Community Advocate, Voting Rights Program
- Job posted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Details: This is a full-time, one-year position. Continuation beyond one year is dependent on the availability of funding. Salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. The salary range is $40,000-45,000.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice - ALC) is seeking a Community Advocate for its Voting Rights Program. Responsibilities will include leading the community organizing and community education work embedded in the Voting Rights Program’s efforts to expand access to California’s democracy. The primary project in 2018 will be the Voting Rights Program’s voter protection and voter engagement project, which will seek to ensure access to the ballot for immigrant communities across Northern California and the Central Valley in the June and November 2018 elections.
The Voting Rights Program at Advancing Justice - ALC is dedicated to expanding access to voting for immigrant and limited English-proficient (LEP) AAPI and Latino voters across Northern California and the Central Valley. It uses legal advocacy, legislative and policy advocacy, and community organizing to achieve that goal.
The Community Advocate will work with a variety of community-based organizations in minority language communities to do voter outreach, to educate voters about translated ballots and other in-language voting materials, and to empower community leaders to advocate to elections officials. The Community Advocate will also organize major volunteer programs to send volunteer “poll monitors” to polling places on the June and November election days, to ensure no voter is intimidated or harassed and to ensure elections officials are providing language assistance to limited-English speaking voters as required by law. This year’s work will place a special emphasis on implementation of a recently passed bill on language access in elections that Advancing Justice - ALC sponsored, the California Voting for All Act (AB 918, 2017).
The Community Advocate position will also work on a number of other projects. The Community Advocate will work with immigrant communities in San Mateo County, Napa County, and the City of Santa Clara -- all of which are transitioning to new election systems in 2018 that could improve or suppress voter participation depending on community awareness of the changes. The Community Advocate will also lead the Voting Rights Program’s work to increase voter registration opportunities for students at California’s public colleges and universities.
The Community Advocate position is a one-year opportunity. Continuation beyond one year is dependent on the availability of funding. The position is based in Advancing Justice - ALC's San Francisco office but will require travel around Northern California and the Central Valley.
- 1-3 years of advocacy or organizing experience.
- Dedication to social justice and to a democracy that hears all voices.
- Ability to work with people across a diverse range of communities, including grasstops community leaders and grassroots volunteers.
- Ability to coordinate various stakeholders in coalition and to manage relationships with partner organizations.
- Extremely strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Strong analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment with deadlines. Willingness to work long hours as elections approach.
- Willingness to travel (and ability to drive).
- Appreciation for the role of Asian American advocates and communities in shaping an inclusive democracy and equitable future for all.
Helpful but not required:
- Experience working with low-income AAPI and/or other immigrant communities.
- Skills in Spanish and/or AAPI language(s).
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time, one-year position. Continuation beyond one year is dependent on the availability of funding. Salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. The salary range is $40,000-45,000. A generous benefits and vacation 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 generous benefits and vacation package is included.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit via email (Microsoft Word compatible attachments or PDF) a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and three references to email@example.com. Please indicate “Community Advocate, Voting Rights Program application” in the subject line. Please no phone calls.