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Advocacy Director

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Homies Unidos, Inc
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Los Angeles, CA
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Published 28 days ago

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY 

Homies Unidos is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization Homies Unidos works to end violence and promote peace in our communities through violence prevention, the promotion of human rights in immigrant communities and the empowerment of youth and families in Los Angeles, California and El Salvador.

Our mission is to defend the inherent right of youth, families and their communities to pursue their dreams and achieve their full potential in a just, safe, and healthy society.


DESCRIPTION:

Homies Unidos seeks an experienced, visionary and collaborative Advocacy Director to lead our campaign to end mass incarceration, over-criminalization of our immigrant community, and racial inequities in criminal and immigration legal systems; to improve reentry for people who are impacted by the criminal legal system; to create policy and conditions improvements for people who are incarcerated; and to enhance civic participation of people who are currently or formerly incarcerated.


The Advocacy Director will lead and manage the Homies Unidos Criminal Justice/Reentry team working to radically transform our criminal legal systems; bring to fruition new, creative approaches to community safety that are community-based, holistic, proportionate, rehabilitative and transformative; increase transparency and accountability of law enforcement  and District Attorneys; expand voting rights for incarcerated people; enhance civic participation of systems-involved people; and improve justice and conditions for incarcerated people in county jails in Los Angeles.

 

The Advocacy Director will guide the vision for, lead the direction of, be a primary spokesperson for our advocacy work, as well as manage and implement both long- and short-term complex, multi-disciplinary, proactive and reactive campaigns to drive large scale change. The Advocacy Director will manage an annual advocacy plan and collaborate with the Executive Team to devise and support communications advocacy, collaborate with the Criminal Justice/Reentry team to develop and build an activist base and volunteer leaders and collaborate with the Development Department to support fundraising efforts.

 

The Advocacy Director  will also directly engage in advocacy and campaigns and collaborate with the Program Director, attorneys, policy advocates and organizers from other Homies Unidos’ programs as needed on intersectional criminal justice related work such as ending the school-to-prison pipeline and law enforcement presence in schools; work to reform police practices; and most importantly, work to stop profiling and criminalization of migrants, and stop the prison-to-deportation pipeline.  

 

The Advocacy Director will be directly supervised by the Program Director.


CLASSIFICATION

Part-Time with potential for Full-Time.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Vision, design, build, lead and manage an active, cutting edge criminal justice program that includes policy advocacy, litigation and legal advocacy, legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy, electoral advocacy, organizing, public education, civic engagement and strategic communications.
  • Serve as primary subject matter expert and spokesperson for Homies Unidos criminal justice work.
  • Lead planning and budgeting processes for the Homies Unidos  Criminal Justice Project’s priorities; participate in intersectional planning with other Projects; and manage the budget.
  • Forge and maintain relationships with people impacted by criminal justice work and people who have been through the legal system, community partners, decision-makers, government officials, allied organizations and academics to implement collaborative projects and foster positive, effective working relationships while focusing on a people power-based theory of change.
  • Meaningfully incorporate people who have been impacted by the legal system into all aspects of your criminal justice work, helping to elevate and center their expertise and leadership whenever possible.
  • Collaborate with and provide support to our Homies Unidos partners in California and the Sacramento legislative office.
  • Serve as primary contact with the Executive Team to collaborate on and implement communications advocacy strategies.
  • Serve as primary contact with the Development Department to support fundraising efforts, manage grants and interface with donors and boards, as needed.
  • Design, manage and implement advocacy, education, organizing and narrative change campaigns to achieve criminal justice policy change.
  • Participate in coalition meetings and participate in leadership and administrative tasks requested by the Program Director to ensure smooth management and communication throughout the Department.


OFFICE AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Provide timely reports and timesheets 
  • Database maintenance
  • Take part of organizational and staff trainings
  • Adhere to the mission and core values of Homies Unidos at all times
  • Maintain an attitude that keeps staff and participants motivated
  • Mileage and receipts must be submitted for reimbursement at the end of month


FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Provide and request for funds for program expenses. 


SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

  • Homies Unidos Staff meetings (weekly)


QUALIFICATIONS

Homies Unidos anticipates hiring a visionary leader with experience in legal, policy, or organizing work in the criminal justice field and with a demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights, racial justice and strong advocacy and management skills.

 

REQUIRED

  • Experience developing and leading legal, policy, legislative or organizing campaigns to advance civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Experience managing people or teams developing and implementing advocacy.
  • Experience leading visioning, planning and budgeting processes, and writing plans and budgets.
  • Experience working with system-involved people and communities. People with personal experience with the criminal justice system, including people who are formerly incarcerated or have a close family experience with incarceration, are encouraged to apply for this position.
  • Excellent research, writing, analytic and speaking skills.
  • Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, attention to detail and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, ability to inspire collaboration and inspire others to action and a demonstrated ability to work well in diverse coalitions.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging in creative problem solving and taking initiative, while utilizing a solutions-oriented approach and exhibiting flexibility and good judgement in a complex organizational ecosystem.
  • A deep and demonstrated commitment to the cause of civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Willingness to travel regularly within Southern California as well as occasionally to other parts of the state.
  • Bilingual, Spanish language fluency.
  • A demonstrated commitment and track record of doing intersectional advocacy and taking an intersectional approach to criminal justice transformation work.


DESIRED

  • Familiarity with or experience working on social justice issues in Southern California and connections to Southern California communities affected by mass incarceration and organizations working in those areas.
  • Experience being a spokesperson, engaging with the press or writing opinion pieces.


BENEFITS

The salary wage depends on an applicant’s experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave and paid holidays.


TO APPLY

Please submit a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and three references to khenao@homiesunidos.org (NO Phone Calls PLEASE) with the subject title “Advocacy Director.”


DEADLINE

Open until filled.

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY 

Homies Unidos is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization Homies Unidos works to end violence and promote peace in our communities through violence prevention, the promotion of human rights in immigrant communities and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 31, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave and paid holidays.

Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave and paid holidays.

Level of Language Proficiency

Must be Bilingual, Spanish language fluency.


Must be Bilingual, Spanish language fluency.


Location

On-site
2105 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
203

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TO APPLY

Please submit a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and three references to khenao@homiesunidos.org (NO Phone Calls PLEASE) with the subject title “Advocacy Director.”

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