who are patient, engaging and dedicated to the mission of empowerment through education. AFTDJ is an interfaith program; members of all faiths and beliefs are welcome as both students and teachers.  

Full Time Teacher Assistant vs. Substitute Teacher Assistant? 

A Full Time Teacher Assistant would be expected to participate in class sessions twice a week for a 15-week period. A Substitute Teacher Assistant would be expected to be able to step in for Full Time Teacher Assistant on short notice in cases where the Full Time Teacher Assistant is not able to make a class.   

Interested? Next Steps: 

ESOL Student Relationship Manager (~ 4 to 8 hours per week)

A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Our vision is people intentionally living their faith in action. 

The Student Relationship Manager (SRM) is a mentor to a small number of prospective, current, and former adult English Language Learners. While they have no teaching or tutoring responsibilities, SRMs mentor and support students so they get the most benefit possible from participation in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program of A Faith That Does Justice. Doing so requires SRMs to have frequent engagement with students, teachers, and tutors. The SRM must have strong interpersonal skills and speak English and one of the many primary languages of our students, including Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, French, Russian, Arabic, Romanian, Turkish, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Swahili, Congolese, and others, preferably as a native. 

Duties include: 

  • Frequent engagement by email, text, and phone calls with each student to provide recognition of their efforts and acknowledge the challenges of learning a new language. 
  • Encourage active and on-going attendance and follow up with any student who is absent to offer genuine concern, help, and support in an “all out” effort to enable the students to obtain the best from the program. 
  • Surveys students on class content and value to the student 
  • Identify health and social services needed by a student and work with the Director of the ESOL Program to refer the student to organizations providing the needed the services. 
  • Periodically meet with the Lead SRM to discuss overall student needs and resources available to them. 
  • Provide “light weight” technical support to any student needing assistance with accessing or downloading apps required for class. 
  • Recruit new ESOL students. 
  • Maintain contact with former ESOL students and monitor their progress. 
  • Encourage students to actively participate in AFTDJ Community Meetings and Workshops 
  • Support AFTDJ public communications by relating non confidential student experiences and stories in support of the program. 

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