About the Position:
The DC Language Access Coalition Coordinator will work directly with the organizational and individual members of the DC Language Access Coalition (DCLAC), which is administered and fiscally sponsored by Many Languages One Voice (MLOV). The DCLAC Coordinator’s scope of work will be determined in consultation with the Executive Committee of the DCLAC. The DCLAC Coordinator will directly report to the Executive Director of MLOV. The DCLAC Coordinator will strategically collaborate with the program team at MLOV on organizational-wide initiatives, as and when necessary.
The DC Language Access Coalition Coordinator is a part-time (20 hours/week) position.
1. Relationship Building with Coalition; Allies
- Develop and maintain strategic relationships with organizations and individuals from and within the African, Arab, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino, and other immigrant communities in the District;
- Track membership of organizational partners in Coalition database (Salesforce);
- Maintain calendar of DC City Council events and develop relationships with sitting Councilmembers, Directors of District agencies, and the Executive Office of the Mayor;
- Work with MLOV’s program team to maintain a yearly community events calendar and host monthly community building events to recruit additional member organizations to the Coalition.
2. Leadership Development
- Review and organize relevant research and data pertaining to Language Access and it’s intersectionality with the health, education and economic mobility (or lack thereof) in DC and across the United States
- Including but not limited to Ward-level data: foreign born residents, LEP/NEP communities, and agency compliance and enforcement of law, complaints filed, etc.;
- Develop fact sheets and policy briefs on Language Access and proposed modifications for dissemination to the public via web and social media;
- Introduce training opportunities and capacity building for DCLAC members;
- Implement strategies for DCLAC members and community members to engage with councilmembers and DC gov agencies on strengthening Language Access Act;
- Update and develop community training materials and facilitate trainings/information sessions with impacted community members, in partnership with other DCLAC Outreach Committee members.
3. Campaign Management
- Work with leaders of the Coalition to research policies that relate to the identified monitoring and/or campaign issue and develop shared campaign goals and demands;
- Update and implement an annual strategic plan, to prioritize and organize lived experiences of impacted community and immigrant serving organizations and to move institutional power holders to enact campaign demands;
- Plan, coordinate and, execute direct action strategies targeting violators with DCLAC members and maintain documentation of progress towards the same;
- Determine strategies and risks in working with legislative branch (City Council), and administrative branch (Mayor, District government agencies), and other institutional power holders;
- Monitor DC City Council calendar – including hearing schedule and other public events.
4. Administrative Program Oversight & Communications
- Maintain and respond to Coalition e-mail and listserv;
- Maintain and organize all DCLAC documents, DC codes, Bylaws, Charters, Coalition membership list, executive members terms, meetings minutes, contact lists, etc.;
- Develop and maintain DCLAC social media (including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and website and cultivate relationships with traditional (print, radio) media partners in coordination with MLOV’s Communications Team.
The DCLAC Coordinator must have the following qualifications:
- At least one year of experience in providing administrative support for local policy and/or government relations organizations in the immigrant rights advocacy sector;
- At least one year of experience in research, specifically related to policy formulation at state and/or local level;
- Extensive knowledge of immigrant rights and social justice issues (i.e.: public health and education equity, social services access, gentrification and displacement, etc.) in the context of policy advocacy and coalition building;
- Experienced in writing newsletters, meeting notes, scheduling and setting agenda of monthly meetings, maintaining listserv, developing drafts of fact sheets;
- Excellent analytical, writing, speaking, and advocacy skills;
- Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, gender justice and racial justice;
- Must be a motivated, self-directed individual able to work independently and as a team player within a grassroots, community-based, non-profit organization; adaptable to changing environments and multiple deadlines;
- Outstanding organizational and communications skills, including ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team. Manage multiple tasks efficiently, and remain focused under pressure;
- Excellent engagement-based communication skills, proficiency in multiple languages, including English and at least one of the following: Spanish/Amharic/French/Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/Arabic/Bengali
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, self-determination, participatory rights, social justice and/or human and civil rights are a must.