Staff Attorney or Senior Program Coordinator, Voting Rights

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Posted: December 1, 2020

Senior Program Coordinator or Staff Attorney

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Based in San Francisco; Remote through 6/30/2021

Exempt, Full-time, Temporary Position (1-year)

The Opportunity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus’s (Advancing Justice-ALC) Voting Rights Program aims to build an inclusive democracy in California that reflects the state’s diverse demographics and hears the voices of our communities. 

The Senior Program Coordinator or Staff Attorney will play a key role in the Voting Rights Program’s work to engage Asian American and Pacific Islander Californians in state and local redistricting and to advocate for fair maps that will ensure communities of color have a voice in California’s democracy for the next 10 years. Redistricting is an exciting opportunity to build power and deepen engagement in the democratic process. Advancing Justice-ALC and its Voting Rights Program work for Asian American communities, with a focus on low-income and immigrant communities, and we work in partnership with other communities of color. 

The ideal candidate is able to work effectively with diverse coalitions and communities, to engage in research and advocacy, and to master technical concepts quickly. A relevant advanced degree (JD, MPP, MPA) is preferred but not required, and responsibilities will be adjusted as needed.

The Voting Rights program uses a combination of litigation, legal advocacy, policy development, and community organizing on projects that:

  • fight for equal access to voter registration and voting
  • expand language access in California elections
  • empower immigrant communities and other historically underrepresented communities in state and local redistricting, and
  • engage and educate these communities locally, where cities and counties are shifting to new election systems.

 

The Organization

Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). 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 Voting Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, and Workers’ Rights. A growing staff of 48 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with 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.

 

Responsibilities

This dynamic position’s day-to-day activities vary and include the following:

  • Collaborating with and supporting a statewide network of partner organizations engaging in redistricting
  • Conducting redistricting presentations and facilitating community meetings about redistricting, communities of interest, and map-drawing
  • Creating redistricting-related community education materials, including written guides and presentations
  • Engaging in advocacy to the California Citizens Redistricting Committee and other bodies 
  • Conducting factual and legal research to support advocacy to redistricting commissions (legal research is only expected if the applicant holds a JD)
  • Contributing to other projects regarding civic engagement and voting-related policy, as appropriate and as time allows

Work hours will average out to a standard 8-hour workday, and will include more intensive work periods during certain phases of the redistricting process. We are remote through at least June 2021 due to COVID and plan to return to the San Francisco office later this year. Candidates based in California but outside of the Bay Area will also be considered. Some travel around Southern California and the Central Valley may be needed, and Advancing Justice-ALC monitors and adheres to public health requirements and practices related to work travel. 

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Policy advocacy experience
  • A dedicated interest in civil rights and racial justice issues
  • At least 2-4 years of experience working with, serving, or organizing in low-income immigrant communities or historically under-represented communities, with some experience managing projects and initiatives
  • JD, MPP, or MPA desired, but not required
  • Very organized, with strong attention to detail
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and strong analytical skills
  • Experience with community engagement, including facilitation skills, deep listening skills, and the ability to navigate difficult conversations
  • A high degree of sensitivity and strong interpersonal skills needed to manage relationships with external partners
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Knowledge of Southern California geographies and dynamics desired, but not required
  • Familiarity with Maptitude GIS software desired, but not required

 

Compensation and Benefits

This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position for a one-year term, starting in March 2021. The salary is based on years of relevant 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.

 

Application Process

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

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. A writing sample of your work (no more than 10 pages)
  4. Three professional references

Please indicate “Voting Rights Senior Program Coordinator or Staff Attorney” 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, disability, height, weight, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation

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