Staff Attorney & Program Manager, National Security & Civil Rights Program

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Posted: July 12, 2019

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

National Security & Civil Rights (NSCR)
Staff Attorney & Program Manager
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco
Exempt, Full-time position

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

The Opportunity
The need for creative advocacy to challenge racial and religious profiling and discrimination of Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Muslim (AMEMSA) communities in the U.S. is greater than ever. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice- ALC) seeks an experienced attorney to work with its National Security & Civil Right (NSCR) program team to develop innovative litigation and advocacy strategies to confront emerging challenges, as well as implement ongoing campaigns. Two staff attorneys and two community advocates comprise Advancing Justice-ALC’s NSCR team. The Staff Attorney & Program Manager is responsible for directing the NSCR program, building and maintaining close relations with AMEMSA communities, identifying broad patterns of abuse or other systemic civil rights violations, and addressing these violations through litigation, direct client services, and policy advocacy. Significant experience with civil rights, immigrant rights, and criminal justice as it impacts AMEMSA communities is highly desired.

The Organization
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); in the aftermath of 9/11, we have worked to protect the civil rights of AMEMSA communities. 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 to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include NSCR, Workers’ Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights, and ASPIRE, the country’s first API undocumented youth leadership program. A growing staff of 40 provide strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. We adopt a unique approach of empowering and working with local communities to challenge national policies and practices. If you want to ground your impact work within local communities, then we are the place for you.

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.

Recent Accomplishments
Advancing Justice-ALC’s NSCR program works on a broad range of issues; recent
examples include the following:

  • Leading multi-city policy advocacy and coalition building to hold local police departments accountable when they work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF);
  • Litigating the unlawful implementation of the Muslim Ban and challenging the Muslim Ban’s waiver process and participate in a range of other strategies to continue to fight the Muslim Ban, including in international forums;
  • Working in coalition to challenge the federal government’s discriminatory Countering Violent Extremism Program (CVE) and California’s Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) programs;
  • Providing direct representation to individuals who have been approached by the FBI for “voluntary interviews,” or others who have experienced difficulty while traveling due to placement on discriminatory government watchlists;
  • Providing direct representation to individuals who are facing discrimination and national security scapegoating in immigration cases (such as cases involving Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP));
  • Participating in various rapid-response coalitions and networks working on AMEMSA community issues;
  • Participating in coalition and advocacy efforts when Chinese academics, and other communities, are scapegoated falsely as national security threats; Making historical connections to the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and working across movements to advance intersection advocacy.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Deputy Director to determine strategic program priorities.
  • Litigate impact cases that safeguard civil rights and liberties for AMEMSA
    communities
  • Engage in public policy advocacy on profiling and discrimination issues
  • Conduct community education and Know Your Rights educational events
  • Collaboratively set, monitor and report on annual program work plans.
  • Supervise staff attorney, community advocates, law clerks, and other volunteers
  • Represent the program and work collaboratively with coalitions and networks
  • Regularly represent the program with various media outlets and at conferences
  • Work with Advancing Justice-ALC’s Development team on a fundraising strategy

Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. and J.D. degrees with membership in good standing with the California State Bar
  • Five or more years’ relevant legal experience, including impact litigation
  • Highly motivated and self-starting
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a highly diverse group of mission-driven lawyers and staff with a range of substantive law knowledge, experience, and expertise
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, AMEMSA, API, people of color, and/or immigrant communities
  • Experience in organizing and/or working in coalition spaces to advance the rights of low-income, AMEMSA, API, people of color, and/or immigrant communities
  • Experience supervising both attorney and non-attorney staff
  • Preferred bilingual skills in Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, or other relevant languages

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is based on years of relevant experience and principles of internal equity.
Advancing Justice-ALC offers a comprehensive benefits package, that includes the
following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life
insurance coverage; a flexible spending account (FSA); and, 401 K retirement plan.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit via email to jobs@advancingjustice-alc.org (as PDF
attachments), including the following:

  1. a cover letter
  2. a resume summarizing your interest, education, qualifications, and experience
  3. a legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
  4. three professional references

Please indicate “NSCR Staff Attorney & Program Manager” 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 identity, gender expression, disability, HIV status, height, weight, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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