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ISF Spring Internship Program

ISF is seeking passionate and skilled interns to join our team for the Spring semester (January 2020 – May 2020). Interns will have the opportunity to work with our staff on marketing, programming, and operations in order to gain hands-on experience running a nonprofit organization. Interns must be able to commit to a semester of work and for  6-8 hours/week at our office in Downtown Berkeley. Interns will report to ISF’s Administrative Coordinator and/or Director. 

We are looking to fill the following positions:

MEDIA INTERN:

Responsibilities include:

  • Posting on ISF’s social media platforms 
  • Curating topics/articles for use on ISF’s platforms
  • Posting ISF advertisements on community board/spaces locally
  • Work closely with ISF Staff to monitor social media traffic and presence in order to develop optimal communication strategies

Requirements:

  • Has proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office 
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  • Plays close attention to details
  • Has basic knowledge navigating social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
  • Thinks creatively to solve problems
  • Has a passion for social media and/or marketing

MARKETING INTERN:

Responsibilities include:

  • Creating relevant posters/flyers/postcards for ISF events and programs
  • Tabling/distributing flyers at Friday prayers, halaqas and other events at masjids and community centers
  • Speaking to and briefing interested groups and individuals regarding ISF programs and upcoming events 
  • Supporting media interns in creating engaging posts for social media use

Requirements:

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must have an excellent grasp of Photoshop or other editing software
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • Is comfortable approaching others in marketing scenarios.; has “people-person” qualities
  • Must have reliable access to transportation
  • Is capable of working independently and without direct supervision
  • Has a passion for marketing

ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN:

Responsibilities include:

  • Support Administrative Coordinator & Director in day-to-day tasks & functions
  • Database management & data entry 
  • Perform basic clerical duties; mailing, drafting emails, sort and manage files
  • Occasional research pertaining to ISF related topics/programs
  • Schedule meetings on behalf of Admin. Coordinator & Director and book office space accordingly
  • Run occasional ISF related errands

Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Currently enrollment in an undergraduate degree program
  • Driven and hardworking; possess a self-starter attitude
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Possesses an ability to multi-task and manage their time well

To apply, kindly submit a resume and cover letter to salma@islamicscholarshipfund.org with the subject line: “Spring Internship”

Executive Director Job Description

 

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.  As a social justice organization, ISF’s mission is to increase the presence of American Muslims in media and policy related professions to improve public opinion and public policies thatimpactMuslimsintheUnitedStates. ISF’s platform of services include academic scholarships, film grants, congressional internships and parent and youth education workshops.

 

 

Our vision is a society where religion, culture and race are not barriers to equality.

 

 

The Position:

 

The Executive Director will have principal responsibility directing the day-to-day operations of the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF), managing its staff, development activities, creating as well as overseeing its budget and the drafting of its annual statements. Working with the President and senior staff members and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will develop and implement a strategic and operational plan for the organization’s activities. The Executive Director will be responsible for expanding ISF’s capacity and assuring the organization’s long-term sustainability. Strong candidates will possess excellent managerial, interpersonal, and communication skills. The Executive Director will also routinely interact with the board, staff, government officials, media and film professionals and a diverse group of academicians and religious community leaders.

 

 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Strategy and Planning

  • Capacity to develop and implement, under the direction of the president and the board, a far-reaching and dynamic strategic plan for ISF’s activities on a local and national level
  • Assist the board and the President in developing and implementing ISF’s values, mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals
  • Lead and oversee overall strategic planning as well as tactical and budget planning with an eye toward transparency and accountability
  • Monitor, evaluate and report the relevance of ISF’s work to key stakeholders including thought leaders, media, film and public policy professionals and policy makers in Washington D.C.
  • Measure the impact and effectiveness of ISF’s work to share with key stakeholders including the board, donors, and supporters
  • Identify additional revenue streams to enhance strategic flexibility while extending ISF’s footprint consistent with its mission
  • Develop and implement an alumni engagement strategy

 

Leadership and Management

  • Provide general oversight of all ISF activities, manage day-to-day operations, and assure a smoothly functioning, efficient organization
  • Actively engage and energize ISF staff, scholars, board members, and supporters
  • Lead, coach, develop and retain a high-performing team; empower, energize, and develop overall staff capacity
  • Assure a work environment that attracts, retains, and supports quality staff and volunteers. Employ equitable processes for selecting, developing, motivating, and evaluating staff and volunteers
  • Ensure programmatic excellence and rigorous evaluation as well as consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; manage timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals
  • Employ operational systems to evaluate program components, measure success, and effectively communicate outcomes to the Board, funders, and key stakeholders
  • Keep informed of developments in human services, non-profit management and governance, philanthropy, and fund development
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

 

Fundraising and Development

  • Lead ISF’s fundraising and development effort
  • Participate actively in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donor prospects
  • Expand fundraising activities to support organizational growth and program operations
  • Responsible for overseeing the grant process. This may involve writing grant proposals, both for repeat grants and for new grants, meeting with representatives of the various funding organizations, keeping track of grant deadlines and the timing for reapplication.
  • Expand networks of potential fundraising contacts to include individuals, foundations, and institutional/corporate supporters
  • Develop relationships with key political and community leaders, funders, thought leaders and influencers, and other stakeholders
  • Build ISF’s funder network and brand equity by articulating our impact to broad target audiences on social media, at events, and at public speaking engagements

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 

  • Preferably holds a master’s degree in non-profit management, business administration, or related fields.
  • Proven leadership skills and experience of at least ten years in management positions within the non-profit or business sector.
  • Excellent organizational, development, interpersonal, marketing, communication, administration and personnel management skills essential.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working within multicultural societies, Awareness, and familiarity with Muslim majority countries.
  • Is trustworthy, diplomatic, understanding, and innovative with a high energy level.
  • Is a visionary and possesses a passion for the ISF mission.
  • Excellent managerial, analytical and writing skills and experience.
  • Experience developing creative policy ideas and their strategic implementation
  • Ability and commitment to operate in a thoroughly non-partisan manner.
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills

 

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and background. Compensationwill includehealthbenefitsandretirementplan.

 

Location: ISF is a national organization, but our office is located in Newark, California.  To learn more about ISF, please visit www.islamicscholarshipfund.org

 

To apply please send your resume and cover letter along with a minimum of two references to

hamid@islamicscholarshipfund.org

ISF-CAMBA Scholarship

ISF provides many scholarships in partnership with Muslim professional organizations that share ISF’s vision in empowering and supporting young people who are committed to building a society where religion, culture, and race are not barriers to equality. ISF is honored to work with the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association to host the ISF-CAMBA Scholarship to support law students based in the D.C. metro area in their legal education. The scholarship is targeted toward law students who are committed to strengthening and uplifting the American Muslim community.

The recipient of the scholarship will have demonstrated a strong role in his or her community through activism, leadership, and developing a vision for the community’s future. The award’s recipient must have the intention of practicing law in the D.C. area upon graduation. Additionally, the recipient must commit to 20 hours of volunteer service with CAMBA within one year of receiving this award.

Description and Eligibility:

ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of four months.

Each Eligible Applicant Must Be:

  • Muslim or active in the D.C. Muslim community
  • Attending or enrolled in a law school in the D.C. metro area (D.C., MD or VA)
  • Enrolled as a Juris Doctor candidate
  • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
  • A CAMBA member
  • Committed to practicing law in the D.C. area in support of social justice and issues that affect the American Muslim community

 

In addition to the application form, the following is required from each applicant:

Essay questions on applicant’s personal goals and where applicant envisions himself/herself in the next 8-10 years.

  1. An official college transcript.
  2. As a junior college transfer, the applicant will need the acceptance letter from an accredited college or university for full-time studies indicating the student’s major.
  3. Two letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to the review committee
  4. Resume

 

Selection Process:

ISF’s Selection Committee which is composed of university professors, non-profit organization leaders and community members with years of experience in the academic and non-profit world review and score applications from April to June.  Applicant finalists with the highest score are scheduled for web-based video interviews during the month of June.  Final selections are made and all applicants are notified in July.

 

Award Distribution:

The recipient of the scholarship will receive a $2,500 scholarship from CAMBA and an additional $2,500 scholarship from ISF for a total scholarship of $5,000, which will be awarded in two installments for the fall and spring semester. With limited exceptions, ISF’s policy is to send checks directly to an applicant’s university.

 

Donate!

Please support future scholarship recipients by donating at this link and choosing the dropdown for CAMBA scholarship.

Please feel free to contact us at contact@islamicscholarshipfund.org or 650-995-6782 for more information.

Apply here

 

Press Release: Lawsuit Helps Create Law Student Scholarships

 

 

 

 

 

Dated: Monday, January 22, 2018

In recent years, the efforts of various communities to honor the deeply cherished notions of freedom of religion and equal protection enshrined in our Constitution have been stymied. Many of these battles have gone to the court, including a case affecting the Muslim community brought in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Thanks to the efforts of the community and leading New York City law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP (PBWT), the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge in New Jersey was granted the right to build its mosque. But the good news doesn’t end there as PBWT is continuing its commitment to the community by providing a substantial gift to ISF in order to create the David F. Dobbins Memorial Scholarship Fund. The David F. Dobbins Memorial Scholarship Fund is being funded with legal fees the Firm recovered in connection with the settlement of the landmark civil rights lawsuit.

The endowed David F. Dobbins Memorial Scholarship Fund will award two $10,000 scholarships annually to American Muslim law students. The David F. Dobbins Memorial Scholarship Fund honors one of the firm’s partners who fought for the civil rights of vulnerable populations in state and federal courts through his long career and passed in 2017.

ISF is a leading national scholarship organization which encourages the higher education of American Muslims committed to public service. “We’re truly indebted to PBWT for its generous donation which will build upon the legacy of David F. Dobbins, Esq. The scholarship will encourage legal education in the American Muslim community and empower the next generation of social justice advocates, while at the same time advancing the ideals of scholarship, leadership and public service for all Americans” said Salman Ravala, an attorney and member of the Advisory Board of ISF.

This is not only a historic moment for our community, but one that empowers us to continue fighting for our rights and the rights of others. Together, with the power of our community, partners, and allies, we will ensure that our religious freedom in this country is always protected.

 

For more information please contact:

Islamic Scholarship Fund
contact@IslamicScholarshipFund.org
650-995-6782

www.IslamicScholarshipFund.org

Shireen Alihaji- 2017 Film Grant Recipient


Film Category: Narrative
Film: “Blue Veil”
Please see Shireen’s acceptance speech here. 

Update:
Shireen has began pre-production for the film and has had some press for projects that are related to the topic of the film: http://muslimgirl.com/46752/listen-latinx-muslim-woman-sing-spirituality/

Bio: Shireen Alihaji is a documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles covering social issues such gender equality, labor rights, environmental justice, hate crimes, services for disabled individuals, capital punishment, transportation equity, healthcare reform, human trafficking, and immigration. She grew up in the mosque as a student of the Islamic Center of Southern California and today volunteers the at Women’s Mosque of America. Shireen believes that the tradition of storytelling restores justice in affirming one’s experience and reflecting back narratives that makes spaces for others to exist.

As a child of dual-ethnic and dual-faith upbringing, she seeks to create environments that provide modes of existence for disenfranchised identities. You can read more about her work here: www.blueveilfilms.com


Areas of Interest:
Film

Sofian Khan- 2017 Film Grant Recipient

Film Category: Second Place Documentary 
Film: “An Act of Worship”

Update: 
Sofian recently directed a short film, called : “Do We Belong?”.

Bio: Sofian is the founder of Capital K Pictures— a New York-based production company focusing on documentary work. His shorts have appeared on Field of Vision, Al Jazeera, PBS, Fusion, The Atlantic and Huffington Post.  He is a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for his film The Interpreter, currently in post-production. Sofian’s first feature, The Dickumentary (2014)— a definitive history of the penis from its evolution millions of years ago, to today— was acquired by Breaking Glass Pictures in the US, and made its festival premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival. His second feature, Gaucho del Norte (2015), was released shortly after, co-directed with producing partner Andrés Caballero. The film was a Jerome Foundation grant recipient, following South American shepherds who are recruited to work in the American west. It premiered at the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and afterwards aired on PBS’ America ReFramed series.


Areas if Interest: 
Film

Samir Chiali- 2017 Film Grant Recipient

Film Category: First Place Documentary
Film Name: “A Town Called Victoria”
Please see Samir’s acceptance speech here.

Samir Mohamed Chiali is an Algerian-American entrepreneur and filmmaker. He was born in Tlemcen, Algeria and moved with his family at an early age to New Orleans, Louisiana where he spent his formative years, before relocating to Houston, Texas in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. Samir developed a passion for film and while working as an engineer, he founded Imagineering Films, a video production company in Houston. Besides commercial work, he is working on “A Town Called Victoria”, a documentary that covers the tragic event of the burning on the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, TX.

Li Lu- 2017 Film Grant Recipient

Film Category: First Place Documentary 
Film: “A Town Called Victoria”
Please see Li’s acceptance speech here. 

Li Lu is an award-winning filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA. She was born in Suzhou, China, and her family moved to the United States when she was five. Raised on all three coasts and graduating high school in Sugar Land, TX, Li received her BA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. “There Is a New World Somewhere”, her debut feature, won three “Best Feature” awards and was distributed theatrically and on demand in 2016. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times, IndieWIRE, Bitch Magazine, and IMDb. A maker of both fiction and documentary films, she is focused on work that creates a positive social impact and defies stereotypes by expanding the representation of minorities.

You can view her work at: www.ulil-lilu.com

Queen Muhammad Ali- 2017 Film Grant Recipient

Film Category: Third Place Documentary
Film: “Comin’ Up Short”
Please see Queen’s acceptance speech here.

Queen Muhammad Ali is a film director, multimedia activist, public speaker, visual anthropologist, television and film producer. Before she began directing films, Queen worked as an elementary grade teacher for a private school in Southern California. Her interest in education led her to film-making. She has produced for MGM Television, Showtime, Univision Television, MTV, and VH1. Her work has also been featured in Ebony Magazine, LAWeekly, Huffington Post, KTLA News Los Angeles, Washington Post, and NY Daily News. Queen has directed films in 7 countries, lectured and screened at several universities and museums including Arizona State University, Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA NY) Denver Metropolitan College, Glendale community College, University of Arizona, Wayne State University, Long Beach State University and the Confucius Institute in Beijing China. She is also the recipient of several distinguished awards. 

A founding member of the nationally distributed magazine, Nation19, Queen published the magazine to raise awareness on Hip Hop advocacy and historic inaccuracies affecting indigenous and black communities. Nation19 reaches millions of people worldwide on Facebook and Instagram daily. 

Queen’s name is not by accident. Her Great Grandfather is Paramount Chief (King) Tuli Le’iato of American Samoa whose letters to President Kennedy are on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.