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The New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children (https://njcic.org), a statewide coalition, is seeking a Policy Director to help us build on momentum for policy change for immigrant children, youth, and families in New Jersey. In July 2021, New Jersey became the second state in the nation to create a state-funded program giving legal representation and case management to unaccompanied minors and similarly situated youth. It also passed a bill that opens a path to health insurance for undocumented children for the first time. The Policy Director will join the Consortium at a key moment and work with us, communities, our members, and other coalitions to capitalize on these victories and chart a long-term course that builds power and resources for immigrant youth and in immigrant communities.

The Policy Director will work with the Executive Director, Consortium staff, youth leaders, coalition members, and other stakeholders to develop and implement the Consortium’s policy research and advocacy agenda. The Policy Director will have the following core responsibilities:

(1)   Carry forward the work the Consortium is currently doing to advocate for legal services, healthcare, and education reform in service of immigrant children and youth; 

(2)   Work with stakeholders to define long-term campaign priorities in these and other areas, strategize how to achieve them, and implement these strategies using media, social media, research, and other advocacy tools;

(3)   Work with our youth leaders and other community members to develop an understanding of immigrant community needs and preferred policy solutions, and consistently seek out and implement ways to incorporate youth and community participation in the policy development process;

(4)   Build strong relationships within our coalition, with immigrant communities, with partner organizations, and with state government partners, as well as national and local government;

(5)   Maintain an understanding of pending and new legislation in the state legislature and other developments in the state and local policy environment;

(6)   Participate in advocacy and grant-writing to enable the Consortium’s policy work to grow;

(7)   Other responsibilities as determined in consultation with the Executive Director.

The successful candidate will join a small team and will shape a policy agenda for immigrant children and youth in New Jersey with the collaboration of impacted people and other stakeholders.

  

Required qualifications: 

·      Deep, demonstrated commitment to immigrant justice and the human rights of immigrant youth;

·      Deep, demonstrated commitment to elevating youth, immigrant community, and community of color participation in making public policy, and understanding of tools that can help to achieve this;

·      JD, MPP, or MPA degree, or equivalent skills and knowledge gained while working in a state legislature or the U.S. Congress;

·      Extensive knowledge of legislative and administrative processes, and experience analyzing and interpreting legislative and regulatory language;

·      Exemplary advocacy, consensus-building, coalition-building, and interpersonal skills;

·      Exemplary written and oral communication skills;

·      Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and independently, and adjust to changing needs or shifts in the environment;

·      Cultural sensitivity and commitment to working with diverse populations.

Desired qualifications:

·      Experience working in New Jersey government or the New Jersey policy advocacy community.


This position will offer a competitive salary in line with senior policy roles at other local nonprofits, with excellent benefits including health insurance and 401(k) match. The position is full-time and currently remote. We are still developing our COVID in-person presence policies in light of developing news about variants. While the situation is fluid, the successful candidate should ultimately expect to work 1-3 days a week in person at an office in either the Jersey City or Newark area. Occasional travel to the state capital of Trenton will also be required. We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by September 15.

The New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children is a coalition of attorneys from nearly twenty of New Jersey’s legal services providers, as well as youth leaders, healthcare professionals, community-based organizations, and educators who are committed to working with immigrant children and youth. Community Foundation of New Jersey, our fiscal sponsor, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.

The New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children (https://njcic.org), a statewide coalition, is seeking a Policy Director to help us build on momentum for policy change for immigrant children, youth, and families in New Jersey. In July 2021, New…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 18, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 25, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency or fluency in another language spoken in the New Jersey immigrant community is an asset.

Spanish fluency or fluency in another language spoken in the New Jersey immigrant community is an asset.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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