Assistant Director/Director of Immigration Advocacy
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.
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.