Assistant Director/Director of Immigration Advocacy
This role is responsible for developing and providing public policy research, strategies, analysis and education on immigration/immigrant rights initiatives.
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Organizational Profile: Founded in 1991, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC (Advancing Justice-AAJC) works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. To achieve our mission, we engage in policy advocacy, research, public education, community capacity-building and mobilization, and litigation strategies to advance public policies that enable Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities to reach their full potential and address unfair and discriminatory structures and institutions that systematically deny Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities their civil and human rights.
Based in Washington, D.C., Advancing Justice-AAJC is a member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation. With our affiliates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, we work together as equal and independent partners, operate under one name, and strive to speak with one unified and powerful voice to promote justice, empower our communities, bring local and national constituents together, and strengthen our multi-racial democracy.
Title: Assistant Director/Director of Immigration Advocacy
Reports to: Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs
Supervises: Three full-time staff members
Status: Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week.
Position Summary: The Assistant Director/Director of Immigration Advocacy will be primarily responsible for developing and providing public policy research, strategies, analysis and education on immigration and immigrant rights initiatives. An advocate for fair immigration laws and policies, the Assistant Director/Director will work to advocate for reforms that will benefit Asian Americans and the broader immigrant community.
The Assistant Director/Director will work with his/her counterparts at the other Advancing Justice affiliates to promote alignment with our immigration strategies and to maximize the effectiveness of our collective endeavors.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning
- Act as thought partner to the Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs on issues related to immigration.
- Management, oversight and collaboration with three FTE staff members in the immigration department.
- Work closely with the executive team, organization staff, and board of directors to provide leadership and direction in setting budgets, program goals and strategies, advancing new ideas and innovation that align with our organizational mission and strategic plan.
- Work closely with the executive team, to share responsibility to spearhead cross-affiliate initiatives amongst our internal divisions.
Plan and Strategize Activities Related to the Immigration
- In consultation with the Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, identify, organize and implement strategies related to immigration;
- Advocate to key legislators and executive branch officials to advance fair immigration laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies that benefit the Asian American community.
- Provide public policy research and analysis on immigration issues; Monitor and analyze legislation, regulations, and policies; prepare testimony, comments, and other relevant material;
- Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic communications plans related to immigration; including providing content support, responding to press inquiries and making public speaking appearances as necessary and appropriate.
- Engage in the development and implementation of Community Partners’ Network strategies, tactics and activities on immigration as well as in other areas of policy work as necessary and appropriate; and
Develop, Implement and Maintain External Relationships and Partnerships
- Build and maintain excellent relationships with affiliates and the relevant legal and advocacy groups within the civil rights and Asian American communities nationally and locally;
- Develop community education materials; provide technical assistance to community based organizations nationwide; conduct community training, outreach and education;
- Coordinate program planning and implementation with Advancing Justice-AAJC affiliates to identify areas for potential impact litigation and amicus briefs; and
- Assist with building strong partnerships with private practice attorneys who can support Advancing Justice-AAJC projects.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of a development supported growth strategy for immigration, including the identification of donor prospects through work with peer organizations and other professional contacts and the development of potential programmatic elements that may be of particular interest to donors/prospects;
- Work with the finance and development teams to craft project budgets and contribute to the development of grant proposals relating to immigration;
- Provide content/information for donor communications and materials (donor newsletters, action alerts, special reports from the executive director, social media postings, etc.); and
- Attend meetings with prospects/donors as necessary and appropriate.
General AAJC Roles
- Live and exhibit the Core Values of Advancing Justice-AAJC, by contributing to an environment that promotes trust, teamwork, and transparency among staff, board, National Advisory Council, campaign cabinet, affiliates and community partners.
- Contribute to, establish and follow policies and procedures, including maintenance of confidentiality, to ensure that the principles of Advancing Justice-AAJC are implemented.
- Participate fully in, and lead decision-making processes; understand outcomes and be accountable for decisions made in, or affecting his/her area.
- Understand the values and principles of Advancing Justice-AAJC and apply them fully in work responsibilities.
- Participate in other activities, agency advocacy and serve on ad hoc committees as requested.
- Attend and contribute to Advancing Justice-AAJC and board of directors meetings.
- Willing to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.
EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree in Public Policy or a Juris Doctorate Degree preferred.
- Four-eight years of relevant experience working on federal legislative/regulatory issues either in the federal government (preferably on the Hill or federal agency) or in a governmental affairs department at a nonprofit.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change.
- Successful track record of forging alliances, working in coalitions, and moving people to take collective action.
- Facilitative and collaborative leadership style with strong people skills.
- Experience working with diverse groups from various sectors ranging from grassroots to policy institutions.
- Fundraising experience including building and developing relationships.
- Excellent communicator and writer with experience as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences, including the media.
- Strong supervisory skills and experience with proven ability to manage, coach and mentor staff and work collegially with management team members.
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.
- Knowledge of immigration issues, particularly as they pertain to Asian Pacific Americans.
- Experience navigating administrative and legislative processes.
- Must have the ability to plan, organize, and help to oversee a comprehensive program.
- Experience and knowledge in Asian American, civil and human rights issues.
Send resume with references, short writing sample and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.