Family Network Director Job Description

September 2019

Hours:  Full-time

Status:  Exempt

Salary: $40,000

Reports to: Executive Director

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is hiring a Family Network Director. The Family Network consists of local groups (comités) in cities across the United States, digital spaces of connection, a monthly revista written by and for families of disappeared migrants, and a referral network of trusted mental health and legal specialists. Continuing the existing momentum of the Network, the Family Network Director will oversee Colibrí’s family support and advocacy initiatives, with a particular focus on building out family leadership and peer support structures. The director will carry out programmatic activities while continuing to expand and strengthen connections in the movement of families of disappeared migrants.


  • – Family Network comités

    • – Organize and co-facilitate meetings of local Family Network groups

    • – Coordinate digital spaces of connection, including Facebook and WhatsApp groups

    • – Continue to support existing groups and help start new ones as capacity allows

  • – Family leadership

    • – Develop and implement a strategic plan to develop family leadership of the Family Network, Colibrí’s advocacy initiatives, and the broader movement of families of the disappeared

    • – Lead monthly conference calls and build community among leaders of the Family Network

  • – Mental health & resilience

    • – Working with families, design a peer supporter curriculum that empowers families to be protagonists of their own wellbeing

    • – Create informational materials and carry out workshops on self-care, resilience, and mutual support at in-person Family Network meetings and via online webinars

    • – Continue the development of a referral network in Family Network cities, facilitating connections for families who need additional support

  • – Media

    • – Coordinate Hermandad, the quarterly revista by and for families of disappeared migrants. Work with partners to solicit submissions, piece together issues, and distribute to families with the goal of expanding readership to all families with cases with Colibrí

    • – Oversee Historias y Recuerdos, Colibrí’s oral history-advocacy project amplifying family voices. Work with partners to record interviews, develop educational materials, and broadcast family testimonies.

    • – Facilitate and promote the inclusion of family voices in press coverage of border issues and migrant disappearance, coordinating with journalists and supporting families interested in sharing their stories

  • – Advocacy

    • – Cultivate relationships with advocacy partners, including comités of families of the disappeared in Central America, with the goal of raising awareness and building solidarity for the rights of families of missing migrants

    • – Accompany and/or represent families in continuing legislative and coalition advocacy, including meetings with congressional representatives

  • – Administration

    • – Keep organized records of Family Network activities, program expenses, and deliverables

    • – Manage team of volunteers lending support to Family Network and advocacy projects

    • – Collaborate with Colibrí staff on additional projects as needed

Desired experience and skills

  • – At least 3 years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and/or coalition building among diverse, dispersed communities online and offline. Non-profit experience preferred.
  • – Demonstrated experience working with immigrant or refugee communities and/or individuals navigating emotional trauma and ambiguous loss strongly preferred
  • – Program management experience, including setting and executing strategic plans and managing teams
  • –  Graduate degree in social work preferred, but not required.
  • – Fluency in both written and spoken Spanish required
  • – Strong written and oral communication skills (in English and Spanish) including public speaking, training, and facilitating.
  • – Self-organized and self-directed. Ability to manage multiple projects with limited supervision.
  • – Strategic vision and attention to detail
  • – Knowledge of grassroots organizing strategies and techniques, including online organizing, coalition building, and leadership recruitment and development
  • – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to connect with diverse groups of people. Practices accountability and consistency while building relationships with directly impacted communities
  • – Humility, empathy, and a collaborative spirit. Commitment to building and maintaining a positive and supportive working culture.
  • – Proficiency in Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and video conferencing (Zoom or Skype). Basic graphic design skills preferred but not required.
  • – Social media savvy, with experience managing Facebook and WhatsApp groups
  • – Knowledge of issue of migrant disappearances on the U.S.-Mexico border preferred.

To apply, send resume and cover letter along with three references to [email protected]. Position is open until filled. Applications received by September 22, 2019 will be considered in the first round of interviews. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. 

Colibrí is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQIA+ applicants. Individuals with personal immigration stories are strongly encouraged to apply, as are those with advanced proficiency in Spanish and/or indigenous languages from Mexico and Central America.

Disclaimer: These jobs are performed under general office conditions, and are not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.