Deputy Director, Immigration Policy & Campaigns

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

Published

08/06/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Deputy Director, Immigration Policy & Campaigns [NPAD-25], National Political Advocacy Department, NY

Office: National Offices, New York, NY

Location: New York

 

AUGUST 3, 2018

 

Deputy Director, Immigration Policy & Campaigns [NPAD-25]

American Civil Liberties Union

National Political Advocacy Department, NY

 

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a full-time Deputy Director of Immigration Policy & Campaigns. The position is based in New York City.

 

OVERVIEW

The ACLU’s Immigration Policy and Campaigns team works with partners to build a movement for social change and federal and state-based reforms needed to defend and advance immigrants’ rights. Working in close partnership with ACLU affiliates, state and national partners, and in particular, communities impacted by the immigration enforcement system, the Deputy Director will work with the Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns to lead a nationwide team in developing and executing nationwide and state-based campaigns to reform our immigration laws, with a particular focus on engaging impacted community members. The Deputy Director will report to the Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns. The ideal candidate will be someone who has personal experience with the immigration system, and experience in policy, movement building, organizing and coalition building, as well as a track record of strategic development of long-term advocacy goals.

The Deputy Director is responsible for leading an interdisciplinary team focused on defending and advancing immigrants’ rights nationwide. The work is accomplished through strategic state and national advocacy campaigns to defend and expand immigrants’ rights, defeat anti-immigrant legislation and ballot measures, and change the way Americans think about immigrants.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·        Work with the Director to develop and manage the implementation of the ACLU’s nationwide and state-based campaigns to achieve policy agenda

·        Manage and support the professional development of and work of an interdisciplinary team, including advocacy strategists, policy counsels, campaign strategists, and communications consultants to effectuate the campaign strategy

·        Serve as a thought partner and collaborator with the Director regarding programming and strategy

·        Help lead the strategic planning process, including setting goals and objectives; measuring results, and working with the legal, communications, and development departments

·        Manage the successful completion of objectives of national and state-based staff, assess the progress toward meeting objectives and provide feedback and direction as needed

·        Expand and manage the ACLU’s immigrants’ rights campaign and organizing and coalition work, particularly with impacted individuals and with organizations representing communities most impacted by the immigration system, to build a movement for immigrant justice 

·        Collaborate with ACLU affiliates and ACLU national colleagues to enhance and embolden the ACLU’s political, organizing, and coalition building advocacy

·        Assist with hiring national and state-based immigrants’ right staff and consultants to execute and implement strategy

·        Play a leadership role in national coalitions; develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals

·        Manage the development of public education materials, polling, research, reports, policy documents, social media content, fact sheets, e-mails, and other advocacy materials

·        Work with national and local media to brief them on state and local immigrants’ rights advocacy priorities

·        Participate in the affiliate grant making process and provide feedback to affiliates on grant commitments

·        Develop relationships with funders, researchers, policymakers, and academics  

·        Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, legal status, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction

·        Speak publicly at national, state, and local forums, conferences, and meetings

·        Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts 

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

·        A minimum of eight years of experience developing and leading community organizing, legislative advocacy, political, electoral, and/or issue campaigns

·        Experience managing teams required

·        Personal experience with the immigration system preferred

·        Experience advancing a political program at a national and/or state organization preferred

·        Familiarity and experience applying an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers and voters, including paid and earned media, message testing, field organizing, online activism, constituent engagement, etc.

·        Understanding of campaign planning, roles, communications, and coordination

·        Experience working with communities of color in building movements for social change

·        Experience in building and successfully managing coalitions

·        Experience and success in leading legislative or organizing campaigns

·        Experience and success in managing and motivating a team to achieve short-term and long-term goals

·        Excellent communications skills, including public presentation skills, meeting facilitation skills, and strong media relations skills

·        Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively under tight deadlines

·        Passion for immigrant justice and commitment to racial justice required

·        Strong writing skills, including ensuring reports and other public communications are written in a clear and cogent manner

·        Must possess and demonstrate the drive and dedication to move work from concept to implementation and completion

·        Proven track record of working collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions

·        Willingness to travel, as needed

·        Bachelor’s degree preferred. Master’s degree a plus

·        Commitment to civil liberties and social justice issues

 

COMPENSATION

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter and resume to  HRJobsNPAD@aclu.org.   Reference [NPAD-25]  in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the National Political Advocacy Department posting.  In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.  You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

 

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

HRJobsNPAD@aclu.org

Please send a cover letter and resume to  HRJobsNPAD@aclu.org.   Reference [NPAD-25]  in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the National Political Advocacy Department posting.  In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.  You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

 

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



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