Posted: October 1, 2019
Senior Program Coordinator/Junior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights and Census
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco, CA
Exempt, Full-time position
(One-Year Position: November 2019 to November 2020)
*Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.*
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) seeks a full-time Senior Program Coordinator or Junior Staff Attorney for its Voting Rights and Census team. This one-year position is an exciting opportunity to lead our Election Year 2020 work, which will include running our poll-monitoring program, creating Know-Your-Voting-Rights materials and messaging, and conducting voter education workshops, among other projects.
Despite legislation that makes voting in California easier, massive voter participation disparities persist. In the November 2018 election, just 33% of eligible Asian Americans and just 36% of eligible Latinos in California turned out to vote. For everyone else, voter turnout was above 60%. These gaps are actually larger than the same gaps in 2014. The goal of our work is to build an inclusive California electorate that actually reflects California’s diverse demographics and hears the voices of our communities.
The Voting Rights and Census program uses a combination of litigation, legal advocacy, policy development, and community organizing on projects that aim to:
- fight for equal access to voter registration and voting;
- expand language access in California elections;
- ensure a complete count in Census 2020;
- empower immigrant communities and other historically underrepresented communities in the next state and local redistricting cycle; and
- engage and educate these communities locally, where cities and counties are shifting to new election systems.
Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs). Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation, all with the goal of furthering the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Voting Rights and Census, Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, and ASPIRE, the country’s first Asian and Pacific Islander undocumented youth leadership program. A growing staff of 40 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn from other program areas.
Advancing Justice – ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights.
Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position, and may also be adjusted depending on whether the successful candidate holds a J.D. They include the following:
- Operate Advancing Justice – ALC’s Election Day poll monitoring program in the March 2020 primary and November 2020 general election.
- This critically important project will include: recruiting and managing hundreds of attorneys, community members, and students who will act as Election Day poll monitors; developing poll monitoring training materials and leading trainings; determining which polling places to target for poll monitoring using statistical analysis and a knowledge of California’s immigrant communities; and managing Election Day operations.
- Create Know Your Voting Rights resources and presentations in the months before elections, distribute them to a wide range of partner organizations, and occasionally travel Northern California to lead Know Your Voting Rights workshops and presentations.
- Create other voting rights fact sheets and presentations, covering voter registration, language access in California elections, and other subjects. Distribute and present them to a wide range of partner organizations.
- Create sample social media content with Know-Your-Voting-Rights messages, voter registration messages, and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) messages and distribute them to a wide range of partner organizations.
- Create voting rights and voter engagement toolkits and “How To” documents for distribution to partners outside of California.
- Create and provide county elections offices with informational materials about new laws (sponsored by Advancing Justice – ALC) that mandate additional language assistance in California elections. Maintain close contact with county elections offices through 2020 to make sure new legal requirements are met.
Work hours will average out to a standard 8-hour workday, but will include more intensive work periods leading up to the March 2020 and November 2020 elections. Some travel around Northern California and the Central Valley is expected; owning a car is not necessary but having a driver’s license is required.
- A dedicated interest in civil rights and racial justice issues, preferably working with low-income immigrant communities
- 1-4 years of experience working with, serving, or organizing in immigrant communities or historically under-represented communities, with some experience managing projects and initiatives
- Interest in community engagement and policy advocacy
- JD desired, but not required
- A high degree of sensitivity and strong interpersonal skills needed to manage relationships with external partners
- Highly detail-oriented and organized
- Strong written/oral communication skills and strong analytical skills
- Enthusiastic team player
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment
- Volunteer recruitment and management experience desired, but not required
Compensation and Benefits
This is a temporary (1-year) full-time, exempt position. The salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. Advancing Justice-ALC offers a generous benefits package that includes full individual health, dental, and vision plan coverage, life insurance, and a 401 k plan.
Interested candidates should submit via email to email@example.com (as PDF attachments), including the following:
- Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
- Writing sample (no more than 5 pages, excerpts of larger documents acceptable)
- Three professional references
Please indicate “Senior Program Coordinator/Attorney, Voting Rights” in the subject line.
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.