Staff Attorney or Senior Program Coordinator, Voting Rights

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Posted: December 1, 2020

TEMPORARY JOB POSTING

Voting Rights – Staff Attorney or Senior Program Coordinator

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Based in San Francisco; Remote through 12/31/2020

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 California electorate that actually reflects California’s diverse demographics and hears the voices of our communities. The Staff Attorney/Senior Program Coordinator will play a key role in the Voting Rights team’s work to engage Asian American and Pacific Islander Californians in state and local redistricting efforts in 2021, advocating for fair maps that will ensure communities of color have a voice in California’s democracy for the next 10 years. The redistricting process is an opportunity to build power and deepen engagement in the democratic process. When maps are drawn in ways that consider and keep communities of interest together, communities have a greater chance to elect candidates who represent their interests and goals. Advancing Justice-ALC and its Voting Rights team work for Asian American communities, with a focus on low-income and immigrant communities; we work in partnership with other communities of color. 

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 regarding the redistricting process
  • 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. 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

  • JD desired, but not required
  • 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
  • Highly organized with strong attention to details
  • Strong written/oral communication skills and strong analytical skills
  • Experience with community engagement, including facilitation skills and deep listening skills, ability to navigate difficult conversations
  • A high degree of sensitivity and strong interpersonal skills needed to manage relationships with external partnersEnthusiastic team player
  • A current driver’s license is required
  • Knowledge of Southern California geographies and community dynamics, strongly desired
  • 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 December 2020 or January 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 Staff Attorney/Senior Program Coordinator” 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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