NSCR Staff Attorney & Program Manager

January 10, 2024 Job Listing

Location: Hybrid work schedule (Oakland or San Francisco, CA) with the possibility of remote work
Due Date:
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and applications will be considered on a rolling basis
Start date:
As soon as possible
Regular, Full-Time, Exempt, Management Position


This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range is $125,000-$167,990.


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.

The Opportunity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks an experienced attorney and advocate to lead its National Security and Civil Rights (NSCR) Program. The Program Manager will lead a team of attorneys and community advocates to challenge targeting, profiling and surveillance based on race, national origin, and religion, which disproportionately impacts the Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Muslim (AMEMSA) communities. The Program Manager will develop innovative litigation and advocacy strategies on issues and campaigns to protect communities from profiling and discrimination and advocate for systems to protect individuals and keep families and communities together.

The Program Manager will lead the team to bring about systems change through an integrated approach combining direct services, coalition building, impact litigation, and strategic advocacy. They are responsible for managing the programmatic work, building and maintaining close relations with AMEMSA and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, identifying broad patterns of abuse or other systemic civil rights violations, and addressing these violations through litigation, direct client services, and policy advocacy. Significant experience with civil rights, immigrant rights, and national security issues as they impact AMEMSA and AAPI communities is highly desired.

The Program Manager will also work with staff and collaborate with other ALC programs to meet ALC’s social justice mission. The ideal candidate is attuned to and has deep expertise in AMEMSA and AAPI national security and civil rights issues and is committed to building leadership and power with and for impacted communities. Candidates should bring a leadership style that is grounded in principles of equity and inclusion and can partner with ALC’s leadership and staff to build connectivity and cohesion across the organization.

The Organization

ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, including Arab and Middle Eastern communities. Since 1972, ALC has preserved affordable housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown, 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 National Security & Civil Rights, Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Workers’ Rights, and Voting Rights.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Senior Leadership to determine the NSCR program’s strategic direction, priorities, and short and long-term goals
  • In collaboration with the Director of Programs, Litigation Director, Policy Director, and Communications Director, develop advocacy strategies to address the impacts of national security systems on AMEMSA and AAPI communities and other communities of color
  • Work with attorneys and the Litigation Director to oversee ongoing litigation and identify new opportunities, legal theories, and claims to challenge civil rights abuses and to safeguard civil rights and liberties for AMEMSA and AAPI communities
  • Supervise the NSCR legal team to provide direct legal services to low-income AMEMSA and AAPI community members, overseeing legal casework and client management
  • Work with the Community Advocacy Manager to develop successful community engagement strategies
  • Collaborate with Communications staff to develop communications strategies around national security issues and execute narrative-shifting strategies
  • Collaborate and coordinate with relevant programs on work that intersects with the national security system and civil rights abuses
  • Establish and deepen relationships with grassroots partners, advocacy organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and monitor a budget that aligns with the program's goals and the organization's mission
  • Assist in development activities such as grant proposals, reporting, funder meetings, and fundraising events
  • The position is based in ALC's San Francisco or Oakland office
  • Perform other duties as needed

All ALC staff are expected to participate in regular check-in meetings with their supervisor/supervisees, staff meetings, team meetings, and other organization meetings, as required.

Note: This job description is subject to change and is not intended to constitute a contract.


  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience supervising staff and managing a team
  • Substantive experience with immigration and/or national security issues and a minimum of five (5) years related legal services, policy advocacy, or state/federal court litigation experience, ideally with familiarity in practicing in a nonprofit organization
  • J.D. and California bar membership
  • Significant civil rights defense for AMEMSA and AAPI communities and federal court experience are highly desired
  • Familiarity with the intersection of national security and civil rights, and other issues, such as immigration, employment, and housing, a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to building power for and with grassroots communities
  • Experience working with AMEMSA and AAPI community members impacted by the immigration and/or criminal legal system is highly desired
  • A trusted colleague who works effectively within a nonprofit management team toward organizational goals and objectives
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to take risks and innovate
  • Ability to do long-term visioning and planning, and ability to grow a team while maintaining a cohesive and supportive organizational culture
  • Non-English language skills in AMEMSA and/or Asian languages (for example, Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu) are a plus, but not required

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:
(1) cover letter explaining your interest in the position
(2) resume
(3) writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
(4) three professional references

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