How to Apply for Bend the Arc's Interfaith Community Organizing Residency

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Recommend a candidate for the interfaith Community Organizing Residency (COR)

Candidates may submit applications online

COR Cohort 5

Applications are now being accepted for the fifth cohort of COR. The application process is open to individuals working in community-based organizations, congregations, or unions, with a minimum of 15-hours per week dedicated to community organizing.

Applications can be found here and will be accepted through December 1, 2015. We recommend submitting your application as soon as possible -- interviews will begin on a rolling basis beginning on November 9th, 2015.

The application process includes the following stages:

November 9th-December 1st, 2015: Candidates who have submitted applications will hear back from COR Staff to schedule a phone interview.

December 2015: Candidates will be notified to schedule an in-person interview with the COR Program Director.

January 2016: Candidates will be notified about their acceptance status.

Applicants should save the following dates:

Attendance at both all-cohort retreats, in addition to regional gatherings, is required for participation in COR. Retreat travel costs are covered as part of program participation.

Opening retreat: March 2-6, 2016 (Wednesday-Sunday); Ossining, NY

Closing retreat: August 25-28, 2016 (Thursday-Sunday); Pacific Palisades, CA

Criteria for Eligibility: 

  • Interest in strengthening a career in community organizing.

  • Active engagement with one’s own faith tradition and an interest in learning more about the faith traditions of others. People of all religious traditions are welcome and encouraged to apply.

  • Strong writing skills and an ability to think analytically. There will be a significant amount of reflection, writing, and personal investment required of all participants.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in English.

  • Applicants are required to be employed, currently or by the start of the residency, full- or part-time by a community-based organization, congregation, or union, with a minimum of 15 hours of their time each week dedicated to community organizing.

  • COR residents should live in one of the following areas: New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Chicago, IL; or Twin Cities, MN.

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