Policy Advocacy Coordinator - Migration

American Friends Service Committee
Washington, DC
Nov 25, 2021
Nov 27, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time
Status: Full-Time, exempt Location: Washington, DC Application Deadline: November 14th, 2021 For consideration, please attach your Cover Letter and Resume to the online application in addition to answering the Application Questions. SUMMARY OF PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AFSC's Policy Advocacy Coordinators bring the voice of AFSC's program experience and connection to impacted communities to bear in efforts to achieve policy-related goals and objectives through direct advocacy with the US government, multilateral institutions, regional consortia, and governments globally. Guided by the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan, this position coordinates closely with program staff, issue leads, and communications staff to craft and carry out advocacy initiatives on AFSC's priority issues. The Policy Advocacy Coordinators also work to amplify our capacity for coordinated grassroots mobilization to impact federal policies, and to build staff skills and capacity for local and global advocacy across the organization. The Policy Advocacy Coordinator - Migration will play an integral role in working with staff engaged in migration work to formulate priorities and to advance policy change goals within our organization-wide Migration strategy. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: The key responsibilities of the Policy Advocacy Coordinator - Migration include the following: Coordinating organization-wide policy strategies - Engage with AFSC's program staff in the US and internationally to develop and implement integrated approaches to policy education and advocacy, and serve as a key member of the OPPA team for purposes of overall planning and goal-setting; Policy tracking and analysis - Keep abreast of current political developments and contextual realities on issues related to AFSC's programs, analyzing information from internal and external sources to develop integrated policy impact strategies; Research, analysis, writing and materials development - Research, analyze and draft organizational positions and responses to emerging issues. Produce education and communication materials such as position papers, op eds, talking points, action alerts, newsletters, and content for the website in consultation with the Communications department and manage the process for review; Coalition and partner engagement - Play an active role in key coalitions and advocacy groups to advance specific policy goals and actively seek opportunities to collaborate with organizations, professional groups, institutions, etc. that will expand the reach and maximize the effectiveness of the AFSC; Direct education and advocacy - In consultation with constituents and affected communities, undertake direct advocacy and education to communicate AFSC's experience-based perspectives and recommendations with policymakers and opinion leaders; Event coordination and public speaking - Coordinate and participate in briefings, public actions, press outreach, and other events on key areas of concern to AFSC; OPPA team involvement - Assist in coordination of interns and support for general office functions. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in public policy or a related field. Master's degree preferred but not required. EXPERIENCE: A minimum of four years of professional experience working in public policy advocacy through a social justice lens, with significant focus on efforts to support humane migration policies. OTHER REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff. Close familiarity with federal policymaking institutions and processes and experience in developing effective strategies to impact public policy at the national level. Demonstrated experience working in direct advocacy contexts on issues of concern to the AFSC, including a proven ability to reach out collaboratively to individuals, groups and organizations. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including proficiency in distilling complex information into digestible forms for diverse audiences. Experience facilitating language justice in group contexts, and proficiency in multiple languages including English, with a preference for Spanish language fluency. Demonstrated experience with research, analysis, and development of positions on complex policy issues. Personal experience of migration, an extensive background of engagement with migrant communities, and/or experience living and working in the Global South. Aptitude for critical listening, observation, and information-gathering from a range of sources. Ability to work positively and effectively with diverse staff, partners, and program constituencies. Comfort with both self-direction and constructive collaboration in developing, advancing, and effectively implementing strategies and initiatives to influence public policy. Ability to successfully juggle multiple advocacy issues and competing demands in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Flexibility to attend evening and weekend meetings and accommodate occasional travel, both within the US and internationally as needed. Ease in navigating all standard computer applications and facility employing web-based communications, advocacy and research tools and methods. COMPENSATION: Salary Range 16 ($58,762-$79,327) Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker's compensation and social security. The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, gender presentation, appearance, sexual orientation or disability. AFSC conducts a basic background check and hires individuals with a history of arrest, conviction and/or incarceration following a case-by-case vetting process and a history of harm analysis. AFSC maintains a deep commitment to a mandate of are for our staff and communities, and thus requires vaccination for COVID-19; as well as adherence to social distancing, masking, and office occupancy protocols. AFSC's Central Office and some of its offices in the US are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented. The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

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