Immigration Policy Associate (Two-Year Fellowship)

Seeking candidate to work on immigration policy priorities and advocacy strategies, focusing on vulnerable populations and civil and human rights.

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, Los Angeles, Chicago, 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:               Immigration Policy Associate (Two-Year Fellowship)

Reports to:     Director of Immigration Advocacy

Term:             Immediately

Status:            Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week.

Position Summary: The Immigration Policy Associate will be primarily responsible for assisting the Director of Immigration Advocacy in developing and implementing Advancing Justice | AAJC’s immigration policy priorities and advocacy strategies, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations and civil and human rights.  

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated self-starter who is able to work in a fast-paced environment and handle a diverse workload. In addition to being able to work directly with policymakers, community members, and members of the media, the candidate must also be able to translate policy matters in a way that is accessible to community members.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Core Areas of Responsibilities

  • Develop expertise on immigration policy issues, including but not limited to, access to status, DACA, temporary protected status, family-based immigrant visas, naturalization and humanitarian visas, appropriations, detention and enforcement-related issues. 
  • Represent Advancing Justice | AAJC in meetings with congressional staff and policymakers in federal agencies.
  • Draft issue briefs, factsheets, letters to Congress/Administration, organizational comments and action alerts on immigration issues.
  • Play a major role in the planning and implementation of immigration policy advocacy activities including lobby days, congressional briefings and other key tactics needed to win immigration policies that positively impact Asian immigrants.
  • Update Advancing Justice | AAJC staff, affiliate staff, national and community AAPI partners on federal policies, procedures, and opportunities to engage in federal immigration advocacy.
  • Track and manage relationships with congressional staff and coalition partners.
  • Plan and participate in webinars, panels, and other public and community-facing forums.
  • Provide policy advocacy support to partners in some areas of state immigration policies, including community trust/sanctuary policies.

Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Act as a thought partner to immigration, community engagement, communications, and litigation staff on issues related to immigration policy and campaigns.
  • Work closely with the Director of Immigration Advocacy to develop and execute  strategy and workplans. 
  • Work closely with community engagement and communications staff to develop and execute an outreach strategy to engage and mobilize partners on priority immigration areas.    

Engage in Community Education, Relationships and Partnerships

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with affiliates and relevant Asian American, civil and human rights coalitions.
  • Participate in broader immigrants’ rights coalition spaces representing the priorities of Advancing Justice | AAJC and lifting up the voices and experiences of Asian immigrants.
  • Identify new community organizations and leaders to connect with and grow our network.
  • Identify opportunities for presentations and speaking engagements for Advancing Justice | AAJC staff. 

Fundraising

  • Support the development and communications teams on content/information for donor communications and materials (donor newsletters, action alerts, special reports from the executive director, social media postings, etc.)
  • Work with the development team on written proposals or funder reports relating to the policy or program activities in areas of responsibilities.
  • Support all Advancing Justice | AAJC fundraising activities and events as required.

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, 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 the staff member’s program area.
  • Understand the values and principles of Advancing Justice | AAJC and apply them fully in work responsibilities.
  • Participate in other activities and serve on ad hoc committees as requested.
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher preferred with coursework related to immigration, government or political science, Asian American studies, law or policy.
  • At least 4-6 years of relevant work experience in a nonprofit organization or 2-4 years of work experience and a graduate degree in a relevant field is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of and experience in administrative and legislative advocacy is highly desired.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change.
  • Strong communicator and writer with willingness to be trained as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences, including the media.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Able to manage up and ensure that colleagues are meeting deadlines.
  • Strong people skills and ability to conduct outreach to diverse people and establish new relationships for the organization.
  • Experience working with diverse organizations and/or people.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or willingness to learn.
  • Experience through employment or as a volunteer in advocacy, community outreach or organizing around immigration or other civil or human rights issues is required.

Application Process: 

Send resume with references, short writing sample and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.