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Seniority Level: Senior Staff

Industry: Non-profit Organization, Immigrant Rights

Employment Type: Full-Time, Exempt

ABOUT US:

The Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition (PICC) is a diverse coalition of member organizations that span across Pennsylvania. Our membership includes community groups, social, health and legal service providers, advocacy organizations, labor unions, and faith communities. PICC plays a unique role as the only statewide coalition in Pennsylvania that brings together organizations and individuals representing different ethnicities, immigration statuses, faiths, and other backgrounds, to work collectively on immigrant rights in Pennsylvania.

WHO YOU ARE:

The Political Director will lead PICC’s policy advocacy, political analysis and strategy, and civic engagement activities. The Political Director will work to increase the political power of immigrant and refugee communities by serving as PICC’s chief lobbyist in the state capitol (Harrisburg) and by developing a deeper level of coordination and collaboration between community-led organizations, policy makers, and progressive allies on the federal, state and local levels. The Political Director will also direct PICC’s civic engagement activities and supervise all participants, including any full-time staff, temporary staff, and volunteers. The Political Director serves as a member of PICC’s senior leadership team and shapes strategic thinking for the organization, including fundraising, communications, and planning.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and the senior leadership team to ensure that the organization is serving its mission, achieving organizational goals, and maintaining healthy culture;
  • Supervise and manage civic engagement team members, including full-time staff, temporary staff, interns, and volunteers;
  • Serve as PICC’s chief lobbyist on the state level and lead PICC’s “inside game” advocacy efforts on the federal, state, and local levels of government;
  • Lead PICC’s internal political strategy and serve as a legislative information hub to PICC members on matters that potentially impact on-going issue advocacy campaigns;
  • Co-lead PICC’s engagement with member organizations, including planning of member meetings, overseeing coalition decision-making process, and facilitating issue-campaign strategy formation and implementation as needed;
  • Contribute in representing PICC in key partnerships and coalitions for local, state-wide, and federal advocacy efforts, including Shut Down Berks Coalition and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) network;
  • Provide media interviews on key issues and current events, as needed;
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on exploring possible formation of sister 501(c)(4) organization;
  • Support and when necessary take lead on organization-wide events and activities including direct actions, press conferences, rallies, lobby days, and other events as needed;
  • Provide regular updates to the PICC Board of Directors on PICC’s organizing and advocacy work;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong belief in the mission of the organization and commitment to advancing racial equity and immigrant rights;
  • At least 3 years of experience with community organizing/base-building, working on issue-based campaigns, or policy advocacy and lobbying;
  • Strong experience with managing civic engagement activities, including voter registration, GOTV, and database management;
  • Willingness to occasionally work evenings and weekends to accommodate community leaders’ schedules or attend key community events;
  • Willingness to travel to Harrisburg at least on a weekly basis or as deemed necessary;
  • Demonstrate a flexible and team-oriented approach to problem solving, and be excited about building political power for immigrant communities in Pennsylvania;
  • Highly effective interpersonal, leadership, consensus-building, and coalition-building skills, with ability to forge new relationships and foster existing ones;
  • Ability to effectively supervise multiple individuals, including permanent and temporary staff, and maintain confidentiality, discretion, and professionalism;
  • Ability to effectively multi-task, work well with others under pressure, and creatively adapt strategies and tactics as needed;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multi-ethnic, multi-generational, or multi-sector communities;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to persuade others;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of how grassroots organizing serves the organization’s mission;
  • Significant experience with issue advocacy campaigns, particularly those led by and with impacted community members and grassroots organizing groups;
  • Significant experience working in coalition spaces and working with elected officials at the state, local, or federal levels;
  • Strong understanding of civic engagement activities and how to effectively integrate into an organizing and power-building strategy;
  • Firm grasp of intersectionality and racial equity;
  • Experience working in multi-lingual spaces;
  • Experience or familiarity with 501(c)4 organizations;
  • Demonstrated experience with budget tracking and projecting, grant reporting and writing;
  • Fluency in a language spoken within Pennsylvania’s majority immigrant communities;
  • Knowledge about U.S. history of immigration policy, immigrant communities, or Pennsylvania’s political landscape;
  • Willingness to travel to regional and national convening events held outside of Pennsylvania (e.g. Washington, D.C.);

Seniority Level: Senior Staff

Industry: Non-profit Organization, Immigrant Rights

Employment Type: Full-Time, Exempt

ABOUT US:

The Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition (PICC) is a diverse coalition of member…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
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    Contract
  • Experience Level
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    Mid-level/Managerial

Benefits

What we offer:

  • Guided by PICC’s Employee Handbook, the minimum starting salary for this position is $60,000 and may scale upwards based on experience. PICC prides itself on having an equitable, transparent, and values-based pay scale for all its employees and strives to maintain a process to ensure pay equity at all levels of the organization.
  • Competitive benefits package which includes full medical coverage, 5% employer 401k match, an annual individual wellness fund ($2,000), paid vacation, mental health days, and sick leave. 

Persons of color and from immigrant backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is based in Philadelphia and will require some travel statewide. This is a full-time position with occasional weekend and evening hours.

What we offer:

  • Guided by PICC’s Employee Handbook, the minimum starting salary for this position is $60,000 and may scale upwards based on experience. PICC prides itself on having an…

Location

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Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Philadelphia, PA
Associated Location
Philadelphia, PA, USA

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 How to Apply:

  • Please submit a resume with a short introductory letter answering the following questions to jobs@paimmigrant.org with the subject line “Political Director”.
  • All applications will be acknowledged with an initial automatic response, but only complete applications will be reviewed. 
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