Voting Rights Program Manager

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Posted: June 25, 2020

Voting Rights Program Manager 

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Exempt, Full-time position

Based in San Francisco, CA

The Opportunity

Advancing Justice-ALC seeks an experienced attorney and/or policy advocate to serve as its Voting Rights Program Manager, to ensure access to California’s democracy for limited-English speaking immigrant voters and all historically disenfranchised and under-participating communities. The Program Manager must be able to utilize and manage legal advocacy, policy advocacy, and community organizing on issues and campaigns pertaining to the federal Voting Rights Act, the California Voting Rights Act, the Voters Choice Act, census, redistricting, and a wide range of language access issues. The Program Manager will lead regional poll monitoring efforts in even-year election cycles and spearhead the language access reports that follow. Familiarity with immigrant rights issues, knowledge of the California voting rights advocacy community, and project management experience are all highly desired.

The Organization

Based in San Francisco, Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s first 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, 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 40+ provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas

Responsibilities

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

  • Develop and lead the statewide voting rights agenda for immigrant voters
  • Strategize on and conduct legislative/public policy advocacy in the voting rights, census, and redistricting areas, and maximize legislative/public policy wins by doing implementation and accountability work with elections officials
  • Lead elections poll monitoring, largely on the regional and county level
  • Engage in legal and policy analysis and writing
  • Develop and distribute voting rights and voter education materials
  • Supervise other team members, including attorneys, policy staff, and organizers, and occasionally supervise law clerks and other volunteers
  • Coordinate activities with other affiliates of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Produce written materials, including policy reports and fact sheets on a range of issues
  • Reports to the Executive Director

Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S., plus relevant graduate work/degree(s), including but not limited to, P.h.D., M.P.P., or J.D. with membership in good standing with the California State Bar
  • Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects effectively
  • Minimum of three years’ related legal services, policy advocacy, or state/federal court litigation experience, ideally with familiarity in practicing in a non-profit organization
  • Substantive experience in a relevant area such as voting rights, civil rights, or constitutional law
  • Substantial experience in public policy and/or legal advocacy with excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations
  • Highly organized and self-starting
  • Preferred experience in supervising staff and volunteers
  • Ability to do long-term visioning and planning, and ability to grow a team while maintaining culture
  • Non-English language skills (Spanish or Asian languages) a plus but not required.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is based on our salary scale, which accounts for years of relevant experience and principles of internal equity. We offer a generous benefits package.

Application Process

Interested candidates should e-mail the following to jobs@advancingjustice-alc.org: resume; cover letter summarizing interest, qualifications, and experience; a writing sample (no more than 10 pages); and, three references. Kindly put “Voting Rights Program Manager” 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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