Community Advocate National Security and Civil Rights Program

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000.00
Maximum: $52,000.00
Details: This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. The salary range is $45,000 - $52,000.



Application Deadline:



55 Columbus
San Francisco
United States


Please apply by April 30, 2018

* Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled *

As the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus) is a leader in defending the interests of low-income immigrants. Since 1972, Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus has litigated high-profile cases and provided an array of services including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation. Our current program areas include National Security and Civil Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Workers’ Rights, Housing Rights, Voting Rights and ASPIRE.

Our National Security and Civil Rights (“NSCR”) Program addresses structural racism and discrimination affecting Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (“AMEMSA”) communities, including but not limited to surveillance, Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) and Joint Terrorism Task Force (“JTTF”) harassment, and discriminatory immigration policies. We tackle abuses in these areas utilizing a combination of direct legal services, community outreach and education, community organizing, impact litigation, and state and local policy work. Our team currently consists of two co-leading staff attorneys, a lead community advocate, and a junior community advocate.

Position Summary: Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus seeks a passionate, detail-oriented, and self-motivated Community Advocate to join our NSCR Program. The Community Advocate will work with the program attorneys and junior community advocate to: coordinate and conduct community outreach; devise creative strategies for community mobilization; provide communities with essential Know Your Rights information; identify emerging trends in local communities and work with the NSCR team to craft appropriate responses; and resist problematic local, state, and federal government policies and practices. The Community Advocate will also work with the program’s attorneys to assist with individual client cases and litigation, and to maintain close relations with the AMEMSA communities. The successful candidate will ideally start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities: The Community Advocate will report to both co-leading staff attorneys and will have the following responsibilities:

Community Outreach and Strategic Engagement

●     Develop and maintain relationships with community members and leaders;

●     Conduct outreach (approximately three times a week) at Bay Area masjids and community/cultural centers;

●     Coordinate and assist with regular know your rights presentations and community-based legal clinics focusing on national security issues, immigration screenings and services, and law enforcement encounters;

●     Remain apprised of constituent communities’ needs and identify emerging patterns of civil rights abuses;

●     Work with the full NSCR team to craft strategies to address community needs and disrupt emerging civil rights abuses;

●     Help develop and execute NSCR campaigns by identifying and implementing effective strategies to engage constituent communities;

●     Drive turnout to program events, including press conferences, town halls, and local meetings;

●     Design and draft community educational materials in multiple languages and creative distribution methods; coordinate with translators and review translations of documents as needed;

●     Offer public comment representing Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus at public meetings;

●     Collaborate with allies and organizations in joint community efforts and initiatives;

●     Plan and execute other NSCR work at the direction of NSCR Staff Attorneys.


Legal Support

●     Schedule intake appointments, interview clients, and evaluate cases;

●     Conduct advocacy and research as directed by staff attorneys;

●     Work collaboratively with other community agencies to provide client services;

●     Participate in Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus events generally as well as contribute to program-related administrative and fundraising tasks.


●     Strong, demonstrable commitment to social, racial, and socioeconomic justice

●     At least two years’ experience working with AMEMSA communities

●     Familiarity with Bay Area AMEMSA communities strongly preferred

●     Ability to work well with diverse groups and individuals

●     Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills

●     Strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills

●     Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner

●     B.A./B.S. or highly relevant work experience

●     Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

●     Ability to work some weekends and evenings

●     Ability to travel with team across Bay Area counties, including: San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Sacramento; some limited travel outside of California may be required

●     Fluency in Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, or other AMEMSA languages strongly preferred

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. The salary range is $45,000 - $52,000. A full benefits package is included.

Advancing Justice–ALC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.


A full benefits package is included.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit via email a cover letter and resume summarizing interest, qualifications and experience; a writing sample (preferably about a social justice issue, no more than 10 pages); and three professional references to Christina Sinha at Please submit materials in PDF format. No phone calls please.