Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together (IMPACT), is a constituent-led, grassroots organization that brings together diverse faith communities to address the root causes of serious community problems the greater Charlottesville area.
IMPACT is part of the Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART), one of the largest faith-based community organizing networks in the country. We believe that fighting for racial and economic justice is fundamental to our identity as people of faith, and we know that successfully fighting for justice requires having power in the public arena. DART has been organizing interfaith coalitions to build power since 1982. A few of our victories include:
Hundreds of millions of dollars invested in affordable housing
Implementation of fair discipline policies in hundreds of schools, breaking the school-to-prison pipeline
$950 million invested in public transportation
Criminal justice reforms resulting in 50,000 fewer arrests of children
As an organizer in the DART network, you’ll spend most of your time in the community, developing relationships of trust with grassroots leaders. You’ll train them to engage their community in doing justice, and guide them in conducting research into community problems and creating winnable issue campaigns. You’ll also recruit new congregations, organize public direct action events, and coordinate an annual fundraising drive.
Core passion for justice and equity
Excellent relationship-building skills
Commitment to excellence in carrying out the organization’s mission
Willingness to be trained to work with religious institutions
Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a car
No prior organizing experience is necessary
Successful organizers may or may not be personally religious: having a genuine respect for all faith traditions and being excited about uniting faith communities to live out their call to “do justice.”
DART organizations are diverse coalitions that include communities of color, low-to-moderate-income communities and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients to apply.
Generous annual employer retirement contribution of 10% beginning after one year of employment
Health insurance reimbursement
Generous vacation leave
Comprehensive, on-the-job training through the DART Organizers Institute
Recruitment and interviews for this position is done conducted by DART. The contact number below will refer you DART’s recruiter, Moe Leneweaver if you have further questions.