1415 Koll Circle, Suite 108
SIREN SEEKS A DIRECTOR OF POLICY FOR OUR BAY AREA OFFICE
Reports To: Executive Director
Location: San Jose, CA
Position: Full-time, exempt position
Salary Range: Based on experience, plus comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision, as well as transportation and fitness reimbursement.
OVERVIEW OF SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network)
SIREN combines community organizing, policy advocacy, civic engagement, community outreach, education and legal services to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in California. We believe our clients and all immigrants are agents of change and we prepare them for leadership in all four of these program areas.
The Director of Policy will drive SIREN’s policy advocacy campaigns at federal, state, and local levels. This position will work closely with SIREN’s Executive Director to shape the strategic policy direction of the organization, the Organizing Department to elevate grassroots voices in the organization’s policy advocacy efforts, and the Immigration Legal Services Department to identify systemic challenges that clients face needing policy change. The Director of Policy serves as a member of the Leadership Team and shapes strategic thinking for the organization, including fundraising, communication, and planning.
· Design and Lead Innovative Policy Advocacy Programs and Campaigns
· Build Strategic Partnerships and Represent the Organization
· Cultivate and Manage an Effective Policy Advocacy Team
· Serve as an Overall Organizational Leader
POLICY ADVOCACY PROGRAMMING
· Lead, design, implement, and evaluate effective policy advocacy campaigns that advance the empowerment of immigrants and refugees, center the experiences of directly affected community members, and further the organizational mission
PARTNERSHIPS AND REPRESENTATION
· Lead/co-lead and facilitate local/regional coalitions
· Actively participate in state and national coalitions
· Establish and strengthen relationships with policymakers at federal, state, and local levels
· Develop and maintain positive working relationships with immigrant rights groups, community agencies, and stakeholders and build coalitions among local and statewide partners
· Educate and work with public and elected officials
· Give public testimony and work with grassroots leaders/clients to give personal testimonials to federal, state, and local policymakers
· Serve on task forces, speak to the media, and otherwise serve as SIREN’s representative
MANAGEMENT OF POLICY ADVOCACY DEPARTMENT
· Assist with the hiring, training and supervision of the policy advocacy staff and interns
· Develop and oversee the Policy Department's annual work plan, budget, and programs
· Ensure accurate and proper documentation and reporting
· Fundraise for the organization, including grant writing, grant management, and relationship building
· Serve on the Leadership Team to support organizational integration, team building efforts, and the implementation of the organization-wide strategic plan
· Inform and advise SIREN’s Executive Director about key policy advocacy efforts
· Other duties as assigned by Executive Director
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
· Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) or 5-10 years of policy advocacy experience (including leading policy advocacy campaigns); Master’s Degree in Public Policy a plus
· Minimum three years of management experience working in nonprofit or advocacy programs, including program development, implementation and evaluation
· Minimum three years of supervisory and personnel management experience
· Minimum two years of experience with fund development and grants management
· Experience working with media a plus
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
· Knowledge of immigration policies and ability to draft and analyze legislation
· Knowledge of policymakers and community-based organizations serving Northern or Central California a plus
· Proven organizational leadership experience, including capacity to guide strategic planning and ability to link long-term goals with day-to-day program implementation decisions and needs
· Strong non-profit program planning and personnel management skills
· Excellent community building, public speaking and political negotiation skills
· Strong analytical, written, and facilitation skills
· Demonstrated ability to take initiative, multi-task, possess good judgment, and work independently and as part of a team
· Ability to establish close relationships with people from different cultural and economic backgrounds
· Flexible and team-oriented approach to problem solving
· Commitment to cultural proficiency and sensitivity
· Bilingual/bi-literate in Spanish/English preferred
· Ability to work on weekends and evenings, and travel, as needed.
· Must have a valid driver’s License, car insurance, and daily access to a car.
· Applicants will be housed at SIREN’s San Jose office.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and three professional references. Please email to SIREN HR: HR@siren-bayarea.org and include Director of Policy in the email subject.
For more information about SIREN, visit our website at www.siren-bayarea.org
*SIREN is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds, especially individuals from immigrant and refugee communities. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ persons, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment at SIREN.
Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision, as well as transportation and fitness reimbursement.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual/bi-literate in Spanish/English preferred
Minimum Education Required