Voting Rights & Democracy Fellowship

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Posted: September 3, 2020

Voting Rights & Democracy Fellowship

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus 

Exempt, Full-time position, Temporary, One-Year Term 

The organization is based in San Francisco and the position may be remote.

 

The Opportunity

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation immediately seeks an innovative, strategically-minded, experienced social justice organizer and/or policy advocate. The Voting Rights & Democracy Fellow will work to ensure access to democracy for limited-English proficient immigrant voters and historically disenfranchised communities, as a part of a national voting rights strategy. The position will benefit from a candidate’s experience working in and with immigrant communities; interest in and familiarity with voting rights advocacy and/or civic engagement work; and project management experience. This Fellowship is ideal for an accomplished self-starter who seeks an opportunity to: lead an ambitious project; take part in building a stronger foundation for long-term progressive community power and democracy; strengthen professional and social justice movement networks; and, make a timely and meaningful community impact. This position reports to the Director of Affiliation Voting Rights Strategy.

 

The Organization

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) will house this position. Advancing Justice-ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on promoting and defending Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ civil rights. 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, Workers’ Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and National Security & Civil Rights. A growing staff of 45+ provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. 

Advancing Justice-ALC works in affiliation with Advancing Justice partner organizations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. to increase voting rights advocacy, including litigation, in strategically selected Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities across the country and to support statewide voting rights advocacy in California. 

 

Responsibilities 

The Fellow will be responsible for:

  • Managing a national voting rights and civic engagement program, including non-partisan voter outreach and education through volunteer phone- and text- banks
  • Collaborating with organizations to address–in partnership and coalition–voting rights issues, including voter suppression, election administration challenges, need for civic engagement, language access, participation in redistricting, and others
  • Providing technical assistance and capacity-building for local and regional civic engagement efforts in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and other communities of color; 
  • Supporting regional poll monitoring efforts as needed to evaluate and facilitate AANHPI access to the ballot
  • Participating in strategic planning and development for long-term community engagement and power-building through this voting rights project

 

Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position and include the following:

  • Developing and leading a nationwide voting rights advocacy and civic engagement program
  • Planning and managing voter outreach and education activities, including phone- and text-banks
  • Conducting outreach, recruitment, and training and supervision of volunteers 
  • Preparing program materials, including translated materials for bilingual outreach in languages other than English 
  • Supporting and strategizing legislative/public policy advocacy to address voting barriers, including accountability work with local elections officials when appropriate.
  • Supporting elections poll monitoring on regional levels with affiliates and community partners 
  • Develop and distribute voting rights and voter education materials 
  • Working well with team members, including attorneys, policy staff, advocates, organizers, and interns 
  • Coordinating activities with other affiliates of Asian Americans Advancing Justice 
  • Participating in data analysis and data collection and tracking of information related to project 
  • Contributing to written materials, including policy reports and fact sheets, if needed 

 

Required Qualifications 

  • B.A./B.S., or equivalent experience (graduate work/degree(s) a plus but not required)
  • Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects effectively 
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ related organizing, civic engagement and legal or policy advocacy experience
  • Campaign or project management experience
  • Substantive experience in a relevant area such as voting rights or civil rights
  • Experience in public policy and/or legal advocacy with research and analytical skills 
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations 
  • Highly organized and self-starting 
  • Substantial experience recruiting and managing volunteers 
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours as necessary (balanced with healthy work-life balance)
  • Ability to participate well in collective long-term visioning and planning as part of a team
  • Effective and engaging communicator 
  • Conscientious and proactive team player
  • Ability to work effectively across lines of difference, including language abilities
  • English proficiency required; Non-English language skills (Spanish or Asian languages) a plus but not required

 

Salary 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.

Application Process:  Interested candidates should email the following to jobs@advancingjustice-alc.org: resume; cover letter summarizing interest, qualifications, and experience; and three references. Kindly write “Voting Rights and Democracy Fellowship” in the subject line of the e-mail. Please submit materials in PDF format. No phone calls, please. 

 

Advancing Justice–ALC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

 

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