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Community Advocate, Immigrant Rights Program

November 16, 2022 Job Listing

Community Advocate
Immigrant Rights 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 December 2, 2022

Position Summary

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks to hire an empathetic, grassroots-centered, self-motivated Community Advocate to join our Immigrant Rights Program. The Immigrant Rights Program addresses the intersection of criminal and immigration systems. The Community Advocate will work with clients in prisons and immigration detention centers, and work with program staff to devise creative strategies for advocacy and mobilization. Our work includes community education, legal representation, and advocacy campaigns on behalf of our clients and low-income immigrants and communities of color.

The Community Advocate will represent ALC in our work to build power for immigrants, centering those who are formerly or currently incarcerated and facing deportation. The Community Advocate will work with impacted individuals and coalition partners in advocacy campaigns. This will involve building relationships with clients, community members and leaders, and organizational partners, and representing ALC in coalitions and alliances.

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 Workers’ Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, and Voting Rights. A growing staff of 46 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. Advancing Justice – ALC is a founding member of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

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.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with community organizations and directly impacted individuals, including corresponding with incarcerated individuals.
  • Devise campaigns and mobilization strategies for advocacy to stop the detention and deportation of community members.
  • Work with formerly incarcerated people seeking pardons to protect them from deportation.
  • Advocate for the passage of decarceral and pro-immigrant policies at the local and state level, in collaboration with Criminal Justice Reform Program staff.
  • Represent the organization in local and statewide coalitions on immigrant rights, clemency and other issues as needed, in collaboration with Criminal Justice Reform Program staff.
  • Design community education materials and creative distribution methods.
  • Collaborate with the program manager and other staff in the Immigrant Rights Program and perform other duties as needed.
  • All ALC staff are expected to participate in regular check-in meetings with their supervisor and the Immigrant Rights team, 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.
  • Experience working with low-income immigrant communities. Experience with incarcerated/formerly incarcerated individuals or Southeast Asian refugee communities a plus.
  • 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.
  • Advocacy experience involving immigrant rights, prisons, jails and/or restorative justice preferred. This can include advocacy while incarcerated.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with build consensus among diverse groups of people, including facilitation, planning strategy, managing conflicts, and conducting outreach to new coalition partners.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral communication, and organizational skills, and strong research, analytical, and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings, scheduled in advance.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required. Relevant experience may be substituted.
  • Ability to drive preferred.
  • Proficiency in an API language or Spanish 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 one year’s experience, is $58,710 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 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. This position is included in the collective bargaining unit represented by CWA Local 9410.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following by December 2, 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.