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Community Advocate: Crimmigation

October 17, 2022 Job Listing

Community Advocate: Crimmigation (CA 1)
Criminal Justice Reform Program
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Hybrid Work Schedule, Based in San Francisco, CA
Non-Exempt, Full-time position


Applications are due by November 11, 2022


The Opportunity


Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks to hire an empathetic, grassroots-centered, self-motivated Community Advocate to join its growing Criminal Justice Reform Program. The Criminal Justice Reform Program aims to diminish societal reliance on carceral systems – police, jails, prisons, ICE detention, surveillance, and supervision – in ways that will strengthen the low-income and immigrant Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities we serve. In particular, we seek to disentangle police from immigration enforcement and to reimagine AAPI community safety by building preventative, restorative, and community-based alternatives to our punitive criminal legal system. Our work includes community education, legal representation, and policy advocacy on behalf of low-income immigrants and communities of color.

The Community Advocate will represent ALC in our work to disentangle police and prisons from immigration enforcement and other efforts to impose new limits on the reach and power of police, jails, prisons, ICE detention, surveillance, and supervision. A major priority will involve ALC’s ongoing policy advocacy to end ICE transfers of people in criminal legal system custody and end unequal treatment of immigrants in the criminal legal system.

In addition, although the primary focus of this Community Advocate will be on our crimm/imm work and decarceral work, this Community Advocate will also help support our efforts to build non-punitive alternatives to existing carceral systems.

The Organization


ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Since 1972, 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 Workers’ Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, and Voting Rights. A growing staff of more than 50 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. ALC is a founding member of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington DC.

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

The Community Advocate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Represent ALC in state and local immigrant rights coalitions and decarceral coalitions
  • Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with community partners to support the advocacy for the passage of pro-immigrant and decarceral policies at the local and state level.
  • Organize, promote, and conduct community outreach (including tabling, flyering, educational sessions, and community meetings) and generate written materials to inform Bay Area AAPI communities about their rights, and build support for decarceration campaigns.
  • Maintain and build relationships with ALC clients who are incarcerated and under supervision and their families
  • Collaborate with the program managers and other staff in the Criminal Justice Reform Program and Immigrant Rights Program
  • Maintain knowledge and compliance with funding deliverables.
  • Participate in other coalitions as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned by the Program Manager.
  • All ALC staff are expected to participate in regular check-in meetings with their supervisor, staff meetings, program team meetings, and other organization meetings, as requested.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, people of color, and/or immigrant communities.
  • Direct experience with the criminal legal system (preferred), or experience working with people directly impacted by the criminal legal system.
  • Experience playing a leadership role in a diverse coalition, including facilitation, planning strategy, managing conflicts, and conducting outreach to new coalition partners.
  • Previous experience with community organizing, coalition building, or mutual aid coordination. This experience can include volunteer efforts or family/interpersonal networks and does not need to have been through formal nonprofit organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and facilitate consensus building among diverse groups of people.
  • Excellent organizational, research, analytical, and writing skills, and strong interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings, scheduled in advance.
  • Advocacy experience involving police abuse, jails, prisons, immigrant rights, and/or restorative justice is preferred. This can include advocacy within the institution while incarcerated.
  • Some familiarity with Google Suite apps (including Gmail, Drive, Sheets, Voice) and Microsoft (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and experience using smartphones and laptop computers.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred, but not required. Relevant experience may be substituted.
  • Ability to drive preferred.
  • Bilingual skills in Chinese, Vietnamese, or another API language preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range, starting from two years’ experience, is $60,471 up to a maximum of $84,158. ALC offers an additional $1,000 annual compensation for proficiency in a language other than English and an additional $1,000 annual compensation for a graduate degree(s).

ALC’s comprehensive benefits package includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage (ALC pays 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for qualified dependents); a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match.

Application Process


Interested candidates should submit the following by November 11, 2022:

(1) cover letter explaining your interest in the position
(2) resume
(3) writing sample (no more than 5 pages)
(4) three professional references

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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, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.